Nov. 30, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana's homestand continues as the Hoosiers host Cleveland State on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/allaccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Indiana women's and men's basketball teams combined to go 13-1 through seven games played for each team this season, the last time that happened was 1992-93.
With Indiana's 6-1 record, the Hoosiers are off to their best start through seven games since the 2006-07 season when IU started that year at 6-1.
By topping Clemson on Nov. 28, IU has won six-straight games, the longest winning streak since 2008-09 when Indiana won nine-consecutive games from Nov. 25, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.
For the fifth time in as many games, IU held an opponent to under 50 points in the win over Clemson, marking the longest such streak since the 1973-74 season when the Hoosiers held five-straight opponents to under 50 during that campaign.
In each of Indiana's wins, the Hoosier defense has held opponents to shooting 33.3 percent or lower from the field.
As a team, Indiana had a season-high 10 blocks against Clemson, marking the first time an IU team has swatted 10 shots in a single game since hitting that mark on Nov. 19, 2004, at Baylor.
Aulani Sinclair has scored 16 or more points in every game this season, including tying her season-best of 23 points against Clemson on Nov. 28.
Quaneisha McCurty tied her career mark with six blocked shots in the win over Clemson.
Career Record: 264-93 (12th year)
Indiana record: 6-1 (1st year)
Kate Peterson Abiad
Career Record: 120-163 (10th year)
Clemson Record: 120-163 (10th year)
CLEVELAND STATE AT A GLANCE
The Vikings arrive in Bloomington coming off a 68-57 win over VCU on Nov. 28. CSU will look to senior Shalonda Winton who is averaging a double-double averaging 23.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. She also leads the team in steals, blocks and 3-point field goals made. Sophomore guard Cori Coleman also scores in double-figures with 11.7 points per game and shoots the best percentage on the team from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Vikings are averaging 10.5 steals per game.
INDIANA MATCHES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO...IN NOVEMBER
Indiana won its sixth-straight game on Nov. 28 over Clemson to improve to 6-1 on the season and in doing so matched last year's win total for the entire season by the end of November. The win streak is the longest for an IU team since the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers won nine straight games between Nov. 25, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009. Indiana is off to its best start through seven games since the 2006-07 season when IU started that campaign at 6-1.
HOOSIER D HOLDS FIVE UNDER 50
The Hoosier defense came up big again in the win over Clemson, holding the Tigers to 49 points, marking the five-consecutive game in which IU has held an opponent under 50 points. The last time Indiana held five-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 52.3 points per contest.
SHUTTING DOWN SHOOTERS
On Nov. 28, Indiana held Clemson to just 24.7 percent shooting from the field, a season best effort by the IU defense this season. It marked the second time this year that the Hoosiers have held an opponent under 30 percent shooting (Indiana State, 29.5 percent). In each of IU's six wins, Indiana has held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting or lower from the field.
Clemson also shot just 18.2 percent (4-for-22) from 3-point range, a season low for an IU opponent. It was the second-straight game in which IU had held its opponent to under 20 percent as IPFW shot just 19.0 percent on Nov. 26. In those two games combined, opponents shot just 8-for-43 (18.6 percent) from long distance.
Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense, holding foes to just 32.3 percent shooting from the field. IU is fourth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense as opponents are hitting on 26.2 percent of their shot attempts from long distance.
As a team against Clemson, Indiana had a season high 10 blocks. It was the first time an IU had rejected 10 shots in a game since hitting that mark on Nov. 19, 2004, at Baylor. The 10 blocks ties the school's third best total all-time for a Hoosier squad in a single game. IU is second in the Big Ten in blocks with 5.0 rejections per game. Quaneisha McCurty led the way for Indiana tying a career high with six blocks in the game.
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 six contests this season, including that last five games consecutively. Through the first seven games, the senior is averaging 20.3 points per game while shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range. Sinclair is bringing in 5.0 rebounds per game and leads the team in 3-pointers made (21). She has scored 20 or more points five times so far this year.
In IU's win over Clemson, Sinclair led all scorers with 23 points, tying her season high. She shot 7-for-14 from the floor and added six rebounds and two assists. Sinclair has made at least two 3-point field goals in each of the last six games, including hitting four or more three times.
Sinclair ranks among the Big Ten's best in numerous statistical categories in games played through Nov. 29. On the next page is a list of where she ranks in those categories.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, continues to be a force on the boards as the junior finished with seven rebounds in the win over Clemson. Taufa currently paces the team and ranks seventh in the Big Ten averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. She has grabbed seven or more boards in six games this season. Taufa also leads the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 54.3 percent of her shot attempts.
Jasmine McGhee led the team with eight rebounds against Clemson, marking her second-straight game with eight or more boards. In the win over IPFW on Nov. 26, she tallied her third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The senior shot 6-for-10 from the field and added three assists and a steal. McGhee has scored in double-figures three times this season and 17 times in her career. McGhee is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.6 points per game and is second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per game.
BELL RINGS FROM LONG DISTANCE
Nicole Bell scored a career-high 13 points against IPFW on Nov. 26. The freshman scored 12 of her points in the first half when she connected on 4-of-5 3-point field goals to begin the game. For the night, Bell came off the bench and shot 4-for-8 from the field, all from beyond the arc, to go along with two assists and a rebound.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
Linda Rubene has played some major minutes as of late, logging 33 minutes or more in four of the last five games. The senior has been steady on the defensive end all season long, and in her last three games she is averaged 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Rubene tied her career mark with two blocks vs. Clemson. Against IUPUI on Nov. 23., Rubene set career marks with 11 points and five assists to go along with four rebounds and a blocked shot.
FIRST HALF FIRE SQUAD
In back-to-back games against IUPUI and IPFW, the Hoosiers shot 61.5 percent or better in the first half of both of those contests. On Nov. 26 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 Nov. 26, marking the first time IU had 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.
BASKETBALL IN BTOWN
After playing three of the first four games on the road, Indiana is in the midst of a five-game homestand 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.
REBOUNDING TO WIN
With outrebounding IPFW, 34-29, on Nov. 26, the Hoosiers are 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.
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 hosted Indiana State on Nov. 16. The Hoosiers then played IUPUI and IPFW in back-to-back games. 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.