Jan. 22, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes the No. 23 Michigan Wolverines to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess. Follow @IndianaWBB on twitter for in-game updates and use #iuwbb whenever discussing the Indiana women's basketball team on twitter.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana is the only team in the Big Ten Conference that has not allowed an opponent to score 70 points in a game this season.
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series over Michigan, 42-21.
In the last seven games played at Assembly Hall against Michigan, Indiana has won six of those contests.
Aulani Sinclair scored her 1,000th career point with a 3-point field goal at the 19:32 mark of the second half against Michigan State on Sunday, becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
Going into Thursday's game, Sinclair has connected on 161 career 3-point field goals, which currently ranks her sixth on IU's all-time list for career 3-pointers made.
Jasmine McGhee has led IU in scoring and rebounding in each of the last two games and has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven contests.
Last time out, IU held Michigan State to just 34.4 percent shooting, marking the ninth time that IU had held an opponent to that percentage or lower.
Career Record: 268-100 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-8 (1st year)
Kim Barnes Arico
Career Record: 285-208 (17th year)
Michigan Record: 15-3 (1st year)
MICHIGAN AT A GLANCE
The No. 23 Wolverines arrive in Bloomington coming off a home loss to No. 8 Penn State on Monday night. Prior to that setback, Michigan had won its previous 10 games. U-M topped Indiana in Ann Arbor to begin Big Ten play, 65-48, on Jan. 3. Kate Thompson continues to lead Michigan in scoring with 15.4 points per game and is shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range, which ranks second in the conference. She has connected on 69 3-pointers this season, which is the most in the Big Ten to this point this season. Rachel Sheffer is scoring 12.8 points per game and has led the Wolverines in scoring during their five Big Ten contests. Jenny Ryan runs the point for Michigan is dishing for a team-best 5.2 assists per game as she also paces the team in steals (2.1 spg). As a team, Michigan is holding opponents to 51.0 points per game. The Wolverines are second in the conference in team field goal percentage (45.4 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (38.2 percent).
SINCLAIR JOINS 1,000 POINT CLUB
With a 3-point field goal at the 19:32 mark of the second half, Aulani Sinclair scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 20 against Michigan State, becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Sinclair finished with six points on the day against the Spartans.
Sinclair continues to pace the team this season in scoring with 18.1 points per contest. She has led the team in scoring in 11 games this year. She is also bringing in 4.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 41.7 percent (50-of-120) 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.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee has led Indiana in scoring and in rebounds in each of the last two games. Last time out against Michigan State, she tallied 18 points and had nine boards and hit 4-of-5 free throws. She also tied her season high with three steals against MSU. McGhee scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half against the Spartans. At Ohio State on Jan. 17, McGhee finished with 17 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field with eight rebounds.
McGhee has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven games. For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game and she leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 boards per contest. She is also the team leader in steals. The Anderson, Ind., native has scored in double-figures 11 times this season and 25 times in her career.
SINCLAIR MOVING ON UP
Sinclair is moving into the IU records books in numerous statistical categories beyond scoring points. She has made 50 3-point field goals on the year and needs just six more to crack the top ten for most 3-point field goals made in a season in IU history. For her career, SInclair has made 161 3-pointers, which currently ranks her sixth all-time at IU in 3-point field goals made in a career. She is just six shy of cracking the top five. For her career, Sinclair has shot 38.0 percent from beyond the arc, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.
Through games played as of Jan. 22, Indiana is the only team in the Big Ten that has not allowed an opponent to score 70 points or more in a game this season. Indiana is holding its opponents to 57.9 points per game. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points 11 times and under 50 points on five occasions. IU is 8-3 when teams score less than 60 points against them.
Indiana held Michigan State to just 34.4 percent shooting on Jan. 20 and forced 17 MSU turnovers while grabbing seven steals. IU has held nine opponents to 34.4 percent shooting or lower this season and the Hoosiers are 7-2 in those contests.
SWAT TEAM RETURNS
IU tallied seven blocks against Michigan State on Jan. 20, marking the third time this year Indiana has had seven or more blocks in a game. The Hoosiers had a season high 10 blocks against Clemson on Nov. 28 and had seven rejections at Butler on Dec. 9. In nine games this season, Indiana has skied for five or more blocks as a team. With the 10 blocks against Clemson, it marked the first time an IU team had rejected 10 shots in a game since hitting that mark on Nov. 19, 2004, at Baylor. The 10 blocks tied the school's third best total all-time for a Hoosier squad in a single game.
SECOND HALF EFFORT AGAINST THE SPARTANS
Indiana shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field in the second half against the Spartans on Jan. 20. It marked the fourth time this year that Indiana has shot over 50.0 percent in a half. McGhee scored 16 of Indiana's 31 points in the second half as the Hoosiers outscored MSU in the second stanza, 31-27.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
Senior Linda Rubene has scored eight points in each of the last two games, as she shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) in those two contests. Against Michigan State, Rubene tied a career mark with two blocks while shooting 4-of-6 from the field and had a steal. At Ohio State on Jan. 17, senior Linda Rubene shot 4-of-8 from the field to tally eight points and added a pair of boards.
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 6.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 30.2 minutes per game in 2012-13.
BELL RINGS AGAIN
In the Michigan State game, freshman Nicole Bell was a spark for IU off the bench as she tallied eight points, shooting 3-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed one rebound. Bell scored five points in the final minutes of the first half to give IU's offense some life yesterday against MSU.
Earlier this year, Bell set a new career mark with 16 points against UIC on Dec. 31, shooting 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. She also hade two assists, two rebounds and a steal. Bell has scored in double-figures in four games this season. She has connected on three or more 3-pointers four times this year.
Junior Simone Deloach earned a starting spot in each of the last two games, including her first start at Ohio State on Jan. 17. In IU's five conference games, Deloach is shooting 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the field and is averaging 6.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in Big Ten play.
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.