Feb. 1, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will hit the road for the second time this week as they head to Happy Valley to take on Penn State on Thursday, Feb. 2. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from the Bryce Jordan Center. 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
• In the last 10 games between Indiana and Penn State, the Hoosiers have won six of those contests, including two at the Bryce Jordan Center.
• Indiana last won in Happy Valley on Jan. 11, 2009, when the Hoosiers topped the Lady Lions in that contest, 84-77.
• Margins of victory have been close between IU and PSU as of late, with three of the last four matchups being decided by single-digit points.
• With three 3-pointers at Northwestern on Sunday, Aulani Sinclair has now hit three or more 3-point field goals in four consecutive games.
• In Big Ten games only, Sinclair ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage, hitting on 95.7 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe.
• Sasha Chaplin achieved her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 29.
• Indiana had four players score in double-figures for the first time this season at Northwestern.
Career Record: 140-156 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-93 (6th year)
Career Record: 82-65 (5th year)
Penn State Record: 82-65 (5th year)
PENN STATE AT A GLANCE
The Hoosiers arrive at Penn State to face a Lady Lion team which has won five of their last six games. PSU fell in its last time out on the road at Michigan State on Jan. 29, 83-77. The Lions are led by sophomore guard Maggie Lucas, who pours in 19.8 points per game, which ranks her second in the Big Ten. Lucas hits on 40.6 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts and has hit 52 on the season, which is the second best total in the conference. Point guard Alex Bentley scores 14.9 points per game and dishes for 5.3 assists per contest. As a team, Penn State scores 76.1 points per game, ranking them second in the league in that category. The lady Lions also rank second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.444), field goal percentage defense (.338) and 3-point field goal percentage (.366).
At Northwestern on Sunday, four IU players scored in double-figures. It was the first time this season that Indiana had four or more players score 10 or more points in a game. Jasmine McGhee led the way with 16 points, Sasha Chaplin had 15 points, Aulani Sinclair finished with 11 points and Milika Taufa scored a career-high 10 points.
SINCLAIR SINKS SHOTS
With three 3-pointers in Indiana's game at Northwestern on Jan. 29, Aulani Sinclair has now made three or more 3-point field goals in each of the last four games. She hit four vs. Purdue on Jan. 19, four at Michigan on Jan. 22, five against Ohio State on Jan. 26 and three against the Wildcats on Sunday.
Sinclair has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games, and in five of the last six contests. On Jan. 26 vs. Ohio State, she scored a career-high 27 points against the Buckeyes and added a season-high tying six rebounds. She hit 5-of-7 3-point field goals that night, marking the second time this season she has hit at least five 3-pointers in a game and the fourth time she has hit five or more in her career.
For the season, Sinclair is averaging 12.2 points per game and leads the team in 3-point field goals made, hitting on 39.1 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc. Sinclair has just missed one free throw in conference play this season, shooting 95.7 percent from the free throw line in Big Ten games only to lead the league during conference play.
...AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 16 points at Northwestern on Sunday. McGhee has now led the team in scoring in eight games this season. She also had seven rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Wildcats. For the season, McGhee continues to lead the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game, and is second on the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game. The Anderson, Ind., native has tallied double-figure points in 12 games this season and has grabbed at least one steal in eight of IU's nine conference games, including three games with three or more steals. She has scored 20 points or more three times this season. 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.
BIG SASH DOING BIG THINGS
Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin delivered for the Hoosiers when they needed it most at Northwestern on Jan. 29. Chaplin accomplished her third double-double of the season with a season-high tying 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Chaplin shot 6-of-14 from the field and was 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also had two blocks and a steal.
Chaplin has recorded 10 or more rebounds in each of the last three games and paces the team in rebounding with 6.4 caroms per contest. She has had double-digit rebounds in five games this year. Chaplin also leads the team in field goal percentage.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has appeared in all of Indiana's 22 games this season, marking the most games she has played in a single season during her career. She appeared in just two games last year, 20 games as a sophomore and eight games as a true freshman. In Big Ten games only, Chaplin is averaging 8.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest.
Sophomore Milika Taufa came off the bench at Northwestern on Sunday to score a career-high 10 points against the Wildcats, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the field. Taufa also brought in six rebounds on the afternoon. For the year, Taufa is averaging 4.0 rebounds per game and has grabbed six or more boards in a game on five occasions.
BTN WILDCARD GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED
The Big Ten announced the game times for Indiana's two BTN wildcard games against Wisconsin and at Purdue at the end of February. The Hoosiers will battle Wisconsin at home at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 23. That contest will be a live web broadcast on BTN.com. IU will take on the Boilermakers in West Lafayette at Noon ET on Sunday, February 26. Indiana and Purdue will play live on BTN to conclude the regular season.
BIG TEN ROAD WARRIORS
Sunday's game with Penn State will end a stretch where Indiana will have played six out of nine conference games away from Bloomington. Road stops during that nine-game stretch included Minnesota (Jan. 2), Nebraska (Jan. 5), Michigan State (Jan. 12), Michigan (Jan. 22), Northwestern (Jan. 29) and Penn State (Feb. 2). Indiana will play four of its final six regular season games at Assembly Hall.
BATTLING FOR BOARDS
Indiana outrebounded Ohio State on Jan. 26, 53-42. IU has outrebounded their foes in four of the last six games and in 11 games overall this season. The Hoosiers are currently ranked third in the Big Ten in rebounds, bringing down 41.8 boards per contest. Indiana also ranks first in the league in offensive boards with 16.2 per game. The Hoosiers have skied for 50 or more rebounds four times this season and hold a 3-1 record in those games.