Feb. 10, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will welcome Illinois to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 12, for a 2 p.m. ET tip. Indiana will THINK PINK on Sunday for breast cancer awareness. Any fans wearing pink to the game will gain admission for only $2 for tickets purchased at the door. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast by visiting video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
In six of the last seven meetings between Indiana and Illinois, the outcome has been decided by a margin of less than 10 points, including in each of the last three contests in the series.
Indiana topped the Fighting Illini in the last meeting between the two schools with a 59-52 triumph in Champaign on Feb. 10, 2011.
The Hoosiers outrebounded Iowa by its biggest margin of the season on Feb. 5, 49-30, marking the 12th time this season that IU has won the battle of the boards.
Sasha Chaplin has led Indiana in either scoring or rebounding in seven of the last 10 games, including her season-high 20 points the last time out against Iowa.
In her last three games, Milika Taufa has averaged 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest, which includes her career-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points vs. Iowa.
Career Record: 140-158 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-95 (6th year)
Career Record: 67-90 (5th year)
Illinois Record: 67-90 (5th year)
BIG SASH WITH BIG PLAY
In seven of Indiana's last 10 games, redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin has led Indiana in either scoring or rebounding. That includes her season-high 20 points against Iowa on Feb. 5, where she also added eight rebounds while shooting 6-of-14 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Chaplin has now scored in double-figures in nine games this season, and in two of the last three contests. Her 20 points marked the first time she had scored 20 or more points since Dec. 22, 2009, when she tallied a career-high 22 points vs. Toledo.
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.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has appeared in all of Indiana's 24 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. For the season, Chaplin is averaging 8.3 points and bringing in a team-high 6.9 rebounds per contest.
...AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Junior Jasmine McGhee scored in double-figures for the 13th time this season with 14 points and added eight rebounds against Iowa on Feb. 5. McGhee also had a steal and block. For the season, the junior is leading the team in scoring averaging 12.9 points per game and she is second on the team in rebounding with 5.9 per contest. The Anderson, Ind., native has grabbed at least one steal in nine of IU's 11 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.
GET THAT REBOUND
Indiana won the rebounding against Iowa on Sunday, 49-30. The Hoosiers have outrebounded their opponent in 12 games this season. The +19 margin against the Hawkeyes is IU's biggest rebounding margin of the season. Indiana had 21 offensive boards in the game and scored 16 second-chance points off of those rebounds. IU ranks third in the league in overall rebounding (42.3) and first in offensive boards (16.3) per game.
SINCLAIR WILL TAKE THE FREEBIES
Junior Aulani Sinclair is currently shooting 89.4 percent from the free throw line for the season, which ranks her second in the Big Ten. In conference games only, Sinclair is connecting on 96.0 percent (24-of-25) of her attempts from the charity stripe to lead the league during Big Ten play.
During a stretch between Jan. 19 and Jan. 29, the Eminence, Ind., native hit three or more 3-pointers in four consecutive games. It began on Jan. 19 vs. Purdue when she connected on four 3-point field goals 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.
For the season, Sinclair is averaging career-best 11.6 points per game and also paces the team in 3-point field goals made this season with 43, which is also a career-best for a single season.
SIMEONE STARTS IT OFF
Simone Deloach started for the first time this season on Feb. 5 against Iowa and finished with six points and eight rebounds in the game. Deloach has now started six games in her career. Deloach also had a season-best two steals on the day. The Round Rock, Texas, native has appeared in 10 games this season while coming back from offseason knee surgery. The sophomore tallied her first career double-double vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, when she tallied career-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
IT'S TAUFA TIME
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. She followed that performance with eight points and team-high nine rebounds against Iowa on Sunday. In her last three games, Taufa has averaged 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds.
NEWBAUER DISHES THE ROCK
Sophomore Andrea Newbauer dished for a team-high six assists against Iowa on Feb. 5. Newbauer has had five or more assists in six games this season and leads the team in that category overall this season with 3.5 assists per contest, which ranks her 11th in the conference.
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.