Women's Basketball

    Indiana Heads to Lone Star State to Take on Corpus Christi

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    Sophomore Candyce Ussery.
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    Nov. 18, 2012

     Date Nov. 19, 2012
     Time 8 p.m. ET
     Location Corpus Christi, Texas (American Bank Center)
     Radio WHCC 105.1 FM
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
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    The Last Meeting
    Texas A&M Corpus Christi58
    December 27, 2011
    Bloomington, Ind.
    Indiana Topples Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 80-58
    Box Score Get Acrobat Reader | The Indiana women's basketball team led from start to finish to top the visiting Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders at Assembly Hall on Tuesday night, 80-58. Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 19 points followed by Quaneisha McCurty, who added 17 points and eight rebounds. Sasha Chaplin rounded the Hoosier double-digit scorers with 12 points and seven boards.

    Indiana plays its third road game in four games at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Monday, Nov. 19. The game will tip at 8 p.m. ET from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call.

    • Monday's contest will be the third all-time meeting between Indiana and Texas A&M Corpus Christi as the series is tied at 1-1.
    • IU's matchup with the Islanders will mark Indiana's first ever trip to play in Corpus Christi.
    • Indiana topped the Islanders a year ago in Bloomington, 80-58, on Dec. 27, 2011.
    • The Hoosiers have not played a game in the state of Texas in over eight years. IU's last contest in the Lone Star state was at Baylor on Nov. 19, 2004.
    Aulani Sinclair has scored in double-digits in all three games this season, most recently pouring in a game-high 22 points in the win against Indiana State on Nov. 16.
    Jasmine McGhee tallied double-figures for a second straight game against the Sycamores last Friday, scoring 12 points in the game.
    • After Monday's game, Indiana will play eight of its next nine contests at home in Assembly Hall beginning on Friday, Nov. 23 against IUPUI.
    Curt Miller earned his first win as Indiana's head coach at Murray State on Nov. 12, 63-62.
    • 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.

    Curt Miller
    Career Record: 260-93 (12th year)
    Indiana record: 2-1 (1st year)

    Texas A&M Corpus Christi
    Royce Chadwick
    Career Record: 413-283 (24th year)
    Texas A&M CC Record: 0-1 (1st year)

    Indiana will play its third road game in four contests on Monday in Corpus Christi. It marks the second-consecutive season that IU has opened with three of its first four games away from Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington to start a five game homestand on Friday, Nov. 23 when they take on IUPUI. That contest will begin a stretch where IU will play eight of nine games at home.

    Aulani Sinclair is off to a hot start through IU's first three games of the season. Through those three games, the senior leads the team averaging 19.3 points per game. She is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. She is also connecting on 90.9 percent of her free throw attempts.

    Against Indiana State on Friday night, Sinclair led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field, 3-of-6 from the 3-point line and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also added a career-high three blocks with two steals in the win. At Murray State on Nov. 12, 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 35 times in her career and has tallied 20 or more points on eight occasions during her career.

    Jasmine McGhee has scored in double-figures in each of IU's last two games, most recently against Indiana State when she tallied 12 points. The senior went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the game and added two rebounds and a steal.

    At Murray State on Nov. 12, McGhee led all scorers with 20 points. 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.

    McGhee has now scored 20 or more points in a game four times in her career and has tallied double-digit points in 16 career games. So far on the season, she is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while connecting on 93.3 percent of her free throw attempts.

    Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, tied a career high with nine rebounds against Indiana State on Nov. 16. The junior currently leads the team averaging 8.0 boards per game so far this season. Taufa has started every game and has grabbed seven or more boards in every contest this season.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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 continued on Nov. 16 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 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.

    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.




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