Women's Basketball

    Women's Basketball to Battle Virginia in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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    Freshman Candyce Ussery.
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    Nov. 29, 2011

    INDIANA(2-3) at VIRGINIA (5-2)
     Date Dec. 1, 2011
     Time 7 p.m. ET
     Location Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena)
     Radio WHCC 105.1 FM
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
    Game Notes Indiana Notes
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    Indiana hits the road once again this time heading to Charlottesville, Va., to battle the Virginia Cavaliers as part of the fifth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 1. This will be IU's second meeting with Virginia in the last three seasons. The game can be heard live on the radio dial on WHCC 105.1 FM. Jeremy Gray will be calling the action live from John Paul Jones Arena. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. ET.

    • Indiana is 2-2 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge after winning last year on the road at Clemson.
    • Indiana and Virginia are meeting for the third time ever and for the second time in the last three seasons. The Hoosiers and Cavaliers last faced off at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas on Nov. 26, 2009 with Virginia winning a tight contest, 84-79.
    • IU has had six double-double performances in five games so far this season, including at least one in every contest led by Georgie Jones' three. The Hoosiers had six total double-doubles for the entire 2010-11 season.
    • Thursday begins a stretch of three of four games being played at road sites, with five of the next seven games taking place away from Assembly Hall.
    • Indiana forced a season-best 25 Toledo turnovers on Nov. 25 and also collected a season-high 15 steals during the game.
    Georgie Jones is averaging a near double-double through five games with 10.4 ppg and 9.6 rpg.
    Aulani Sinclair scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting against Toledo.

    Felisha Legette-Jack
    Career Record: 137-142 (10th year)
    Indiana record: 83-79 (6th year)

    Joanna Boyle
    Career Record: 209-95 (10th year)
    Virginia Record: 5-2 (1st year)

    The Cavaliers are 5-2 on the season highlighted by an upset win over then-No. 3 Tennessee at home in overtime, 69-64, on Nov. 20. The team has a very balanced scoring attack with six players averaging 6.9 points per game or more. Ariana Moorer is the leading the scorer for Virginia scoring 11.6 points per contest while also bringing down 5.9 rebounds each game. As a team, Virginia is getting it done on the defensive end, holding teams to 53.1 points per game, averaging 11.4 steals per contest and forcing 22.0 opponent turnovers each game.

    The 2011-12 version of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for women's basketball will be the fifth installment of the series.

    The Hoosiers are 2-2 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge coming off last year's win on the road at Clemson.

    IU will be the road team for the second-consecutive season in this year's Big Ten/ACC challenge, but Indiana is a perfect 2-0 in challenge games that take place away from Bloomington. The Hoosiers won at Miami, 69-54, on Dec. 5, 2008, and were also triumphant at Clemson on Dec. 2, 2010, with a 65-51 win.

    Defense has been the key in each of Indiana's challenge wins in the last four years. In each victory, the Hoosiers have held ACC opponents to under 33 percent shooting from the field, forced an average of 19.0 turnovers in each game while collecting 10 steals in each contest.

    Only two of the returnees were on the roster in each of IU's Big Ten/ACC Challenge victories, senior Danilsa Andujar and redshirt sophomore Sasha Chaplin.

    Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has been at the helm of the Hoosier program for each of the four installments of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. She is one of nine Big Ten coaches who have been a part of each annual challenge.

    Prior to the season beginning, senior Georgie Jones and junior Aulani Sinclair were selected as team captains for the 2011-12 campaign. Both players have lived up to their roles through five games this season.

    Jones is averaging a near double-double through six games with 10.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, which ranks her third in the Big Ten in rebounding to this point. She has accomplished a double-double in three of Indiana's five games this season and has totaled four in her collegiate career. She tied her career-high with 16 points vs. Murray State on Nov. 14, the same game she brought down a season-best 13 boards. The St. Paul, Minn., native also posted double-doubles in each of IU's last two contests at Miami (OH) and against Toledo. With Jones scoring in double-figures in three games so far this year, that ties her career-best for most games tallying double-digit points for an entire season.

    Sinclair is averaging 11.6 points per game and currently leads the team in shooting percentage connecting on 59.4 percent of her shot attempts, including 58.3 percent from 3-point range, which ranks her second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and the best in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage. She also paces the team from the free throw line shooting 86.7 percent (13-of-15). In her last game, Sinclair scored a career-high 23 points while shooting 8-of-10 from the field including 2-of-3 from the beyond the arc against Toledo on Nov. 25. The junior has scored in double-figures on three occasions this season. She even had a perfect shooting night for the first time in her career at Belmont on Nov. 18, shooting 4-of-4 from the field including 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Sinclair also hit on 2-of-2 free throws in the win on her way to scoring 12 points to lead the team in that category for the game.

    In Indiana's first five games, the Hoosiers have had double-double performances on six occasions with at least one IU player achieving the feat in each contest. Georgie Jones leads the way with three double-double performances as Sasha Chaplin, Quaneisha McCurty and Jasmine McGhee each have one this season.

    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 is currently leading Indiana in scoring with 13.0 points per game, scoring eight or more points in each contest including three times in double-figures. She's also brought down 6.0 rebounds per game with a season-best 11 boards during a double-double performance vs. Murray State on Nov. 14, where she also poured in 19 points.

    Sophomore Andrea Newbauer started one game last season, she has started every contest to begin the 2011-12 season and leads the team in minutes played. Newbauer has set a career-high in at least one statistical category in every game to begin the year. Last week, she set a career mark with her eight points on 4-of-6 shooting at Miami (OH) on Nov. 22 and also dished for a career-best seven assists. Against Toledo, the Ft. Wayne, Ind., native set a career-high with six steals in the game. She currently leads the team in assists averaging 4.8 assists per game, which ties her for fifth in the Big Ten so far. She has also played 32 or more minutes in four of IU's five games, including a season-best 35 minutes at Miami and against Toledo. Newbauer is also the team leader in steals with 2.6 steals per contest.

    Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin missed all but two games during a year ago, but has appeared in all five contests for Indiana to begin the 2011-12 season. She did not waste any time asserting herself achieving a double-double in her first game back at Central Arkansas in the season opener with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She is currently averaging 5.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, she also leads the team in blocked shots with six rejections on the year.

    After playing three of the first four games of the season on the road, Indiana will once again play three of the next four contests at its opponent's gym, with five of the next seven overall taking place away from Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers will travel to Virginia on Thursday, then return to face Oklahoma State at home on Dec. 4. IU will then battle St. Bonaventure and IUPUI away from home before finals week. The Hoosiers will then host Northern Illinois on Dec. 17 before heading to Cancun, Mexico to face Pittsburgh and Colorado State on Dec. 20-21.

    Looking ahead to Big Ten play, January will also test Indiana with six of nine conference games taking place away from Assembly Hall. Those road stops include Minnesota (Jan. 2), Nebraska (Jan. 5), Michigan State (Jan. 12), Michigan (Jan. 22) and Northwestern (Jan. 29).

    Indiana is currently averaging 5.2 blocks per game on the defensive end on the young season. That is good for the third-best mark in the Big Ten behind Purdue (6.7 bpg) and Illinois (5.6 bpg). For the entire 2010-12 season the Hoosiers averaged just 2.4 blocks per contest. Sasha Chaplin currently leads the team in blocked shots with six on the year.

    Quaneisha McCurty not only accomplished a double-double at Belmont with 10 points and 16 rebounds, she also blocked two shots and had two assists while shooting 4-of-10 from the field in 22 minutes of play. Her 16 boards are the most rebounds for a freshman since Sarah McKay grabbed 16 caroms in her freshman season at IU on Dec. 31, 2003 against Wisconsin. The total ties McCurty for fifth all-time on Indiana's freshman single-game record list.




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