Feb. 11, 2011
|No. 23 PENN STATE (20-6, 9-3) vs. INDIANA (9-15, 3-9)
||Feb. 13, 2011
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
||Big Ten Network
Mike Wolf and Stephanie White
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
||The annual Pink Zone Game takes place on Sunday. Fans wearing pink receive admission to game for $2 and first 200 fans receive a pink water bottle.
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes the Penn State Lady Lions to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 13, for a 12:30 p.m. ET tip. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Stephanie White calling the action from Bloomington. The game can also be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has won six of the last nine meetings against Penn State in the overall series, including winning the last four games played in Bloomington. The Lady Lions have not won in Assembly Hall since Jan. 16, 2005.
At Illinois on Thursday, seniors Jori Davis, Hope Elam and Whitney Lindsay combined to score 50 of Indiana's 59 points in the victory. Davis led all scorers with 24 points as Elam and Lindsay each finished with 13.
Davis has cracked the top 10 on Indiana's all-time career scoring list with 1,466 points during her tenure at IU. She surpassed Lisa Furlin's (1993-96) mark of 1,451 points against the Illini on Thursday night.
Indiana has played in 12 games this season that were decided by seven points or fewer. The Hoosiers are 6-6 in those contests, including the win at Illinois on Thursday night.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall as a head coach. She has a career mark of 135-134 (.502) and is 81-71 (.533) at the Hoosier helm. Penn State Head Coach Coquese Washington is in her fourth season overall, all of which have been with the Lady Lions. Washington has a career record of 61-56 (.521).
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the Michigan Wolverines on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. ET. After a week off, Indiana will then head to Wisconsin to battle the Badgers on Feb. 23 before returning home to Bloomington for the final game of the regular season against Iowa on Feb. 27.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
Penn State comes to Indiana sitting a half game back of first place in the conference and winners in five of its last six games. The Lady Lions fell in their last outing to No. 11/13 Michigan State on Thursday night, 60-49. In that game, PSU shot just 32.7 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers. Mia Nickson led the way for Penn State with 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting and nailing 10-of-11 free throws on the night. Freshman Maggie Lucas scored 15 points and had three steals in the game.
On the season, Lucas leads the team in scoring with 16.7 ppg and has hit 90 3-point field goals on the season, which is the second-highest total in the country so far this season. Lucas hits on 45.5 percent of her 3-point attempts which is the highest percentage in the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally. Alex Bently scores 14.9 ppg and leads the team in assists (5.3 apg). Mia Nickson adds 10.4 ppg with 6.7 rpg and paces her teammates hitting 54 percent of her shots, as Zhaque Gray rounds out PSU double-figure scorers at 10.0 ppg.
As a team, Penn State leads the Big Ten in scoring (79.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.449), 3-point field goal percentage (.442) and rebounds (41.8 rpg).
INDIANA VS. PENN STATE, PART ONE
Indiana and Penn State met once already this season in State College, Pa., on Jan. 23. The Lady Lions topped IU in that contest, 82-69. Indiana trailed by 12 just after the half and scored 10-consecutive points over a 1:42 span to cut the lead to two, 42-40. Indiana would continue to battle cutting the lead to two on four more occasions throughout the half at 44-42, 49-47, 61-59 and 63-61, but IU could not get a timely stop or bucket to climb over the hump to tie or take a lead. The Lady Lions ended the game outscoring the Hoosiers 19-8 over the final 5:21 to earn the win.
Seniors Hope Elam and Jori Davis combined to score 31 of IU's 39 points in the second half that game. Davis scored 26 points and Elam finished with 21 in the effort. Elam tied a career-high by connecting on five 3-point field goals during that day. The biggest difference in the game was the rebounding margin, as Penn State won the battle of the glass, 61-39.
The Hoosiers earned a road Big Ten victory at Illinois' Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 10. The 59-52 win snapped a nine-game skid for the Hoosiers and marked Indiana's first road win since Jan. 2 at Minnesota. Jori Davis netted 24 points to lead all scorers as Hope Elam and Whitney Lindsay added 13 points each.
Elam, a Champaign, Ill., native, started the game hitting her first four shots, including her first three 3-point attempts. Davis took control in the second half by answering anytime the Illini made a push as Illinois reduced the deficit to one on two different occassions. Lindsay sealed the deal for IU hitting 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win, scoring the last seven points of the contest.
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 six games, Davis has tallied 14 or more points in those contests, including four of those games netting 20 points or more.
On the season, Davis leads the team averaging 18.5 points and 5.6 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, eighth in assists (3.5 apg) and sixth in steals (2.0 spg).
In Big Ten games, Davis is second in the conference in scoring with 19.8 points per game, and is eighth in assists (3.5 apg).
In the last six contests, Davis has led the team in scoring in five of those games and is averaging 20.5 ppg over that span. Overall on the year, the Rochester, N.Y., native has led the team in scoring on 15 occassions and has tallied double-figure points on 24 times including the last 14 game consecutively.
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.
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.
HOPE SHINES IN HOMETOWN FINALE
Champaign, Ill., native, Hope Elam played her final game in her hometown on Thursday as the Hoosiers downed Illinois on the road, and she did not disappoint. The senior scored 13 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and had a steal. She did so hitting her first four shots of the game coming off the bench, including making her first three 3-point attempts.
Elam has tallied 11 or more points in each of the last five games averaging 15.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg. She is shooting 44.7 percent (17-of-38) in those contests, hitting two or more 3-point field goals in each game during that span.
Elam has scored in double figures in 16 games this season, including six of the last eight contests.
LINDSAY IS CLUTCH
At Illinois on Thursday, the Hoosiers held off late surges by the Illini to preserve the road victory. Senior Whitney Lindsay was a big reason why. Lindsay went 9-for-10 from the free throw line during the game, but hit 7-of-8 of those attempts in the final 3:39 of the game to score Indiana's final seven points of the game.
The Mansfield, Ohio, native finished with 13 points in the game, dished for five assists, grabbed two steals and two rebounds. On the season, Lindsay is averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.7 apg and 2.3 spg, which puts her on pace to set career-highs in each category. The senior is shooting 76.3 percent from the line on the year, good for second-best on the team.
JORI CRACKS TOP 10 OF ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Davis keeps climbing the ladder on Indiana's career lists including breaking the top 10 on the all-time scoring list. She now sits in the 10th in scoring and is currently ranks third all-time in career free throws made at Indiana.
With 24 points at Illinois on Thursday, Davis moved into the tenth spot as the senior has now tallied 1,466 points in her career. She surpassed Lisa Furlin's (1993-96) mark of 1,451 against the Illini. Davis now has her sights set on Shirley Bryant (1992-95) for the ninth position. Bryant finished her career with 1,503 points.
Davis also has connected on 411 free throws as a Hoosier. With her four makes against Illinois, Davis now stands alone in third place for most free throws made in a career. She is now 32 makes away from second on the list.