Feb. 22, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will battle the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. ET in Bloomington. It will be senior night as the Danilsa Andujar and Alisha Goodwin will play their final game inside of Assembly Hall. These two seniors will be recognized at the conclusion of the contest. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. It is also available as a live web broadcast by visiting video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Danilsa "City"Andujar and Alisha Goodwin will be playing their final game at Assembly Hall on Thursday night.
In five of the last six meetings between Indiana and Wisconsin, the outcome has been decided by a margin of eight points or less.
This is Indiana's only meeting with the Badgers this season, and IU's final game with an opponent it will only see once this year.
Aulani Sinclair has led Indiana in scoring in each of the last three games, including her 17 points against Michigan on Sunday.
Andujar skied for 10 rebounds against the Wolverines on Sunday to pace her teammates, marking the fourth time this season that she has had 10 or more boards in a single game.
Milika Taufa had a career-high six steals against Michigan, which ties Andrea Newbauer for the most steals by a player for a single game this season for Indiana.
Career Record: 140-161 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-98 (6th year)
Career Record: 8-18 (1st year)
Wisconsin Record: 8-18 (1st year)
WISCONSIN AT A GLANCE
Wisconsin arrives in Bloomington for its fourth road conference game in its last five contests. The Badgers are led by junior guard Taylor Wurtz who scores 15.8 points per game and leads the team in 3-pointers made (63) and 3-point percentage (.384). She also paces her teammates in rebounding, bringing in 7.3 boards per contest. Anya Covington will look to dominate the paint as the 6-2 forward averages 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Covington shoots 48.2 percent from the field. As a team, Wisconsin shoots 34.2 percent from 3-point range, which ranks them fourth in the Big Ten. On the flip side, the Badgers hold opponents to just 29.2 percent from beyond the arc, ranking them second in the conference in that category.
ANDUJAR AND GOODWIN TO BID FAREWELL ON SENIOR NIGHT
Indiana seniors Danilsa "City" Andujar and Alisha Goodwin will play their final games at Assembly Hall against the Badgers on Thursday night.
Going into Thursday's game, Andujar has appeared in 103 games during her career, including 53 as a starter since arriving on campus out of Dillard High School in southern Florida in 2008. Andujar was a part of the 2008-09 team that tied a school record with 21 wins that season. Andujar set new career marks of 12 points (at St. Bonaventure) and 13 rebounds (at St. Bonaventure and vs. Northern Illinois) in games this season.
Coming into the Wisconsin game, Goodwin has played in 48 games, starting in eight since arriving in Bloomington out of Jefferson College a junior college transfer in 2010. The Belleville, Ill., native scored a career-high 19 points in her first game in a Hoosier uniform at Ball State last season. She tallied a season-best 11 points this year at Belmont on Nov. 18.
Aulani Sinclair led Indiana in scoring for the third-consecutive game against Michigan on Feb. 19. The junior tallied 17 points and nailed 3-of-7 3-point field goals in the game. She also tied her season high of seven rebounds against the Wolverines. In her last three games, Sinclair has averaged 19.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the field and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from 3-point range.
With her three 3-pointers against Michigan, Sinclair has now hit on three or more 3-point field goals in nine games this season and in 18 contests for her entire career. She also paces the team in 3-point field goals made with 51 and is shooting 37.2 percent from long distance this year. Sinclair also paces the team and ranks second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage, connecting on 89.9 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe.
For the season, the Eminence, Ind., native has set new career season total marks or is on pace to set new career marks in several statistical categories including points scored (335), points per game (12.4), rebounds (89), rebounds per game (3.3), blocks (10), field goals (103), 3-point field goals (51), free throws made (62) and free throw percentage (.899).
Milika Taufa has played solid minutes during the second half of the season for the Hoosiers. On Sunday against Michigan, the sophomore tallied a career-best six steals in the game. That ties Andrea Newbauer for the most steals by a player in a single game this season for Indiana. Taufa also logged a career-high 28 minutes against the Wolverines. Just in the last month, along with steals and minutes played, Taufa has set career marks in points (10 at Northwestern on Jan. 29), rebounds (9 vs. Iowa on Feb. 5), 3-point field goals made (1 vs. Iowa on Feb. 5) and free throws made (3 at Penn State on Feb. 2).
BIG SASH WITH BIG PLAY
Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin has appeared in all of Indiana's 27 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. Chaplin has started in 21 games this year. For the season, Chaplin is averaging 8.3 points and is bringing in a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. She is also connecting on 78.9 percent of her free throw attempts, which ranks her 11th in the conference.
In eight conference games this season, Chaplin has led Indiana in either scoring and/or rebounding. She tallied a season-high of 20 points against Iowa on Feb. 5, which marked the first time she had scored 20 or more points in a game since setting her career mark of 22 points against Toledo on Dec. 22, 2009. She also had a career-best 16 boards at Penn State on Feb. 2.
GETTING TO THE GLASS
In each of the last four games, Indiana has had more offensive rebounds than its opponents and have outscored its foes in second chance points. Against Michigan on Feb. 19, the Hoosiers had 15 offensive boards to the Wolverines' 11. IU outscored U-M in second chance points in that game, 15-7. Indiana currently ranks first in the Big Ten with 16.4 offensive rebounds per game. The Hoosiers currently sit third in the conference in overall rebounding with 42.0 caroms per contest.
EVERYBODY BE READY
Through Indiana's 27 games this season, 12 different Hoosier players have appeared in the starting lineup. IU has had 13 difference combinations in the starting five so far this season. Heading into Thursday's game, McGhee and Newbauer lead the team with the most starts at 23 apiece.