Women's Basketball

    Indiana Heads to Nashville to Battle Belmont

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Necole Sterling.
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    Freshman Necole Sterling.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 16, 2011

    INDIANA(1-1) at BELMONT (0-3)
     Date Nov. 18, 2011
     Time 7 p.m. ET
     Location Nashville, Tenn. (Curb Event Center)
     Radio WHCC 105.1 FM
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
    Game Notes Indiana Notes
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    The Hoosiers will return to the road for a matchup at Belmont in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, Nov. 18. The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET at the Curb Event Center. The contest can be heard live on the radio on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call. After battling the Bruins, Indiana will then travel to Miami (OH) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, for a 7 p.m. ET game and then come home to welcome Toledo, the reigning WNIT champions, to Assembly Hall on Nov. 25.

    • The matchup with Belmont will be the second time this season that the Hoosiers have played on the road in an opponent's home-opening contest. Indiana also opened the home schedule for Central Arkansas on Nov. 11.
    • Friday's game will be the first trip to Tennessee for the Indiana women's basketball program since IU faced Middle Tennessee State in the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 22, 2008.
    • Indiana is owns a 16-8 all-time record against teams from the state of Tennessee and has a 3-0 advantage in the games played against Belmont.
    • With the win over Murray State on Nov. 14, the Hoosiers have not lost a home-opening game in the Felisha Legette-Jack era, now winning six-consecutive times in Assembly Hall openers.
    • Senior captain Georgie Jones and junior Jasmine McGhee each had double-double performances against Murray State on Nov. 14. It was the first time two Hoosiers had achieved double-doubles in the same game since Jori Davis and Hope Elam each accomplished the feat against Cleveland State on Nov. 28, 2010.

    Felisha Legette-Jack
    Career Record: 136-140 (10th year)
    Indiana record: 82-77 (6th year)
    Murray State
    Brittany Ezell
    Career Record: 33-56 (4th year)
    Murray State Record: 11-23 (2nd year)

    The Belmont Bruins will play their first home game of the season when IU comes to town on Friday. The Bruins fell in each of their first three games to begin the 2011-12 campaign. Belmont is led in scoring by senior center Haley Nelson, who is pouring in 15.0 points per game while shooting 57.1-percent from the field. Nelson not only scores, but she also paces the team in rebounds (9.0 rpg), blocks (2.7 bpg) and steals (1.7 spg). Adrienne Tarrence will run the show for the Bruins as the freshman dishes for 5.0 assists per contest. Belmont has both experience and youth with five seniors and six freshmen on the roster.

    Two Hoosiers accomplished double-doubles in IU's win over Murray State on Nov. 14 as Jasmine McGhee had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Georgie Jones finished with 16 points and 13 boards on the night.

    McGhee's 19 points and 11 rebounds are both career-highs for junior college transfer. McGhee shot 9-of-17 from the field and also added two assists and a block. In two games, McGhee is averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
    Jones' 16 points tied a career-high for the senior. The St. Paul, Minn., native shot 6-of-10 from the floor and eight of her 13 boards came on the offensive end. Her point total ties her previous career-mark, which she accomplished in her first game as a Hoosier at FIU on Dec. 18, 2010. It was Jones' first double-double as a Hoosier and the second overall in her collegiate career.

    Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin also had a double-double to start the year at Central Arkansas on Nov. 11. Chaplin led the Hoosiers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native shot 6-of-8 from the field and added two blocks and two steals in 22 minutes of play off the bench. It marked Chaplin's first double-double since Dec. 22, 2009 vs. Toledo and it was the fifth time she had accomplished the feat in her career.

    Four Hoosiers made their Division I collegiate debuts at Central Arkansas on Nov. 11 and one more made her first appearance on Nov. 14 vs. Murray State. Junior college transfers Jasmine McGhee and Linda Rubene each started for IU in their first games as Hoosiers against UCA. Freshman Quaneisha McCurty and Candyce Ussery also played their first minutes at the college level against the Sugar Bears. Necole Sterling made her college debut against Murray State, playing 16 minutes off the bench in the winning effort.

    Sophomore Andrea Newbauer has started in each of IU's two contests this season. After averaging 9.1 minutes per game a year ago, the point guard has averaged 33.0 minutes so far this season. She logged a career-best 34 minutes in the Murray State win on Nov. 14 while setting career-highs with four assists, four rebounds and three steals, and also tied a career mark scoring four points.

    In Indiana's win over Murray State on Nov. 14, the Hoosiers overcame a 15-point deficit to earn the 70-67 victory. It was in large part because of the productive second half that IU put together. As a team, Indiana shot 56.7-percent (17-of-30) and outscored the Racers, 45-32, in the final stanza. Also in the second half only, the Hoosiers tallied five steals, caused 11 MSU mistakes and outrebounded the Racers, 25-15. The Indiana reserves were also a spark as IU had 17 second-half bench points.

    Indiana has won the battle boards in each of the first two contests to begin the 2011-12 campaign. The Hoosiers outrebounded Murray State, 50-45, in the home opening win on Monday, marking IU's first 50-rebound game since tallying 50 boards vs. Cleveland State on Nov. 28, 2010. In the season opener, IU brought down 40 rebounds to Central Arakansas' 31. Indiana had a record of 6-3 in games in which it outrebounded an opponent a year ago and hopes that trend will prove to be successful this season.




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