Jan. 19, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes Michigan State to Assembly Hall for a conference showdown on Sunday, Jan. 20. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall. The game can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
So far this season, when Indiana returns home after a road loss, the Hoosiers are 2-0 in that following game in Assembly Hall.
Indiana will play four of its next six contests at home in Assembly Hall and will welcome Michigan this Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. ET.
Senior Aulani Sinclair currently sits at 997 career points and needs just three more to become the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
Sinclair paces the team and is tied for four fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game this season while shooting a team-best 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.
In five of her last six games, Jasmine McGhee has scored in double-figures and is averaging 15.0 points per game during that span.
For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Simone Deloach earned her first start of the season at Ohio State as the junior is shooting 57.7 percent from the field in Big Ten games this year.
Career Record: 268-99 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-7 (1st year)
Career Record: 331-175 (18th year)
Michigan State Record: 130-55 (6th year)
MICHIGAN STATE AT A GLANCE
Michigan State sits at 3-1 in Big Ten play, winning their last two contests at Illinois and at home against Iowa last time out. The Spartans get after it defensively as they lead the league by holding opponents to just 47.8 points per game on the season. MSU will look to be aggressive on the boards as it averages 43.2 rebounds per game and in Big Ten play, holds a +12.5 margin over opponents on the glass. Six Spartan players average 8.4 points per game or higher, led by Klarissa Bell's 13.0 points per game. Bell shoots 45.7 percent from the field and grabs 6.8 rebounds per game. Jasmine Hines pours in 10.3 points per game down low for the Spartans and leads the team in field goal percentage (48.1 percent). Annalise Pickrel will look to make it rain from deep as she paces the team in 3-point field goals made (35) and is shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. This will mark MSU's second road contest in Big Ten play.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee led Indiana in scoring and rebounds at Ohio State on Jan. 17, pouring in 17 points with eight rebounds while shooting 8-of-13 from the field. McGhee has scored in double-figures in five of the last six games. During those last six contests, McGhee averaged 15.0 points per game and shot 44.6 percent (37-of-83) from the field and 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from beyond the arc.
On Dec, 21, she tied a career mark with 27 points vs. Xavier while shooting 11-of-18 from the field, setting a new career mark for field goals made in a single game. She then accomplished her third double-double of the season against UIC on Dec. 31 with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
For the season, McGhee is second the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Anderson, Ind., native shares the team lead in steals.
SINCLAIR THREE POINTS AWAY FROM BECOMING 23RD PLAYER TO 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Going into the game against Michigan State, Aulani Sinclair sits at 997 career points and is just three points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to tally 1,000 career points.
Sinclair has led the team in scoring in 11 games this season, most recently against Nebraska on Jan. 10 when she scored 15 points while nailing three 3-point field goals, marking the ninth time this season that she had hit three or more 3-pointers in a game. She also grabbed a season-high nine boards and tied a career mark with three steals against the Huskers. In Indiana's win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, the Eminence, Ind., native tallied 31 points while shooting 7-of-13 from the field, including three 3-pointers and connected on 14-of-15 free throws, becoming the eighth player in program history to hit 14 or more free throws in a single game.
For the season, Sinclair leads the team in scoring by averaging 18.8 points per game, which currently ties her for fourth in the Big Ten. She is also bringing in 4.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 41.7 percent (48-of-115) from beyond the arc to pace the team. The senior has scored 15 or more points in 13 games this season, 20 or more points nine times and has eclipsed 30 points in three contests. Sinclair has scored in double-figures in 45 career games.
SIMONE STEPPING UP
Junior Simone Deloach has earned more minutes in Big Ten games and made her first start of the season against Ohio State last Thursday. In IU's four conference games, Deloach is shooting 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field and is averaging 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in Big Ten play, while logging 26 or minutes in each of the last three games.
In a couple conference games this year, Deloach set new career marks in points, rebounds and assists. Against Nebraska on Jan. 10, Deloach scored a career-high 14 points while shooting 6-of-10 from the field with four rebounds and a blocked shot. In the win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, Deloach set career marks with 15 rebounds and four assists to go along with eight points while shooting 3-of-5 from the field. Her 15 boards are the most by an IU player this season.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
At Ohio State, senior Linda Rubene shot 4-of-8 from the field to tally eight points and added a pair of boards. In the win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, Rubene had the hot hand early, scoring seven of IU's first 11 points of the game. The senior finished the game with nine points, five rebounds and three assists and shot 4-of-8 from the field. Rubene has skied for five or more rebounds in six games this season.
Rubene has flourished this season under Curt Miller's direction. After averaging 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and playing just 12.1 minutes per game last year, Rubene is averaging 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 29.9 minutes per game in 2012-13.
FIRST BIG TEN WIN FOR MILLER AT INDIANA
Head Coach Curt Miller picked up his first Big Ten win at the helm of the Hoosier program as Indiana topped Northwestern, 68-64, on Jan. 6 in Assembly Hall.
MOST OVERALL WINS IN THREE YEARS
With the victory over Northwestern on Jan. 6, Indiana won its 10th game of the season, marking the first time in three years an IU team has won 10 or more games (14 games in 2009-10). It is the fastest a Hoosier team has reached 10 wins in four years, as IU started 10-1 in 2008-09.
HOOSIERS WITH MOST NON-CONFERENCE WINS IN SIX YEARS
With a non-conference win over UIC on Dec. 31, Indiana finished 9-4 in non-league play, marking the first time an IU team had won that many regular season non-Big Ten games in six years. Indiana won 11 regular season non-league games to begin the 2006-07 season. It is also only the third time since 2000 that a Hoosier team has won nine or more regular season non-conference games.
Since Big Ten play began in women's basketball during the 1982-83 season, Indiana has won at least nine non-conference regular season games nine times including this year and has surpassed nine non-league regular season wins just three times.