Nov. 15, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana women's basketball will open its home schedule against the Indiana State Sycamores on Friday, Nov. 16. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The contest can be heard on the flagship station for IU women's hoops, WHCC 105.1 FM, with Jeremy Gray calling the action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana University is in its 42nd season of women's basketball.
IU has won seven of the last eight meetings against Indiana State, the last matchup between the two schools was a 68-62 Hoosiers win in Terre Haute on March 20, 2006 as part of the WNIT.
Friday's game will be the first time that the Sycamores will have played at Assembly Hall since Nov. 27, 1991.
Curt Miller earned his first win as Indiana's head coach at Murray State on Nov. 12, 63-62.
Jasmine McGhee led all scorers in IU's win at Murray State, finishing with 20 points, marking the fourth time in her career with 20 or more points. The senior also grabbed eight rebounds in the game.
Sasha Chaplin hit the game winning field goal with just seconds on the clock at MSU, giving her a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was the eighth double-double performance of her career.
Aulani Sinclair scored in double-figures for the second straight game, pouring in 16 points. With going 4-for-4 from the free throw line, Sinclair has connected on 22-consecutive free throws dating back to last season, which ranks her sixth on IU's all-time list for consecutive free throws made.
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.
Career Record: 259-93 (12th year)
Indiana record: 1-1 (1st year)
Career Record: 163-105 (10th year)
Indiana State Record: 33-32 (3rd year)
MILLER GETS FIRST WIN AS A HOOSIER
With Indiana's 63-62 victory at Murray State on Nov. 12, it gave head coach Curt Miller his first win at the helm of the IU women's basketball program. Miller was named the program's ninth head coach on March 28, 2012 and is in his first season with the cream and crimson. 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.
MCGHEE GETS GOING
Senior Jasmine McGhee led all scorers with her 20 points at Murray State on Nov. 12. The Anderson, Ind., native also added eight rebounds while shooting 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Her two 3-point field goals made set a new career mark in that category. McGhee logged 38 minutes of play in the game and also added two assists. She has now scored 20 or more points in a game four times in her career and has tallied double-digit points in 15 career games.
BIG BUCKET, BIG GAME, BIG SASH
Sasha Chaplin received a bounce pass on the right block from Linda Rubene and then converted the game winning field goal in the final seconds at Murray State on Nov. 12 to lift Indiana over the Racers. Chaplin finished the game with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It marked the eighth double-double of her career and first for a Hoosier this season. Chaplin played 18 minutes off the bench and shot 4-of-8 from the field, including hitting her first career 3-point field goal. It was Chaplin's first double-double since Jan. 29, 2012 at Northwestern, when she finished with 15 points and 10 boards.
Aulani Sinclair is off to a hot start through IU's first two games of the season. At Murray State, the senior scored 16 points while dealing with foul trouble. Sinclair connected on 2-of-4 3-point field goals and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She also added three rebounds and a block.
In the season opener on Nov. 9 at Valparaiso, Sinclair 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 34 times in her career and has tallied 20 or more points on seven occasions during her career.
REBOUNDING AGAINST THE RACERS
Against Murray State, Indiana was able to get to glass, as the Hoosiers outrebounded the Racers on Monday night, 52-46. The 52 boards are the most for IU since the team corralled 53 rebounds against Ohio State last season on Jan. 26, 2012. The Hoosiers had 50 or more rebounds in four game last season.
SINCLAIR STREAK FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
With hitting on 4-of-4 free throws at Murray State on Monday, Aulani Sinclair has connected on 22-consecutive free throws dating back to last season. That streak puts Sinclair alone in sixth place on IU's all-time list for consecutive free throws made. Sinclair also owns the seventh place spot on that list as the senior hit 19-straight free throws at one point last year.
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).
TWO TRUE ROAD GAMES TO START
With Monday's game at Murray State, IU opened the 2012-13 season with back-to-back road contests, marking the first time Indiana had opened the year with two-consecutive true road games since the 1981-82 season. That year IU opened at DePaul and at Southern Illinois to start the season.
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).
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. It continues on Friday when 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.
THE HOOSIERS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
The Indiana women's basketball team will play on national television five guaranteed times in 2012-13. 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. IU's final two games of the season are considered wildcard matchups and will be designated for television in February.