Feb. 15, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will head to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 9/11 Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 16. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from Value City Arena. The game can be heard live on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the play-by-play. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast by visiting video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thursday's meeting will mark the second time this year that IU has faced a top 10 opponent, Ohio State was also ranked among the nation's top 10 in the earlier meeting between the two schools.
Indiana has faced five teams this season that are currently ranked in this week's national polls.
Indiana's last win over a top-10 team was against Ohio State on Jan. 31, 2010 when IU topped the then No. 4 Buckeyes, 67-62, in Bloomington.
Aulani Sinclair came off the bench against Illinois on Feb. 12 to score a team-high 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, marking the 14th time this year she has tallied double-figure points in a game.
In eight of Indiana's last 11 games, Sasha Chaplin has led the team in either scoring or rebounding, including tying for the team lead with seven rebounds against Illinois last time out.
Jasmine McGhee leads the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game.
Career Record: 140-159 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-96 (6th year)
Career Record: 762-290 (34th year)
Ohio State Record: 258-65 (10th year)
OHIO STATE, ROUND TWO
Indiana will meet No. 9/11 Ohio State for the second time this season on Thursday. The Buckeyes got the best of IU in Bloomington on Jan. 26 with a 73-55 victory. Since that game, OSU has went 2-2, but have won two of its last three games. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (77.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.474), 3-point field goal percentage (.381) and blocked shots (5.6 bpg). Ohio State guards Tayler Hill (21.0 ppg) and Samantha Prahalis (19.8 ppg) combine to score 40.8 points per contest, which accounts for over 50 percent of the team's total point output per game. The duo ranks first and second in the conference in scoring individually. Prahalis also paces the league in assists, dishing for 6.7 per contest.
BIG SASH WITH BIG PLAY
In eight of Indiana's last 11 games, redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin has led Indiana in either scoring or rebounding. That includes her team-high tying seven rebounds against Illinois on Feb. 12. She also had 14 points, while going a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe against the Illini. In IU's previous game before that on Feb. 5 against Iowa, Chaplin poured in a season-high 20 points, marking 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 had 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 25 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 8.6 points and bringing in a team-high 6.9 rebounds per contest.
SINCLAIR SIZZLES AGAIN
Aulani Sinclair came off the bench against Illinois on Feb. 12 and led the team in scoring with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. The junior also had a season-high tying seven rebounds and added two steals. Sinclair had a 6-0 run by herself in the second half on three contested buckets, which tied Indiana with Illinois at 48-48.
For the season, 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. Sinclair is averaging a career-best 11.8 points per game and also paces the team in 3-point field goals made this season with 44, which is also a career-best for a single season.
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.
...AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Junior Jasmine McGhee scored in double-figures for the 14th time this season with 11 points against Illinois on Feb. 12. McGhee also had four rebounds and two steals. For the season, the junior is leading the team in scoring averaging 12.8 points per game and she is second on the team in rebounding with 5.8 per contest. The Anderson, Ind., native has grabbed at least one steal in 10 of IU's 12 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.
A BOOMING BENCH
Against Illinois on Feb. 12, the Hoosier bench scored 40 of the team's 60 total points, which accounted for 66.7 percent of the team's scoring for the game. In seven games this season, the Hoosier bench has accounted for 45 percent or more of the team's total point output in those contests. Indiana is 3-4 in the seven games in which the IU reserves have played a major role in putting points on the board. The highest bench point total this season came in the win at Belmont on Nov. 18 when Hoosier reserves poured in 44 points, accounting for 69.8 percent of Indiana's 63 total points. At least one bench player in each of those six games has scored 10 or more points to provide a spark for IU.
GETTING TO THE GLASS
The Hoosiers won the rebounding battle for the 13th time this season against Illinois on Feb. 12, 47-32. IU also pulled down 21 offensive boards and outscored the Illini in second chance points, 19-14. Indiana has had eight games this year in which it has had 20 or more offensive rebounds, and the team currently leads the Big Ten in offensive boards with 16.5 per game. IU also ranks third in the league in overall rebounding, bringing in 42.5 boards per contest.
FORCING ILLINI MISTAKES
Indiana got after it defensively against Illinois on Feb. 12. The Hoosiers forced the Illini into committing 20 turnovers on the day. IU also tallied 10 steals for the game, which marks the seventh time this year that Indiana has had 10 or more steals in a game.