Jan. 22, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana travels to State College, Pa. to face the Penn State Lady Lions on Sunday, Jan. 23. The game is set to tip at 2 p.m. ET. The contest can be seen online though live streaming from BigTenNetwork.com. The game can also be heard live on IUHoosiers.com or on delay on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray calling the action.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Hoosiers have won four of the last five meetings over Penn State, and going back further, IU has been victorious in six of the last eight.
Indiana has stole the ball 16 times in each of the last two games at Iowa on Jan. 16 and against Michigan State on Jan. 20. It marks the first time a Hoosier team has tallied 16 steals in back-to-back contests since IU achieved that total in consecutive games in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament.
On the season, Indiana is averaging 10.5 steals per game, which is the third-highest mark in the Big Ten this season. IU has compiled 10 or more steals in 12 of 19 games this year.
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis led IU with 20 points on Thursday night, marking the 18th time in 19 games she has tallied double figures. Davis is averaging 18.0 ppg to lead the team this year.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-130 (.508) and is 80-67 (.544) at the Hoosier helm. Penn State Head Coach Coquese Washington is in her fourth season overall, all of which have been with the Lady Lions. Washington has a career record of 56-55 (.505).
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will have a week between games before heading to West Lafayette, Ind. to battle Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 30 at Noon ET. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Indiana will then return home for a pair against Minnesota on Feb. 3 and Wisconsin on Feb. 6.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
Penn State welcomes Indiana on Sunday winning three of its last four games. The Lady Lions fell on Thursday night to Purdue on the road, 79-69. Four players scored in double-figures against the Boilermakers led by Alex Bentley's 14. Maggie Lucas tallied 13 points off the bench as Zhaque Gray and Julia Trogele each finished with 12.
PSU's offense will test the Hoosier defense as the Lions are putting up a conference-leading 80.9 points per contest. Penn State also leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.458) and 3-point field goal percentage (.452). Their percentage from long range is 10 percentage points better than anyone else in the Big Ten.
Lucas leads the team in multiple categories including scoring (16.7 ppg), 3-point field goals made (69) and free throw percentage (.898). She has done so while coming off the bench in every game this season. Bentley adds 14.7 ppg and leads PSU with 5.6 apg, good for the second-highest mark in the Big Ten. Zhaque Gray is the third Lady Lion averaging double-digit points at 11.1 ppg. Nikki Greene will be a force on the boards as she brings down 7.3 boards each game to lead the team.
DAVIS PUTTING UP BIG TIME NUMBERS
Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis is putting up some stellar numbers in her senior campaign. Davis leads the team averaging 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Her point total ranks her third in the Big Ten in scoring, as she also ranks 14th in the conference in rebounding, eighth in assists (3.5 apg) and fifth in steals (2.3 spg).
In Big Ten games, Davis is third in the league in scoring with 19.1 points per game, and is fourth in assists (3.4 apg). Davis also owns the conference's highest single-game point total in Big Ten play as netted 31 against Minnesota on Jan. 2, the second time she achieved that total this season. Davis has now tallied 30 or more points in a game on three occasions during her career. Her career mark is 33, which she achieved against Virginia on Nov. 26, 2009, 30 of those points coming in the second half of that game.
BATTLING THE BEST
The Hoosiers have and will battle some of the nation's best teams this season. Indiana's strength of schedule currently ranks No. 25 by CollegeRPI.com. Indiana has faced five teams that were ranked this season, and have two more games on the schedule with teams that are ranked in this week's Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.