Women's Basketball

    Indiana Welcomes Minnesota on Senior Day

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Linda Rubene.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Linda Rubene.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 2, 2013

    INDIANA (11-17, 2-13) vs. MINNESOTA (17-12, 6-9)
     Date March 3, 2013
     Time 2 p.m. ET
     Location Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
     Radio IU Radio Network | Listen Online
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
     Live Web Broadcast BTN.com
     Tickets IUHoosiers.com
     Game Notes Indiana Notes | Minnesota Notes
     Internet Coverage Gametracker
     Twitter @IndianaWBB | @CurtMillerIUWBB
     Promotions IU will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day by celebrating female achievement in sport with interactive activities and booths throughout the concourse of Assembly Hall. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. ET.

    The Hoosiers will play its regular season finale at home for Senior Day against Minnesota on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. ET. Prior to the game, seniors Sasha Chaplin, Jasmine McGhee, Linda Rubene and Aulani Sinclair will be recognized. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest 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.

    • Indiana set a new school record by connecting on 13 3-point field goals at Iowa on Thursday night.
    Aulani Sinclair tied her career high with seven made 3-pointers at Iowa and in the process broke the school record for most 3-pointers in a single season as she has made 72 so far this year.
    • Sinclair is now in 18th place on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,131 points, is alone in third for career 3-pointers made (183) and is on pace to break the school record for career 3-point field goal percentage.
    • In her last three games, senior Jasmine McGhee has averaged 22.3 points while shooting 58.7 percent (27-of-46) from the field and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc.
    • Freshman Nicole Bell scored in double figures for the seventh time this season at Iowa with 12 points while shooting 4-of-8 from the field including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
    • Indiana is guaranteed to play in the final game of day one on March 7 of the 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tip time will be approximately 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. The opponent will be determined after conference games conclude Sunday.

    Curt Miller
    Career Record: 269-109 (12th year)
    Indiana record: 11-17 (1st year)

    Pam Borton
    Career Record: 282-183 (15th year)
    Minnesota Record: 213-137 (11th year)

    The Golden Gophers arrive in Bloomington coming off their biggest win of the year over No. 7 Penn State at home on Thursday night, 89-81. Minnesota shot an astounding 66.7 percent from the field in that game and went 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. Rachel Banham is Minnesota's go-to player as she leads the Big Ten in scoring with 21.2 points per game. She shoots 44.8 percent from the floor and hits on nearly 90 percent of her free throw attempts. She also paces the Gophers in assists and steals. Micaella Riche is a force in the paint as the junior scores 13.1 points per game leads the team with 7.2 boards per contest. Riche paces in the team shooting 53.6 percent from the field, the highest mark in the league. As a team, Minnesota is very efficient on the offensive end, leading the conference by shooting 45.1 percent on the season and is second in the Big Ten in scoring with 71.2 points per game.

    Indiana began the game at Iowa on fire from long distance, hitting seven of its first nine 3-point field goal attempts and went on to finish the game with 13 made 3-point field goals setting a new school record. The previous IU team record for 3-pointers in a game was 12 against Purdue in January of 1999.

    Senior Aulani Sinclair was unstoppable at Iowa on Thursday night as the senior poured in 31 points, shooting 12-of-22 from the field, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range. She tied her career high for 3-pointers made in a game as her point total set a personal career mark against a Big Ten opponent.

    With those seven made 3-point field goals, Sinclair broke the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single season as she has now connected on 72 for the year. The previous record of 70 made 3-point field goals was held by Kameelah Morgan who hit that total during the 1998-99 season.

    During the Iowa game, Sinclair also moved up a spot on IU's all-time career scoring list and now sits in 18th place with 1,131 career points. She became the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points back on Jan. 20 against Michigan State.

    Sinclair is also making her mark in other categories of Indiana's school record book. She has now made 183 career 3-pointers, which puts her alone in third place at IU for career 3-point field goals made. Sinclair is shooting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc for her career, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.

    For the season, Sinclair has scored in double figures in 20 games and has connected on three or more 3-point fields goals in 12 games this year. She continues to lead the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 40.4 percent from long distance, the third highest mark in the Big Ten this year.

    Senior Jasmine McGhee has been rolling for the Hoosiers as of late. In the last three games, McGhee averaged 22.3 points per game while shooting 58.7 percent (27-of-46) from the field and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc. Last time out at Iowa, she scored 16 points, shooting 6-of-13 overall and 3-of-6 from long distance with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. At Illinois on Feb. 23, the senior tallied 25 points while hitting on 10-of-16 shots including three treys.

    Against then-No. 22/21 Purdue on Feb. 20, McGhee hit the biggest shot of her career as she nailed a jumper from the right wing as time expired to win the game for Indiana. In that contest, McGhee scored 26 points, her highest career total against a Big Ten team, shooting 11-of-17 for the game and added two steals.

    For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.9 points and 5.8 boards per contest while leading the team in steals.

    Indiana put on a clinic on the offensive end during the first 20 minutes at Iowa last time out. The Hoosiers scored 44 first-half points, the highest total for a half against a Big Ten team this season, while shooting 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from beyond the arc. Aulani Sinclair scored 21 first points as Jasmine McGhee added 13 in the opening half. Sinclair and McGhee combined to shoot 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from the field in that half. It was the third time this season that IU had shot 50 percent or better in the first half of a game and the sixth time that the Hoosiers eclipsed that mark in any half this year.

    Freshman Nicole Bell came to play against the Hawkeyes last time out as she scored 12 points, hitting on 4-of-8 shots overall and 3-of-6 3-pointers in the game. Bell has now scored in double figures in seven games this year and has hit three or more 3-point field goals six times. She has started in each of the last eight games for the Hoosiers and has been on the floor for 311 of a possible 320 minutes of game time.

    Indiana has won the battle of the boards in each of the last three games and has now outrebounded opponents in 12 games this season, going 8-4 in those contests. IU topped Iowa in rebounds, 34-30, last time out. In the game prior to that on Feb. 23, the Hoosiers outrebounded Illinois, 31-27. Against then-No. 22/21 Purdue on Feb. 20, IU had 35 rebounds to Purdue's 33.

    Since Indiana had its bye week in the schedule two weeks ago, the Hoosiers have shown much improvement over the last three games as a team. During the three game span, IU has averaged 64.0 points per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3-point range, 75.9 percent from the free throw line and outrebounded opponents by a +3.3 margin. All of those numbers are well above the team's overall averages in games prior to Feb. 20.

    Indiana set the school record of 13 made 3-point field goals at Iowa on Feb. 28 and did so efficiently as the team shot 50 percent from long distance in that game. IU has shot 50 percent or better in three games this season, all during Big Ten play. The other two games included are at Wisconsin (7-of-14, 50 percent) and against Ohio State (6-of-11, 54.5 percent) on Feb. 3. The last time an IU team had shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range during regular season play came during the 2008-09 campaign. The Hoosiers shot 50 percent from long distance three times last season, but one of those games came during the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers have shot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc in 11 games this year, marking the just the second time in the last six years an IU team has hit that mark at least 10 times in a season.

    Senior Linda Rubene continues to be a spark for the Hoosiers. Last time out at Iowa, the senior skied for seven boards to lead the team and has had seven boards in each of the last three games. At Illinois on Feb. 23, Rubene scored 12 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

    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, 4.4 rebounds and 28.8 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.

    Through Indiana's 28 games this season, Aulani Sinclair has been on the floor for over 95 percent of the total minutes played. Sinclair has played 1,067 out of a possible 1,120 minutes so far this season, playing all 40 minutes 14 times, including in seven of the last eight contests. Sinclair leads the Big Ten in averaging 38.1 minutes per game. Jasmine McGhee has played in over 90 percent of the total minutes played by the Hoosiers this season and is seventh in the league with 36.3 minutes played per game. Freshman Nicole Bell has been called upon to start at the point guard position during the last eight games has played 311 of 320 total minutes, logging 37 or more minutes in each of those contests.

    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 four of the last five games. At Iowa, Taufa tied for the team lead with seven boards to go along with five points, two assists and a steal. 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.




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