Feb. 8, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
|INDIANA (8-15, 2-9) at ILLINOIS (7-17, 2-9)
||Feb. 10, 2011
||8 p.m. ET
||Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
| Live Streaming
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
||Indiana | Illinois
| Internet Coverage
||@IndianaWBB | @rmsheets
Indiana travels to Champaign, Ill., to face the Illinois Fighting Illini on Thursday, Feb. 10. The game is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET and can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest can also be seen online through live streaming on BigTenNetwork.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
This will be the 61st meeting between Indiana and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers hold the advantage in the overall series, 32-28.
Jori Davis now sits alone in the 11th spot on Indiana's all-time career scoring list. She surpassed Quacy Barnes' (1995-98) total of 1,428 against Wisconsin on Sunday finishing with 14 points in that game. Davis is just nine points away from cracking the top 10 as Lisa Furlin (1993-96) sits in 10th place on the list with 1,451 career points.
Senior Hope Elam is averaging 16.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in IU's last four contests scoring 11 or more points in each of those games.
The Hoosiers finished the first semester with a 3.234 Grade Point Average (GPA). Ten players on the roster finished with a 3.0 GPA or better in the fall. The Indiana women's basketball program has earned a 3.0 or better in the classroom for seven-consecutive semesters.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-134 (.500) and is 80-71 (.530) at the Hoosier helm. Illinois' Jolette Law is in her fourth season guiding the Illini and as a head coach overall. Law has compiled a record of 56-68 (.452) during her head coaching career at Illinois.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will return home to battle Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 13, for the annual Pink Zone Game to raise awareness for breast cancer. That game will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET and will air live on the Big Ten Network. Indiana will then travel to Michigan to face the Wolverines on Wed., Feb 16 at 7 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE ILLINI
Illinois welcomes Indiana to Champaign losing seven-consecutive games. The Illini's last win came against the Hoosiers in Bloomington on Jan. 13. Illinois fell to Michigan in its last outing on the road, 69-59. Three players tallied double-figure points led by Karisma Penn's double-double performance with 23 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting. Adrienne GodBold added 16 points off the bench with five steals as Amber Moore finished with 16 points.
On the year, Penn is having herself a season. The sophomore is averaging a double-double with 17.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. She is doing so while also leading the team by shooting 50.8 percent from the field and blocking 2.5 shots per game. Moore adds 8.8 ppg and leads the team in 3-point field goals made on the season with 48. Off the bench, GodBold scores 8.7 ppg. Lydia McCully guides the offense as the junior paces the team with 4.3 assists per game.
As a team, Illinois shoots over 40 percent from the field and block 4.6 shots per game.
INDIANA VS. ILLINOIS, PART ONE
On Jan. 13, these teams met in Assembly Hall in Bloomington with the Illini coming out victorious, 74-67. The game was tight from start to finish. Illinois led by eight at certain points of the second half, but the Hoosiers rallied to open up a four-point lead, 61-57, with 4:39 left to play. The Illini quickly tied the game back, but Davis hit a jumper to push IU back ahead, 63-61. That was the last lead Indiana would enjoy as Illinois netted eight-consecutive points to take control, 69-63, with just 54 seconds to play. IU cut the advantage to four twice in the final minute, but could not get any closer as Illinois earned the win.
Champaign, Ill., native Hope Elam led the way for Indiana with 19 points and seven rebounds in the effort. Jori Davis added 16 points with a career-high seven assists as Alisha Goodwin netted 14 points off the bench for the Hoosiers. Amber Moore was the story for the Illini, as she finished with 27 points hitting 7-of-12 3-point field goals in the process.
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.
DAVIS PUTTING UP ALL-BIG TEN NUMBERS
Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis has put up some big time numbers all season long. In the last five games, Davis has tallied 14 or more points in those contests, including three of those games netting 20 points or more.
On the season, Davis leads the team averaging 18.3 points and 5.7 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, seventh in assists (3.7 apg) and sixth in steals (2.1 spg).
In Big Ten games, Davis is second in the conference in scoring with 19.4 points per game, and is fifth in assists (3.7 apg). In the last four games, Davis has dished for three or more assists in each of those contests including six against the Gophers on Feb. 3.
Davis also owns the conference's highest single-game point total in Big Ten play as she 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.
BATTLING THE BEST
The Hoosiers have battled some of the nation's best teams this season. Indiana's strength of schedule currently ranks No. 35 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.
JORI NOW SITS 11TH ON CAREER SCORING LIST
Davis continues to make her mark in Indiana women's basketball history as she is now in sole possession of the 11th spot on IU's all-time scoring list and is in fourth place for most free throws made in a career.
The senior has tallied 1,442 career points passing Quacy Barnes' (1995-98) with her 14 points against Wisconsin on Feb. 6. Davis is just nine points away from cracking the top 10 as Lisa Furlin (1993-96) sits in 10th place on the list with 1,451 career points.
Davis also has connected on 407 free throws as a Hoosier. With her seven makes against the Gophers, and two against the Badgers, Davis now stands alone in fourh place for most free throws made in a career. She is just one shy of the third-highest mark which is held by Cindy Bumgarner (1985-88).
GIVE US SOME HOPE
In Indiana's last four games, Hope Elam has been on a tear. The senior is averaging 16.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in those four contests. She has tallied double-figure points in each of those games and is shooting 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from 3-point range during the span.
Her recent prowl started at Penn State on Jan. 23 when she netted 21 points with seven rebounds while tying a career mark by nailing five 3-point field goals. On Jan. 30 at Purdue, the senior finished with 18 points to lead the Hoosiers in that category, connecting on a season-high seven field goals overall. Then against Minnesota on Feb. 3, Elam scored 14 points while shooting 5-of-11 from the field. Most recently on Feb. 6 against Wisconsin, Elam tallied 11 points and brought down four boards.
Elam has scored in double figures in 15 games this season, including five of the last seven contests.