Feb. 2, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana returns home for the first time in two weeks for a two game homestand beginning with the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday, Feb. 3. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. ET and all the action can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game can also be seen online through live streaming at BigTenNetwork.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the first meeting this season, Indiana ended nearly a nine year drought since last winning in Minneapolis with an 80-79 overtime victory. It was IU's first win in Williams Arena since Jan. 4, 2001.
Indiana's strength of schedule is ranked the 24th toughest in the country by CollegeRPI.com.
Indiana's last two victories over Minnesota have came with an overtime period in each win. The Hoosiers took down the Gophers in OT in Bloomington on Jan. 17, 2008, 80-77, then this year defeated Minnesota in the extra frame, 80-79, on Jan. 2.
Senior Jori Davis sits 12th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list and sits just 22 points shy of the 11th spot which is held by Quacy Barnes (1995-98), who finished her career at Indiana with 1,428 points.
Indiana has had two comback victories in Big Ten play this season when it trailed opponents by double-digits late in the game, including the last matchup with Minnesota. The Hoosiers trailed the Gophers by 11 with 12:16 remaining, only to climb back and force overtime and eventually win in the extra frame.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-132 (.504) and is 80-69 (.537) at the Hoosier helm. Minnesota's Pam Borton is in her ninth season guiding the Gophers and it is her 13th year overall as a head coach. Borton has compiled a record of 244-148 (.622) in his career and is 175-102 (.632) while leading Minnesota.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will host Wisconsin for a Sunday afternoon matchup on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. ET. Indiana will then return to the road and head to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Illini on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE GOPHERS
Minnesota arrives in Bloomington winning its last two games over Northwestern on Jan. 27 and Michigan on Jan. 30. In their last outing, the Gophers defeated the Wolverines at home, 60-50. Three players tallied double figures in that game for Minnesota as Jackie Voigt and Kiara Buford each scored 11 points and China Antione finished with 10 points. Kionna Kellogg dominated the boards in the win, pulling down 13 rebounds while scoring eight points.
Buford leads the team in scoring at 15.1 ppg and Leah Cotton also averages double-digit points netting 13.5 ppg. Antoine leads the team in assists, ranking fourth overall in the conference this season and had a great game against the Hoosiers back on Jan. 2. Voigt leads the Gophers in the rebounding department grabbing 6.2 boards per contest.
As a team, Minnesota shoots 41.5 percent from the field. The Gophers will look to crash the boards as they are ranked third in the Big Ten bringing down 14.8 offensive caroms per game in conference games only.
INDIANA VS. MINNESOTA, PART ONE
The Hoosiers and Gophers met once already this season in a thrilling contest in Minneapolis on Jan. 2. Indiana trailed by 11 with 12:16 remaining in the game, but roared back into the game to force overtime. Indiana would go on to win in the extra frame, 80-79.
It was the first win for IU in Williams Arena since Jan. 4, 2001. Senior Jori Davis tied her season-high with 31 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Hope Elam added a season-best 23 and Whitney Lindsay scored 16 in the victory.
HOOSIERS GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
During the 2010 fall semester, the Indiana women's basketball team compiled a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.234 as a team. Ten members of this year's roster boasted a 3.0 or better last fall. Under Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack, the IU women's basketball program has earned a 3.0 GPA or better for seven-consecutive semesters dating back to the fall of 2007.
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. 24 by CollegeRPI.com. Indiana has faced five teams that were ranked this season, and has one more game on the schedule with a team that is ranked in this week's Associated Press and/or ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
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 18.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Her point total ranks her third in the Big Ten in scoring, as she also ranks 15th in the conference in rebounding, eighth in assists (3.6 apg) and sixth in steals (2.2 spg).
In Big Ten games, Davis is tied for first in the league in scoring with 19.7 points per game, and is fifth in assists (3.6 apg). In her last three games, the senior is averaging 21.0 ppg as she tallied 20 against Michigan State, 26 at Penn State and 18 at Purdue. Davis has tallied 20 or more points on nine occassions this season.
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 three times in her career.
JORI CLIMBING INDIANA CAREER LISTS
Davis continues to make her mark in Indiana women's basketball history as she now stands 12th on IU's all-time scoring list and is in fifth place for most free throws made in a career.
The senior has tallied 1,406 points in her career and passed Heather Cassady's (1998-02) mark of 1,301 during the Ohio State game Jan. 5. Sitting ahead of Davis on the list at No. 11 is Quacy Barnes (1995-98), who finished her career at Indiana with 1,428 points.
Davis also has connected on 398 free throws as a Hoosier. With her 12 makes from the charity stripe against Penn State on Jan. 23, and six against Purdue, she now sits alone in the fifth place spot.