Indiana is home to host Iowa at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday at Assembly Hall.
ON THE AIR
The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. In addition, the broadcast can be accessed worldwide on the internet at iuhoosiers.com.
Senior captain Jamie Gathing will not play, as she is out for the year after sustaining a knee injury during individual workouts.
Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 60-53 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 284-156 career mark in her 16 seasons as a head coach. Bennett is coming off a summer in which she served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Pan American Games, helping the team to a silver medal.
Fourth-year head coach Lisa Bluder leads the Hawkeyes into Sunday's game. Bluder owns a 426-187 career record and a 70-45 mark at Iowa. The 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bluder was a three-time honoree as the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year during her 10 years as head coach at Drake, where she compiled a 187-106 record to go with three conference championships.
HEAD TO HEAD
Kathi Bennett and Lisa Bluder have a prolonged history as adversaries, both in the MVC (Bennett at Evansville and Bluder at Drake) and in the Big Ten, with Bluder stringing together an 12-3 all-time mark against Bennett.
The two coaches have split their last four head-to-head meetings.
WHAT IT MEANS
An Indiana win would:
* Be the third Hoosier victory in the last five meetings between Indiana and Iowa.
* Move the Hoosiers to 7-2 in home games played against teams not ranked in the top 25 this year.
* Be the second consecutive over Iowa at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers claimed an 89-68 win over the Hawkeyes in Bloomington last year. Indiana has not won consecutive home games over the Hawkeyes since an 82-58 win in 1984 was followed by a 57-49 victory in 1995.
* Snap Iowa out of its current hot streak. The Hawkeyes have won six of their last eight games.
* Improve Indiana to 3-5 vs. Iowa under Kathi Bennett (.375 pct.) In the 30 games prior to Bennett's arrival, Indiana was 4-26 against Iowa (13.3 pct.)
* Snap a current six-game losing streak that the Hoosiers are currently in the midst of. The streak is the longest since last year's Indiana squad dropped seven straight.
An Indiana loss would:
* Improve Iowa's record in the all-time series between the two teams to 33-12. Only Purdue (34 wins) and Ohio State (35 wins) have more victories in the all-time series against the Hoosiers.
* Improve Iowa to 12-7 against Indiana in games played at Assembly Hall.
* Keep the Hoosiers from winning back-to-back home games against the Hawkeyes. In the series history, Indiana has won consecutive home games only twice against Iowa (1984 and 1985, then in 1994 and 1995).
* Mark the fourth consecutive home defeat for Indiana after the Hoosiers had started the season with a 6-1 record in games played at Assembly Hall.
Junior Jenny DeMuth will soon become the 18th player in Indiana history to score 1,000 career points. DeMuth has 972 career points entering Sunday's game. In the likely event she reaches the 1,000-point plateau this year, DeMuth would become only the eighth player in school history to accomplish the feat in her junior year.
The Indiana women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought battle to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 72-65 on January 15.
The second-half was an all out battle of back-to-back scoring from both ends of the floor, but for every Indiana offensive surge, the Hawkeyes answered back. Iowa had its largest lead of the night at 19 points with two and a half minutes remaining. The Hoosiers then went on a 16-4 run, led by Jenny DeMuth and Carrie Smith to pull within seven, but it wasn't enough as Iowa went on to capture the win.
Free throw shooting and turnovers were the major differences in the game. The first Hoosier didn't make it to the line until the 11:56 mark in the second half. Overall, Indiana was 4-12 from the line and Iowa was 15-20. The Hoosiers turned the ball over a season high 27 times in the contest, leading to 23 Iowa points.
DeMuth finished with a Big Ten career-high 26 points and added seven rebounds. DeMuth also had a career-high seven steals to tie her for fourth in IU's record book for steals in a single game.
With the win, Iowa extended its winning streak over Indiana in games played in Iowa City to eight games.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana comes off a 48-36 defeat at the hands of Northwestern in Evanston Thursday.
Cyndi Valentin led all scorers with 15 points, but the game was lost on horrendous shooting from the field. As a team, the Hoosiers shot 12-of-52 from the field (23.1 pct), including a 4-for-24 showing in the second half (16.7 pct).
Several players struggled in the contest, with Jenny DeMuth going 1-for-14 from the field.
NOTING THE LAST GAME
Indiana's bench provided very little on the stat sheet Thursday, shooting a combined 1-for-13 from the field (.077 pct)
The lack of production from the Indiana bench has been a huge problem in the last six games. When Leah Enterline is excluded (she no longer comes off the bench), Indiana's reserves have shot a combined 10-for-64 from the field (.156 pct) in the last six games (all losses).
The bench has been particularly bad over the last four games, going 3-for-35 (.086 pct)
Bench Production (Enterline Excluded)
Opponent Points FG Pct.
Northwestern 2 1-for-13 (.077 pct)
Illinois 0 0-for-8 (.000 pct)
Penn State 3 1-for-5 (.200 pct)
Ohio State 2 1-for-9 (.111 pct)
Minnesota 6 3-for-16 (.188 pct)
Purdue 9 4-for-13 (.308 pct)
5-game total 20 10-for-64 (.156 pct)
The Hoosiers have lost six straight games, including a four-game stretch in the schedule in which three games were played against top-15 teams (No. 8 Purdue, at No. 14 Minnesota and vs. No. 5 Penn State. In addition, Indiana faced Ohio State in Columbus. The Buckeyes were receiving votes in that week's A.P. poll.
Of the Hoosiers' remaining four games, only one is against a team that currently ranks in the top-25 (No. 17/15 Michigan State).
FRESHMEN TURNING CORNER
Sarah McKay and Leah Enterline have combined to register five double-figure scoring efforts in the last five games.
In fact, over a three game stretch vs. Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois, McKay averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
On the year, Indiana's five freshmen have combined for 14 double-figure scoring efforts.
HELPING FIND THE CURE
A $10,000 donation was made by the Vera Bradley Foundation to the IU Foundation to help fund breast cancer research at the Hoosiers' game against Purdue at Assembly Hall on January 25.
The original goal of the game was for Vera Bradley to donate $10,000 if 10,000 fans were in attendance. However, a furious snowstorm that buried the Bloomington area with five inches of snow and made the roads extremely hazardous the morning of the game kept the crowd at 7,110. With over 10,000 tickets sold prior to the day of the event, the Vera Bradley Foundation still moved forward with the donation, citing the fact that had the weather cooperated, the attendance goal would have easily been reached.
DEFENSE THE DIFFERENCE
Following is a breakdown comparing Indiana's performance in its 10 wins against its 13 losses. It is clear that defense and turnovers are two of the biggest factors.
Points scored per game in wins 69.4
Points allowed per game in wins 56.1
Points scored per game in losses 57.5
Points allowed per game in losses 70.0
Field goal percentage in wins .408
Field goal percentage in losses .368
Field goal percentage defense in wins .379
Field goal percentage defense in losses .470
Turnover margin in wins +2.4
Turnover margin in losses -2.2
DEMUTH STARTS WITH "D"
Jenny DeMuth had four steals against Illinois and had seven steals against Iowa earlier in the year, setting a new career high and matching the fourth-highest single-game total in school history.
Ranking fourth in the Big Ten with 2.65 steals per game, DeMuth also has a pair of six steal games this year (vs. Wisconsin and Cornell) to go with two five-steal efforts (vs. Western Illinois and North Texas.)
DeMuth has 61 steals on the year. She was the team leader in steals last year with 50. On her current pace, DeMuth would finish the year with 72 steals, a mark that would rank fourth on Indiana's single-season chart and would be the highest figure since Pam Fritz made 77 steals in 1989.
DEMUTH LEADS THE WAY
Averaging 18.1 points per game, Jenny DeMuth is on pace to score 488 points this year, a mark that would put her at 1,044 points for her career.
Kodak/WBCA All-America nominee Jenny DeMuth has earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice this year, once after scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Western Illinois. With the Hoosiers trailing by 16 with 10:55 remaining in the contest, DeMuth went on a 17-0 run by herself to give Indiana the lead and set up the eventual IU victory.
She was the Big Ten Player of the Week after earning all-tournament and tournament MVP honors at the Indiana Classic in addition to being an all-tournament team selection at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
The Highland, Ind., native scored 20 or more points 10 times and has six double-doubles on the year.
DEMUTH'S BREAKOUT YEAR
Jenny DeMuth is enjoying the biggest breakthrough season of any Big Ten player. Following is a comparison of Jenny DeMuth's stats this year compared to her first two seasons:
VALENTIN LEADS BIG TEN
Bloomington native Cyndi Valentin leads all Big Ten sophomores in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. In addition, Valentin leads all Big Ten players in free throw percentage at .908 pct.
Big Ten Sophomore Leaders
Points Per Game
1) Cyndi Valentin (Indiana) 14.9
2) Lindsay Bowen (Michigan State) 13.6
3) Ashley Josephson (Wisconsin) 12.8
4) Liz Shimek (Michigan State) 11.1
5) Ifeoma Okwonkwo (Northwestern) 9.5
Among tandems in which both players return next year, DeMuth and Valentin are the highest-scoring in the Big Ten.
Big Ten's Highest-Scoring Duos*
1) J. DeMuth/C. Valentin (Indiana) 33.0
2) A. Williams/T. Guthrie (Illinois) 30.9
3) C. Matter/J. Davenport (Ohio State) 27.2
4) T. Wright/J. Strom (Penn State) 24.9
5) L. Bowen/L. Shimek (Michigan State) 24.7
* Both players in the duo must return to their respective teams next season.
Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. The two players have combined to score 758 of Indiana's 1441 points (52.6 percent).
The two have combined to register 15 20-point or more scoring games and score 20 or more points in the same game on four separate occasions (vs. NC State, Western Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio State).
IU AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST
Indiana is the fourth-youngest team in the nation in terms of average age of players and the youngest team in the nation among the BCS conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC)
Team Avg. Age
1. Wofford 18.77
2. Loyola (Md.) 18.8
3. Utah State 18.9
4. Indiana 19.0
4. Hawaii 19.0
6. Texas Tech 19.08
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. Central Florida 19.2
8. Michigan State 19.2
9. Northern Arizona 19.3
9. New Hampshire 19.3
MCKAY SETS FROSH RECORD
Sarah McKay is emerging as a name to remember for Indiana. Standing 6-7 and only a freshman, McKay averages 2.7 blocked shots per game against Big Ten opponents and set a new Indiana single-game freshman record with her six-block performance at Illinois. McKay is on pace to block 50 shots this year, a mark that would be a new Indiana freshman record.
Freshman Sarah McKay had a huge day against Ball State in the non-conference finale. McKay scored 24 points (the sixth-best single-game mark ever for a freshman at Indiana) and hauled in 16 rebounds (the fifth-highest single-game mark ever for a freshman at Indiana).
Her 24-point effort against Ball State came on the heels of a 19-point performance against Arkansas two games prior and a nine-point, 10-rebound showing against Western Illinois immediately before.
McKay started the season on the Hoosier bench, but has worked her way into the regular rotation and eventually into the starting lineup.
Over a three game span vs. Arkansas, WIU and Ball State, McKay averaged 17.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
McKay is one of three freshmen to start for IU this year.
ENTERLINE SETS RECORD
When Leah Enterline dished out eight assists at NC State on December 14, she established a new Indiana freshman record, surpassing the mark of seven assists, accomplished by Heather Cassady in 1999 and Kristi Green twice in 1996.
NOT OVER 'TILL ITS OVER
Indiana has demonstrated the ability to come back when down by large margins on multiple occasions this year. Following is a look at the Hoosiers' most significant comebacks.
Nov. 28 - IU trailed Mississippi State, 55-34 (21-point deficit) with 12:24 remaining before going on a 33-13 run to bring the score to 68-67 with 19 seconds remaining. The Hoosiers had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but a costly traveling violation gave the ball back to the Bulldogs. With the shot clock turned off, IU was forced to foul and send MSU to the line, where the Bulldogs went on to ice their 70-67 win.
Dec. 7 - Indiana trailed at Georgetown, 23-9 in the first half before erupting behind Leah Enterline's career-high 17 points (15 in the deciding second half) to claim a 72-62 win.
Dec. 22 - IU trailed Western Illinois, 54-38 (16-point deficit) with 11:33 remaining before Jenny DeMuth went on a 17-0 run by herself to give Indiana a 55-54 lead with 6:23 remaining and set up an 81-74 Indiana win.
Feb. 1 - Indiana trailed at Ohio State by as many as 17 points in the second half and found themselves down 16 with the score 67-51 and 3:46 remaining, but went on a 14-4 run to close out the game, eventually falling 71-65.