Feb. 27, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will play its final regular season road game of the season at Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 28. The game will tip at 8 p.m. ET from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The contest can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call and is also 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?
Thursday's matchup at Iowa will be Indiana's first visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena in nearly two years to the day as IU last played in Iowa City on Feb. 27, 2011.
In the last seven games and heading into Thursday's game, Indiana has been playing with only seven scholarship players available.
Jasmine McGhee has scored 51 points (25.5 ppg) in IU's last two games while shooting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the field, including hitting the game winning shot as time expired against then-No. 22/21 Purdue on Feb. 20.
Aulani Sinclair added 10 points to her career total at Illinois and she now sits alone in 19th place on IU's all-time career scoring list (1,100 points). She is also alone in third all-time for career 3-point field goals made (176) and is tied for fourth for most 3-point field goals made (65) in a single season.
Over the last four games, Linda Rubene has averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from the field, 66.7 percent from long distance and a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line.
Career Record: 269-108 (12th year)
Indiana record: 11-16 (1st year)
Career Record: 603-297 (29th year)
Iowa Record: 247-155 (13th year)
IOWA AT A GLANCE
Iowa welcomes Indiana to Carver-Hawkeye Arena hoping to rebound from falling short in six of its last seven games. The Hawkeyes have a very balanced scoring attack as six players score 7.2 points per game or more. Iowa is led by center Morgan Johnson who averages 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 53.0 percent from the field to lead the team in all of those categories. She also shares the team lead in blocked shots (2.0 bpg). Her field goal percentage is the best in the Big Ten. Senior Jaime Printy adds 13.3 points per game and connects on 92 percent of her free throw attempts. Melissa Dixon will look to score from deep as she is shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc in Big Ten games to lead the conference. Iowa is an unselfish team as they rank 31st nationally with 16.1 assists each game. The Hawkeyes also take advantage of the charity stripe as they are second in the league shooting 76.3 percent at the free throw line.
MCGHEE HAS BEST WEEK OF HER HOOSIER CAREER
Senior Jasmine McGhee had her best week ever in a Hoosier uniform as she scored 51 points (25.5 ppg) while shooting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the field in Indiana's two games last week against then-No. 22/21 Purdue and at Illinois. The week was highlighted by McGhee's game winning shot as time expired against the Boilermakers to give IU its first win over a ranked opponent in over two years. Her point total during that stretch is the most points McGhee has scored in a two-game stretch since arriving at Indiana.
Against the Boilers, McGhee led all scorers with 26 points while shooting 11-of-17 from the field with a pair of 3-point field goals to go along with four boards and two steals. The 11 made field goals tied her career mark for most field goals made in a single game. At Illinois, she tallied 25 points and went 10-of-16 from the field. McGhee connected on three 3-pointers, tying a career high for most 3-pointers in a game. She also had five rebounds and a blocked shot.
For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.7 points and 5.8 boards per contest while leading the team in steals.
Senior Aulani Sinclair has been a steady offensive threat all season long and added 10 points to her career total at Illinois on Feb. 23 to move to 19th on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,100 career points. Sinclair now sits 28 points shy of Dawn Douglas' (1990-93) 1,128 points for 18th place on the list.
For the season, Sinclair has scored in double figures in 19 games and has connected on three or more 3-point fields goals in 11 games this year. She continues to lead the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 38.9 percent from long distance.
SHE'S THERE TO LINDA-HAND
Senior Linda Rubene continues to be a spark for the Hoosiers. Last time out at Illinois, Rubene scored 12 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the field with a team-leading seven rebounds with two assists. In her last four games, the Gulbene, Latvia, natives has averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from the field, 66.7 percent from long distance and a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line. During that four game stretch, Rubene tallied a career high 14 points at Michigan State on Feb. 13.
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 during her junior year, Rubene is averaging 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 28.4 minutes per game in 2012-13. She has scored in double figures in six 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.
SECOND HALF SURGE IN CHAMPAIGN
Indiana had one of its better offensive halves of basketball this season during the second half at Illinois on Feb. 23. The Hoosiers outscored the Fighting Illini in the final 20 minutes of that game and shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field, marking the fifth time this year that IU had shot 50 percent or better in a half. Every player that saw the floor for IU during the second half at Illinois scored a field goal. IU last shot 50 percent or better in a half against Michigan State on Jan. 20 when the Hoosiers shot 57.1 percent in the second half of that contest.
LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR
Through Indiana's 27 games this season, Aulani Sinclair has been on the floor for over 95 percent of the total minutes played. Sinclair has played 1,027 out of a possible 1,080 minutes so far this season, playing all 40 minutes 13 times, including in six of the last seven contests. Sinclair leads the Big Ten in averaging 38.0 minutes per game. Jasmine McGhee has played in over 90 percent of the total minutes played by the Hoosiers this season and is fifth in the league with 36.3 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 seven games has played 274 of 280 total minutes, logging 38 or more minutes in each of those contests.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Junior Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native, has returned to her early season form in the last few games. Taufa has led the team in rebounding in three of the last four games. At Illinois, Taufa dished for a career high six assists in the effort and added five boards. Against Purdue on Feb. 20, she skied for 10 boards, marking the third time this year that she had reached double figures in rebounds which includes her career high of 14 boards against UIC on Dec. 31. Taufa currently paces the team with 5.9 rebounds per game.
SINCLAIR MAKING HER MARK
Sinclair is moving into the IU record books in numerous statistical categories beyond scoring points. She has made 65 3-point field goals on the year which ties her for fourth for most 3-point field goals made in a season in IU history. She needs just six more 3-pointers to set the school record for most 3-point field goals in a single season. For her career, Sinclair has made 176 3-pointers, which puts her alone in third place all-time at IU in 3-point field goals made in a career. Sinclair is shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc for her career, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.
THE BELL TOLLS
Freshman Nicole Bell has stepped into a starting role in each of the last seven games and has been on the floor for nearly 98 percent of the time for Indiana. Against Purdue on Feb. 20, Bell did not commit a turnover and in IU's prior game 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. Bell has hit multiple 3-pointers in nine games this season and has hit three or more in a game five times.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Indiana has won the battle of the boards in each of the last two games and has now outrebounded opponents in 11 games this season, going 8-3 in those contests. The Hoosiers outrebounded Illinois last time out, 31-27. Against then-No. 22/21 Purdue on Feb. 20, IU had 35 rebounds to Purdue's 33.