Nov. 2, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts its first of two exhibition games on Thursday, Nov. 3, as St. Ambrose comes to Assembly Hall to battle the Hoosiers. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. ET and can be heard locally on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray calling the action. IU will host its second exhibition matchup against the University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The 2011-12 regular season will get underway for Indiana on Friday, Nov. 11 at Central Arkansas. The first home contest of the year takes place on Monday, Nov. 14 as the Hoosiers will welcome Murray State to Bloomington at 7 p.m. ET.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana is entering its 41st season of women's basketball. The program began with the 1971-72 season with Bea Gorton as the first head coach in IU women's basketball history. The Hoosiers return two starters from the 2010-11 team in senior Danilsa Andujar and junior Aulani Sinclair. Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her sixth season at the helm of the Hoosier program. During her tenure, Indiana has made three postseason appearances, including winning 21 games in 2008-09 to tie the school record for most wins in a season. Former Hoosier standout and Bloomington North graduate Whitney Thomasis now a member of the Indiana coaching staff. Thomas began her role as assistant coach in June after serving the 2010-11 season as the team's video coordinator. Indiana's five newcomers collectively ranked as the No. 23-ranked recruiting class for 2011 according to the All Star Girls Report.
Career Record: 135-139 (10th year)
Indiana record: 81-76 (6th year)
Krista Van Hauen
Career Record: 30-5 (2nd year)
St. Ambrose Record: 30-5 (2nd year)
ST. AMBROSE AT A GLANCE
The Fighting Bees opened their season on Tuesday at home with a win over Trinity Christian, 79-51. St. Ambrose went 29-5 last year and 14-2 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference winning both the regular season and MCC Tournament championships. The Fighting Bees then went on to advance to the NAIA National Championship Sweet 16. Annie Smith, the team's top returner, was honorable mention all-conference last year and head coach Krista Van Hauen was the MCC Coach of the Year in her first year at the helm of the women's basketball program. As a whole, the program has competed in the NAIA National Tournament 16 times and made it to the Final Four twice (1989, 1990).
WELCOME TO 2011-12
It's a new season of Indiana women's basketball. The 2011-12 campaign marks the 41st season of women's basketball for Indiana University and 30th year of Big Ten competition. The Hoosiers return two starters from a year ago and return nine players overall from last season. The roster also includes five newcomers to the Hoosier program.
The Indiana women's basketball team will play live on BTN on five occassions during the 2011-12 regular season, with the possibility of three other games being added as television contests. Games airing on the BTN include Dec. 30 vs. Michigan State at 6 p.m. ET, Jan. 8 vs. Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET, Jan. 19 vs. Purdue at 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 26 vs. Ohio State at 8 p.m. ET and Feb. 19 at Michigan at Noon ET. The three additional games that are to be determined for a BTN broadcast are Jan. 2 at Minnesota at 1/3 p.m. ET, Feb. 23 vs. Wisconsin at 6/8 p.m. and Feb. 26 at Purdue at 12/2/4 p.m. Along with these television broadcasts, 15 games are scheduled to be streamed live on BTN.com.
AYE, AYE CAPTAINS
The Indiana women's basketball team chose two captains for the 2011-12 season in senior Georgie Jones and junior Aulani Sinclair.
Jones sat out the 2010 fall semester due to transferring from Marquette. She made her debut with IU at FIU on Dec. 18, 2010 and scored a career-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, one block and one steal. She ended the season second on the team in rebounds per game and set a season-high with 14 boards at Ohio State last season.
Sinclair is coming off a 2010-11 season where she shot 38-percent from 3-point range and improved from her freshman year in almost every statistical category. She played in all 29 games last season, starting in 19 of those. The Eminence, Ind., native scored in double-figures in 10 games last year including a career night at FIU on Dec. 18 when she scored a career-high 21 points while hitting a career-best seven 3-point field goals on 11 attempts and added three assists.
THEY ARE BACK
The returning players from a year ago include three seniors, two juniors and four sophomores. The seniors include forward Danilsa Andujar, guard Alisha Goodwin and center Jones. The juniors are forwards Sasha Chaplin and Sinclair, as the sophomore returnees include center Simone Deloach, guard Andrea Newbauer, forward Kristiana Stauere and forward Milika Taufa.
After losing four seniors and over 68-percent of the team's scoring from a year ago, this group of nine returners are eager to lead and contribute for the 2011-12 season. A healthy Chaplin will be a key to this season as the redshirt junior only saw action in two games last year due to injury. Her 6-3 presence in the paint along with Jones, Andujar, Deloach and Taufa will be vital to IU controlling the block this season. Jones was second on the team last year in rebounds and will look to help control the boards for the Hoosiers.
Sinclair and Stauere will look to spread opposing defenses with their threatening outside shooting. Sinclair led the team in 3-point shooting percentage last year and made good on three or more 3-point field goals in a game on six occassions last season, including a career-best seven at FIU.
Newbauer and Goodwin will help control the back court during the 2011-12 campaign. Newbauer played in 21 games last season and earned her first career start at Purdue. Goodwin played in 25 games and started five for IU last year and scored a career-high 19 points in her first game as a Hoosier and went on to score in double-figures in seven games during her junior year.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
The 2011 newcomers collectively ranked as the No. 23 recruiting class according to the All Star Girls Report. The new Hoosiers include juniors Jasmine McGhee (JUCO) and Linda Rubene (JUCO), and freshmen Quaneisha McCurty, Necole Sterling and Candyce Ussery.
This group of five will be looked upon to contribute early and often. McGhee comes to Indiana from Vincennes University where she was named 2010-11 WBCA Junior College Player of the Year averaging a near double-double with 16.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Rubene joins the Hoosiers as a junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College where she averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and ranked as the No. 14 junior college prospect in the nation.
McCurty comes to Bloomington after leading the Dalton Catamounts to the Georgia AAA State Championship game and ending her senior season averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds and nearly five blocks per contest. Sterling concluded her high school career averaging 13.3 points with six rebounds, six assists and 2.3 steals per game at Stonewall Jackson and ranked as the No. 43 wing player in the country by ESPNHoopGurlz.com. Ussery averaged 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and over three steals per contest for Hazelwood Central, ranked as the No. 59 point guard in the nation by ESPNHoopGurlz.com.
The Indiana women's basketball team will face the challenge of playing on the road early and often to begin the 2011-12 regular season. The Hoosiers' will play away from Bloomington in three of the first four games of the season and six of the first nine contests overall beginning with Central Arkansas on Nov. 11. Indiana will return home to battle Murray State before hitting the road again for contests at Belmont on Nov. 18 and at Miami (OH) on Nov. 22 to start the season.
Looking ahead to Big Ten play, January will also test Indiana with six of nine conference games taking place away from Assembly Hall. Those road stops include Minnesota (Jan. 2), Nebraska (Jan. 5), Michigan State (Jan. 12), Michigan (Jan. 22) and Northwestern (Jan. 29).