March 5, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will begin Big Ten Tournament play on Thursday, March 7, against Michigan. The Hoosiers are the No. 12 seed as the Wolverines are seeded fifth. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Stephanie White on the call with Lisa Byington as sideline reporter. The contest can also be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray behind the mic. Follow @IndianaWBB on twitter for in-game updates and use #iuwbb whenever discussing the Indiana women's basketball team on twitter.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana is 14-17 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and took home the tournament championship in 2002.
Head Coach Curt Miller is making his debut in the Big Ten Tournament. When he was the head coach at Bowling Green, he led the Falcons to five MAC Tournament titles.
IU's first round matchup with Michigan will be the fourth time the two schools have met in the Big Ten Tournament as Indiana is 3-0 against the Wolverines in the previous tournament meetings.
Indiana set a new school record by connecting on 13 3-point field goals at Iowa on Feb. 28.
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 in 18th place on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,138 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 four games, senior Jasmine McGhee has averaged 19.8 points while shooting 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the field and 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from beyond the arc.
On senior day, Sasha Chaplin scored a season-high 17 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
Career Record: 269-110 (12th year)
Indiana record: 11-18 (1st year)
Kim Barnes Arico
Career Record: 290-214 (17th year)
Michigan Record: 20-9 (1st year)
WELCOME TO HOFFMAN ESTATES
For the first time, Hoffman Estates, Ill., will play host to the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on March 7-10 at Sears Centre Arena, which is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The tournament has crowned six different conference champions, including Indiana in 2002.
All-session ($80) and single-session ($15) tickets for the 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament are still available and can be purchased at the Kia Box Office at the Sears Centre Arena, by phone at (888) SEARS-TIX (732-7784) or online at searscentre.com.
The tournament will feature six sessions as play will begin on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT.
MICHIGAN AT A GLANCE
Michigan begins the Big Ten Tournament having lost in three of its last four games. U-M is led by second team All-Big Ten selections Kate Thompson and Jenny Ryan. Thompson leads the Wolverines in scoring with 14.9 points per game and also paces the team in 3-point shooting ranking third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (40.8 percent) and first in the league in 3-pointers made per game (3.6). Ryan runs the point for Michigan and pours in 10.4 points per contest and paces the team in steals (2.0 spg) and assists (5.3 apg). Rachel Sheffer, an All-Big Ten honorable mention honoree, tallies 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Wolverines. As a team, Michigan is second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 55.2 points per contest and will look to shoot the 3-pointer as U-M is tied for the conference lead in 3-point field goals made per game (6.3).
SASHA'S SENIOR DAY
Fifth-year senior Sasha Chaplin started against Minnesota in Indiana's regular season finale on March 3 and did not disappoint. Chaplin led Indiana with a season-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds. She shot 6-of-8 from the field in the game, went a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe and added two assists, a block and a steal. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native logged a season-best 28 minutes. Chaplin plans to apply for a sixth year of eligibility with the NCAA during the offseason.
SINCLAIR SHATTERS SCHOOL RECORD, CONTINUES CLIMBING IN RECORD BOOK
Senior Aulani Sinclair will go down as one of the best outside shooters in program history. At Iowa on Feb. 28, she was unstoppable pouring 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 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.
With her seven points against Minnesota on March 3, Sinclair has now tallied 1,138 career points and currently sits in 18th place on Indiana's all-time career scoring list. She became the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points during the Michigan State game on Jan. 20.
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 37.7 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 15.9 points per game. Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 39.8 percent from long distance.
MCGHEE KEEPS ROLLING
Senior Jasmine McGhee has been rolling for the Hoosiers as of late. McGhee has scored in double figures in each of the last four games and in seven of the last eight games overall. In her last four games, McGhee has averaged 19.8 points while shooting 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the field and 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from beyond the arc. She tallied 12 points on senior day against Minnesota on March 3 with five rebounds and three assists. On Feb. 28 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 with 12.8 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 5.8 rebounds per contest. She also paces the team in steals.
NEWBAUER RETURNS FROM WRIST INJURY
After missing seven games with a wrist injury, junior Andrea Newbauer made her first appearance in exactly a month at Iowa on Feb. 28. On March 3 against Minnesota, she played significant minutes logging 15 minutes off the bench and led IU with four assists in the game to go along with three boards and a steal.
HOOSIERS SET TEAM 3-POINT RECORD AT IOWA
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.
FIRST HALF FIRE SQUAD
Indiana put on a clinic on the offensive end during the first 20 minutes at Iowa on Feb. 28. 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.
THE BELL TOLLS
Freshman Nicole Bell came to play against the Hawkeyes on Feb. 28 as she scored 12 points, hitting on 4-of-8 shots overall and 3-of-6 3-pointers in the game. Bell has 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 nine games for the Hoosiers.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Indiana has won the battle of the boards in three of the last four games and has outrebounded opponents in 12 games this season, going 8-4 in those contests. IU topped Iowa in rebounds on Feb. 28, 34-30. 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.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
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 in three games during regular season play came during the 2008-09 campaign. 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.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
Senior Linda Rubene continues to be a spark for the Hoosiers. Last time out against Minnesota, Rubene tallied nine points with four boards while shooting 3-of-5 from the field. In the game prior at Iowa, the senior skied for seven boards to lead the team and has had seven boards in three of the last four 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 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 28.4 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.