Nov. 9, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will visit Central Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 11, to tip off the 41st season of Indiana University women's basketball. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET at the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. Friday's game will mark the first ever meeting between IU and Central Arkansas, and will be the 2011-12 home opener for the Sugar Bears. The game can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com via the online radio stream link which can be found on the women's basketball schedule page, and WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington will pick up the game live at the conclusion of the IU men's basketball game. Jeremy Gray enters his eighth year as the radio voice of Indiana women's basketball.
DID YOU KNOW
• Friday will mark the first ever meeting between the Indiana and Central Arkansas women's basketball programs.
• The Hoosiers have not lost an opening regular season contest in the Felisha Legette-Jack era, winning five straight openers since the 2006-07 season.
• Indiana has opened on the road in each of the last two seasons. The Hoosiers won at Ball State to begin the campaign last year, 81-66, on Nov. 12, 2010 and the year before defeated Memphis on the road, 78-74, on Nov. 13, 2009.
• Three of Indiana's first four games will be on the road this season. After visiting Central Arkansas, the Hoosiers will host Murray State on Nov. 14 before hitting the road for games at Belmont on Nov. 18 and at Miami (OH) on Nov. 22.
• Senior Georgie Jones and junior Aulani Sinclair will serve as team captains for the 2011-12 season.
• 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)
Career Record: 48-43 (4th year)
Central Arkansas Record: 48-43 (4th year)
CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT A GLANCE
The Sugar Bears finished the 2010-11 campaign with a 21-11 record overall and an 11-5 mark in Southland Conference play. Central Arkansas was just one game away from making an NCAA Tournament appearance as it fell in the conference tournament championship game to McNeese State. UCA began playing a the Division I level beginning with the 2006-07 season. The team returns all five starters from last year and returns 10 players overall on the roster. Junior forward Megan Herbert will look to lead UCA this season as she averaged a double-double last year with 17.2 ppg and 10.6 rpg, all while shooting 56.7-percent from the field. Herbert was selected as a Southland preseason First-Team All-Conference honoree.
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.
OPENING WITH A TREND
Since head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's arrival in Bloomington, the Hoosiers have not lost a regular season opener in each of her five years with Indiana. Legette-Jack earned her first win at the Hoosier helm over Wake Forest, 75-53, to begin the 2006-07 season, and will look to extend her five-game opening winning streak.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Indiana will open its season away from Assembly Hall for the third-consecutive year on Friday at Central Arkansas. The Hoosiers opened the 2010-11 campaign at Ball State and earned a 81-66 victory over the Cardinals a year ago. To begin the 2009-10 season, IU traveled to Memphis and downed the Tigers, 78-74.
BATTLING NEW FOES
Indiana will matchup with three teams this season that the Hoosiers have never faced in program history. It begins with the regular season opener at Central Arkansas on Nov. 11. Then on Nov. 14, IU will welcome Murray State to Assembly Hall for the first time ever. The Hoosiers will then battle Oklahoma State for the first time at home on Nov. 4 as part of the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.
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.
DEFENSE GETS IT DONE IN EXHIBITION PLAY
The Hoosiers forced 35 turnovers in the exhibition win vs. St. Ambrose on Nov. 3 with Indiana scoring 50 points off of those SAU mistakes. The trend continued against Indianapolis on Nov. 8 as IU caused 25 UIndy turnovers. In those two contests, IU forced an average of 30.0 turnovers per game. The Hoosiers also collected a total of 36 steals in their two exhibition games, an average of 18.0 steal per contest in those games.
Against St. Ambrose, IU held the Bees to just 30-percent shooting overall and followed that up by holding Indianapolis to a 27.3-shooting percentage. In the two games combined, IU opponents shot just 28.6-percent (30-of-105) from the field.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES
Senior captain Georgie Jones had a perfect night shooting the ball against UIndy in IU's final exhibition game. Jones shot 5-of-5 from the field on her way to a near double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds on the night, five of which were on the offensive glass. The senior also added two blocks in the contest.
DOUBLED UP ON DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Two Hoosiers finished the exhibition game against St. Ambrose with double-double performances. Senior Danilsa "City" Andujar tallied 15 points and brought down 12 rebounds on the night, six of those boards came on the offensive glass. Andujar went 6-of-10 from the field, including making good on a 3-point field goal on her lone attempt. Freshman Quaneisha McCurty also had a stellar performance ending the night with 13 points and 10 rebounds. McCurty shot 50 percent (4-of-8) from the field with four offensive rebounds.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
On Nov. 3 against St. Ambrose, a number of Hoosiers contributed both offensively and defensively. Twelve Hoosiers ended up in the scoring column for the game. Junior Jasmine McGhee led the way with 18 points as Andujar and McCurty added 15 points and 13 points, respectively. Ten players ended the game with at least one assist on the night.
On defense, nine IU players accounted for a steal with Ussery leading the team with seven, followed by Andrea Newbauer and Linda Rubene who each added three steals. Seven Indiana players had at least one block, as Aulani Sinclair paced her teammates with a game-high two rejections.
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).
The Hoosiers will compete in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 20-21 as part of the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace Resort. Indiana will battle BIG EAST opponent Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and then take on Colorado State on Wednesday, Dec. 21, both games begin at 1 p.m. ET. Big Ten foe Michigan State will also be competing in the classic. It will be the first trip outside of the United States for IU since the 2009-10 season when the Hoosiers played in the Junkaroo Jam in the Bahamas.
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