Feb. 2, 2013
|INDIANA (10-11, 1-7) vs. OHIO STATE (11-10, 1-7)
||Feb. 3, 2013
||2 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
| Live Web Broadcast
| Game Notes
| Internet Coverage
||@IndianaWBB | @CurtMillerIUWBB
||It's the annual THINK PINK game for breast cancer awareness. Wear pink and receive $2 admission to the game. The first 200 fans receive a free t-shirt.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes Ohio State to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. ET. It’s the annual THINK PINK game. Fans that wear pink receive $2 admission and the first 200 patrons through the door receive a free t-shirt. The game can be heard on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game 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.
• IU has held each of its last two opponents under 60 points, marking the first time an Indiana team has held consecutive Big Ten foes under 60 in over three years.
• Aulani Sinclair now sits in 20th place on Indiana’s all-time career scoring list. With her 11 points at Purdue on Thursday, she has scored 1,030 career points.
• Linda Rubene tied her career high with 13 points at Purdue on Jan. 31. The senior has scored in double figures in four games this season.
• The Hoosiers held Purdue to 59 points on Thursday, marking the 13th time this year that Indiana has held an opponent below 60 points in a game.
• IU’s defense allowed the Boilermakers to shoot just 32.3 percent from the field as the Hoosiers have now held nine opponents to 33.3 percent shooting or lower in a game.
Career Record: 268-103 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-11 (1st year)
Career Record: 776-304 (35th year)
Ohio State Record: 272-80 (11th year)
OHIO STATE AT A GLANCE
Ohio State arrives in Bloomington trying to end a three game losing streak. The Buckeyes topped IU for their lone Big Ten win on Jan. 17 in Columbus, 68-45. Ohio State goes as senior Tayler Hill goes. She is the lone player on the Buckeye roster averaging double figure points, pouring in 21.1 points per game on the season. She is by far and away the team’s leading 3-point shooter, hitting 34.7 percent (50-of-144) of her attempts. She is also the team leader in steals (2.3 spg) and will look to score in transition. Ashley Adams will work down low for the Buckeyes as she leads the team in rebounds with 7.0 boards per game and scores 9.2 points per contest. Senior guard Amber Stokes did not play against IU in the first meeting, but looks to be back in form and will be a major factor in guarding Indiana’s back court. As a team, OSU shoots 45.7 percent from the field, the third best percentage in the conference.
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE, ROUND TWO
This will be the second meeting between Indiana and Ohio State this season as the Buckeyes topped IU in Columbus on Jan. 17, 68-45. The Hoosiers hung with OSU in the first 20 minutes at Value City Arena as the Buckeyes led by just six, 30-24, going into the halftime break.
In the second half, Ohio State went full throttle in its transition game and outscored IU 17-6 in the first 6:32 of the half. The Buckeyes would hold on from there to earn their first Big Ten win of the season.
SINCLAIR SITS ALONE IN 20TH ON INDIANA’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior Aulani Sinclair now sits alone in 20th place on IU’s all-time career scoring list. With a field goal at Northwestern on Jan. 28, Sinclair passed Dani Thrush (1996-99) on the all-time list. Sinclair added 11 points to her career total at Purdue on Thursday and currently has 1,030 career points.
Sinclair has scored in double-figures in 15 games this season and leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game and adds 4.5 rebounds per contest. She has paced the team in scoring in 12 games this season and is shooting 38.6 percent (54-of-140) from 3-point range to lead IU. Sinclair has scored 20 or more points nine times so far this year and has eclipsed 30 points in three contests. The Eminence, Ind., native has scored 10 or more points in 47 career games.
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. The Hoosiers kept that track record intact by holding Purdue to just 59 points on Jan. 31. That was only the fifth time this year that the Boilermakers had failed to score 60 points. IU is holding its opponents to 57.9 points per game, which ranks Indiana fourth in the Big Ten. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points 13 times and under 50 points on five occasions.
For the first time in three years, the Hoosiers have held back-to-back Big Ten opponents under 60 points as IU only gave up 53 points at Northwestern on Jan. 28. IU last accomplished holding consecutive conference foes under 60 points in 2010 when they held Michigan State (1/3/10) and Illinois (1/7/10) under that mark in two straight games.
With Indiana holding both Purdue and Northwestern under that mark on the road last week, it marked the first time a Hoosier team had held two Big Ten opponents under 60 points in consecutive road contests since 2006 when IU held Penn State (1/1/06) and Northwestern (1/12/06) under 60 on the road.
SHUTTING DOWN THE PURDUE’S STARS
Indiana’s defense shut down Purdue’s two leading scorers on Jan. 31. Coming into the game, PU’s Courtney Moses averaged 14.4 points per game and Drey Mingo scored 12.5 points per game to lead the Boilermakers. Indiana held both of those players to a combined 1-of-18 (5.5 percent) shooting as Mingo scored three points and Moses scored none.
THE BELL TOLLS
Freshman Nicole Bell started at Purdue on Jan. 31 and logged a career high 38 minutes in the effort. It was the third start of her young career. She dished for three assists with four points, two boards and a steal. In IU’s prior game to that, Bell played 31 minutes off the bench at Northwestern on Jan. 28 and finished with 10 points in the game. Bell connected on two 3-point field goals, marking the seventh time this season that she had hit multiple 3-pointers in a game. She also had two boards, an assist and added her first career block. She has scored in double-figures in six contests overall this season. In five games this year, Bell has hit three or more 3-pointers in a game.
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 had two assists, two rebounds and a steal in that game.
Senior Jasmine McGhee has scored in double figures and has had eight or more rebounds in three of the last five games. At Northwestern on Jan. 28, McGhee led Indiana with eight boards and added three assists, a steal, a block and scored eight points. Against Michigan on Jan. 24, McGhee tallied 10 points to go along with three boards and two steals. In Indiana’s prior two games to that, McGhee led IU in both scoring and rebounding against Michigan State (Jan. 20) and Ohio State (Jan. 17).
For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game and she leads the team in rebounding with 6.2 boards per contest. She is also the team leader in steals and has shut down opposing stars throughout the season. The Anderson, Ind., native has scored in double-figures 12 times this season and 26 times in her career.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
At Purdue on Jan. 31, senior Linda Rubene led Indiana with 13 points, tying her career high. Rubene shot 6-of-9 from the field, tied for the team lead with six boards and added a steal and an assist. The Gulbene, Latvia, native has scored in double figures in four games this season, including hitting her career high of 13 points three times.
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 6.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 29.4 minutes per game in 2012-13.
SINCLAIR MAKING HER MARK
Sinclair is moving into the IU record books in numerous statistical categories beyond scoring points. She has made 54 3-point field goals on the year and needs just two 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 165 3-pointers, which currently ranks her sixth all-time at IU in 3-point field goals made in a career. She is just two shy of cracking the top five. For her career, Sinclair has shot 37.2 percent from beyond the arc, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.