Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host Boilermakers on Wednesday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Aulani Sinclair.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Aulani Sinclair.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 19, 2013

    INDIANA (10-15, 1-11) vs. No. 22/21 PURDUE (19-6, 8-4)
     Date Feb. 20, 2013
     Time 7 p.m. ET
     Location Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
     Radio IU Radio Network
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
     Live Web Broadcast BTN.com
     Tickets IUHoosiers.com
     Game Notes Indiana Notes
     Internet Coverage Gametracker
     Twitter @IndianaWBB | @CurtMillerIUWBB
     Promotions It's PACK THE PLACE night thanks to Bucceto's Smiling Teeth. Fans that attend the game will have opportunities to win FREE PIZZA from Bucceto's as well as an iPad mini.

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana will take on No. 22/21 Purdue in Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. It's PACK THE PLACE night as those attending can win free Bucceto's pizza or a mini iPad. The game can be heard on the radio waves on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The contest will also be available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess. 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 and Purdue have played each other 75 times overall in women's basketball, as Wednesday's match up will mark the 76th meeting between the two programs.
    • Senior Linda Rubene set a new career mark in her last game with 14 points at Michigan State on Feb. 13, shooting 4-of-6 from the floor, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe to go along with four rebounds.
    • Senior Aulani Sinclair has been on the floor for nearly 95 percent of the total minutes Indiana has played this season and leads the Big Ten by logging 37.9 minutes per game this year.
    • Sinclair is 20th on IU's all-time career scoring list (1,074 points), ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made (171) and is sixth for most 3-point field goals made (60) in a single season.
    • Senior Jasmine McGhee has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and is second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game and paces the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg).

    THE COACHES
    Indiana
    Curt Miller
    Career Record: 268-107 (12th year)
    Indiana record: 10-15 (1st year)

    Purdue
    Sharon Versyp
    Career Record: 155-76 (7th year)
    Michigan State Record: 272-141 (13th year)

    PURDUE AT A GLANCE
    Purdue arrives in Bloomington coming off a tough loss at home to Iowa on Sunday, 72-52. Sam Ostarello finished with a double-double for the Boilermakers with 15 points and 11 boards in that game. Ostarello nearly averages a double-double on the season with 9.9 points and 10.2 boards per game. Guard Courtney Moses leads Purdue in scoring with 12.9 points per game and leads the team in 3-point shooting while connecting on 92.1 percent of her free throw attempts. Drey Mingo scores 12.0 points per game and is the team leader in blocked shots. KK Houser runs the point for the Boilers and is the team leader in assists (4.6 apg) while scoring 10.7 points per contest. As a team, Purdue will look to take advantage of its free throw opportunities as the Boilermakers connect on a conference best 77.2 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.

    INDIANA VS. PURDUE, ROUND TWO
    Wednesday's matchup will be the second meeting this season between Indiana and Purdue as the Boilermakers won the first time around on Jan. 31 in West Lafayette, 59-42. In that game, Purdue jumped ahead of IU 12-2 in the first 4:15, but the Hoosiers fired back to tie the game at 20-20 with 8:08 to play in the first half. With the game tied again at 26-26, the Boilers scored the last six points of the half to take a 32-26 advantage into the locker room.

    After Purdue built its lead to 10 in the second half, IU made another push. A well-executed play freed Aulani Sinclair for a 3-point field goal from the left wing to pull IU within six, 38-32, with 12:14 to play. But the Boilers bounced right back with six straight points to stretch its lead to 12.

    Indiana later responded yet again with layups from Sasha Chaplin and Linda Rubene on consecutive trips to make it a 44-36 Purdue lead with 7:47 to go. The Hoosiers hung tough the rest of the way but couldn't pull any closer as the Boilermakers held on for the win. Rebounding and turnovers were the difference in the game as Purdue outrebounded Indiana, 45-30, while grabbing 22 offensive boards. The Hoosiers had 20 turnovers in the game as the Boilermakers took advantage of those outscoring IU 23-5 in points off turnovers.

    SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
    Senior Linda Rubene was a spark again off the bench at Michigan State on Feb. 13 as she tallied a career high 14 points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the free throw line to go along with four rebounds. In IU's prior game 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 6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 28.2 minutes per game in 2012-13. She has scored in double figures in five games this season and has set or tied career single game marks in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goals made, 3-point field goals made, free throws made and minutes played.

    SHUTTING DOWN PURDUE'S STARS IN FIRST MEETING
    Indiana's defense shut down Purdue's two leading scorers on Jan. 31 in the first meeting this season between the two schools. Coming into that game, PU's Courtney Moses averaged 14.4 points per game and Drey Mingo scored 12.5 points per game to lead the Boilermakers. Indiana held both of those players to a combined 1-of-18 (5.5 percent) shooting as Mingo scored three points and Moses scored none.

    LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR
    Through Indiana's 25 games this season, Aulani Sinclair has been on the floor for nearly 95 percent of the total minutes played. Sinclair has played 947 out of a possible 1,000 minutes so far this season, playing all 40 minutes 11 times, including four of the last five contests. Sinclair leads the Big Ten in averaging 37.9 minutes per game. Jasmine McGhee has played in exactly 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 five games has played 195 of 200 total minutes, including all 40 minutes in each of the last two contests.

    SENSATIONAL SINCLAIR
    Senior Aulani Sinclair currently sits in 20th place on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,074 career points. She sits just 25 points shy of Tatjana Vesel's (1994-97) total of 1,099 career points for 19th place.

    Sinclair has led the team in scoring in 14 contests this season and has connected on three or more 3-point field goals in 10 games this year. She has scored in double figures in 16 games this year and leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 38.7 percent (60-of-155) of her attempts from long distance.

    MCGHEE GETTING IT DONE
    Senior Jasmine McGhee has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and led the Hoosiers with 14 points at Wisconsin on Feb. 10. On Feb. 7 against Penn State, McGhee tallied 12 points and led IU with six boards in that game. In IU's matchup with 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 11.7 points per game and she leads the team in rebounding with 5.9 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.

    HAWAIIAN PUNCH
    Junior Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native, has returned to her early season form in the last few games. Last week at Michigan State, Taufa skied for a team high six boards. In IU's prior game at Wisconsin on Feb. 10, she 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 the Badgers. 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.

    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 at Michigan State in East Lansing on Feb. 13. IU had a bye weekend before hosting Purdue on Wednesday. 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 five games and logged a career best 40 minutes in each of the last two contests. At Michigan State on Feb. 13, Bell tallied eight points, hitting a pair of 3-point field goals while shooting 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. She scored six points at Wisconsin on Feb. 10, hitting on 2-of-3 3-pointers in that game. Bell, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native, has hit multiple 3-pointers in nine games this season and has hit three or more in a game five times.

    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.

    SINCLAIR MAKING HER MARK
    Sinclair is moving into the IU record books in numerous statistical categories beyond scoring points. She has made 60 3-point field goals on the year which puts her alone in sixth place for most 3-point field goals made in a season in IU history. For her career, Sinclair has made 171 3-pointers, which puts her fifth all-time at IU in 3-point field goals made in a career. For her career, Sinclair is shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.

     

     


       

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