Hoosiers Take On Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Friday
Dec. 3, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (4-2) at Miami Hurricanes (5-2) | ACC/Big Ten Challenge | Game Notes
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers are 0-1 against the Hurricanes, falling at Miami, 79-70, on Nov. 25, 2006 in the Miami Holiday Tournament.
SCOUTING THE HURRICANES
The Hurricanes boast two players averaging double-digits as Shenise Johnson is registering 14.1 points per game and LaToya Cunningham is averaging 12.4 points per contest. Johnson is also averaging a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game.
Miami is averaging 69.9 points and 44.9 rebounds per game as a team. UM is shooting 41.9 percent (190-of-453) from the floor, 29.7 percent (35-of-118) from beyond the arc and 60.2 percent (74-of-123) from the free throw line. The Hurricanes have also registered 13.0 steals and 4.1 blocked shots per outing, while holding their opponents to 55.4 points per game and a shooting percentage of 35.5 (139-391).
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will play its final non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 13 when it travels to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on West Virginia.
IU opens the Big Ten slate on Saturday, Dec. 20 with Northwestern in Assembly Hall at 5 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers will then travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State after the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 29.
Indiana opens the new year in Bloomington on Jan. 4 when it hosts Iowa, the 2008 Co-Big Ten Champs, at 4 p.m. in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers' contest against the Hawkeyes will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
Miami head coach Katie Meier enters her fourth season with the Hurricanes, owning a mark of 42-55 mark at the U. Meier has been a head coach overall for seven seasons with a record of 118-100.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Indiana traveled from B-Town to San Francisco, with a pit stop in Columbia, Mo., to rack up 1,931 miles. Four days after returning home, the Hoosiers will head the opposite direction and travel 1,185 miles to Miami. In a matter of two weeks (Nov. 24-Dec. 6), the Indiana women's basketball team will have compiled 3,116 miles.
CHAPLIN MAKING AN IMPACT
In the Hoosiers win over Missouri on Nov. 25, Chaplin blocked a jumper by the Tigers' Shakara Jones and six seconds later, put in a fastbreak layup off of a pass from teammate Jori Davis on the same sequence. Chaplin is averaging 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 15.0 minutes per game off the bench for IU.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE HISTORY
Jamie Braun recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort. She added six assists and three steals. Haylie Linn netted a career-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jori Davis also scored in double-figures for the Hoosiers as she netted 10 points. The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 40-35, but were outscored from the floor, 53.8 (28-of-52) percent to 45.3 (29-64) percent.
SOMETHING FROM THE MIX TAPE
In her last outing, Mells recorded five points, five boards, four steals and three assists in 17 minutes on the floor for a career night. But it was her assist to Kim Roberson that earned the nickname. With 4:08 remaining in the first half of Indiana's game against Saint Mary's on Nov. 29, Mells pulled down a rebound off of a missed Gael 3-pointer, drove the ball down court, got mixed up with a player from Saint Mary's to nearly lose the ball out of bounds before she was able to recover it enough to hook the ball around an opposing player for Roberson to make a layup.
Needless to say, it was a highlight of the mix tape variety. Perhaps the nickname will stick.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
JACKSON CONTINUES STELLAR CAREER
Jackson started her career at San Jose State, where she totaled 921 points and 519 rebounds between 2004-06, earning First Team All-WAC honors her sophomore season. After a year away from the game, Jackson made the transition to Indiana where she scored a total of 425 points and grabbed 200 rebounds in her first season as a Hoosier.
For her entire collegiate career, Jackson has recorded 1,423 points and 737 rebounds, sinking 58.7 percent (612-of-1042) of her shots from the floor.
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