Jan. 21, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will take to the road and travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, Jan. 22. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET from Crisler Arena. The contest can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game is also available as a live web broadcast on BTN.com. The live stream can be found at video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Including Sunday's game, it will make it three-straight contests in the series between Indiana and Michigan being played in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines have not played in Bloomington since Jan. 14, 2010.
The Hoosiers have topped Michigan in five of the last seven meetings between the two schools, with the Wolverines winning the last two games in the series.
Sunday's game will be the 61st meeting between IU and Michigan, the Hoosiers hold the overall series edge, 42-18.
Aulani Sinclair is currently shooting 89.5 percent from the free throw line so far this season, which ranks her 13th nationally in the latest NCAA statistical rankings.
After going 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on Thursday against Purdue, Sinclair has now connected on 19-consecutive free throws.
Jasmine McGhee continues to lead the Hoosiers in the scoring column this season, averaging 13.1 points per game.
Career Record: 140-153 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-90 (6th year)
Career Record: 588-275 (30th year)
Michigan Record: 82-65 (5th year)
MICHIGAN AT A GLANCE
Michigan heads into Sunday's contest riding a two game winning streak with wins over Minnesota at home on Jan. 15, 61-57, and then Northwestern on the road, 58-48, on Jan. 19. The Wolverines are 4-2 in conference play and are a perfect 7-0 in home games so far this season. Rachel Sheffer and Courtney Boylan are Michigan's double-figure scorers averaging 12.9 points and 12.8 points per game, respectively. Sheffer, a 6-1 junior forward/center, plays both inside and out and shoots 80.6 percent from the free throw line. Boylan, a senior guard, is also deadly from the charity stripe, connecting on 82 percent of her free throw attempts. Jenny Ryan will run the point for the Wolverines and is dishing for a team-high 4.5 assists per game. As a team, Michigan hits 78.5 percent of their free throws, the second best total in the conference. The Wolverines are also holding opposing teams to just 56.1 points per game, the second-best total in the Big Ten.
SINCLAIR IS SIZZLING
Team captain Aulani Sinclair finished with a team-high 20 points and six rebounds against Purdue on Jan. 19. The junior shot 5-of-8 overall from the field while hitting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Sinclair also went a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
With another perfect night at the free throw line, Sinclair has now connected on 19-consecutive free throws dating back to her final free throw made on Dec. 21 against Pittsburgh. For the season, the Eminence, Ind., native is shooting 89.5 percent from the line, which ranks her 13th nationally and second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage this season. She has hit 100 percent of her free throws in Big Ten games thus far.
With her four 3-pointers made against the Boilermakers, Sinclair has hit four or more 3-point field goals twice this season and six times in her career. Sinclair has connected on at least three 3-pointers in 12 games during her college career, including a career-high seven at FIU on Dec. 18, 2010.
For the season, Sinclair is second on the team in scoring averaging 11.4 points per game. She is leading the team in 3-point field goals made while connecting on 37.8 percent (31-of-82) of her long distance attempts. She has scored in double-figures 10 times this year, which is highlighted by two career-high 23 point performances against Toledo and Oklahoma State.
FINDING THEIR RANGE
Indiana shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field in the first half against Purdue on Jan. 19, marking the fourth time this season that IU has shot over 50 percent for a half. It is the third-highest shooting percentage for a half for the Hoosiers this season, as IU previously shot 56.7 percent in the second half against Murray State on Nov. 14 and 55.0 percent in the first half at Miami (OH) on Nov. 22.
MCGHEE FITS IN NICELY
Junior Jasmine McGhee tallied 13 points, tied for a team-high six rebounds and led the team with four steals vs. Purdue on Jan. 19. McGhee has tallied double-figure points in two of the last three games and has grabbed at least one steal in five of IU's six conference games, including two games with four or more steals. She has scored in double-figures 10 times this year, including scoring 20 points or more three times. She set career marks with 27 points and 15 rebounds at IUPUI on Dec. 11, for one of her two double-doubles on the season.
McGhee was named the WBCA Junior College Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season after leading Vincennes University to a 28-4 record and has not let up since moving to the Division I level. McGhee is currently leading the team in scoring averaging 13.1 points per contest, and is second on the team in rebounding, bringing in 5.7 boards per game.
CHAP IS DEFINITELY BACK
After playing in just two games a year ago and missing 61 games in her career due to injuries, Sasha Chaplin has appeared in every game this season, starting in 13 of those contests. The redshirt junior has led the team in scoring in three of the last five games and has tallied double-figure points seven times this season. Chaplin currently leads the team in rebounding, bringing in 5.8 boards per contest. Twice this season, Chaplin has accomplished a double-double and has grabbed eight or more rebounds in a game five times. For the season, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native is averaging 7.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
MCCURTY ON THE RISE
Freshman Quaneisha McCurty is becoming a block machine in the paint for Indiana. McCurty had four blocks at Michigan State on Jan. 12, marking the fourth time this season that she has had four or more rejections in a game. McCurty currently has 26 blocks on the season, which puts her just five blocks shy of cracking into the top-five on IU's all-time freshman list of most blocks in a season.
So far this season, McCurty has tallied double-figure points four times and has achieved two double-doubles on the year. Her year is highlighted by her performance against Colorado State on Dec. 21 in the Caribbean Classic when set career marks with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots coming off the bench to lead IU to the win. The Dalton, Ga., native is averaging 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest so far in her freshman campaign.
BIG TEN ROAD WARRIORS
Early in Big Ten play, the Hoosiers have a stretch where they play six out of nine conference games away from Assembly Hall, including three of the next four contests. Road stops in that nine-game stretch include Minnesota (Jan. 2), Nebraska (Jan. 5), Michigan State (Jan. 12), Michigan (Jan. 22), Northwestern (Jan. 29) and Penn State (Feb. 2).