Jan. 28, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will take to the first of two-consecutive road games with a matchup at Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Hoosiers and Wildcats will tip at 3 p.m. ET from Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunday's game will mark Indiana's first visit to Welsh-Ryan Arena since Feb. 18, 2010.
The Hoosiers have topped the Wildcats in four of the last five meetings that haven taken place in Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Indiana has won in 12 of the last 14 meetings overall in the series with Northwestern, although the Wildcats have taken two of the last three.
Aulani Sinclair hit 5-of-7 3-point field goals vs. Ohio State on Jan. 26, making it three-consecutive games in which she has hit four or more 3-pointers in a game.
Sinclair currently ranks second in the Big Ten and 13th in all of Division I women's basketball in free throw percentage, hitting on 88.7 percent of her free throw attempts.
Sasha Chaplin and Jasmine McGhee both had big rebounding games against Ohio State on Jan. 26, Chaplin had 11 boards as McGhee finished with a season-high 12 rebounds.
Career Record: 140-155 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-92 (6th year)
Career Record: 565-235 (25th year)
Northwestern Record: 56-61 (4th year)
NORTHWESTERN, ROUND TWO
Indiana travels to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern for the second time this season. The Wildcats edged the Hoosiers in Bloomington on Jan. 8, 69-61. Northwestern fell to Purdue at home in its last time out on Jan. 26, 80-70. NU has three active players averaging double-figure points on the season led by Kendall Hackney's 15.6 points per game. Hackney also brings down 6.1 rebounds per contest. Morgan Jones adds 14.4 points per game and lead the team in 3-point field goals made. Dannielle Diamant scores 13.1 points per game and paces the team in the rebounding department with 6.3 per contest. As a team, the Wildcats shoot 40.2 percent from the field and are forcing opponents to make 17.8 turnovers each game out.
SINCLAIR RAINING 3'S
Aulani Sinclair hit 5-of-7 3-point field goals on her way to a career-high 27 points on Jan. 26 vs. Ohio State. Sinclair has hit four or more 3-pointers in three-consecutive games and four times overall this season. She has hit on at least five 3-pointers in a game twice this season and four times in her career. The junior connected on a career-high seven 3-point field goals at FIU last season on Dec. 18, 2010.
Sinclair's 27 points against the Buckeyes eclipsed her previous career-high of 23 points. She also hit on a career-best nine field goals in the game and went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the game. Sinclair also tied her season high with six rebounds.
For the year, Sinclair is averaging 12.2 points per game and leads the team in 3-pointers made while shooting 39.2 percent (40-of-102) from beyond the arc. Sinclair is shooting 88.7 percent from the free throw line for the year, which ranks her second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally. Sinclair has scored in double-figures 12 times this season and has led the team in scoring eight times this year.
MCGHEE CONTINUES TO LEAD
Jasmine McGhee led the team with 12 rebounds against Ohio State on Jan. 26. McGhee has led the team in rebounding in four games this season, including three where she had 10 or more rebounds. She also added nine points in the game. The Anderson, Ind., native has tallied double-figure points in 11 games this season and has grabbed at least one steal in seven of IU's eight conference games, including two games with four or more steals. She has scored 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 13.0 points per contest, and is second on the team in rebounding, bringing in 5.0 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 15 of those contests. The redshirt junior currently leads the team in rebounding bringing down 6.2 boards per contest. Chaplin had 11 rebounds against Ohio State on Jan. 26 and has tallied 10 or more boards in each of the last two games. Twice this season, Chaplin has accomplished a double-double and has grabbed eight or more rebounds in a game seven times. For the season, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native is averaging 7.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
NEWBAUER DISHES THE ROCK
Andrea Newbauer led IU with five assists at Michigan on Jan. 22. 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 seventh in the conference in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.4 assist/turnover mark.
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 the next two 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 two blocks against Ohio State on Jan. 26, bringing her season total to 29 for the season to lead her teammates. She needs just two more blocks to tie for fifth on the all-time freshman block list for a single 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 5.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest so far in her freshman campaign.
BATTLING FOR BOARDS
Indiana outrebounded Ohio State on Jan. 26, 53-42. IU has outrebounded their foes in four of the last five games and in 11 games overall this season. The Hoosiers are currently ranked fourth in the Big Ten in rebounds, bringing down 41.8 boards per contest. Indiana also ranks first in the league in offensive boards with 16.1 per game.