Feb. 4, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will host Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 5, as IU celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. ET for the 2 p.m. ET tip. Several booths and interactive activities will be setup throughout the Assembly Hall concourse to celebrate the day. The game can be heard on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. It will also be available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Four of Indiana's final six regular season games down the stretch in February will be played at home in Bloomington.
In the last meeting between Indiana and Iowa, it was a shoot out at Assembly Hall on Feb. 27, 2011, but the Hawkeyes outlasted the Hoosiers, 93-79.
Aulani Sinclair ranks ninth in all of Division I NCAA women's basketball in free throw percentage at 89.4 percent, that mark also leads the entire Big Ten.
Sasha Chaplin accomplished a career-high 16 rebounds at Penn State on Feb. 2, marking her fourth-consecutive game with 10 or more rebounds.
Milika Taufa led the Hoosiers in scoring at Penn State, marking the first time in her career she has led her teammates in scoring for a single game.
Career Record: 140-157 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-94 (6th year)
Career Record: 580-284 (28th year)
Iowa Record: 224-142 (10th year)
IOWA AT A GLANCE
The Hawkeyes arrive in Bloomington riding a two-game winning streak with wins over No. 13 Purdue and at Wisconsin in their last two contests. Unfortunately, Iowa's leading scorer Jaime Printy (16.9 ppg) will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Morgan Johnson and Kamille Wahlin will look to fill that void as they each average double-figure points per game. Johnson pours in 14.7 points per contest and paces the team with 6.9 boards per game. Wahlin scored 11.5 per game and will look to dial in from long distance a she shoots 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. As a team, Iowa takes advantage of getting the free throw line, as it shoots 80.0 percent from the charity stripe. The Hawkeyes are also outrebounding their opponents by a +2.3 margin each game out.
BIG SASH BATTLING FOR BOARDS
Sasha Chaplin skied for a career-high 16 rebounds at Penn State on Feb. 2. That marked the fourth-consecutive game in which the redshirt junior has had 10 or more rebounds, and her sixth game overall on the year with double-digit boards. For her career, Chaplin has had 11 games of 10 rebounds or more.
At Northwestern on Jan. 29, Chaplin accomplished her third double-double of the season with a season-high tying 15 points and added 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.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has appeared in all of Indiana's 23 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 8.6 points and 8.0 rebounds.
SINCLAIR ENTERS TOP 10 NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE>
Aulani Sinclair is currently shooting 89.4 percent from the free throw line for the season. Not only does that percentage lead the team, it also leads the entire Big Ten and ranks her ninth in NCAA Division I women's basketball. In conference games only, Sinclair is shooting 96.0 percent (24-of-25), only missing one shot from the charity stripe for the entire Big Ten schedule so far.
From long distance, before the Penn State game, Sinclair had four-consecutive games in which she made three or more 3-point field goals in a game. It began on Jan. 19 vs. Purdue when she connected on four and she followed that with four more at Michigan on Jan. 22. She tied her season high with five 3-pointers vs. Ohio State on Jan. 26 and then ended that span with three makes from beyond the arc against Northwestern on Jan. 29.
Sinclair has scored in double-figures in four of Indiana's last five contests including a career-high 27 points against the Buckeyes on Jan. 26 while adding six rebounds. She hit 5-of-7 3-point field goals that night, marking the second time this season she had 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 12.0 points per game and leads the team in 3-point field goals made.
..AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee continues to lead Indiana in scoring and recently led her teammates in that category at Northwestern on Jan. 29 when scored 16 points. She also had seven rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Wildcats. McGhee has led the team in scoring in eight games this season. For the year, McGhee is averaging 12.9 points per game, and is second on the team in rebounds with 5.8 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 10 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.
Sophomore Milika Taufa led Indiana in scoring at Penn State on Feb. 2, marking the first time she has led Indiana in the scoring column. Taufa also came off the bench at Northwestern on Jan. 29 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. In Big Ten games only, Taufa is averaging 4.3 rebounds per game.
HOME SWEET HOME
For the remainder of the regular season, the Hoosiers will finally enjoy the comforts of home instead of the road. Four of Indiana's final six regular season games will take place in Assembly Hall. Those four games include Feb. 5 vs. Iowa at 2 p.m. ET, Feb. 12 vs. Illinois at 2 p.m. ET, Feb. 19 vs. Michigan at Noon ET and Feb. 23 vs. Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET.
2002 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP REUNION WEEKEND ON FEB. 18-19
The Indiana women's basketball program will welcome back members of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament championship team on Feb. 18-19 for a 10-year reunion weekend. Members of the 2001-02 team and staff will be honored at halftime on Feb. 19 as the Hoosiers take on Michigan at Assembly Hall at Noon ET on BTN.
During the 2002 Big Ten Tournament run, the fifth-seeded Hoosiers topped fourth-seeded Iowa in overtime before defeating top-seeded Purdue in the semifinals. Indiana earned the program's first tournament title with a win over second-seeded Penn State in the championship game, 75-72. The victory gave Indiana an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Heather Cassady was named the tournament's most valuable player, as Jill Chapman was an all-tournament team honoree.
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.