DEMUTH, VALENTIN ALL-BIG TEN Indiana junior forward Jenny DeMuth earned All-Big Ten recognition from both the conference media and coaches, with sophomore guard Cyndi Valentin earning honorable mention accolades from the media.
A second-team selection by the media and a third-team honoree by the coaches, DeMuth ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 18.3 points per game and fifth in the conference with 7.7 rebounds per game. She is the only Big Ten player to rank in the top five in the conference in both categories. In addition, she ranked fifth in the Big Ten in steals with 2.48 per game.
With 532 points scored in 2003-04, DeMuth became only the fifth Hoosier ever to score 500 points in a single season. A two-time selection as Big Ten Player of the Week in 2003-04, her 187 free throws made established a new school record. She registered 13 games with 20 points or more to go with seven double-doubles. DeMuth's 18.3 points per game average stands as the fifth-highest per-game average in Indiana history and the highest average for a Hoosier since 1988.
The highest-scoring junior in the Big Ten, DeMuth is the eighth Hoosier to earn All-Big Ten recognition since 2000-01.
Valentin earned honorable mention accolades from the media and averaged 15.5 points per game. The Big Ten's highest-scoring sophomore, Valentin set a Big Ten record and ranked second nationally with a .925 free throw percentage. The Bloomington native scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 24 points against Northwestern at Assembly Hall.
A Big Ten All-Freshman selection in 2002-03, Valentin set a new school record by draining 42 consecutive free throws in 2003-04. That mark is the highest total for any Hoosier ever (men or women) and remains intact entering the 2004-05.
TEAM SETS BLOCK RECORD Indiana set a new school record by blocking 147 shots as a team in 2003-04, passing the previous mark of 138 blocks made by the Hoosiers of 1980-81.
TEAM SETS BIG TEN TOURNEY RECORD Indiana set a new Big Ten Tournament record by holding Wisconsin to 39 points in its 57-39 first-round victory over the Badgers. The victory marked the eighth time Indiana advanced past the first-round of the Big Ten Tournament and improved Kathi Bennett's record to 4-0 in first-round action.
VALENTIN SETS RECORD Sophomore Cyndi Valentin drained a school-record 42 consecutive attempts from the charity stripe, with her last miss coming against Michigan State on January 2. She takes that record with her into the 2004-05 season.
Valentin passed 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 42 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
DEMUTH ON ELITE LIST The highest-scoring junior in the Big Ten in 2003-04, Jenny DeMuth scored 532 points to become only the fifth Hoosier ever to reach the 500-point mark in a single-season.
DEMUTH SETS RECORD Jenny DeMuth knocked down 187 free throws in 2003-04, shattering the existing school record of 168 set by former WNBA player and current Hoosier assistant coach Quacy Barnes in 1998.
DEMUTH ON SCORING TOP FIVE Jenny DeMuth's 18.3 points per game average ranked 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 18.3 2004
DEMUTH MILESTONE 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 enters her senior season with 1,088 career points, a mark that ranks 15th on Indiana's all-time scoring chart.
DEMUTH A HOOSIER STATE GREAT 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).
DEMUTH STARTS WITH "D" Jenny DeMuth had seven steals against Iowa on January 15, setting a new career high and matching the fourth-highest single-game total in school history.
Ranking among the Big Ten leaders with 2.48 steals per game, DeMuth also had a pair of six steal games (vs. Wisconsin and Cornell) to go with two five-steal efforts (vs. Western Illinois and North Texas.)
DeMuth made 72 steals on the year, a mark that ranked as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. DeMuth's 72 steals marked the highest figure since Pam Fritz made 77 steals in 1989.
DEMUTH HIGHLIGHTS All-Big Ten selection Jenny DeMuth was the only player in the conference to finish the season ranked in the top five in both scoring and rebounding. She earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice in 2003-04, 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 recorded 13 20-plus scoring games and had 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.
DEMUTH'S BREAKOUT YEAR Jenny DeMuth enjoyed 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:
VALENTIN LEADS BIG TEN Bloomington native Cyndi Valentin led all Big Ten sophomores in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. In addition, Valentin led all Big Ten players and ranked second nationally in free throw percentage at .925 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
VALENTIN SETS IU, BIG TEN RECORD Cyndi Valentin set a new Indiana and Big Ten record by converting on 92.5 percent of her free throws.
COMBINING FORCES Among tandems in which both players return next year, DeMuth and Valentin were the highest-scoring in the Big Ten.
* Both players in the duo must return to their respective teams next season.
DYNAMIC DUO Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin were the heart and soul of the Indiana offense. The two players combined to score 982 of Indiana's 1811 points (54.2 percent).
The two combined to register 21 20-point or more scoring games and score 20 or more points in the same game six times.
In 2003-04, the duo put its stamp on the Indiana record books and will go down as the third-highest scoring tandem in school history. DeMuth and Valentin's 982 points in 2003-04 rank them in a class with former Hoosier greats Karna Abram and Cindy Bumgarner, who played together from 1985-87 and Denise Jackson and Rachelle Bostic, who played together from 1981-84.
Abram and Bumgarner combined to score 1,067 points in 1984-85 and score 1,085 points in 1986-87. Jackson and Bostic combined to score 990 points in 1981-82 and 1,081 points in 1982-83.
MCKAY SETS FROSH RECORDS 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 earlier in the season.
McKay's 55 blocked shots on the year surpass the previous single-season record of 47 set by Shirley Bryant in 1991-92.
ENTERLINE SETS RECORD 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.
HELPING FIND THE CURE 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.
IU AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST 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
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. Central Florida 19.2
8. Michigan State 19.2
9. Northern Arizona 19.3
9. New Hampshire 19.3
DON'T FOUL INDIANA The 2003-04 Indiana squad drained 456-of-613 attempts from the free throw line (.744 pct.)
The Hoosiers' free throw percentage ranks as the third-highest mark in school history.
NOT OVER 'TILL ITS OVER Indiana demonstrated the ability to come back when down by large margins on multiple occasions in 2003-04. 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.