Previewing the 2010-11 Indiana Women's Basketball Season
Oct. 29, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball program enters the 2010-11 campaign with talent and experience in the backcourt and serious size in the frontcourt.
Despite their youth, the 2010-11 Hoosiers boast one of the most dynamic scoring threats in the Big Ten, athleticism and a lockdown defender at point guard, a solid supporting cast, a sprinkling of talented freshmen and options on the front line. With these ingredients in place, the Hoosiers believe that they have the talent and determination to make another trip to a postseason tournament in 2010-11.
Senior Jori Davis will lead Indiana with her scoring ability, athleticism and sheer force of will. As a junior, Davis earned Second Team All-Big Ten distinction from both the coaches and the media by averaging 16.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Davis put together a performance for the ages by dropping 33 points on 15th ranked Virginia, and had four double-doubles on the season playing against routinely taller competition. After a summer of strength and conditioning training, Davis is stronger and quicker than ever before and she should be more comfortable playing shooting guard this season. Barring injury, Davis should be a mortal lock for All-Big Ten honors in 2010-11.
But as the Hoosiers embark on the upcoming season, Davis will not have to go it alone.
Redshirt sophomore Sasha Chaplin looks to make a huge impact as one of Indiana's primary low post scorers and defenders. Hampered by injuries the last few seasons, the 6-4 Chaplin boasts a deft shooting touch, deceptive quickness, and the length that Indiana has lacked on defense the last several seasons. In limited action last season, Chaplin averaged 9.3 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per contest, and led the Hoosiers in blocked shots with 19 in just 20 games. She's hungry, she's healthy, and she will be Indiana's best scoring threat in the low post.
In the back court, Whitney Lindsay will run the show at point guard. Lightning quick, Lindsay is capable of being one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the Big Ten. As a junior, Lindsay dished off 93 assists and yanked 41 steals. Her shooting touch showed improvement and her quickness enabled Indiana to upset fourth-ranked Ohio State at home. With the ability to run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, there is no player Lindsay can't stay in front of on defense.
Danilsa Andujar will be a big part of the equation for Indiana in 2010-11. The 6-2 Florida product filled in nicely for the injured Chaplin last season and is a true banger in the post. Andujar averaged 21 minutes per game last season and showed marked improvement on the offensive end. Amdujar will get even more playing time in 2010-11 and will be an excellent compliment to the balletic Chaplin on the front line.
Sweet shooting Hope Elam will get the nod at small forward this season and showed flashes of brilliance in her debut season last year at Indiana. Elam runs exceptionally well in the open floor, knocks down mid-range jumpers with great efficiency, and should pick up a lot of the scoring slack left behind due to the graduation of Jamie Braun. Elam averaged 9.7 points per game last season, but tallied 24 points against a solid Toledo squad and routinely scored in double figures against ranked Big Ten foes. Elam can score in bunches, and being able to play on the perimeter will give her freedom to sit back drain mid-range jumpers.
A player who can play solid minutes at either shooting guard or small forward is Andrea McGuirt. The 5-9 Atlanta product possesses a nice touch from 3-point range and can play suffocating defense in pressing situations. The former McDonald's All-America nominee has the strength and quickness to be a key defender off of the bench this year for Indiana.
Workhorse Aulani Sinclair returns for her sophomore season and provides Indiana with toughness and versatility. She can play both power and small forward. She can bruise people inside and she can step out and hit the three. Last season she connected on 39 percent of her 3-point attempts, and this year returns stronger and in better shape. Indiana fans will see a lot of No. 24 this year.
Felisha Legette-Jack buttressed this talented group of returners with a solid and versatile group of newcomers.
Marquette transfer Georgie Jones will be eligible to play at the start of Big Ten play and will give Indiana a tenacious shot-blocking and rebounding presence in the paint. As a sophomore at Marquette, Jones averaged 6.3 rebounds per contest and swatted away a shot per game. Athletic, long, and furiously intense, Jones will give the Hoosiers a swagger down low.
Freshman Andrea Newbauer and junior college transfer Alisha Goodwin will give Indiana some depth in the backcourt in 2010-11. Newbauer was a 2010 Indiana All-Star and led Ft. Wayne Concordia to the 3A state title. Strong, smart, and a deft distributor of the basketball, Newbauer should see time early in her Indiana career. Goodwin led Jefferson College to a runner up finish in the NJCAA National Tournament and was a prep standout in the St. Louis area. Known for her defense and ability to run in the open floor, Goodwin should be able to step in and contribute right away.
There also several intriguing newcomers on the front line. Freshman Simone Deloach provides shot-blocking and rebounding skills with her 6-3 frame. Kristiana Stauere was a member of Latvia's U-18 national team, and was a strong low post scorer and rebounder for her European club team. Hawaiian standout Malika Taufua averaged 15.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game her senior season at Lahainaluna High School and was a First Team All-State honoree as a junior and senior. Strong and skilled, Taufa comes from a winning high school program and looks to make a solid contribution off the bench in her freshman campaign.
The Big Ten will be as tough as always in 2010-11, but with this blend of playmakers, experience, and talented newcomers, look for the Hoosiers to once again find themselves playing in the postseason this year.
- written by IUHoosiers.com contributor Jeremy Gray
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