Dec. 4, 2009
Game 8: Indiana Hoosiers (4-3) at No. 21/22 Michigan State Spartans (5-2) Notes
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 Noon ET
Breslin Center (14,759) East Lansing, Mich.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington TV: Big Ten Network (Talent: Lisa Byington, Vera Jones)
Series Info: Michigan State leads, 36-23
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers open the Big Ten slate on Sunday, Dec. 6, when they travel to East Lansing, Mich., to battle the No. 21/22 Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center at Noon ET. Sunday's game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network as Lisa Byington and Vera Jones will call the action. IU's contest with MSU will also be broadcast live locally on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 60th all-time between Indiana and Michigan State, with the Spartans leading, 36-23.
The Hoosiers and Spartans have split the last four games of the series, with IU winning two contests in East Lansing.
IU's last win against Michigan State was the 100th career win of head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
The Hoosiers are ranked third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.1) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (34.2).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State extended its current win streak to four with a 72-66 win over North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3. The Spartans were led by Lauren Aitch with 15 points off the bench. Allyssa DeHaan scored 14 points and Aisha Jefferson tallied 13 points in the win. Lykendra Johnson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
MSU is led by DeHaan with 12.9 points and 4.0 blocked shots per game. Johnson leads the Spartans on the boards with 8.1 rebounds per contest. Michigan State is averaging 75.6 points and 46.1 rebounds per game and shooting 44.1 percent (204-of-463) from the field as a team.
LAST TIME VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Three Hoosiers scored in double-digits, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team was outlasted by Michigan State, 71-65, in overtime. Jori Davis led Indiana with 19 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw and a pair of 3-pointers. Jamie Braun added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Amber Jackson netted 10 points. Whitney Thomas recorded nine points, eight rebounds and three steals to tie Indiana's career steals mark of 230, set by Jenny DeMuth (2002-06). The Hoosiers forced Michigan State into committing 26 turnovers, while IU recorded 10 steals. The Spartans won the battle of the boards, 41-29. IU shot 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the field and 85.7 percent (24-of-28) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME AT BRESLIN
Felisha Legette-Jack picked up her 100th career win as the Hoosiers won their eighth in the row with a 62-48 win at Michigan State on Monday, Dec. 28. The Hoosiers' eight game win streak is the longest since the 1998-99 team won nine straight games. Jori Davis led all players with 14 points, while Amber Jackson and Jamie Braun added 12 points apiece. Whitney Thomas grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, while Jackson added nine. Thomas is now nine points shy 1,000 career points scored at Indiana after netting seven on the night. Braun also recorded five steals and four assists to lead IU. Indiana won the battle of the boards, 41-40, and held Michigan State to 30.5 percent (18-of-59) shooting from the floor on the game. The Hoosiers also forced the Spartans into committing 20 turnovers.
HOOSIERS IN BIG TEN OPENERS
Indiana is 14-20 in Big Ten openers dating back to the 1976-77 season. Since Felisha Legette-Jack's arrival, the Hoosiers are 2-1 with two wins over Northwestern (2007-08, 2008-09) and one loss to Michigan State (2006-07). Under Coach Jack, the Hoosiers are also 2-4 since the 2006-07 season.
Jori Davis has become a very dangerous player on the IU roster. Not only has she become the heart of the Hoosiers' team, but she's averaging a team-high 17.9 points per game, ranking fourth among Big Ten leaders. In Indiana's last three games, Davis has combined for 77 points, 19 rebounds and 10 steals, including a 33-point game against No. 14 Virginia in the first round of the Reef Division of the Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 26 in the Bahamas. With only 3 points in the first half and the Hoosiers in a 16-point hole, Davis brought IU back as she netted 30 points in 20 minutes in a five-point defeat. She then went on to score 21 points the next day in Indiana's 72-61 win over Charlotte. In the Junkanoo Jam, Davis recorded 54 points, 15 rebounds and eight steals to earn all-tournament honors in the Reef Division. Her 33 points also ranks 10th in IU single-game history, tying her with Lori Meinerding (vs. Houston, 1989). Davis also led all players in the Hoosiers tough loss to No. 9 Florida State on Dec. 3. She scored 23 points and sank 5-of-6 from the 3-point line.
IN THE PAINT WITH BIG SASH
Catch weekly episodes of In the Paint with Big Sash on youtube.com/IUAthletics as the Hoosiers' front court leader Sasha Chaplin gives fans inside look at the Indiana women's basketball team. Chaplin leads the Hoosiers with 8.0 rebounds per game and ranks fifth among Big Ten leaders in the same category. She is also averaging 9.7 points per game and owns two double-doubles on the season.
In seven games, the Hoosiers' bench is averaging 23.0 points per game. Last season, IU's bench averaged 7.9 points per game over 32 games.