March 2, 2010
GAME 30: ILLINOIS (15-13) vs. INDIANA (14-15) Notes
Thursday, March 4, 2010 4:50 p.m. ET
Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345) Indianapolis, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray) Streamed Audio: IUHoosiers.com (Jeremy Gray) TV: Big Ten Network (Tracy Warren, Vera Jones, Leah Secondo)
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will open the 2010 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will take on No. 9 Illinois at 4:50 p.m. ET in Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana is 32-26 all-time against Illinois, sweeping the 2010 regular season series. Thursday's game will be broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 FM and the Big Ten Network.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 59th all-time between Indiana and Illinois, with the Hoosiers leading the Illini, 32-26.
Indiana is 7-1 when it outrebounds opponents, 7-2 when it wins the offensive glass and 8-1 when winning the defensive glass.
Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten on the season in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.0). Against league foes, the Hoosiers rank second in field goal percentage defense (36.3) and rank third when defending the 3-point line (30.1).
Jori Davis leads the Hoosiers in scoring with 16.8 points per game, ranking her fifth in the Big Ten.
Jori Davis became the 22nd Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points at the 11:03 mark in the second half of IU's win against Penn State on Feb. 28 in Assembly Hall.
Indiana is 0-2 all-time against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. Thursday's meeting marks the first postseason meeting between the Hoosiers and Illini since the 1996 season.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 71-55 and a career mark of 125-118. In three seasons, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.
Illinois head coach Jolette Law is in her third season leading the Illini with a 45-48 overall record.
SCOUTING THE ILLINI
Illinois enters Thursday's game with a 15-13 overall mark after finishing the regular season with a two-game win streak. The Illini are led by Jenna Smith with 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Karisma Penn is also averaging double-digit points with 10.9 points per contest. The Hoosiers are 0-2 against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament, suffering defeats in 1982 (75-63) and 1996 (84-70).
WHAT BRAUN DOES FOR IU
Senior Jamie Braun has recorded an outstanding career at Indiana and owns 1,590 career points, 683 rebounds, 377 assists and 221 steals as she enters her final postseason. Braun ranks seventh all-time in scoring in the IU record book, and ranks fourth in steals and assists and 10th in rebounds. She is a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and was the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year. Braun is averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and leads the Hoosiers with 51 steals on the season. She is also second on the squad in assists with 90.
Redshirt freshman Sasha Chaplin has returned to the court after missing 10 games with an injury and hasn't missed a step, averaging 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 24.6 minutes per game.
Junior Jori Davis became the 22nd Hoosier to score 1,000 career points as a Hoosier at the 11:03 mark in the second half against Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 28. She is the third player under IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack to reach the milestone (Jamie Braun, Whitney Thomas).
STEADY AS SHE GOES
Jori Davis has been a steady force for the Hoosiers this season, scoring in double-digit points in 24 of IU's 29 games, with a high of 33 against Virginia on Nov. 26. She leads the Hoosiers on the season with 16.8 points per game and ranks fifth among the Big Ten on the season. In conference games, Davis also ranks fifth with 16.4 points per contest. Against Penn State on Feb. 28, Davis tallied 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes.
TINY BUT MIGHTY
Whitney Lindsay may stand 5-7, but IU's junior point guard has made the most of her abilities this season. In 29 games, Lindsay is averaging 7.6 points, 3.14 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
The Indiana bench has produced 15.8 points per game this season. In five games, IU's reserves have combined for 30-plus points, including a 32-point effort against Penn State on Feb. 28.
IUPUI: 33 points
Charlotte: 33 points
UT Martin: 33 points
Saint Louis: 30 points
Penn State: 32 points
IU IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
All-Time Record: 15-16
Years Competed: 16
Championships: One, 2002
Advanced Past First Round: Nine Times
First Round Record: 9-4 (Three Byes)
Quarterfinals Record: 4-8
Advanced to Semifinals: Four Times
Semifinal Record: 1-3
Advanced to Finals: One Time