Feb. 12, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will hit the road on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to take on the Michigan State Spartans at 7 p.m. ET in the Breslin Center. The game can be seen as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess. It 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 in a midst of road stretch where it is playing four of five games away from Bloomington as the Hoosiers have just two regular season home games remaining on the schedule.
The Hoosiers shot 50.0 percent from beyond the arc against Wisconsin last time out, marking the second time in three games that IU has shot that percentage or better from 3-point range.
In the last four games, the Hoosier defense has held opponents to just 10.7 percent (3-of-28) from beyond the arc in the second half of games.
Milika Taufa came off the bench at Wisconsin on Sunday to score 11 points and grab a team high seven boards to go along with a season high tying three steals.
Jasmine McGhee has led the Hoosiers in scoring in two of the last three games and has scored in double figures in each of those contests.
Aulani Sinclair is currently 20th on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,068 career points, she is fifth all-time in most 3-pointers made in a career (171) and has hit the sixth most 3-point field goals for a single season with 60 made so far this year.
Career Record: 268-106 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-14 (1st year)
Career Record: 334-178 (18th year)
Michigan State Record: 133-58 (6th year)
MICHIGAN STATE AT A GLANCE
Michigan State welcome Indiana to East Lansing coming off a road loss at No. 8/9 Penn State on Sunday afternoon, 71-56. Junior forward Annalise Pickrel led MSU with 16 points off the bench in that game as the Spartans committed 22 turnovers and PSU took advantage outscoring Michigan State 29-8 in points of turnovers. For the season, Klarissa Bell leads the Spartan offense with 11.6 points per game and is the team leader in assists. Bell is also second on the team 6.1 boards per contest. Pickrel will look to score from the outside as she shoots over 37 percent from long distance and scores 9.5 points per game. Michigan State is the Big Ten leader in team scoring defense, giving up just 50.6 points per game to opponents as opponents shoot less than 35 percent against MSU. The Spartans will also crash the boards as they are second in the league in rebounds with 42.1 rebounds per game and they lead the conference in rebounding margin at +8.3.
INDIANA VS. MICHIGAN STATE, ROUND TWO
Wednesday's matchup will be the second meeting between Indiana and Michigan State as the Spartans topped IU on Jan. 20, 56-46, in Bloomington. MSU's defense dominated the first half of that game as the Spartans took a 29-15 lead into the halftime break. A few minutes into the second half, IU strung together an 8-1 run to cut the Spartan deficit to 10 points, 36-26, with 13:38 to play.
The Spartans then pushed their lead up to 15 points before a Sasha Chaplin layup and an Aulani Sinclair 3-pointer made it a 43-33 contest. Both teams then traded buckets to keep the margin at 10 points in favor of MSU with just under nine minutes to go. Indiana could not get the deficit below 10 points the remainder of the game as the Spartans held on for the win.
IU had a solid defensive effort, forcing 17 MSU turnovers and holding the Spartans to 34.4 percent shooting, but too many Hoosier turnovers was the difference. Indiana's Jasmine McGhee scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half as Nicole Bell and Linda Rubene each finished with eight points The Hoosiers outscored Michigan State in the second half, 31-27, and shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field in the final 20 minutes as a team.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point range at Wisconsin last time out, marking the second time in three games that the Hoosiers have shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc. IU shot a season-best 54.5 percent from 3-point range against Ohio State on Feb. 3 connecting on 6-of-11 from long distance in that game. The last time an IU team shot 50 percent or better against two Big Ten opponents during regular season play came during the 2008-09 season.
The Hoosiers have shot 40.0 percent or better from beyond the arc in 10 games this season and IU is 7-3 when it hits that percentage or higher. The last time an Indiana team shot 40.0 percent or better 10 times in a season came during the 2007-08 campaign when IU also 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.
The Indiana defense put the clamps down on Wisconsin in the final 20 minutes of Sunday's game in Madison. The Hoosiers held the Badgers to just 21 points, while holding UW to 30.8 percent shooting for the half, including 0-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Coming out of the halftime break throughout the season, IU has held five opponents under 25 points in the second half of games. In seven contests, the Hoosiers have held opponents to 31 percent shooting or lower from the field in the final 20 minutes. In 17 games this season, the Indiana defense has caused opponents to shoot 30 percent or lower from 3-point range in the second stanza. In Indiana's last four games that include at Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State and at Wisconsin, those four teams combined to shoot 3-of-28 (10.7 percent) from beyond the arc in the second half against IU's defense, with the last three opponents combining to go just 1-of-19 (5.3 percent) from long distance to those games.
LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR
Through Indiana's 24 games this season, Aulani Sinclair has been on the floor for over 95 percent of the total minutes played. Sinclair has played 913 out of a possible 960 minutes so far this season, playing all 40 minutes 11 times, including in each of IU's last four games. Sinclair leads the Big Ten in averaging 38.0 minutes per game. Jasmine McGhee has played in nearly 90 percent of the total minutes played by the Hoosiers this season and is sixth in the league with 36.0 minutes played per game. Freshman Nicole Bell has been called upon to start at the point guard position with Andrea Newbauer being out with a wrist injury and in the last four games has played 155 of 160 total minutes, including a career high 40 minutes at Wisconsin.
Junior Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native, has returned to her early season form in the last few games. On Sunday at Wisconsin, Taufa scored in double figures for the third time this season with 11 points and added a team leading seven rebounds. She shot 5-of-7 from the field and tied her season high with three steals to go with a block. Against Penn State on Feb. 7, Taufa came off the bench to tally nine points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field with five boards and three steals. On Feb. 3 against Ohio State, 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 5.8 boards per game.
Senior Aulani Sinclair currently sits in 20th place on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,068 career points. She sits just 31 points shy of Tatjana Vesel's (1994-97) total of 1,099 career points for 19th place.
Against Penn State on Feb. 7, Sinclair poured 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 times 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 16.3 points per game. Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 39.2 percent (60-of-153) of her attempts from long distance.
MCGHEE GETTING IT DONE
Senior Jasmine McGhee led the Hoosiers with 14 points at Wisconsin on Sunday, marking the second time in three games that she has led the team in scoring. McGhee has scored in double figures in each of the last three contests, including 12 points against Penn State on Feb. 7 and led IU with six boards in that game. In IU's prior game against Ohio State on Feb. 3, 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.
For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring with 11.8 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 15 times this year and 29 times in her career.
ON THE ROAD DOWN THE STRETCH
Indiana is in a stretch where it is playing four of five contests away from Assembly Hall. The tough road stretch began at Wisconsin and now moves to Michigan State in East Lansing on Wednesday. IU will have a bye weekend before hosting Purdue on Feb. 20. The Hoosiers will then have road games at Illinois on Feb. 23 and at Iowa on Feb. 28. IU will end the regular season at home against Minnesota on March 3.
THE BELL TOLLS
Freshman Nicole Bell has stepped into a starting role in each of the last four games and logged a career best 40 minutes against Wisconsin last time out. She scored six points, shooting 2-of-3 from beyond the arc against Badgers. Bell has hit multiple 3-point field goals in eight games 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.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
Senior Linda Rubene was a spark again off the bench at Wisconsin on Feb. 10. The Gulbene, Latvia, native scored nine points, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and added six rebounds against the Badgers.
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 6.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 28.2 minutes per game in 2012-13.