Dec. 1, 2010
INDIANA (3-3) at CLEMSON (5-1)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 | 7 p.m. ET
Littlejohn Coliseum (9,850) | Clemson, S.C.
Series Record: Clemson leads 1-0
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Indiana Notes: Game 7 vs. Clemson
Live Video: www.clemsontigers.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana takes to the road for the fourth installment of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge traveling to Clemson Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thursday's game will mark the first time any Indiana basketball program has played a game at Clemson, neither the men's or women's teams have traveled to battle the Tigers on their home court.
Senior Jori Davis set an Indiana school record for most free throws made in a single game when she connected on 17-of-18 from the charity stripe in the win over Cleveland State on Nov. 28.
Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack earned her 75th win at the helm of the Hoosier program with the CSU victory on Sunday.
Clemson head coach Itora Coleman is in her first season in leading the Tiger program, however she is no stranger to IU as she was an assistant coach for Big Ten foe Penn State the previous three years.
This will be the first meeting between IU and Clemson in over 30 years, as the Tigers defeated the Hoosiers 77-57 on Dec. 20, 1979 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Davis currently sits 18th on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,124 points in her career and is just four points shy of Dawn Douglas' (1990-93) 1,128 points for 17th place.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana with an overall mark of 129-122. She is 75-59 at the Hoosier helm. Itora Coleman is in her first season guiding the Tigers and currently has a record of 5-1
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will return home for a pair of games beginning on Dec. 5 as IU welcomes future Big Ten foe Nebraska to Assembly Hall. Game time is slated for Noon ET and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Sunday's game against the Cornhuskers will feature a special ticket promotion for every adult ticket purchased, fans receive a youth ticket for free. Indiana will then face-off against Miami (OH) on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and that game will be streamed on BigTenNetwork.com.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Clemson welcomes Indiana to Littlejohn Coliseum with a 5-1 record and a perfect 5-0 mark in home games this season. Winners of three straight, the Tigers defeated South Carolina State 66-44 on Nov. 28 in their last game.
The Tigers are led in scoring by senior guard Sthefany Thomas with 16.2 points per game. Thomas is shooting 48.1 percent from the field and even better from beyond the arc at 48.6 percent (17-of-35). Other major contributors include senior Kirstyn Wright and junior Shaniqua Pauldo, each averaging 13.0 points per contest. Wright has connected on 48 percent of her 3-point attempts (12-of-25) while Pauldo is averaging 7.3 boards a game playing underneath. Jasmine Tate will also look to dominate the block coming into Thursday's game averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Tigers have been hitting from the outside in their first six games as a team, currently shooting 45.1 percent from 3-point range, which is higher than their overall field goal percentage which currently stands at 42.9 percent on the year.
This is only the second meeting between Indiana and Clemson, and the first in over 30 years. The Tigers earned the win over IU in their first meeting on Dec. 20, 1979 in a 77-57 victory as part of the North Carolina Thanksgiving Classic. This will be the first visit to Clemson by an Indiana University basketball program. Neither the women's or men's teams have played a game in Clemson, S.C.
ONLY MEETING VS. CLEMSON
Neutral, L, 77-57, Dec. 29, 1979
DEFENSE IS KEY
Indiana continues to dominate on the defensive end by forcing a Big Ten leading 22.8 turnovers per game this season and also grabbing a conference-best 11.3 steals per contest. IU has forced 20 or more opponent mistakes in every game this season. The Hoosiers forced a season-best 31 turnovers against Saint Louis on Nov. 24, which is the highest total in head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's tenure, and the most since IU forced 36 turnovers against Long Beach State on Dec. 16, 2001. Indiana has had 10 or more steals in all but one game this season.
DAVIS LEADING THE WAY
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis continues her double-digit scoring streak tallying 24 points against Cleveland State on Nov. 28 to mark her sixth-consecutive game this season in double-figures and her 11th in-a-row overall dating back to last year. She also grabbed 11 rebounds against CSU for her second double-double of the season and the sixth of her career. Davis is currently leading the Hoosiers in scoring, rebounding and steals averaging 17.2 points (sixth in the Big Ten as of Nov. 29), 8.0 rebounds and a conference-best 2.8 steals per game.
AYE AYE CAPTAIN
Earning her way to being named the fourth team captain last week with her fellow seniors, Hope Elam has tallied double-figures in every game this season and set a new career-high with 11 rebounds against Cleveland State for her first double-double of her career. Elam is currently averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and has a team-leading 14 makes from beyond the arc in six games.
Seniors Davis and Whitney Lindsay have each grabbed 17 steals in six games this season and are currenty tied for a Big Ten-leading 2.8 steals per contest. Lindsay and classmate Andrea McGuirt both tallied a career-best single-game effort of six steals this season, while Davis robbed a career-high five against Cleveland State on Nov. 28. McGuirt acheived her mark against Saint Louis on Nov. 24 while Lindsay set her career-best vs. Memphis on Nov. 18. McGuirt currently ranks 10th in the conference with a an average of 2.0 steals per contest.
SCHOOL SINGLE-GAME RECORD BROKEN
Davis set a new school record and the second-highest mark in Big Ten women's basketball history by connecting on 17 free-throws on 18 attempts against Cleveland State on Nov. 28, passing her previous career-best 15-of-16 performance against Penn State on Jan. 10, 2010. With her 17 makes, Davis passes Whitney Thomas' previous single-game mark of 16 made free throws. Thomas connected on 16 free throws against James Madison on March 22, 2008. It also marks the second time this season Davis has made on 10 or more attempts from the charity stripe. She went 10-for-10 against Ball State on Nov. 12.
JORI JUMPING UP CAREER LIST
With her 103 points scored this season, Davis currently has 1,124 points in her career and has moved to 18th on the all-time scoring list in IU women's basketball history. She passed Tatjana Vesel's (1994-97) mark of 1,099 with her 17 points against Saint Louis on Nov. 24 and currently sits four points shy of Dawn Douglas' (1990-93) 1,128 points.
REBOUNDING TO VICTORY
The Hoosiers outrebounded Cleveland State 50-36 in their 66-56 win over the Vikings on Nov. 28. The 50 rebounds are the first time Indiana has grabbed 50 or more caroms in a game since the Hoosiers grabbed 51 boards against Penn State on January 10, 2010. IU is a perfect 2-0 when it outrebounds an opponent this season.
COACH JACK GETS 75
With the victory over Cleveland State, IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has now tallied 75 total wins since taking over the helm at Indiana in 2006.
HOT OFF THE BENCH
Indiana players have been ready to roll off the bench through six games this season. IU non-starters have contributed 134 points this year, for an average of 22.3 points per game. In every game this season, a member of the Hoosier bench has contributed 10 or more points in every contest. (Alisha Goodwin - 19 points vs. Ball State, Hope Elam - 15 points vs. St. Bonaventure, 17 points vs. Memphis, 16 points vs. Georgia, Davis - 17 points vs. Saint Louis, Goodwin - 10 points vs. Cleveland State)
USING THE CHARITY STRIPE
The Hoosiers shot 77.8 percent from the free throw line connecting on 28-of-36 attempts in the Cleveland State victory, marking season-highs for the team in makes and attempts for a single game. In each of its three victories this season, Indiana has shot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe.