Jan. 25, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will host No. 9 Ohio State on Thursday, Jan. 29, in Bloomington. The game will tip from Assembly hall at 8 p.m. ET. The contest will be aired live on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Mary Murphy calling the action. The game can also be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play.
DID YOU KNOW?
The last time Ohio State visited Assembly Hall, Indiana topped the then-No. 4 Buckeyes, 67-62, on Jan. 31, 2010.
The Hoosiers have topped Ohio State in two of the last three meetings that have taken place in Bloomington.
Thursday's game will mark Indiana's first meeting against at top 10 team since the Buckeyes last visited Assembly Hall in 2010.
Aulani Sinclair connected on four 3-point field goals in each of the last two games, making it three times this year that she has hit on four or more 3-pointers in a game and the seventh time in her career.
Sinclair currently ranks second in the Big Ten and 16th in all of Division I women's basketball in free throw percentage, hitting on 87.9 percent of her free throw attempts.
Jasmine McGhee continues to lead the Hoosiers in the scoring column this season, averaging 13.2 points per game.
Career Record: 140-154 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-91 (6th year)
Career Record: 759-288 (34th year)
Ohio State Record: 255-63 (10th year)
OHIO STATE AT A GLANCE
Ohio State arrives in Bloomington riding a four game winning streak and 19-1 record overall. The Buckeyes as a team lead the conference in scoring, putting up 78.8 points per game. Ohio State is led by Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis. Hill is the Big Ten's leading scorer averaging 21.6 points per game, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field. She is also the team leader in 3-point field goal shooting, hitting 45.1 percent of her attempts. Prahalis scores 18.7 points per game, which ranks her fourth in the league. She also paces the team and conference in assists, dishing for 6.9 per game. As a team, the Buckeyes shoot 47.8 percent from the floor, which leads the conference. OSU also leads the conference from beyond the arc, hitting 37.7 percent for its 3-point field goal attempts.
SINCLAIR RAINING 3'S
Aulani Sinclair hit four 3-point field goals vs. Purdue on Jan. 19 and followed that with four more 3-pointers at Michigan on Jan. 22. Sinclair has hit four or more 3-pointers in a game three times this season. For her career, she has hit four or more shots from beyond the arc in a single game seven times. The junior connected on a career-high seven 3-point field goals at FIU last season on Dec. 18, 2010.
Against Purdue on Thursday, Sinclair scored a team-high 20 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also brought down a season-high six rebounds in the game. She had 14 points at Michigan.
For the year, Sinclair is averaging 11.5 points per game and leads the team in 3-pointers made while shooting 36.8 percent (36-of-95) from beyond the arc. Sinclair is shooting 87.9 percent from the free throw line for the year, which ranks her second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally. Sinclair has scored in double-figures 11 times this season and has led the team in scoring seven times this year.
MCGHEE CONTINUES TO LEAD
Jasmine McGhee finished with a team-high 15 points at Michigan on Jan. 22 to go along with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. McGhee has tallied double-figure points in three of the last four games and has grabbed at least one steal in six of IU's seven conference games, including two games with four or more steals. In conference games only, McGhee averages 2.0 steals per contest. She has scored in double-figures 11 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 13.2 points per contest, and is second on the team in rebounding, bringing in 5.7 boards per game.
BIG SASH GETTING BOARDS
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 14 of those contests. The redshirt junior currently leads the team in rebounding bringing down 6.0 boards per contest. Chaplin led the Hoosiers in the rebounding category at Michigan on Jan. 22, bringing down 10 caroms in that contest. Twice this season, Chaplin has accomplished a double-double and has grabbed eight or more rebounds in a game six times. For the season, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native is averaging 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
NEWBAUER DISHES THE ROCK
Andrea Newbauer led IU with five assists at Michigan on Sunday. It marked the fifth time this season that Newbauer has dished for five or more assists. The sophomore has led the team in that category in 15 games this season. Newbauer is ranked sixth in the conference in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.4 assist/turnover mark.
TAUFA EARNING HER TIME
Milika Taufa has earned some playing time with her hustle. The sophomore from Hawaii has brought down four or more rebounds in six of Indiana's seven conference games. At Michigan on Jan. 22, Taufa had six rebounds in the game and added four points and a steal. For the year, Taufa is averaging 4.1 rebounds per game, which includes two games where she had a career-high seven boards.
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 two of the next three 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).
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. With a block at Michigan, McCurty currently has 27 blocks on the season, which puts her just four 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 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest so far in her freshman campaign.