Nov. 11, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Last Meeting
November 14, 2011
Hoosiers Rally to Top Murray State, 70-67
The Indiana women's basketball team fought its way back to earn a 70-67 win at home on Monday night. The Hoosiers trailed by as many as 15 points before making a second-half surge to earn their first win of the year. Georgie Jones and Jasmine McGhee each had double-double performances on the night. Jones tied a career-best with 16 points and added 13 rebounds as McGhee tallied career-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Indiana women's basketball team will take to the road again to battle the Murray State Racers on Monday, Nov. 12. The game will tip at 8 p.m. ET and can be heard through a live radio stream at IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available at GoRacers.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana University is in its 42nd season of women's basketball.
Monday's game will be the second all-time matchup between Indiana and Murray State as the Hoosiers won in Bloomington last year in the first ever meeting between the two schools, 70-67, on Nov. 14, 2011.
Indiana head coach Curt Miller begins his first season with the Hoosiers in 2012-13. Miller comes to Bloomington after 11 successful years at Bowling Green State University where he won at least a share of the MAC regular season title in each of the last eight seasons, reaching the postseason in each of those years as well as five MAC Tournament championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Hoosiers are playing two true road contests to the start the year, marking the first time since 1981-81 that IU has opened a season with two-consecutive true road games.
Aulani Sinclair scored a game-high 20 points at Valparaiso on Nov. 9 while shooting 9-of-17 from the field. She has now scored in double-figures 33 times in her career and has scored 20 or more points in seven career games.
IU welcomes back its two leading scorers from a year ago in seniors Jasmine McGhee and Sinclair. McGhee appeared in 26 games and averaged 12.6 ppg to lead the team. Sinclair appeared in all 30 games, scoring 12.4 ppg and led the team in 3-point field goals made (52) while connecting on 90.7 percent of her free throw attempts.
Career Record: 258-93 (12th year)
Indiana record: 0-1 (1st year)
Career Record: 58-66 (5th year)
Valparaiso Record: 58-66 (5th year)
MURRAY STATE AT A GLANCE
The Racers opened their season on Friday, Nov. 9 with a loss to Western Kentucky, 80-69. Three players scored in double-figures in that game for MSU, led by Erica Burgess who had 22 points with five rebounds. Erika Sisk poured in 15 points and Mariah Robinson added 13 in the game. Burgess was a major player when IU and Murray State met a year ago when she scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, six assists and four steals against the Hoosiers. She, along with Robinson were MSU's leading scorers in 2011-12 as Burgess tallied 16.8 ppg and Robinson scored 14.0 ppg a year ago.
THE Curt Miller ERA BEGINS IN 2012-13
The 2012-13 season ushers in a new era of Indiana women's basketball. Curt Miller was named the program's ninth head coach on March 28, 2012 and will begin his first season with the cream and crimson on Friday, Nov. 9 at Valparaiso. Miller has been a head coach for 11 years, all at Bowling Green State University where he compiled an overall record of 258-92. Miller's full bio can be found later in this notes packet.
TWO TRUE ROAD GAMES TO START
With Monday's game at Murray State, IU will open the 2012-13 season with back-to-back road contests, marking the first time Indiana has opened the year with two-consecutive true road games since the 1981-82 season. That year IU opened at DePaul and at Southern Illinois.
The last time IU opened a season with two games away from Assembly Hall was when the Hoosiers played in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 in 2006. The Hoosiers won that tournament defeating Wake Forest (neutral opponent) and host Kentucky (true road opponent).
Aulani Sinclair was a force at Valparaiso on Nov. 9 in the season opener. The senior captain led all scorers with 20 points in the game. Sinclair shot 9-of-17 from the field, had four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. The Eminence, Ind., native has now scored in double-figures 33 times in her career and has tallied 20 or more points on seven occasions in her career.
SINCLAIR STREAK FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
With connecting on her only free throw attempt at Valpo on Friday night, Aulani Sinclair has connected on 18-consecutive free throws dating back to last season. That streak ties Sinclair for the seventh-best such streak in program history. Last year, Sinclair connected on 19-straight free throws at one point during the season and that total sits alone in sixth place on IU's all-time list for consecutive free throws made.
BRIONNA THE BURGLAR
In her first career appearance in a college game, freshman walk-on Brionna Arnold came of the bench at Valparaiso and tallied a game-high four steals in 13 minutes of play. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also connected on her lone 3-point field goal attempt and had a block, a rebound and an assist.
HOOSIERS CAUSING HAVOC
In the opening game at Valpo, Indiana forced 24 Crusader turnovers and collected 13 steals on the night. It was the first time IU had forced 20 or more opponent miscues and grabbed 10 or more steals in the same game since doing so against Illinois last year on Feb. 12, 2012 (20 turnovers, 10 steals).
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Sasha Chaplin, Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair will serve as team captains this season as chosen by the players and coaching staff. These three players are IU's top three returning scorers from a year ago as Chaplin and Sinclair appeared in all 30 games in 2011-12, with McGhee appearing in 26 before missing the final four contests due to injury.
HOME SWEET HOME
Indiana will play in the friendly confines of Assembly Hall 17 times this season. Nine of IU's 13 non-conference contests will take place in Bloomington, including eight games over a nine-game stretch from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. IU will also host eight Big Ten games with Northwestern (Jan. 6), Nebraska (Jan. 10), Michigan State (Jan. 20), Michigan (Jan. 24), Ohio State (Feb. 3), Penn State (Feb. 7) and Purdue (Feb. 20) all making appearances on Branch McCracken Court.
TAKING ON THE STATE
The Hoosiers will battle six opponents from within the state of Indiana in 2012-13. It began with the season opener at Valparaiso on Nov. 9. Later this week, IU will host Indiana State on Nov. 16. The Hoosiers will then play IUPUI and IPFW in back-to-back games on Nov. 23 and Nov. 26, respectively. On Dec. 9, Indiana will head to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on Butler. IU's final in-state opponent will be Purdue, as the Hoosiers and Boilermakers will square off in West Lafayette on Jan. 31, then again in Bloomington on Feb. 20.
THEY ARE BACK
Indiana returns nine players from a year ago, including the team's two leading scorers from last year in seniors Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair. McGhee appeared in 26 games in 2011-12, averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Sinclair played in all 30 games last season, pouring in 12.4 points per game, while shooting 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 90.7 percent from the free throw line. Sinclair led IU with 52 3-point field goals made.
Two other starters returning include Sasha Chaplin, who led IU with 6.5 rebounds per game, and Andrea Newbauer, who dished for a team best 4.0 assists per contest. Indiana also returns senior Linda Rubene, juniors Simone Deloach and Milika Taufa, and sophomores Quaneisha McCurty and Candyce Ussery.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
The 2012-13 roster features seven new faces for the Hoosiers, making up over 43 percent of the roster. Two transfers joined Indiana in the offseason in sophomore Claire Jakubicek (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) and redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South). Jakubicek played at Northern Illinois last season and was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year after leading NIU in scoring with 11.0 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Hulls came to IU from Bowling Green State University where she was under the direction of Indiana head coach Curt Miller. Hulls missed the 2011-12 season due to an ACL injury.
Other newcomers include freshmen Nicole Bell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) and Jocelyn Mousty (Fredericksburg, Ind./Eastern Pekin), and three walk-ons in freshmen Brionna Arnold (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) and Carmela Roeschlein (Clay City, Ind./Clay City) and sophomore Andrea Mize (Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland).
ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE GAME BACK IN BTOWN
Indiana will host Clemson as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 28, marking the first time IU has hosted the annual challenge game in three years. The last time the Hoosiers played in the challenge in Bloomington was on Dec. 3, 2009 against Florida State. IU defeated Clemson on the road in the yearly event two years ago, 65-51, on Dec. 2, 2010.
THE HOOSIERS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
The Indiana women's basketball team will play on national television five guaranteed times in 2012-13. IU's final two games of the season are considered wildcard matchups and will be designated for television in February. The five guaranteed TV games are Jan. 10 vs. Nebraska, Jan. 28 at Northwestern, Jan. 31 at Purdue, Feb. 7 vs. Penn State and Feb. 23 at Illinois. Indiana will have 17 games streamed live on BTN.com throughout the season.
HOOSIER ROSTER BOASTS FOUR FORMER INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL ALL STARS
The 2012-13 Indiana roster includes four players that were part of the Indiana high school all star team when they graduated. Senior Aulani Sinclair, junior Andrea Newbauer, redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls and freshman Jocelyn Mousty all earned all star honors as seniors in high school. Sinclair played in the annual Indiana/Kentucky all star series in 2009, Newbauer participated in 2010, Hulls in 2011 and Mousty last summer in 2012.
With Kaila Hulls now on the roster after transferring from Bowling Green, Indiana is just one of five schools in all of Division I basketball that has a brother/sister combination on the rosters of both men's and women's basketball teams at the same school. Jordan Hulls, Kaila's brother, is a senior guard on IU's men's basketball team. Below is a complete list of all brother/sister combos playing for the same school.
Indiana (Big Ten): Jordan Hulls (Sr.) and Kaila Hulls (RS-Fr.)
Ohio State (Big Ten): Aaron Craft (Jr.) and Caite Craft (Fr.)
Virginia (ACC): Taylor Barnette (Fr.) and Sarah Beth Barnette (RS-So.)
Air Force (Mountain West): Marshall Leipprandt (Fr.) and Alicia Leipprandt (Sr.)
Colorado (Pac-12): Andre Roberson (Jr.) and Arielle Roberson (RS-Fr.)