Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers and Spartans Collide at Big Ten Tournament

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Milika Taufa.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Milika Taufa.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 29, 2012

    INDIANA (6-23, 1-15) vs. MICHIGAN STATE (19-10, 11-5)
     Date March 1, 2012
     Time Approx. 8:30 p.m. ET
     Location Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
     Television Big Ten Network
    Tom Hart, Stephanie White and Lisa Byington
     Radio WHCC 105.1 FM
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
     Tickets ticketmaster.com
     Game Notes Indiana Notes | Michigan State Notes
     Internet Coverage GameTracker
     Twitter @IndianaWBB | @rmsheets

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana will begin Big Ten Tournament play on Thursday, March 1, against Michigan State. The Hoosiers and Spartans will tip at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET or approximately 25 minutes after the 6 p.m. ET game concludes. The game will air live on BTN with Tom Hart,Stephanie White and Lisa Byington with the call. The contest can also be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray behind the mic.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    • Indiana is 14-16 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and won the tournament championship for the first time in 2002.
    • Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack is 3-2 all-time in opening games of the Big Ten Tournament while at the helm of the Indiana program. Indiana as a program overall is 10-7 in opening games of the tournament.
    • Thursday's meeting with Michigan State will only be the second meeting between the Hoosiers in Spartans in Big Ten Tournament play, MSU won in that matchup, 88-69, on Feb. 26, 1999.
    • Junior Aulani Sinclair led the Hoosiers in scoring in four of the final five games of the regular season, averaging 18.0 points and 4.8 rebounds during that span.
    • Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin scored in double-figures in each of the last two games, including a team-high 15 at Purdue on Feb. 26.
    • Chaplin has hit 29-consecutive free throws heading into the Big Ten Tournament, which ranks her fourth on Indiana's all-time list for consecutive free throws made in a season.
    • Sophomore Andrea Newbauer has had five or more assists in nine games this season, which includes a career-high 10 which she had against Wisconsin on Feb. 23.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana
    Felisha Legette-Jack
    Career Record: 141-162 (10th year)
    Indiana record: 87-99 (6th year)

    Michigan State
    Suzy Merchant
    Career Record: 314-171 (17th year)
    Michigan State Record: 113-51 (5th year)

    WELCOME TO INDY
    Once again, Indianapolis will play host to the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The capital city of the Hoosier state has played host to the tournament every year except one since 1995. The tournament has crowned six different conference champions, including Indiana in 2002.

    All-session ($70) and single-session ($10-16) tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament are still available and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000, and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office.

    The tournament this year will feature six sessions for the first time with the addition of Nebraska into this year's bracket. Play will begin on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

    MICHIGAN STATE AT A GLANCE
    Michigan State arrives in Indianapolis having won seven of its last eight games, including the last four consecutively. Porsche Poole leads the Spartans on offense, as she leads the team averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Lykendra Johnson has dominated the paint for MSU, pouring in 10.7 points per game and grabbing a team-best 8.9 rebounds per contest, which also ranks her second in the conference. As a team, Michigan State grabs 40.1 rebounds each game, and in doing so, outrebounds its opponents by a Big Ten-best plus-6.9 margin. The Spartans also get after it defensively, as they averaging 9.6 steals per contest, the second-best total in the league.

    SUPER SINCLAIR
    Junior Aulani Sinclair has led Indiana in scoring in four of the last five games. In the regular season finale, Sinclair tallied 14 points at Purdue to be one of three Hoosiers in double-figures that game. In her last five contests, Sinclair is averaging 18.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

    The Eminence, Ind., native paces the team in scoring overall, averaging 12.7 points per game on the season. She also is the team leader in free throw percentage, shooting 90.7 percent from the charity stripe for the season. In Big Ten games only, Sinclair finished the regular season with the best percentage in the conference at 97.1 percent.

    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 (368), points per game (12.7), rebounds (96), rebounds per game (3.3), blocks (10), field goals (124), 3-point field goals (52), free throws made (68) and free throw percentage (.907).

    SASHA SWISHING FREE THROWS
    Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin has connected on 29-consecutive free throws heading into the Big Ten Tournament. That mark ranks her fourth on Indiana's all-time list for consecutive free throws made in a season. Chaplin has been a major player throughout the year, including IU's last two contests where she scored in double-figures in both contests. She led IU at Purdue on Feb. 26 with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and connecting on 4-of-4 from the free throw line. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has scored in double-figures 12 times this season and 24 times in her career.

    Chaplin has appeared in all of Indiana's 29 games this year, 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 23 contests so far this year. For the season, Chaplin is averaging 8.7 points and is bringing in a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. She is also connecting on 81.3 percent of her free throw attempts, which ranks her ninth in the conference.

    In nine 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.

    NEWBAUER CONTINUES TO GIVE
    Sophomore Andrea Newbauer dished for five or more assists in three of Indiana's last four games, including the last two. Against Wisconson on Feb. 23, Newbauer passed for a career-high 10 assists. Newbauer had a part in 12 of Indiana's 25 field goals against the Badgers as she also nailed two field goals of her own to go along with her assist total. Newbauer has led the Hoosiers in that category in eight-consecutive games and in 23 games overall this season. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native averages 4.0 assists per game to lead the team and that ranks her ninth overall in the Big Ten.

    YES SHE CAN-DYCE
    Freshman Candyce Ussery did not let playing on the road against a ranked foe faze her on Feb. 26 at Purdue. Ussery scored a career-high 10 points in that game, shooting 4-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-1 from beyond the arc. She also added two rebounds and a steal. The St. Louis, Mo., native appeared in all 29 games this season and scored eight or more points in two of the last three games.

    "CITY" LIGHTS UP ON SENIOR NIGHT
    Indiana senior forward Danilsa "City" Andujar saved one her best games for her last one played at Assembly Hall on Feb. 23 against Wisconsin. Andujar tied career-highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds to accomplish her fourth double-double of the season and the fifth of her career. With the game tied with 3.2 seconds to play, Andujar stepped to the line and nailed two clutch free throws to lift IU over the Badgers, 62-60. She shot 5-of-9 from the field and added two blocks and two steals.

    Andujar has now started in 55 games during her career at Indiana, including 20 games this season and has appeared in 105 contests overall in her career. The senior has led the Hoosiers in rebounding in eight games this season.

    GETTING TO THE GLASS
    In five of the last six games, Indiana has had more offensive rebounds than its opponents and have outscored its foes in second chance points. At Purdue on Feb. 26, IU outrebounded the Boilermakers overall, 39-34, including winning the offensive glass battle, 14-12. The Hoosiers also topped Purdue in second-chance points, 12-11. Indiana finished the regular season ranked first in the Big Ten with 16.2 offensive rebounds per game. The Hoosiers also finished third in the conference in overall rebounding with 41.6 caroms per contest.

    EVERYBODY BE READY
    Through Indiana's 29 games this season, 12 different Hoosier players have appeared in the starting lineup. IU has had 14 difference combinations in the starting five so far this season. Heading into Sunday's game, Newbauer leads the team with 25 starts on the year.


     

     

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