Dec. 6, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hits the road again for a contest at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. ET. All the action can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the play-by-play.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Wednesday's game will be Indiana's first true road game in the state of New York since Jan. 7, 1979, when IU fell to Army at West Point, 43-39.
• Indiana and St. Bonaventure are meeting for the third time ever as the Hoosiers won last year's meeting in Bloomington, 50-44, on Nov. 15, 2011.
• IU has had eight double-double performances through seven games this season, with at least one Hoosier accomplishing a double-double in every contest.
• The Hoosiers are grabbing 10.1 steals per game on the year, which ties them for second in the Big Ten in that category.
• Aulani Sinclair has scored in double-figures in five consecutive games and tied her career-best with 23 points vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 4 while hitting 5-of-10 3-point field goals.
• Danilsa Andujar scored a career-high 11 points against the Cowgirls on Dec. 4 and also brought down a season-high 11 rebounds in the game.
Career Record: 137-144 (10th year)
Indiana record: 83-81 (6th year)
Career Record: 199-213 (15th year)
St. Bonaventure Record: 160-175 (12th year)
ST. BONAVENTURE AT A GLANCE
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies out of the Atlantic 10 are 6-1 on the season, winning their last two games both on the road. The Bonnies are causing havoc on the defensive end holding opposing teams to just 52.1 points per game. Jessica Jenkins leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game and has hit the most 3-point field goals on the team and is shooting 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from beyond the arc. St. Bonaventure has six players averaging six or more points per contest. Indiana topped the Bonnies last season at Assembly Hall on Nov. 15, 2010, 50-44.
HOOSIERS TIE SCHOOL RECORD
Against Oklahoma State on Dec. 4, Indiana shot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line hitting 14-of-14 from the charity stripe for the game. That performance tied a school record for free throw percentage (minimum 10 attempts) for a single game. It is only the second time in program history that IU has hit 100 percent of its free throws on 10 or more attempts in a single game. The other time came in 1987 against Michigan State when IU hit 14-of-14 in that contest.
GIVE US THE BALL
The Hoosiers have been focused on the defensive end in their last few contests. Indiana has collected 10 or more steals in each of the last three games and four of the last five overall. IU is tied for second in the Big Ten averaging 10.1 steals per contest to this point of the season. In two of the last three contests, the Hoosiers forced 24 or more turnovers causing 25 Toledo mistakes on Nov. 25 and then caused 24 Virginia turnovers on Dec. 1.
THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
In Indiana's first seven games, the Hoosiers have had eight 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. Danilsa Andujar was the latest Hoosier with a double-double outing scoring a career-high 11 points and bring down a season-best 11 boards vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 4. Georgie Jones leads the team with three double-doubles on the year, Sasha Chaplin has had two while Andujar, Jasmine McGhee and Quaneisha McCurty each have one.
SINCLAIR CONTINUES TO SIZZLE
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair has been a scoring machine as of late for the Hoosiers. Sinclair has scored 11 or more points in each of the last five games, averaging 16.2 points per game during that span. She has been IU's leading scorer in four of the five games, including the last three consecutively. Sinclair tied her career-high with 23 points against Oklahoma State on Sunday. She did so while hitting on 5-of-10 3-point field goals and going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line for the game. Sunday's game marked the third time in Sinclair's career that she has connected on five or more 3-point field goals in a game and her six free throws are the most she has ever hit in a single game.
For the season, Sinclair leads the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game. The Eminence, Ind., native also leads Indiana in 3-point shooting hitting on 45.5 percent (15-of-33) of her attempts beyond the arc. Her shooting percentage from long range ties her for 29th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage in games played through Dec. 4.
SHE BUILT THIS `CITY'
Danilsa "City" Andujar achieved the second double-double of her career with a career-high 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds against Oklahoma State on Sunday. Andujar shot 4-of-6 from the field and added a block, an assist and a steal. Her last double-double performance came in last year's Big 12/Big Ten Challenge game vs. No. 19 Nebraska on Dec. 5, 2010, when she had 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
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 played in every single game this year, starting the last three and playing 29 or more minutes in the last two contests.
Chaplin had 10 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds at Virginia on Dec. 1. Of her 15 boards, nine came on the offensive end which is the most offensive rebounds in a game for her career. She followed that up by matching a season-best with 13 points while also bringing down eight boards vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 4. 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 7.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
YES SHE CAN-DYCE
Candyce Ussery has earned some more time on the floor over the last few contests. Against Oklahoma State, the freshman had a career-high six assists without a turnover in a season-high 28 minutes of play off the bench. She also scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting and added two steals. At Virginia, Ussery scored six points with two steals and two assists hitting on 2-of-2 3-point field goals for the game.
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 second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. She is also bringing down 4.6 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.
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.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...
After playing three of the first four games of the season on the road, Indiana is in the midst of playing five out of seven contests away from Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers traveled to Virginia on Dec. 1, and then returned to face Oklahoma State at home on Dec. 4. IU will now 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).