Nov. 27, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will host its second game in three days as IU welcomes Clemson to Assembly Hall for this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/allaccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wednesday's game will be the third all-time meeting between Indiana and Clemson as the overall series is currently tied at 1-1.
The last time Indiana hosted an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game was on Dec. 3, 2009 against Florida State.
With the win over IPFW on Monday, Indiana improved to 5-1 on the season, the best start through six games for an IU team since 2006-07, when the Hoosiers began that season at 5-1.
Indiana has won five-straight games, it's longest win streak since the 2008-09 season. That year Indiana won nine-consecutive games between Nov. 25, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.
The Indiana defense held IPFW to just 19.0 percent (4-for-21) shooting from 3-point range, the lowest 3-point shooting percentage by an IU opponent this season.
IPFW shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the game. Indiana has held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting or lower in each of the last five games and are 5-0 in those contests.
Aulani Sinclair has scored in double-figures every game this season and has led IU in scoring in five games while hitting four or more 3-point field goals in each of the last three games.
Jasmine McGhee compiled her third career double-double in the win over IPFW with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Nicole Bell scored a career-high 13 points, shooting 4-for-8 from beyond the arc against IPFW.
Career Record: 263-93 (12th year)
Indiana record: 5-1 (1st year)
Career Record: 16-47 (3rd year)
Clemson Record: 16-47 (3rd year)
CLEMSON AT A GLANCE
The Clemson Tigers are in search of their first win on the young season as they arrive in Bloomington. The Tigers are 0-5, but have lost four games by six points or less and two of those were by three points or less. Danaejah Grant is the offensive leader on the team as she scores 14.0 points per game and scores on the inside and out as she leads the team in 3-point field goals made. Jonquel Jones will look to crash the boards as she leads the Tigers with 9.0 rebounds per contest. On the defensive end, Clemson will look to use their length as they average 5.6 blocks per game as a team.
FIVE IN A ROW, 5-1
Indiana is currently on a five-game winning streak after defeating IPFW on Monday, 64-47. The win gave IU its first five-game winning streak since the 2008-09 season, when the Hoosiers won nine straight games between Nov. 25, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009. The Hoosiers are now 5-1 on the season, which is the program's best start through six games since starting 5-1 to begin the 2006-07 campaign.
HOOSIER D HOLDS FOUR UNDER 50
The Hoosier defense stepped up again against IPFW, holding the Mastodons to 47 points, marking the fourth-consecutive game in which IU has held an opponent under 50 points. The last time Indiana held four-straight opponents under 50 points was during the 1973-74 season hen IU held opponents under 50 in five-consecutive games. The Hoosiers are currently ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 52.8 points per contest.
FIRST HALF FIRE SQUAD
In each of Indiana's last two games, the Hoosiers have shot 61.5 percent or better in the first half of both of those contests. On Monday against IPFW, the Hoosiers shot 68.2 percent (15-for-22) in the opening stanza, a season high for a single half and the best shooting percentage in a half since Feb. 4, 2007 when IU shot 70.8 percent in the second half against MInnesota. Against IUPUI on Nov. 23, IU shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) in the first half. In those two halves of great shooting, Indiana outscored its opponents 76-41 before eventually winning both games.
SUCCESSFUL SHOOTING AGAINST IPFW
Indiana shot a season-best 53.2 percent from the floor in the win over IPFW on Monday night, marking the first time IU has shot 50 percent or better in a game since shooting 52.9 percent against Penn State on Feb. 13, 2011.
The Hoosiers also shot 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from beyond the arc against the Mastodons, connecting on a season-high nine 3-pointers as a team. Indiana has shot 40 percent or better from 3-point range in four games this season and are 4-0 in those contests.
The IU defense held IPFW to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor on Nov. 26. Indiana has held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting or lower in each of the last five games and are 5-0 in those contests. The Hoosiers also held the Mastodons to just 19.0 percent (4-for-21) shooting from 3-point range, the lowest 3-point shooting percentage by an IU opponent this season. So far this year, Indiana opponents are shooting just 34.0 percent overall and 27.9 percent from beyond the arc.
REBOUNDING TO WIN
With outrebounding IPFW, 34-29, on Monday night, the Hoosiers are now a perfect 4-0 in games in which they outrebound their opponent. Indiana also outrebounded Murray State, Indiana State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. IU tallied a season-best 52 boards at Murray State on Nov. 12.
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 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.
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead Indiana offensively as she has scored 16 or more points in every game and has led the team in scoring in five contests this season. Through the first five games, the senior is averaging 19.8 points per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and 52.8 percent from 3-point range. Sinclair is bringing in 4.8 rebounds per game and leads the team in 3-pointers made (19). She has scored 20 or more points four times so far this year.
In her last time out against IPFW, Sinclair led all scorers with 18 points, shooting 6-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-9 from 3-point range. She also had seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. Sinclair has connected on four or more 3-pointers in each of the last three games and had made three or more from beyond the arc in four games this year. In her career, the senior has hit four or more 3-point field goals in a game 10 times.
Jasmine McGhee tallied her third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win over IPFW on Monday night. The senior shot 6-for-10 from the field and added three assists and a steal. McGhee has now scored in double-figures three times this season and 17 times in her career. McGhee is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game and is second on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game.
BELL RINGING FROM LONG DISTANCE
Nicole Bell scored a career-high 13 points against IPFW on Monday night. The freshman scored 12 of her points in the first half when she connected 4-of-5 3-point field goals to begin the game. For the night, Bell came off the bench and shot 4-of-8 from the field, all from beyond the arc, to go along with two assists and a rebound.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, continues to be a force on the boards as the junior finished with eight rebounds in the win over IPFW. Taufa currently paces the team averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. She has grabbed seven or more boards in five games this season. Taufa also leads the team and is third in the conference in field goal percentage, connecting on 58.1 percent of her shot attempts.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
Linda Rubene has played some major minutes as of late, logging 33 minutes or more in each of the last four games. The senior has been steady on the defensive end all season long, and in her last two games she is averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Against IUPUI on Nov. 23., Rubene set career marks with 11 points and five assists in that game to go along with four rebounds and a blocked shot.
BASKETBALL IN BTOWN
After playing three of the first four games on the road, Indiana returns home to Bloomington for a five-game home stand which began on Nov. 23 against IUPUI. The Hoosiers will play eight of nine contests and 10 of 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.