Nov. 22, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Last Meeting
December 11, 2011
The Indiana women's basketball team begins a five game home stand as it welcomes the IUPUI Jaguars to Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 23. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET. The contest can be heard on IUHoosiers.com for the first half and then WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington in the second half with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Hoosiers are currently on a three-game winning streak. It began when IU topped Murray State on the road, 63-62, on Nov. 12, followed by defeating Indiana State at home, 60-48, on Nov. 16 before downing Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 19 on the road, 58-47.
Indiana will play the next five games in the friendly confines of Assembly Hall with eight of its next nine contests in Bloomington.
Friday's game will just be the third all-time meeting between Indiana and IUPUI. The Hoosiers are 2-0 in their two previous meetings against the Jaguars.
IU defeated IUPUI in Indianapolis last year, 65-64.
Senior Aulani Sinclair has scored in double-figures in all four games this season, leading the team in scoring in three of those contests. At A&M Corpus Christi, Sinclair scored a game-high 23 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Sinclair is pacing the team averaging 20.3 points per game and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. She also leads the team in blocked shots.
Indiana forced 27 Texas A&M Corpus Christi turnovers on Monday night, the most for a Hoosier opponent so far this season. The IU defense has caused opponents to commit 19 or more turnovers in three games this year.
Career Record: 261-93 (12th year)
Indiana record: 3-1 (1st year)
Career Record: 20-44 (3rd year)
IUPUI Record: 20-44 (3rd year)
IUPUI AT A GLANCE
The Jaguars arrive in Bloomington winning three of its first four games with their only loss coming on the road by four points to Wright State. As a team, IUPUI is pouring in 81.0 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Jaguars also get it done defensively, averaging 11.3 steals per game as a team and 4.3 blocks per contest. The leading scorer for the Jaguars is DeAirra Goss who is averaging 16.8 points per game while connecting on nearly 60-percent of her shot attempts. Senior Kerah Nelson will also contribute as scores 11.3 points each game and paces the team with 6.3 boards per contest.
ONLY B1G TEAM WITH TWO TRUE ROAD WINS
Indiana is the only Big Ten team with two true road victories. The Hoosiers won at Murray State, 63-62, on Nov. 12 and IU picked up its second road win on Nov. 19 at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 58-47. Only five other conference teams have a true road win so far this season, those include Michigan (1), Michigan State (1) Penn State (1), Purdue (1) and Wisconsin (1).
BASKETBALL IN BTOWN
After playing three of the first four games on the road, Indiana will return home to Bloomington for a five-game home stand beginning on Nov. 23 against IUPUI. The Hoosiers will play eight of their next nine contests and 10 of the next 12 in the friendly confines of Assembly Hall. IU will not play a game outside the state of Indiana until Jan. 3 when Big Ten play will begin at Michigan. Indiana's lone road game between now and January is at Butler on Dec. 9.
MILLER SIGNS TOP-30 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2013
Head coach Curt Miller signed five players to National Letters of Intent to play for Indiana beginning in 2013 during the early signing period. Miller's first recruiting class at IU is ranked as high as 27th in the country by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and is rated the third-best class in the Big Ten by Blue Star Basketball.
The future Hoosiers include Taylor Agler (Westerville, Ohio/Olegtangy Orange H.S.), Larryn Brooks (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central H.S.), Alexis Gassion (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn H.S.), Lyndsay Leikem (Tucson, Ariz./Flowing Wells H.S.) and Karlee McBride (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria H.S.). Bios and complete information on the class are available later in this notes packet.
Aulani Sinclair has started the season on a tear, scoring 16 or more points in every game and has led the team in scoring in three contests so far this year. Through the first four games, the senior captain is averaging 20.3 points per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range. Sinclair is bringing in 3.5 rebounds per contest and paces the team in 3-pointers made (11) and blocks with six on the season.
At Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Sinclair poured in a season-high 23 points while connecting on five 3-point field goals. The Eminence, Ind., native shot 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc with four rebounds, a block and a steal.
HOOSIERS CAUSING HAVOC
Through Indiana's first four games, the Hoosiers have forced opponents into committing 19 or more turnovers three times and 24 or more twice. IU forced 24 Valpo turnovers on Nov. 9, 19 Indiana State turnovers on Nov. 16 and 27 Texas A&M miscues on Nov. 19. With the 27 turnovers by the Islanders, it marked the first time IU had caused an opponent into 27 mistakes in a single game since doing so against Michigan State on Jan. 20, 2011.
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, has been a force on the boards through IU's first four games. The junior has tied her career-high of nine rebounds in a game twice this season in each of the last two contests. She currently leads the team, bringing in 8.3 rebounds per game and has brought in seven or more boards in every game so far this year. Taufa is also shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and averaging 6.0 points and 1.0 steals per game.
MAJOR PLAY FROM MCGHEE
Jasmine McGhee has scored in double-figure in two of IU's last three games, most recently against Indiana State when she tallied 12 points on Nov. 16. The senior went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in that 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 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 88.9 percent of her free throw attempts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.