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    March 2, 2004

    Indiana Prepares For Big Ten Tournament

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    Indiana opens play at the 2004 Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis when it battles Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Thursday. The winner faces top-seeded Penn State Friday at noon.

    The games 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, all games prior to the championship game are televised live by Fox Sports Chicago, with Monday's contest televised by ESPN2.

    Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett led the Hoosiers to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament championship (for either men or women) in 2002.
    That team entered the tournament as the fifth seed and knocked off No. 4 Iowa, No. 1 Purdue and No. 2 Penn State on the road to the tournament title.

    2002 Big Ten Tourney Results
    3/1/02 Iowa W 78-76
    3/3/02 Purdue W 55-41
    3/4/02 Penn State W 75-72

    All games played at Conseco Fieldhouse

    When Indiana wins at the Big Ten Tournament, the fans come out in record numbers.
    With the Hoosiers serving as the biggest story of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament, both the single-game attendance record (9,358) and the total attendance record (35,864) were set.

    Junior Jenny DeMuth is the only player on Indiana's current active roster that was on the 2002 team.
    Jamie Gathing is on the current roster, but tore her ACL in the preseason and did not compete this year.

    Junior forward Jenny DeMuth and sophomore guard Cyndi Valentin are the heart and soul of the Indiana attack.
    Both players had All-Big Ten caliber seasons, with DeMuth the only Big Ten player ranking in the conference's top five in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg) and Valentin the Big Ten's highest-scoring sophomore at (15.6 ppg).
    Both former Indiana All-Stars in high school, DeMuth and Valentin combined to account for 920 of the Hoosiers' 1688 points this season (54.5 percent).
    They are the first Hoosier duo to score more than 400 points apiece in a single season since Heather Cassady and Jill Chapman accomplished the feat in 1999-2000.
    Both players set school records this year. Much more information on the two is included later in the notes.

    Heather Cassady, the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament, is back on the Indiana bench as a team manager this year.
    Cassady is enrolled in grad school at Indiana.
    A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Cassady averaged 16.7 points and 4.3 assists per game during the 2002 Big Ten Tournament.

    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

    A 2003 Indiana All-Star while at Brebeuf Jesuit HS, freshman forward Carrie Smith returns to her hometown of Indianapolis for this year's Big Ten Tournament.
    Smith is one of five native Hoosiers on the Indiana roster, which also includes Bloomington's Cyndi Valentin (Bloomington South), Highland's Jenny DeMuth (Highland), Monroeville's Leah Enterline (Heritage) and Bloomingdale's Brigett Branson (Turkey Run).

    Indiana has blocked 137 shots as a team this year, a mark that is just one shy of the 138 blocks made by the Hoosiers of 1980-81.

    Sophomore Cyndi Valentin has drained a school-record 40 consecutive attempts from the charity stripe, with her last miss coming against Michigan State on January 2.
    In the regular-season finale against Michigan State Sunday, Valentin was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line, passing Pat Graham's mark of 38 consecutive to become Indiana's all-time leader in free throws made consecutively for either men or women.

    Longest Consecutive FTM Streaks at Indiana (Men or Women)
    1) Cyndi Valentin 40 current
    2) Pat Graham 38 1990-91
    3) Keith Smart 37 1987-88
    4) Jimmy Rayl 32 1961-62
    John Ritter 32 1971-72
    5) Steve Alford 31 1984-85
    Kristi Green 31 1997-98

    Averaging 18.5 points per game, Jenny DeMuth has scored 500 points this year to become only the fifth Hoosier ever to reach the 500-point mark in a single-season.

    Indiana's 500-point scorers (single-season)
    1) Karna Abram 642 1985
    2) Karna Abram 626 1987
    3) Denise Jackson 592 1983
    4) Quacy Barnes 583 1998
    5) Cindy Bumgarner 525 1988
    6) Denise Jackson 510 1982
    7) Jenny DeMuth 500 2004

    Junior Jenny DeMuth has knocked down 183 free throws this season, shattering the existing school record of 168 set by former WNBA player and current Hoosier assistant coach Quacy Barnes in 1998.

    Jenny DeMuth's 18.5 points per game average ranks as the fifth-highest mark in school history.

    Single-Season Points Per Game
    1) Karna Abram 23.2 1987
    2) Karna Abram 22.9 1985
    3) Denise Jackson 19.7 1983
    4) Cindy Bumgarner 18.8 1988
    5) Jenny DeMuth 18.5 2004

    Junior Jenny DeMuth became the 18th player in Indiana history to score 1,000 career points during her 23-point performance against Michigan on February 19, becoming only the eighth junior in school history to accomplish the feat. DeMuth has 1,056 career points, a mark that ranks 15th on Indiana's all-time scoring chart.

    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).

    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 among the Big Ten leaders with 2.59 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.

    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 13 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.

    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:

    2003-04 18.5 7.7 2.6 .437 .821 .296
    2001-03 9.4 5.2 1.6 .379 .681 .199

    Bloomington native Cyndi Valentin leads all Big Ten sophomores in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. In addition, Valentin leads all Big Ten players and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage at .924 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) 10.7

    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) 34.1
    2) A. Williams/T. Guthrie (Illinois) 29.8
    3) C. Matter/J. Davenport (Ohio State) 27.7
    4) T. Wright/J. Strom (Penn State) 25.2
    5) L. Bowen/L. Shimek (Michigan State) 23.6

    * Both players in the duo must return to their respective teams next season.

    Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. The two players have combined to score 920 of Indiana's 1688 points (54.5 percent).
    The two have combined to register 21 20-point or more scoring games and score 20 or more points in the same game six times.

    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.

    Following is a breakdown comparing Indiana's performance in its 11 wins against its 16 losses.

    Points scored per game in wins 69.0
    Points allowed per game in wins 55.7

    Points scored per game in losses 58.1
    Points allowed per game in losses 69.6

    Field goal percentage in wins .407
    Field goal percentage defense in wins .334

    Field goal percentage in losses .375
    Field goal percentage defense in losses .464

    Turnover margin in wins +1.9
    Turnover margin in losses -2.9

    Sarah McKay is emerging as a name to remember for Indiana. Standing 6-7 and only a freshman, McKay set a new Indiana single-game freshman record with her seven-block performance in the regular-season finale against Michigan State, breaking the existing record of six that she set at Illinois this year.
    McKay's 52 blocked shots this year surpass the previous single-season record of 47 set by Shirley Bryant in 1991-92.

    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.

    This year's Indiana squad has drained 443-of-592 attempts from the free throw line (.748 pct.)
    The Hoosiers' free throw percentage is a fraction of a percentage point away from the existing school record of .749 set by the 1979-80 Indiana squad.

    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.




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