Nov. 24, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers return home after a two-game road hiatus to welcome the reigning WNIT champion, Toledo Rockets. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. ET at Assembly Hall. The game can be heard live on Hoosier Country WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The contest will also be aired live online at BTN.com. Visit BTN.com and go to the live streams link. Then click on the Live Web-Only events link to sign up to see the game streamed live.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana and Toledo are meeting for the sixth-time ever on Friday night, as IU holds the overall series edge, 3-2.
• The Hoosiers have won two of the last three games played against Toledo. Indiana won in a WNIT matchup on March 15, 1998, 61-60, and again on Dec. 22, 2009, 73-63. The Rockets topped IU in a tight contest a year ago in Toledo, 56-52.
• In each of Indiana's four games, at least one player has accomplished a double-double in each contest. Georgie Jones was the latest Hoosier to do so at Miami (OH) on Nov. 22, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
• Indiana is currently tied for second in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 45.5 boards per game and is third in the conference in blocked shots, swatting away 5.3 per contest.
• After hosting Toledo, IU will play on the road in three of the next four games, just as they started the season. Indiana will play away from Assembly Hall in five of its next seven contests that includes two neutral site games in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 20-21.
Career Record: 137-141 (10th year)
Indiana record: 83-78 (6th year)
Career Record: 197-141 (12th year)
Toledo Record: 74-31 (4th year)
TOLEDO AT A GLANCE
The Toledo Rockets have started the 2011-12 season with a 2-1 record coming off their WNIT Championship last season. The Rockets defeated Albany in their last game at home, 53-39, on Nov. 22. Toledo has three players averaging double-figure points led by Andola Dortch who scores 12.7 points per game. Dortch shoots 48.1 percent from the field and leads the team with 3.7 steals per contest. Naama Shafir averages 12.3 ppg and leads the team in assists with 13 on the year. Courtney Ingersoll scores 10.7 ppg and leads the team in 3-point field goals made while shooting 42.1-percent from long distance. As a team, Toledo is shooting 36.4-percent from 3-point range and is getting it done on the defensive end, holding opponents to 58.0 points per game, causing 21.0 opponent turnovers and collecting 13.0 steals per contest.
FOUR GAMES, FIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
In Indiana's first four games, the Hoosiers have had double-double performances on five occassions with at least one IU player achieving the feat in each contest. In IU's last outing at Miami (OH), Georgie Jones had her second double-double of the season and third of her career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Quaneisha McCurty achieved her first career double-double at Belmont on Nov. 18. McCurty scored 10 points and had 16 rebounds in the IU victory. 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 Jones finished with 16 points and 13 boards on the night. It was McGhee's first Division I double-double and Jones' first while playing for the Hoosiers. 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. 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.
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair has scored in double-figures in Indiana's last two contests. In IU's last outing, Sinclair earned her first start of the season and scored 11 points and added five rebounds. At Belmont on Nov. 18, Sinclair had a perfect night shooting the basketball. The Eminence, Ind., native scored 12 points on the night, but did so without missing a single shot attempt the entire game. Sinclair went 4-of-4 from the floor, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. It was the first time in Sinclair's career that she had never missed a shot for an entire game.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES
Senior Georgie Jones was named a team captain to start the season, and she is showing why. Through IU's four games, Jones is averaging a near double-double with 10.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She tied her career-high of 16 points in the win over Murray State on Nov. 14 and has collected eight or more rebounds in three games this season. The St. Paul, Minn., native is shooting 44.1-percent from the field and has six steals so far on the year.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee was named the WBCA Junior College Player of the Year at the conclusion of last season, and she has transitioned nicely to the Division I level. McGhee currently leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game and has scored in double-figures in three of Indiana's four games. The junior is also bringing down 7.0 rebounds per contest, grabbing six or more in three games with a season-high 11 vs. Murray State on Nov. 18.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEWBAUER
Sophomore Andrea Newbauer is leading the team in minutes played and has set or tied career marks in every contest this season. In the Miami (OH) game on Nov. 22, Newbauer set new career-highs with eight points and seven assists in 35 minutes of play. She did so while shooting 4-of-6 from the field and adding three rebounds, two steals and her first career block. Newbauer has dished for three or more assists and has had at least one steal in each game this season.
RIPPING DOWN REBOUNDS
As a team, Indiana is averaging 45.5 rebounds per game so far this season. That ties the Hoosiers with Northwestern for the second-highest mark in the Big Ten for games played through Nov. 23. IU currently is outrebounding opponents by a +4.5 margin.
GET IT OUT OF HERE
The Hoosiers are currently blocking 5.3 shots per contest on the young season. That is good for the third-best mark in the conference behind Purdue (8.0 bpg) and Illinois (5.8 bpg). For the entire 2010-11 season, the Hoosiers averaged just 2.4 blocks per contest.