Indiana heads to Madison for its 2003-04 road finale against Wisconsin. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (EST) Sunday at the Kohl Center.
ON THE AIR The game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis after NASCAR concludes 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.
DEMUTH MILESTONE Junior Jenny DeMuth became the 18th player in Indiana history to score 1,000 career points during her 23-point performance against Michigan Thursday. DeMuth has 1,015 career points entering Sunday's game. DeMuth is only the eighth player in school history to accomplish the feat in her junior year.
VALENTIN STREAK Sophomore Cyndi Valentin leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage at .913 pct.
She has drained 27 consecutive attempts from the charity stripe, with her last miss coming against Michigan State on January 2.
The school record for most free throws made consecutively is 31, set by Kristi Green in 1998.
Valentin sunk 25 free throws in a row last season, a mark that ranked second on Indiana's all-time consecutive free throws made list prior to Valentin's current streak.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 61-54 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 285-157 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.
Lisa Stone is in her first year at the helm of the Wisconsin program after a highly-successful career at Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Drake. Stone has compiled a 343-133 career record at all schools. Her 12-year tenure at UW-Eau Claire resulted in a 277-59 record (.824 pct) and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, with two trips to the Final Four.
HEAD TO HEAD Bennett and Stone faced each other in the Division III ranks, with Bennett owning a slight 10-9 advantage over Stone from 1989-96 when Bennett coached Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Stone led Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Bennett's Titans won the last four meetings against Stone's Blugolds.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would: * Be the fourth straight Hoosier win over the Badgers and the fifth in the last six meetings.
* Improve Indiana to 36-12 all-time against the Badgers, with the 36 wins marking the most for the Hoosiers over any opponent.
* Improve Kathi Bennett's record to 6-3 over the school her father coached.
* Mark the Hoosiers' second Big Ten road victory of the year. Indiana beat Illinois in Champaign, 63-56 on January 22.
* Be the second consecutive victory for the Hoosiers with only one regular-season game remaining prior to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
* Snap Indiana's three-game road losing streak.
An Indiana loss would: * Be the fifth loss at the Kohl Center in the Hoosiers' last six visits. The lone win was a 49-48 victory in 2003.
* Extend Indiana's road losing skid to four games, with the three prior defeats coming at the hands of then-No. 14/13 Minnesota, Ohio State and Northwestern.
* Mark the Hoosiers' eighth loss in their last nine games.
LAST MEETING vs. WISCONSIN Indiana used a stifling defensive effort in its 60-39 win over Wisconsin at Assembly Hall on January 8.
Jenny DeMuth scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, with Cyndi Valentin adding 22 points of her own, but it was Indiana's defense that was most responsible for the win.
The Hoosiers limited the Badgers to 11-of-46 shooting from the field (23.9 percent) and opened up a 40-13 lead at one point early in the second half to put the game away.
Indiana held a 14-0 advantage in fast break points to go with a 28-12 advantage in points in the paint.
With the win, the Hoosiers improved to 22-2 against the Badgers in games played in Assembly Hall.
LAST TIME OUT Indiana comes off a 65-52 win over Michigan at Assembly Hall Thursday.
The Hoosiers rode a 23-point, 12-rebound effort from Jenny DeMuth and a 21-point showing that included 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range from Cyndi Valentin to claim the victory.
Indiana's bench had its most solid performance in some time, outscoring the Wolverine bench, 15-1, led by nine points from freshman Leah Enterline.
The Hoosier defense limited Michigan to 5-of-23 shooting from the field in the first half (21.7 percent) and 16-of-57 shooting for the game (28.1 percent), and held the Wolverines without a field goal for a 15:28 stretch extending from the middle of the first half through the beginning of the second half.
NOTING THE LAST GAME Along with snapping a seven-game losing streak, the game proved significant in that DeMuth became the 18th player in school history and only the eighth junior to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau for her career.
DEMUTH CLIMBING CHARTS Not only did Jenny DeMuth eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Hoosiers' win over Michigan, but she also passed both Kris McGrade and Kristi Green to move to 16th on Indiana's all-time career scoring chart.
DeMuth has 1,015 career points, and is just three points away from passing Dani Thrush to move into sole possession of 15th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list.
DEMUTH ON ELITE LIST Highland, Ind., native Jenny DeMuth ranks fourth on Indiana's all-time scoring list among players that are originally from the Hoosier State.
The only Indiana natives to score more points for IU are Montpelier's Jill Chapman (1,865 points), Valparaiso's Lisa Furlin (1,451 points) and Crown Point's Sue Hodges (1,265 points).
DEMUTH RECORD WATCH Averaging 18.4 points per game, Jenny DeMuth has scored 459 points this year. She needs 17 points to crack into Indiana's single-season top-10 scoring list.
DEMUTH STARTS WITH "D" Jenny DeMuth 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 2.72 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 68 steals on the year, a mark that ranks as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, with two regular-season games still remaining. DeMuth's 68 steals mark the highest figure since Pam Fritz made 77 steals in 1989.
DEMUTH HIGHLIGHTS 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 has 12 20-plus scoring games and has seven double-doubles on the year.
In the Hoosiers' win over Michigan on February 19, DeMuth eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career, becoming the 18th player in school history and only the eighth junior to accomplish the feat.
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 15.1 points per game. In addition, Valentin leads all Big Ten players and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage at .911 pct.
Big Ten Sophomore Leaders
Points Per Game
1) Cyndi Valentin (Indiana) 15.1
2) Lindsay Bowen (Michigan State) 13.3
3) Ashley Josephson (Wisconsin) 12.8
4) Liz Shimek (Michigan State) 11.0
5) Ifeoma Okwonkwo (Northwestern) 9.5
COMBINING FORCES 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) 33.3
2) A. Williams/T. Guthrie (Illinois) 31.1
3) C. Matter/J. Davenport (Ohio State) 27.6
4) T. Wright/J. Strom (Penn State) 24.9
5) L. Bowen/L. Shimek (Michigan State) 24.3
* Both players in the duo must return to their respective teams next season.
DYNAMIC DUO Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. The two players have combined to score 842 of Indiana's 1575 points (53.5 percent).
The two have combined to register 19 20-point or more scoring games and score 20 or more points in the same game six times (vs. NC State, Western Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan.)
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 11 wins against its 14 losses.
Points scored per game in wins 69.0
Points allowed per game in wins 55.7
Points scored per game in losses 58.3
Points allowed per game in losses 70.6
Field goal percentage in wins .407
Field goal percentage in losses .378
Field goal percentage defense in wins .334
Field goal percentage defense in losses .471
Turnover margin in wins +1.9
Turnover margin in losses -2.7
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 2.4 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's 44 blocked shots this year are just three short of the freshman record of 47 set by Shirley Bryant in 1985.
MCKAY EXPLODES 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.
NEXT GAME Indiana plays its 2003-04 regular-season finale when it hosts Michigan State at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday at Assembly Hall.
The game will be broadcast live along the Indiana Women's Basketball Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can be accessed worldwide via the internet at iuhoosiers.com. Simply click on the "Broadcasts" link and follow the prompts from there.