Indiana plays its regular-season finale when it hosts No. 22 Michigan State 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.
In addition, the game will be televised locally on WTIU Bloomington, with John McGuire calling the action and Jennifer Forney providing analysis.
NO SENIORS Indiana has no senior student-athletes to recognize Sunday, but senior manager Ben Coomes and student-trainer Megan Hubbard will be honored after the game.
VALENTIN SETS RECORD Sophomore Cyndi Valentin has drained a school-record 34 consecutive attempts from the charity stripe, with her last miss coming against Michigan State on January 2.
She set the record last Sunday at Wisconsin as part of a 7-for-7 showing from the line against the Badgers, eclipsing the existing mark of 31, set by Kristi Green in 1998.
Currently leading the Big Ten and ranking second nationally with .919 free throw percentage, Valentin needs only four more free throws made consecutively to match Pat Graham's all-time Indiana record (for men or women) of 38.
Longest Consecutive FTM Streaks at Indiana (Men or Women) 1) Pat Graham 38 1990-91
2) Keith Smart 37 1987-88 3) Cyndi Valentin 34 current 4) Jimmy Rayl 32 1961-62
John Ritter 32 1971-72
5) Steve Alford 31 1984-85 Kristi Green 31 1997-98
DEMUTH SETS RECORD AS WELL Junior Jenny DeMuth also set a new school record last Sunday, draining 11 of her 14 free throw attempts.
In doing so, she now has made 172 free throws this season, a mark that eclipses the previous record of 168, set by former WNBA player and current Hoosier assistant coach Quacy Barnes in 1998.
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 last Thursday, becoming only the eighth junior in school history to accomplish the feat. DeMuth has 1,033 career points entering Sunday's game, a mark that ranks 15th on Indiana's all-time scoring chart.
FT RECORD WATCH As a team, Indiana has converted on 421 of its 565 free throw attempts (.745 pct.)
That percentage ranks as the second-best in school history behind only the 1979-80 squad that shot .749 from the charity stripe as a team.
MCKAY COULD SET FROSH RECORD Freshman Sarah McKay is on the brink of setting a new Indiana freshman record for blocked shots in a single-season.
With 45 blocks entering Sunday's game, McKay is just two blocks shy of the existing record of 47 blocks set by Shirley Bryant in 1985.
MORE RECORDS Indiana leads the Big Ten with 126 blocked shots as a team, a mark that ranks second in school history behind only the 138 blocks made by the 1980-81 Hoosiers.
ATTENDANCE RECORD WATCH With all the records being approached or passed in recent weeks by the Indiana student-athletes, it bears mentioning that Indiana's fans can also set a record.
Entering Sunday's game, a total of 23,590 fans have come through the gates of Assembly Hall to cheer on the Hoosiers this year. The attendance figure ranks second in school history behind last year's record-setting mark of 26,101.
The record to fall will fall if 2,512 fans attend Sunday's game.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 61-55 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 285-158 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.
Joanne P. McCallie has steadily built Michigan State into a winner, guiding the Spartans to a 65-49 record during her four years in East Lansing, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament last year. A former player at Northwestern, McCallie has compiled a 232-122 career record in her 12 years as a head coach. Prior to her current tenure at MSU, McCallie coached at Maine for eight years.
PULLING RANK With Michigan State coming in ranked No. 22 in the AP poll, it bears mentioning that the last time Indiana beat a ranked opponent was January 12, 2003, when IU downed No. 23 Ohio State, 54-50.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would: * Snap a three-game losing streak against Michigan State and be the first since the Hoosiers handed the Spartans a 67-55 setback at Assembly Hall in 2001-02.
* Send the Hoosiers into the Big Ten Tournament with the momentum of two wins in their final three games.
* Snap an eight-game Indiana losing streak against ranked opponents.
An Indiana loss would: * Even the all-time series between Indiana and Michigan State at 12 wins apiece in games played at Assembly Hall.
* Mark Indiana's ninth consecutive loss at the hands of a ranked opponent.
* Extend Michigan State's winning streak over Indiana to four games.
LAST MEETING vs. MSU Michigan State combined defensive pressure and a suffocating zone defense to stamp its 59-41 win over the Hoosiers in the Big Ten opener for both schools at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on January 2.
The Hoosiers turned in a solid defensive performance as well, but a 4-for-21 shooting performance in the second half (19.0 pct) kept Indiana from capitalizing on the stops it was able to make on the defensive end.
Jenny DeMuth scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but no other Indiana player scored more than four points, with Cyndi Valentin suffering through a 1-for-7 day from the field. With 2-for-4 shooting, Brigett Branson was the only Hoosier beside DeMuth to make more than one field goal.
Michigan State's Rene Haynes led the Spartans with 11 points, but a balanced attack that included at least eight points from four other players.
LAST TIME OUT Indiana comes off a 66-62 defeat at the hands of Wisconsin in Madison in which the Hoosiers mounted a furious rally late but were not able to claim the victory.
Indiana trailed by as many as 16, but cut the Badger advantage down to two points after a Cyndi Valentin layup brought the score to 64-62 with two minutes remaining.
The Hoosiers had a chance to tie the game when Cyndi Valentin got to the rim but was unable to get the roll with just under a minute left. Wisconsin then took the ball and ran the clock down to 24 seconds remaining when Jenny DeMuth sent Kjersten Bakke to the line, where she made one of two to put the Badgers up, 65-62. DeMuth put up a last-chance three-pointer that rimmed out, sealing the Wisconsin win.
Valentin finished with a team-high 21 points, with DeMuth adding 18 and seven rebounds, but Jordan Wilson scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead three Wisconsin double-figure scorers in the win.
NOTING THE LAST GAME Cyndi Valentin set a school record by draining her 34th consecutive free throw.
Jenny DeMuth also set a single-season school record by knocking down her 172nd free throw of the year. She also cracked into Indiana's all-time single-season top-10 in scoring, now with 477 points this year to rank 10th.
DEMUTH CLIMBING CHARTS Not only did Jenny DeMuth eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Hoosiers' win over Michigan to become only the eighth Indiana junior to accomplish the feat, but she her 1,033 career points now places her 15th on Indiana's all-time career scoring chart.
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 18.3 points per game, Jenny DeMuth has scored 477 points this year. She needs 13 points to pass Rachelle Bostic's mark of 489 points, set in 1983 and 23 points to pass Jill Chapman's 499 points, set in 2002.
If DeMuth passes Chapman, she will become only the fifth Hoosier ever to score 500 points in a single season.
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 third in the Big Ten with 2.69 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 70 steals on the year, a mark that ranks as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. DeMuth's 70 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 15.5 points per game. In addition, Valentin leads all Big Ten players and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage at .919 pct.
Big Ten Sophomore Leaders
Points Per Game
1) Cyndi Valentin (Indiana) 15.5
2) Lindsay Bowen (Michigan State) 12.9
3) Ashley Josephson (Wisconsin) 12.7
4) Liz Shimek (Michigan State) 11.0
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) 33.8
2) A. Williams/T. Guthrie (Illinois) 30.6
3) C. Matter/J. Davenport (Ohio State) 27.7
4) T. Wright/J. Strom (Penn State) 25.5
5) L. Bowen/L. Shimek (Michigan State) 23.9
* 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 881 of Indiana's 1637 points (53.8 percent).
The two have combined to register 20 20-point or more scoring games and score 20 or more points in the same game six times.
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 15 losses.
Points scored per game in wins 69.0
Points allowed per game in wins 55.7
Points scored per game in losses 58.5
Points allowed per game in losses 70.3
Field goal percentage in wins .407
Field goal percentage defense in wins .334
Field goal percentage in losses .376
Field goal percentage defense in losses .472
Turnover margin in wins +1.9
Turnover margin in losses -2.4
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.
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 2.3 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 45 blocked shots this year are just two short of the freshman record of 47 set by Shirley Bryant in 1985.
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.