Feb. 9, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will hit the road to take on Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The game is scheduled to tip at 3 p.m. ET and can be seen as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess. The game can also be heard on IUHoosiers.com and WHCC 105.1 FM 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 leads the all-time series against Wisconsin, 43-20.
The Hoosiers and Badgers played just once last season as Indiana topped Wisconsin in Bloomington, 62-60, on Feb. 23, 2012.
Four of Indiana's next five games will take place away from Assembly Hall as IU has only two home games remaining in the regular season.
Senior Aulani Sinclair led all scorers with 21 points against No. 8/9 Penn State on Feb. 7 and has now tallied 1,065 career points and is 34 points shy of Tatjana Vesel (1994-97) for 19th place on IU's all-time career scoring list.
Senior Jasmine McGhee has scored in double figures in each of the last two games, including 12 points against Penn State on Thursday to go along with a team-leading six boards.
The 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will take place on March 7-10 at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Single session tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 11.
Career Record: 268-105 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-13 (1st year)
Career Record: 19-33 (2nd year)
Wisconsin Record: 19-33 (2nd year)
WISCONSIN AT A GLANCE
Wisconsin welcomes Indiana to Madison after losing a tough road game at Ohio State on Thursday night in double overtime, 65-59. Jacki Gulczynski played all 50 minutes of that game for the Badgers and scored 32 points with 15 rebounds while shooting 12-of-22 from the field, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. For the season, Gulczynski is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wisconsin's offense is led by Morgan Paige who is pouring in 17.2 points per contest while leading the team in 3-point field goals made. Guard Tiera Stephen will look to cause havoc for the Badgers as she is second in the conference in steals (3.0 spg). She also paces the team and is in the top five in the Big Ten in assists with 5.3 per game. The Badgers are 8-4 this season when playing in the Kohl Center and won each of their two conference games at home this year.
Senior Aulani Sinclair led all scorers against No. 8/9 Penn State on Feb. 7, pouring in 21 points to go along with three boards, a block, a steal and an assist. She connected on 3-of-7 3-point field goals against the Lady Lions and has hit on three or more 3-pointers in a game 10 games so far in 2012-13. Sinclair has led the team in scoring in 14 contests this season. She has scored in double figures in 16 games this year and leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 39.3 percent (59-of-150) of her attempts from long distance.
With her point total against PSU, Sinclair has now compiled 1,065 career points and remains 20th on IU's all-time career scoring list. She is 34 points shy of Tatjana Vesel's (1994-97) 1,099 career points for 19th place.
MCGHEE GETS IT DONE
Senior Jasmine McGhee finished with 12 points against Penn State on Thursday and led IU with six boards in the game. McGhee has scored in double figures in each of the last two games and in 14 games overall this season. In IU's prior game against Ohio State, she led the Hoosiers with 15 points while shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, setting a new career mark for 3-pointers made in a single game. On the defensive side at Purdue on Jan. 31, 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. The Anderson, Ind., native has scored in double figures 28 times in her career.
ON THE ROAD DOWN THE STRETCH
Indiana has six regular season games remaining with four of the next five contests taking place away from Assembly Hall. The tough road stretch begins at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon prior to a Wednesday, Feb. 13 bout with Michigan State in East Lansing. IU will have a bye weekend before hosting Purdue on Feb. 20. The Hoosiers will then have road contests at Illinois on Feb. 23 and at Iowa on Feb. 28. IU will end the regular season at home against Minnesota on Sunday, March 3.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Junior Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native, has returned to her early season form in the last few games. Last time out against No. 8/9 Penn State, Taufa came off the bench to tally nine points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field with five boards and tying a season high with three steals. Against OSU oh Feb. 3, Taufa 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 59 3-point field goals on the year which ties her for sixth place for most 3-point field goals made in a season in IU history. For her career, Sinclair has made 170 3-pointers, which now puts 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.
THE BELL TOLLS
Freshman Nicole Bell has stepped into a starting role in each of the last three games and logged a career best 39 minutes vs. Penn State last time out. Against Ohio State on Feb. 3, 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.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot a season-best 54.5 percent from 3-point range against Ohio State on Feb. 3. 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.