Dec. 8, 2010
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes Miami (OH) to Assembly Hall on Dec. 9 for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game can be heard locally on Hoosier Country WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the Call.
DID YOU KNOW
Sunday's win over No. 24/19 Nebraska is IU's first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 4/6 Ohio State, 67-62, on Jan. 31. 2010.
The Hoosiers continue to lead the Big Ten in forcing turnovers and steals. Indiana is causing 22.1 opponent turnovers and grabbing 11.1 steals per game this season.
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis currently sits 17th on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,162 points and is just seven points shy of Linda Cunningham's (1983-86) 1,169 points for 16th and 11 points behind Zan Jefferie's (1988-91) 1,173 point total for 15th.
Miami (OH) makes its first appearance in Assembly Hall since Dec. 19, 1992. Indiana won that contest 59-48. Indiana leads the all-time series 5-2.
After the Hoosiers battle the Redhawks on Thursday, Indiana will be on the road for five of its next six contests, beginning with Toledo on Sunday, two stops in Florida after finals week, then to start the 2011 against Big Ten foes Minnesota and Ohio State.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 131-122 and is 77-59 at the Hoosier helm. Maria Fantanarosa is in her 13th season leading the RedHawks and her 14th season coaching overall. She has tallied a career mark of 197-193 and has a 190-173 record at Miami.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will play five of its next six games on the road beginning Sunday, Dec. 12 at Toledo. After finals week, the Hoosiers will head south to Florida to battle Florida International University on Dec. 18 and Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 21.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Miami arrives in Bloomington for the first time since Dec. 1992. The RedHawks are currently 4-3 riding a three-game win streak that includes victories over Stetson, Wright State and Marshall, the last being an impresive 89-63 victory over the Thundering Herd.
Courtney Osborn leads Miami in scoring so far this season averaging 16.9 points per game and leads the team in overall field goals and 3-point field goals made. Osborn also dishes for 4.9 assists and grabs 2.0 steals per contest. Rachael Hencke has been shooting lights out for the RedHawks early in the season. While averaging 10.4 points per game, Hencke is connecting on 55.3 percent of her shots (26-of-47) and 50 percent of her 3-point attempts (5-of-10). Kirsten Olowinski is force down low for Miami averaging nearly a double-double at 9.4 points and 10.6 boards per game while shooting over 47 percent from the field including being 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.
As a team, the RedHawks average 72 points per game and use the free throw line to their advantage hitting on 78.6 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
Thursday will mark the ninth meeting between Indiana and Miami as the Hoosiers own a 5-2 edge in the overall series. The last time these two programs met was Dec. 19, 1992 with IU earning the 59-48 win at Assembly Hall.
One of Miami's two victories over the Hoosiers took place in Bloomington on Jan. 28, 1981. The RedHawks edged Indiana in that one with a 70-67 victory.
LAST 5 MEETINGS VS. MIAMI (OH)
Home, W, 59-48, Dec. 19, 1992
Away, W, 72-68, Dec. 14, 1991
Home, W, 74-52, Dec. 16, 1990
Away, L, 61-78, Feb. 24, 1982
Home, L, 67-70, Jan. 28, 1981
BIG WIN OVER NO. 24/19 NEBRASKA
Indiana defeated No. 24/19 Nebraska on Dec. 5 to mark its first win over a ranked opponent since Jan. 31, 2010 when the Hoosier defeated No. 4/6 Ohio State, 67-62 at Assembly Hall.
CLOSING OUT AN UPSET
In a game that saw 13 lead changes, four ties, and neither team with a lead larger than eight, the Hoosiers shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the field in the second half in the Nebraska win. It marks the first time this season IU has shot over 50 percent from the field in a half.
DEFENSE IS STILL THE KEY
Indiana continues its dominance on the defensive side of the floor. IU is forcing a Big Ten leading 22.1 turnovers per game while also grabbing a conference-best 11.1 steals per contest. The Hoosiers also lead the Big Ten in turnover margin with a +3.6 advantage over opponents. Indiana has forced 20 or more turnovers in six of eight game this season, highlighted by 31 Saint Louis miscues on Nov. 24. The SLU total is the most turnovers forced in head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's tenure at IU, and the most since IU forced 36 mistakes against Long Beach State on Dec. 16, 2001. Indiana has also nabbed 10 or more steals in all but one game this season.
DAVIS SHOWING LEADERSHIP
With 21 points in the win over Nebraska, senior All-America candidate Jori Davis sustained her double-digit scoring streak which now sits at 13-consecutive games dating back to last season. Davis is currently leading the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She has also passed for 3.3 assists and nabbed 2.6 steals per contest.
ANDUJAR HAS CAREER DAY
Junior Danilsa Andujar captured her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Nebraska. Andujar set a career-high with her 10 points, and matched her career-best with the 12 boards. She also had 12 caroms in IU's last win over a ranked opponent against Ohio State in the 67-62 victory on Jan. 31, 2010.
JORI JUMPING UP CAREER LIST
Davis now ranks 17th on Indiana's all-time scoring list. With her 21 points against Nebraska, Davis has now totaled 1,162 points for her career. The Rochester, N.Y. native sits seven points shy of Linda Cunningham's (1983-86) 1,169 points for 16th and 11 points behind Zan Jefferie's (1988-91) 1,173 point total for 15th.
SECOND HALF SURGE FOR ELAM
Senior Hope Elam netted 13 of her 14 points against the Cornhuskers in the second half. Elam nailed four 3-point field goals in the half, tying a career-best for a game, and added a free throw in the second-half effort. Elam has scored in double-figures in seven of the eight games played this season. The Champaign, Ill., native is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game and leads the Hoosiers with 18 makes from beyond the arc.
NO BREAK NEEDED
Senior Whitney Lindsay played all 40 minutes against Nebraska, a first in her career. She was vital to the victory having an all-around day of 10 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals.
MCGUIRT EARNS HER TIME
McGuirt logged a career-high 32 minutes in the Nebraska victory on Dec. 5. In doing so, she tallied eight points and seven rebounds. McGuirt has grabbed seven or more boards in three games this season. Her and-1 with 1:14 remaining against the Cornhuskers gave IU the lead for good at 63-61.
Lindsay hit her average with three steals in the win over Nebraska to maintain her season average to 3.0 steal per game, which currently ranks second in the Big Ten at this point in the season. Fellow classmates Davis and Andrea McGuirt have each helped lead the way for the defense as well. Davis is second in the conference averaging 2.6 steals per contest while McGuirt is 13th in the Big Ten with 1.9 per contest. Davis had a career-best five steals against Cleveland State on Nov. 28, as McGuirt set her career mark with six against Memphis on Nov. 18.
HOT OFF THE BENCH
Indiana players have been ready to roll off the bench through eight games this season. In all but one game so far this year, one Hoosier non-starter has contributed 10 or more points off the bench.
REBOUNDING TO VICTORY
The Hoosiers outrebounded Nebraska 40-32 in Sunday's win over the Cornhuskers while also winning the offensive glass battle, 17-10. It marked the third time this season IU has outrebounded an opponent, with Indiana winning each of those three games.
DAVIS SETS SINGLE-GAME RECORD
Davis set a new school record and the second-highest mark in Big Ten women's basketball history by connecting on 17 free-throws on 18 attempts against Cleveland State on Nov. 28, passing her previous career-best 15-of-16 performance against Penn State on Jan. 10, 2010. With her 17 makes, Davis eclipsed Whitney Thomas' previous single-game mark of 16 made free throws. Thomas connected on 16 free throws against James Madison on March 22, 2008. It also marks the second time this season Davis has made on 10 or more attempts from the charity stripe. She went 10-for-10 against Ball State on Nov. 12.
COACH JACK GETS 75
With the victory over Cleveland State, IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack earned her 75th win since taking over the helm at Indiana in 2006.
INDIANA BATTLING THE BEST
The Hoosiers faced their second ranked team of the season in then-No. 24/19 Nebraska on Dec. 5, and have six more games scheduled with opponents who are either ranked or received votes in this week's AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
HOOSIERS IN THE COLLEGE RPI
Indiana is ranked 22nd in the College RPI standings as of Dec. 8, with the Big Ten Conference ranking first overall among all leagues throughout the country. The Hoosiers jumped up 32 spots with the win over Nebraska. The conference currently has seven teams ranked in the top-36 of the College RPI.