Dec. 7, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will hit the road for the first time in nearly three weeks, as IU heads to Butler to take on the Bulldogs in Indianapolis at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday, Dec. 9. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET and can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. Live video will also be available at ButlerSports.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana leads the all-time series against Butler, 4-0.
Sunday's game will be IU's first meeting with Butler since Dec. 9, 2008, as the Hoosiers won that matchup in Bloomington, 63-41.
The Hoosiers have only played at Hinkle Fieldhouse one time, Indiana won that contest on Nov. 27, 2001, 97-72.
Indiana is 2-1 in road games so far this season, winning the last two.
Indiana has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range in five games this season and are 4-1 in those contests.
The last time Indiana played a true road game in Indianapolis was last season when the Hoosiers topped IUPUI, 65-64, on Dec. 11, 2011.
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead IU offensively as the senior scored 19 points against Butler on Dec. 4. Sinclair is averaging 18.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range.
Nicole Bell scored in double-figures for the second time in her young career with 11 points against the Bruins on Dec. 4. Bell shot 4-for-6 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Career Record: 264-95 (12th year)
Indiana record: 6-3 (1st year)
Career Record: 422-266 (24th year)
Belmont Record: 164-150 (11th year)
BUTLER AT A GLANCE
The Bulldogs have three players averaging double-figure points led by Taylor Schippers with 18.1 points per game. Schippers also leads the team in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage and assists. Daress McClung scores 16.0 points per game and leads Butler with 8.5 rebounds per contest. Hannah Douglas chips in 10.3 points per contest. The Bulldogs are 2-1 at home this season and will look to disrupt shots as they average 5.6 blocks per game as a team.
LAST NON-CONFERENCE ROAD GAME
Indiana's game at Butler on Sunday will be IU's final road contest in non-conference play. The Hoosiers have just three games left against teams outside of the Big Ten, all of those will take place at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Those contests include SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 16, Xavier on Dec. 21 and UIC on Dec. 31. IU will not play a game outside the state of Indiana until Jan. 3 when Big Ten play will begin at Michigan.
INDIANA MATCHES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO...IN NOVEMBER
Indiana currently stands at 6-3 on the season and matched its win total from a year ago by the end of November with a 52-49 victory of Clemson on Nov. 28. The last time the Hoosiers won six games by the end of November was six years ago to begin the 2006-07 campaign.
Indiana currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. IU is holding its opponents to 54.8 points per game as teams are shooting just 34.9 percent against the Hoosiers. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points six times and under 50 points on five occasions. IU is 5-1 when teams score less than 60 points against them.
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead Indiana offensively as she has scored 16 or more points in eight of IU's nine games this season and has led the team in scoring in seven contests. Through the first nine games, the senior is averaging 18.4 points per game and is bringing in 5.1 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 four of the last five games.
Against Belmont on Dec. 4, Sinclair led IU with 19 points in the game and had four rebounds, one steal and one assist. In the first half alone, the senior was the source for IU's offense as she tallied 17 points in the opening stanza against the Bruins.
BELL RINGS AGAIN
Freshman Nicole Bell was a spark off the bench for the Hoosiers in the second half against Belmont as she scored 11 points in the game, all in the second half during IU's comeback effort. Bell shot 4-for-6 from the field and went a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. She has now scored in double-figures in two games this season and has connected on three or more 3-point field goals in a game twice. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native is second on the team in 3-point shooting, hitting on 35.7 percent of her attempts from long distance.
Earlier this year, 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.
MCGHEE'S GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
Jasmine McGhee accomplished her second double-double of the season against Cleveland State on Dec. 2 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.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, continues to lead the team in rebounding and is ranked seventh in the Big Ten by bringing in 7.4 rebounds per contest. Taufa has skied for eight or more rebounds in five games this season and has scored in double-figures twice this year. The junior is currently second on the team in field goal percentage as she has connected on 52.1 percent of her attempts.
Taufa has came alive this season compared to her first two years at IU and has seen more playing time because of it. After averaging just 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game through her first two years combined, she is currently averaging 6.2 points and 7.4 boards per contest this season and has started every game in 2012-13. Taufa is averaging 23.1 minutes per game this season compared to 12.9 minutes per contest in 2011-12.
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 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 nine games this year, Rubene is scoring 6.2 points per game with 4.6 rebounds per contest and has already matched her assist and surpassed her blocks totals from last season.
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.
As a team against Clemson on Nov. 28, Indiana had a season high 10 blocks. It was the first time an IU team 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.
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.