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    HOOSIERS TRAVEL TO VALPARAISO, ARIZONA

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    HOOSIERS TRAVEL TO VALPARAISO, ARIZONA

    INDIANA GAMEDAY - The Hoosiers (3-3) pack their bags and take to the road this week, traveling first to Valparaiso, Tuesday, Dec. 7, and then on to Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 10-12, to compete in the Insight.com Bowl Basketball Classic. Indiana will tip-off against Valpo Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (CST), in the Athletics-Recreation Center (4,500). In Arizona, the Hoosiers will see action against Middle Tennessee State, Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. (MST), and then will play either host Arizona or Texas Southern at 1/3 p.m. (MST), Sunday, Dec. 12. All tournament games will be played at the McKale Center (14,489).

    RADIO - All of Indiana's games can be heard live via radio broadcast on WGCT-FM (105.1). The live broadcast will be handled by play-by-play announcer Mike Scott. The broadcast will feature scouting reports by coach Jim Izard, player interviews, a half-time show and a postgame wrap-up with assistant coaches Keila Whittington and Jennifer Jacoby.

    CHAPMAN RECOGNIZED - Sophomore Jill Chapman was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week Dec. 6. Chapman, a 6-5 center, shares the honor with Purdue's Camille Cooper. In leading the Hoosiers to a 72-52 victory over Ball State in the Big Four Classic last Saturday, Chapman scored a career-high 35 points while also hauling dow n a career-best 21 rebounds. In addition, she shot 14-18 (78 percent) from the field. Chapman just missed setting the school records for most points (40) and rebounds (22) in a game. For the week, Chapman averaged 25.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

    THE HOOSIERS - Indiana improved its record to 3-3 on the season after splitting play last week. The Hoosiers lost to Vanderbilt 74-54 Dec. 1, in Nashville, Tenn., but then came back to defeat Ball State 72-52 in the Big Four Classic in Bloomington, Dec. 4. Jill Chapman led the Hoosiers in both games, scoring 16 and 35 points, respectively. Against the Cardinals, Jill Hartman recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

    ABOUT VALPARAISO - The Crusaders are off to a 2-3 start, having defeated Illinois-Chicago and Oral Roberts. Valparaiso's losses have been to Detroit, Purdue and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Senior forward Jill Campbell leads her squad, averaging 11.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Jeanette Gray comes off the bench to contribute 10.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. As a team, the Crusaders are averaging 57.5 points and 36.0 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from the field. Coach Keith Freeman is in his sixth season with the program and carries a 88-55 school record. The Series: Indiana leads the series 5-0. The Hoosiers last defeated Valpo 74-56 in 1997 in Bloomington.

    ON MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE - The Lady Raiders have gotten off to a 3-2 overall start and a perfect 2-0 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. Like the Hoosiers, MTS has a new look this season after graduating four seniors from a year ago. Sophomore forward Jamie Thomatis leads the Lady Raiders, averaging 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She is followed in scoring by junior guard Kelly Chastain who averages 11.8 points per game. Chastain and Thomatis stand tough at the free throw line, having shot a combined 25-27 from the charity stripe this season. As a team, MTS is averaging 70.2 points and 39.0 rebounds per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and an impressive 77 percent from the free throw line. Head Coach Stephany Smith is in her third season with the program and carries a 39-24 school and career record. The Series: Middle Tennessee State leads the all-time series, having defeated IU 65-59 in 1987-88.

    NO. 19 ARIZONA - The 19th-ranked Wildcats are off to a perfect 6-0 start with wins over Oklahoma, Tennessee Tech, Hawai'i, New Mexico, then-No. 15 UC-Santa Barbara and Colorado State. Arizona returns five starters for the season, including 6-4 senior Tatum Brown who's 16.5 scoring average leads the team. The forward also averages 6.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 68 percent from the field. Teammate Elizabeth Pickney is also a double-figure scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Arizona has been impressive offensively, averaging 82.8 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. The squad has been strong on the boards also, averaging 38.8 rebounds per game. Head Coach Joan Bonvicini is in her ninth season with the Wildcats and holds a 140-98 record with the program. The Series: The two teams have met just once before in 1981 when Indiana defeated Arizona 63-60.

    ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN - The Lady Tigers have gotten off to a rough start with an 0-6 beginning. Most recently, the Tigers lost to New Mexico (78-39) and Gonzaga (74-52). Four starters return for coach Peggy Stapleton this season, led by sophomore guard Candace Williams who averages 8.3 points per game. Sophomore Kanesha Randle averages 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Currently, the Lady Tigers are averaging 52.7 points and 36.7 rebounds per game and are shooting 33 percent from the field. The Series: Indiana has and Texas Southern have never played.

    THE LEADERBOARD - After six games, the Hoosiers are currently averaging 76.5 points and 43.7 rebounds per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. Individually, sophomore Jill Chapman leads the Hoosiers' offense, averaging 17.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore Heather Cassady and freshman Jill Hartman follow with 15.5 and 11.2 scoring averages per game, respectively. Cassady, along with teammate Rainey Alting lead the squad in assists with identical 4.5 per game averages.

    HEAD COACH JIM IZARD - Head Coach Jim Izard begins his 12th season at the helm of the Indiana program where he owns a 181-144 (.557) overall record and a 79-113 (.416) mark in the Big Ten Conference. As Indiana's all-time winningest coach, Izard has guided his teams to nine winning seasons, two NCAA post-season tournament appearances, a runner-up finish in the WNIT post-season tournament and a trip to the Final Four of both the pre- and post-1998 WNIT tournaments. His 18-year career record stands at 344-193 (.641).

    SIDELINED - Freshman Jamie Gathing will be sidelined for up to four weeks with a stress fracture in her left foot. Prior to her injury, the 6-0 forward had played in the first four IU games and started in one. She was averaging 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

    PILING UP THE MINUTES - Point guard Heather Cassady leads three Hoosier starters who are averaging 32-plus minutes of court action per game. Cassady is currently averaging 35.8 minutes per game while teammates Rainey Alting and Jill Hartman are averaging 33.2 and 31.5 points per game, respectively.

    SHARP AT THE POINT - Not only has point guard Heather Cassady demonstrated that she is a top-gun offensive threat for Indiana this season with a 15.5 average, but she has also shown that she can take dish it out as well. Currently, she is ranked fourth in the conference, averaging 4.5 assists per game.

    SHE'S GOT GAME - Since moving into the starting lineup, freshman Jill Hartman has continued to impress those around her with her high level of playing intensity. Hartman, who averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds points as a senior at Evansville Memorial a year ago, is currently averaging 11.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

    FORGET THE JITTERBUGS - With only two returning players off of last year's squad, IU's five newcomers and two redshirt players have had to quickly step into the Hoosier system. Junior college transfer Rainey Alting is one such player who has adjusted, averaging 33.2 minutes, 8.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as IU's shooting guard. Freshman Erika Christenson, Jamie Gathing, Jill Hartman and Allison Skapin have all started at least one game in their young careers.

    BALANCED ATTACK - Indiana's explosive offensive output has been a balanced one this season with different scoring leaders in almost every game. Against Western Kentucky, Heather Cassady led with 25 points while Jill Chapman netted 22 against South Carolina, 16 against Vanderbilt and 35 against Ball State. It was Tara Jones off the bench who chipped in 17 points in IU's win over Stetson and Jill Hartman who led IU with 23 points against East Carolina.

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