Feb. 5, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers welcome No. 8/9 Penn State to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 7. The game will tip at 6:30 p.m. ET. The contest will be aired live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington, Mary Murphy and Rob Blackman calling the game. The game can also be heard on IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. 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 held every opponent to 70 points or lower this season.
The Hoosiers shot 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from beyond the arc against Ohio State last time out, which is IU's best percentage from 3-point range this season.
With a pair of 3-point field goals against Ohio State on Sunday, Aulani Sinclair cracked the top five for most career 3-pointers made (167) and is now in the top 10 for most 3-pointers made in a single season (56) in program history.
Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 15 points against OSU and set a career mark for 3-pointers made in a single game with three. McGhee has scored in double figures in 13 games this season and 27 contests in her career.
Freshman Nicole Bell has logged a career best 38 minutes in each of the last two games and scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting against Buckeyes on Sunday.
Career Record: 268-104 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-12 (1st year)
Career Record: 110-70 (6th year)
Penn State Record: 110-70 (6th year)
PENN STATE AT A GLANCE
No. 8/9 Penn State arrives in Bloomington in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference. The Lady Lions earned that top spot by defeating then-No. 13/11 Purdue on Monday night at home, 69-61. Maggie Lucas leads PSU in scoring with 19.8 points per game and shoots 49.2 percent from beyond the arc, the best percentage in the conference. Point guard Alex Bentley scores 12.9 points per game and leads the Big Ten in steals with 3.7 per game. Nikki Green takes care of the paint for the Lady Lions as she averages 8.7 points and 8.7 boards per game. As a team, Penn State leads the conference by scoring 72.8 points per game, but PSU makes a lot of its offense through its defense as it averages 11.6 steals per game, the second best total in the league. The Lady Lions are also aggressive on the boards as they average 42.1 rebounds per game and are outrebounding opponents by a +5.3 margin.
SINCLAIR 20TH ON INDIANA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Senior Aulani Sinclair 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 14 points to her career total against Ohio State on Feb. 3 and now sits at 1,044 career points.
Sinclair has scored in double figures in 16 games this season and leads the team in scoring with 16.6 points per game and adds 4.6 rebounds per contest. She has paced the team in scoring in 13 games this season and is shooting 39.2 percent (56-of-143) 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 48 career games.
MCGHEE GETTING IT DONE OFFENSIVELY AND DEFENSIVELY
Senior Jasmine McGhee led Indiana in scoring against Ohio State on Sunday afternoon with 15 points. She shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, setting a new career mark for most 3-pointers made in a single game. In IU's prior game at Purdue, McGhee shut down the leading scorer for the Boilermakers, Courtney Moses. Moses came into the game averaging over 14 points per game and McGhee held her to 0-of-7 from the field and Moses didn't score a single point.
For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game and she leads the team in rebounding with 6.0 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 13 times this season and 27 times in her career.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot a season-best 54.5 percent from 3-point range against Ohio State on Sunday. The Hoosiers connected on 6-of-11 3-point field goals in the game. It marked the first time this season that IU has shot over 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, and the first time an Indiana team has shot 50.0 percent or better since connecting on 5-of-10 3-pointers against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament last season on March 1, 2012.
The Hoosiers have shot 40.0 percent or better from beyond the arc in nine games this season and IU is 7-2 when it hits that percentage or higher. The last time an Indiana team has shot 40.0 percent or better nine times in a season came during the 2007-08 campaign when IU shot that well in 10 contests. IU tied its season-best mark of 10 made 3-point field goals as a team in the win over UIC on New Year's Eve. Indiana also hit 10 3-pointers against SIUE on Dec. 16.
OUT-BOARDING THE BUCKEYES
The Hoosiers outrebounded Ohio State on Feb. 3, 43-33, marking the second time in Big Ten play and the ninth time overall this year that IU has had more rebounds than its opponent. The Hoosiers are 7-2 in contests when they outrebound their opponent.
Indiana is the only team in the Big Ten that has held every opponent to 70 points or lower in every game this season. IU is holding its opponents to 58.4 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 held back-to-back Big Ten opponents under 60 points as IU only gave up 53 points at Northwestern on Jan. 28 followed by Purdue only scoring 59 points on Jan. 31. 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.
THE BELL TOLLS
Freshman Nicole Bell has stepped into a starting role in each of the last two games and logged a career best 38 minutes in each of those contests. Against Ohio State last time out, Bell scored nine points while shooting 4-of-7 from the field. At Purdue on Jan. 31, she dished for three assists with four points, two boards and a steal. At Northwestern on Jan. 28, Bell played 31 minutes off the bench and finished with 10 points in the game. Bell connected on two 3-point field goals in that game, 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.
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.
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 6.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 28.7 minutes per game in 2012-13.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Junior Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native came off the bench against OSU and skied for eight rebounds to tie for the team lead in that game. Taufa has came down with eight or more boards in nine games this season. She tallied a career mark with 14 boards against UIC on Dec. 31. For the season, Taufa is second on the team in rebounds with 5.7 boards per game.
SINCLAIR MAKING HER MARK
Sinclair is moving into the IU record books in numerous statistical categories beyond scoring points. She has made 56 3-point field goals on the year and has cracked into the top ten for most 3-point field goals made in a season in IU history. For her career, Sinclair has made 167 3-pointers, which now ties her fifth all-time at IU in 3-point field goals made in a career. For her career, Sinclair is shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.