Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Open Big Ten Tournament Against Purdue on Thursday

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Hope Elam.
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    Senior Hope Elam.
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    March 1, 2011

    INDIANA (9-19, 3-13) vs. PURDUE (19-10, 9-7)
     Date March 3, 2011
     Time 2 p.m. ET
     Location Indianapolis, Ind. (Conseco Fieldhouse)
     Television Big Ten Network
    Tom Hart, Vera Jones and Lisa Byington
     Radio WHCC 105.1 FM
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
    Tickets Ticketmaster.com
    Game Notes Indiana Notes
    Statistics Indiana | Purdue
     Internet Coverage GameTracker
     Twitter @IndianaWBB | @rmsheets

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana will face in-state rival Purdue on Thursday afternoon in the first game of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and will be aired on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart and Vera Jones calling the game and Lisa Byington handling sideline reporting duties. The contest can also be heard live on Hoosier Country WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray will be on the call.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    • Indiana is 14-15 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and won the tournament championship for the first time in 2002. The Hoosiers defeated the Boilermakers that year in the semi-final game en route to the title.
    • Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack is 3-1 all-time in opening games of the Big Ten Tournament while at the helm of the Indiana program. The Hoosiers as a program overall is 10-6 in opening games of the tournament.
    Jori Davis sits alone in eighth place on Indiana's all-time career scoring list with a 1,565 points. She surpassed Jenny DeMuth's (2002-06) career total of 1,542 against Iowa on Feb. 27. The senior is 38 points shy of Jamie Braun (2007-10) for the No. 7 spot on the list. Braun finished her career with 1,603 points.
    • Davis has now tallied 544 points this season during her senior campaign. That total ranks her No. 6 on IU's all-time single season scoring list and it is her second-consecutive season to eclipse the 500-point mark as she tallied 501 during the 2009-10 season.

    THE COACHES
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall as a head coach. She has a career mark of 135-138 (.495) and is 81-75 (.519) at the Hoosier helm. Purdue's Sharon Versyp is in her fifth season guiding the Boilermakers and it is her 11th year overall as a head coach. Versyp has compiled a record of 225-124 (.645) in her career and is 109-59 (.649) while leading the Boilers.

    SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
    Purdue enters the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana winning in three of its last four games. The Boilermakers picked up a win in their regular season finale at Penn State on Feb. 24, 51-49. In that game, Brittany Rayburn led Purdue with 14 points as Drey Mingo put together a double-double performance with 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Boilers held the Lady Lions to just 31.7 percent shooting on the day.

    For the season, Rayburn leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per contest and paces the entire Big Ten by shooting 88.8 percent from the charity stripe. Freshman Courtney Moses is scoring 12.1 ppg and leads the team in assists and 3-point field goals made. Mingo tallies 11.5 ppg and is the team leader in rebounding grabbing 5.8 per contest while shooting 44.2 percent from the field.

    As a team, Purdue shoots a conference-leading 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at 34.6 percent on the year.

    DAVIS EARNS BIG TEN SCORING CROWN
    Senior Jori Davis finished Big Ten play as the leading scorer in conference games only averaging 21.0 points per game and finished the year strong, averaging 24.6 ppg while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 88.5 percent from the free throw line in Indiana's last five contests. Davis tallied 24 or more points in four of those five games and has led the team in scoring in seven-consecutive games.

    For all games this season, Davis is averaging 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Her point total ranks her third in the Big Ten in scoring, as she ranks 16th in the conference in rebounding, seventh in assists (3.8 apg) and ninth in steals (1.8 spg).

    Besides leading the Big Ten in scoring in conference games, Davis is also fifth in assists (3.8 apg) and 13th in free throw percentage (.813).

    Davis has scored in double-figures in 27 of 28 games this season, including the last 18 consecutively. The senior has led the team in scoring in 19 games overall this year.

    Davis also owns the third-best conference single-game point total in Big Ten play as she netted 31 against Minnesota on Jan. 2, the second time she achieved that total this season. Davis has tallied 30 or more points in a game three times in her career.

    JORI SITS EIGHTH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
    Davis keeps climbing the ladder on Indiana's career lists. With her team-leading 28 points against Iowa on Feb. 27, Davis now sits alone in the No. 8 spot on IU's all-time career scoring list. She also ranks third all-time in career free throws made.

    Davis' career point total stands at 1,565. She surpassed Jenny DeMuth's (2002-06) career total of 1,542 against the Hawkeyes. The senior is now 38 points shy of Jamie Braun (2007-10) for the No. 7 spot on the list. Braun finished her career with 1,603 points. Davis is also only the sixth player in school history to record over 1,500 points, 500 rebounds (559) and 200 assists (238) during her career Indiana.

    Davis also has connected on 430 free throws as a Hoosier. She is 13 makes away from second on the list behind the best player in program history, Denise Jackson (1981-84).

    THE SENIOR CLASS
    Seniors Jori Davis, Hope Elam, Whitney Lindsay and Andrea McGuirt played in their final game in Assembly Hall against Iowa on Feb. 27. Each player started in their last game in Bloomington and have combined to start 197 games in their careers at Indiana. During their senior campaign this year, this group has accounted for 68.6 percent of IU's total point production for the season and they all rank one through four in total steals on the season led by Lindsay's 63.

    Davis, Lindsay and McGuirt were part of the 2008-09 squad that finished the year 21-11, which marked the fourth time in program history a Hoosier team had won 21 or more games, and it is highest number of wins in Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack's career.

    Davis graduated in December with a degree in Sport Communication and is currently enrolled in graduate classes for Athletic Administration. Elam will graduate in May with a degree in General Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. Lindsay is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice and will graduate in May. McGuirt graduated in December with a degree in Accounting and is now enrolled in the Master's of Science in Accounting program within the Kelley School of Business.

    DAVIS ECLIPSES 500 POINTS, AGAIN
    Davis has now tallied 544 points this season during her senior campaign. That total ranks her No. 6 on IU's all-time single season scoring list and it is her second-consecutive season to eclipse the 500-point mark as she tallied 501 during the 2009-10 season.

    She is just the third player in Indiana women's basketball history to record 500 or more points in two seasons during a playing career in Bloomington. Karna Abram recorded 642 points in 1984-85, then scored 626 points in 1986-87. Denise Jackson also accomplished the feat scoring 510 in 1981-82 then 592 in 1982-83.

    Davis has also connected on 172 free throws this season, which is the second-highest mark for a single season in IU history. The leader in that category is Jenny DeMuth who hit 187 free throws during the 2003-04 campaign.

    The senior is also knocking on the door for one of the best points per game averages in a single season in the Hoosier record books. Davis currently is averaging 19.4 ppg, which if she would finish the season with that total would rank her No. 4 all-time in points per game for a season.

    ELAM ELEVATES DOWN THE STRETCH
    Elam finished the regular season scoring in double-figures in seven of IU's final nine games. During that stretch, the senior averaged 12.8 ppg while shooting 41 percent from the field and an impressive 45.3 percent from long distance in those games.

    In the span, the highlight was her 21 point performance at Penn State on Jan. 23. In that game, Elam connected on a career-high tying five 3-point field goals and grabbed seven boards.

    She also tallied double-digit points in IU's last two contests with 16 points at Wisconsin on Feb. 23 and 14 against Iowa on Feb. 27. She shot 55 percent in those games and 55.6 percent from 3-point range.


     

     


       

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