Dec. 3, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will welcome the Oklahoma State Cowgirls to Assembly Hall as part of the second installment of the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 4. The game is scheduled to begin at Noon ET and can be heard live on Hoosier Country WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play. The contest will also be part of a live streamed web broadcast on BTN.com. Visit BTN.com and go to the live streams link. Then click on the Live Web-Only events link to sign up to see the game streamed live.
DID YOU KNOW?
This will be the first ever meeting between the Indiana and Oklahoma State women's basketball programs.
The Hoosiers were victorious in the first ever Big 12/Big Ten Challenge game last season, defeating No. 19 Nebraska, 67-61, at Assembly Hall on Dec. 5, 2010.
The Big Ten won last year's Big 12/Big Ten Challenge, 7-5.
Indiana has had seven double-double performances in its six contests to begin the season. That total eclipses last year's overall double-double total for the entire season. Sasha Chaplin achieved her second double-double of the year with 10 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds at Virginia.
Indiana has forced 24 or more turnovers in each of the last two games. IU caused 25 Toledo mistakes on Nov. 25 and followed that with forcing 24 Virginia turnovers on Dec. 1.
Aulani Sinclair, an Eminence, Ind., native, has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games. It is the second time in her career where she has had a stretch of four-consecutive double-digit scoring performances.
Career Record: 137-143 (10th year)
Indiana record: 83-80 (6th year)
Career Record: 2-0 (1st year)
Oklahoma State Record: 2-0 (1st year)
OKLAHOMA STATE AT A GLANCE
The Cowgirls are a perfect 3-0 on the season and are currently averaging a margin of victory of 31 points. Five OSU players average 8.3 points or more led by Tiffany Bias. Bias is currently pouring in 15.3 points per contest and also leads the team in assists with 7.7 per game. Kendra Suttles scores 13.7 points per game and paces the team bringing down 9.0 rebounds per contest. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 74.7 points per game on the offensive end is shooting 42.4 percent from the field. The team is also getting it done on the boards with 48.7 rebounds per contest and a +8.4 rebounding margin over opponents.
BIG 12/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Sunday's matchup with Oklahoma State is part of the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge for women's basketball. This marks the second year of the challenge between the two conferences as the Big Ten won the overall head-to-head series last season, 7-5.
Indiana won its Big 12/Big Ten Challenge contest last season defeating No. 19 Nebraska, 67-61, at Assembly Hall on Dec. 5, 2010. Four Hoosiers scored in double-figures in the victory led by Jori Davis' 21 points. Danilsa Andujar accomplished her first career double-double in the win over the Huskers with a career-high 10 points while tying with a career-best with 12 rebounds. The win ended Nebraska's regular season 37-game winning streak.
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair has scored in double-figures in four-consecutive games and has led the team in scoring in three of those contests. Over those four games, Sinclair is shooting 50 percent (18-of-36) from the field overall including 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from 3-point range and is also hitting 77.8 percent (14-of-18) of her free throw attempts. During that stretch, the Eminence, Ind., native scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting against Toledo on Nov. 25, to go along with making 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. The four-straight double-digit point outputs for Sinclair marks the second time in her career she has scored in double-figures in four-consecutive contests. She also accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 season beginning Dec. 12, 2010 at Toledo and concluding at home against Northwestern on Dec. 30, 2010.
BIG SASH MAKING A SPLASH
Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin has had an injury plagued career, as she played just two games a year ago, made 20 appearances in 2009-10 and missed all but two contests during the 2008-09 season. She has not let that slow her down this season as Chaplin has now accomplished two double-doubles on the year. She scored 10 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds at Virginia on Dec. 1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in IU's last game. Of her 15 boards, nine came on the offensive end which is the most offensive rebounds in a game for her career. Chaplin also achieved a double-double to begin the 2011-12 campaign with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Central Arkansas on Nov. 11. Chaplin now has had six double-doubles in her career, which is the highest career total for anyone on the Hoosier roster. For the season, Chaplin is averaging 6.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
JONES TO MISS THE REMAINDER OF 2011-12 SEASON
Senior Georgie Jones will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season. The team captain tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during Indiana's game at Virginia on Dec. 1.
Through six games this year, Jones averaged 8.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The St. Paul, Minn., native accomplished three double-doubles already this season including tying a career-high with 16 points and adding 13 rebounds vs. Murray State on Nov. 14.
Indiana is currently averaging 5.0 blocks per game on the defensive end on the young season. That is good for a tie as the third-best mark in the Big Ten behind Purdue (6.7 bpg) and Illinois (5.8 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 eight on the year.
The Hoosiers have been focused on the defensive end in their last few contests. In the last two games, IU has forced 49 total opponent turnovers with 25 Toledo mistakes on Nov. 25 and 24 Virginia turnovers on Dec. 1. In those contests, Indiana has collected 28 steals (15 vs. Toledo, 13 at Virginia). For the season, The Hoosiers are averaging 10.2 steals per contest while forcing 18.3 opponent mistakes each game. IU is currently ranked second in the Big Ten in steals per game at this point of the season. Indiana has had 12 or more steals in three of the last four games and have cause 17 or more turnovers in four of the last five contests.
THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
During Indiana's first six games, the Hoosiers have had seven double-double performances with at least one IU player achieving the feat in each contest. That total eclipses IU's 2010-11 double-double total of six for the entire season. Sasha Chaplin was the latest Hoosier to accomplish a double-double with her 10 points and career-high tying 15 rebounds at Virginia on Dec. 1. Chaplin accounts for two of IU's seven double-doubles as Georgie Jones leads the team this season with three on the year.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee was named the WBCA Junior College Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, and she has transitioned nicely to the Division I level. McGhee is currently leading Indiana in scoring with 12.3 points per game, scoring eight or more points in each contest including three games in double-figures. She is also bringing down 5.2 rebounds per game, which leads all IU guards. She had a career-best 11 boards during a double-double performance vs. Murray State on Nov. 14, where she also poured in a career-high 19 points. Her other double-figure scoring games include 12 points with eight rebounds at Central Arkansas on Nov. 11 to begin the season, along with scoring 18 points with six boards on the road at Miami (OH) on Nov. 25.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEWBAUER
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 career-highs in nearly every statistical category this season. The sophomore has had three or more assists in every contest this year and is pacing the team in that category averaging 4.5 assist per game, which ranks her fifth in the Big Ten in assists. Against Miami (OH) on Nov. 22, she set a career mark with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and also dished for a career-best seven assists. Against Toledo on Nov. 25, the Ft. Wayne, Ind., native set a career-high with six steals in the game. She has also logged 32 or more minutes of playing time in four of IU's six games, including a season-best 35 minutes at Miami and against Toledo. Newbauer is also the team leader in steals with 2.3 steals per contest.
After playing three of the first four games of the season on the road, Indiana will once again play three of four contests at its opponent's gym. Beyond those games, IU has a stretch of five out of seven contests taking place away from Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers traveled to Virginia on Dec. 1, and will now 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 the first 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).