Dec. 11, 2009
Game 10: Indiana Hoosiers (6-3) at Saint Louis Billikens (3-5) Notes
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 3 p.m. ET
Chaifetz Arena (10,600) St. Louis, Mo.
Radio: IU Radio Network Internet Streaming: SLUBillikens.com
Series Info: First Meeting
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers take on Saint Louis at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. ET. Sunday's game will broadcast on the IU Radio Network as Jeremy Gray, the voice of the Hoosiers, calls the action from St. Louis. The game can be heard locally on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington.
LAST TIME OUT
Four Hoosiers scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team dominated UT Martin, 80-46, in Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Junior Jori Davis led all players with 19 points, while junior Whitney Lindsay led the Hoosier bench with 14 points. IU's bench was key in the win, outscoring the Skyhawks 33-9. Freshman Aulani Sinclair scored 12 points and sophomore Sasha Chaplin netted 10 points and added five rebounds. Junior Hope Elam grabbed a team-high seven boards and added seven points.
Davis shot 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and added three rebounds, two steals and one assist in 27 minutes. Lindsay sank 6-of-7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and tallied a game-high five steals to go along with three assists. Sinclair sank 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and Chaplin made 5-of-8 from the floor. Freshman Sasha Bernard recorded a career-high seven assists and tallied six points and four rebounds.
The Hoosiers shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the 3-point line. UT Martin shot 34.0 percent (17-of-50) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from beyond the arc. IU also won the battle on the boards, 42-35. Indiana also outscored the Skyhawks in the paint, 36-12, and shut them in the paint, 14-0.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 63-43 and a career mark of 117-106. In three season, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.
Shimmy Gray-Miller is in her fifth season as the head coach at Saint Louis with a 45-80 mark.
WHAT'S COMING UP
After finals week, IU will travel to Cleveland State on Saturday, Dec. 19 for a 4:30 p.m. ET tip. The Hoosiers will take on Toledo on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Noon ET in Assembly Hall. Indiana closes out 2009 in West Lafayette with a Noon ET battle against rival Purdue on Dec. 31 on the Big Ten Network.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the first all-time between Indiana and Saint Louis.
The Hoosiers are currently on a two-game win streak with victories at Michigan State (Dec. 6, 68-63) and against UT Martin (Dec. 9, 80-46).
IU has two more non-conference games after Sunday before returning to Big Ten action on Dec. 31 at Purdue.
Among Big Ten leaders, the Hoosiers are ranked third in scoring offense (73.4) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7), fourth in 3-point field goal percent (36.1) and fifth in field goal percent (43.1).
SCOUTING THE BILLIKENS
Saint Louis enters Sunday's game with a 3-5 mark with wins over Southern Illinois (Nov. 13, 71-45), Montana (Nov. 28, 72-55) and Arkansas State (Nov. 30, 79-70) and are currently winless in the month of December. The Billikens are led by Lauren Woods with 15.5 points per game. Amanda Kemezys is averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest, while Katie Paganelli is averaging 12.0 points per game. SLU is shooting 39.1 percent (191-of-489) from the field as a team and averaging 65.8 points and 38.9 rebounds per game.
In nine games, the Hoosiers' bench is averaging 23.9 points per game. Last season, IU's bench averaged 7.9 points per game over 32 games. Indiana's bench as scored 33 points three times this season, most recently against UT Martin. Junior Whitney Lindsay led the Hoosier bench with 14 points in a 34-point victory. Every Hoosier has made significant contributions in several categories this season with nine of 10 averaging double-digit minutes.
THOMAS RETURNS TO IU BENCH
Four-year letterwinner Whitney Thomas has returned to the IU bench as a student assistant coach after spending the fall and her fifth season of eligibility with the Indiana volleyball team. Thomas, one of the greatest players in Indiana women's basketball history, became the second player in the program to accumulate more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She is currently pursuing her master's in Applied Sport Science after receiving her undergraduate degree from IU in Exercise Science in May 2009.
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 18.1 points per game, ranking third among Big Ten leaders. In Indiana's last five games, Davis has combined for 115 points, 33 rebounds and 12 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 three 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 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. The 5-9 guard recorded her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 boards in a come-from-behind win at No. 21 Michigan State on Dec. 3. She also leads the Big Ten with a 3-point field goal percentage of 58.3 (14-of-24).
HEAD TO THE HALL JAN. 14
Indiana will try and sell out Assembly Hall and win the NCAA Pack the House competition on Jan. 14 against Michigan. Tickets to the Hoosiers battle against the Wolverines are only $1. Tip-off against Michigan is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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