Dec. 3, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana's five game homestand will come to a close on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when the Hoosiers welcome Belmont to Assembly Hall. The contest can be heard on the flagship station for IU women's basketball, WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play. The game is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/allaccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana leads the all-time series against Belmont, 4-0.
Tuesday's game will be the first time Belmont has played in Bloomington since Nov. 27, 2004. IU topped the Bruins in that game, 56-26.
Through eight games, Indiana is off to its best start in four years as the Hoosiers began the 2008-09 campaign with a 6-2 record.
After Indiana plays at Butler on Dec. 9, IU will return to Assembly Hall for three straight home games beginning on Dec. 16 vs. SIU-Edwardsville. That homestand will begin a stretch of games where IU will host five of its next six contests and seven of the next nine in Bloomington.
Senior Jasmine McGhee accomplished her second double-double in the last four games with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Cleveland State on Monday, marking her fourth career double-double.
Linda Rubene scored a career-high 13 points vs. Cleveland State, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and had four rebounds. Rubene has scored in double figures twice this season and three times in her career.
Milika Taufa finished with 12 points and added eight rebounds against the Vikings on Sunday. The junior shot 6-for-10 from the floor and set a career mark with three assists. Taufa has scored in double-figures twice this year and three times in her career. She has had seven or more rebounds in six games this season.
Career Record: 264-94 (12th year)
Indiana record: 6-2 (1st year)
Career Record: 48-76 (5th year)
Belmont Record: 26-43 (3rd year)
BELMONT AT A GLANCE
The Bruins arrive in Bloomington coming off a 70-54 road win over Lipscomb on Dec. 1. As a team, Belmont has a very balanced scoring attack led by Alyssa Visbeen's 10.6 points per game. Senior forward Jordan Coleman is a force in the paint as she nearly averages a double-double with 9.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. Katie Brooks is another senior leader who paces the team in assists and scores 9.3 points each game. Two of Belmont's wins have came on the road so far this season.
INDIANA MATCHES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO...IN NOVEMBER
Indiana currently stands at 6-2 on the season and matched its win total from a year ago by the end of November. The Hoosiers are off to their best start in four years through eight games. IU began the 2008-09 season with a 6-2 record.
MCGHEE'S GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
Jasmine McGhee accomplished her second double-double in the last three games against Cleveland State with 14 points and a season best 11 rebounds. The senior also had a steal and an assist in the effort. McGhee also had a double-double against IPFW on Nov. 26, when she had 12 points and 10 boards, shooting 6-for-10 from the field in that game.
In her last three games, McGhee is averaging 10.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. She has had eight or more rebounds in each of those three contests. For the season, McGhee is tied for the Big Ten lead in minutes played as the Anderson, Ind., native is logging 36.2 minutes each game.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, scored 12 points and brought down eight rebounds against Cleveland State on Sunday. The junior has scored in double-figures twice this season and has had eight or more boards in five games this year. Taufa has been a force in the paint all season as she paces the team with 7.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 55.6 percent from the field. She currently ranks third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and seventh in rebounding.
Taufa has came into her own this season. After averaging just 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game through her first two years combined, she is currently averaging 7.0 points and 7.6 boards per contest this season and has started every game in 2012-13.
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead Indiana offensively as she has scored 16 or more points in seven of IU's eight games this season and has led the team in scoring in six contests. Through the first eight games, the senior is averaging 18.4 points per game and is bringing in 5.3 rebounds per contest. She has scored 20 or more points five times so far this year and has skied for six or more boards in each of the last four games.
Sinclair paces the team in 3-point shooting and currently ranks 23rd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 46.8 percent (22-for-47) of her attempts from beyond the arc.
SHE CAN LINDA-HAND
Linda Rubene has flourished under Curt Miller's system this season. Rubene scored a career-high 13 points against Cleveland State on Dec. 2, shooting 6-for-11 from the field with four rebounds and an assist. Her six made field goals also set a career mark for a single game. In her last four games, the senior is averaging 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest.
Similar to her teammate Milika Taufa, Rubene's game has grown significantly compared to a year ago. In her first season at IU in 2011-12 after transferring from a junior college, Rubene averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Through eight games this year, Rubene is scoring 6.6 points per game with 4.5 rebounds per contest and has already matched her assist and surpassed her blocks totals from last season.
BASKETBALL IN BTOWN
After playing three of the first four games on the road, Indiana will wrap up its current five-game homestand against Belmont. After a road game at Butler on Dec. 9, the Hoosiers will return to Assembly Hall for three-straight games beginning with SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 16 and will host five of the following six contests and seven of the next nine in Bloomington. IU will not play a game outside the state of Indiana until Jan. 3 when Big Ten play will begin at Michigan.
As a team against Clemson on Nov. 28, 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. In the Clemson game, Quaneisha McCurty led the way for Indiana tying a career high with six blocks.
HOOSIER D HOLDS FIVE UNDER 50
The Hoosier defense came up big again in the win over Clemson on Nov. 28, holding the Tigers to 49 points, which marked the five-consecutive game in which IU had held an opponent under 50 points. The last time Indiana held five-straight opponents under 50 points was during the 1973-74 season when IU held opponents under 50 in five-consecutive games. The Hoosiers are currently ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 54.4 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.
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.
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.
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.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Indiana outrebounded Cleveland State on Dec. 2 by its biggest margin of the season, 43-27 (+16). The Hoosiers have won the battle of the glass in five games this season and are 4-1 in those contests. IU also outrebounded Murray State, Indiana State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and IPFW. IU tallied a season-best 52 boards at Murray State on Nov. 12.