ON THE AIR The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. As is the case for the remainder of the season, the game can also be heard on the internet at www.iuhoosiers.com.
INJURY UPDATE Senior captain Jamie Gathing will not play, as she is out for the year after sustaining a knee injury during individual workouts.
Kali Kullberg will miss the game after injuring her knee.
LeeAnn Stephenson is clear to play after missing Indiana's first seven games with a knee injury. She suited up for the first time Friday when the Hoosiers played Maine at Assembly Hall.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 55-42 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 279-145 career mark in her 16 seasons as a head coach. Bennett is coming off a summer in which she served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Pan American Games, helping the team to a silver medal.
NC State head coach Kay Yow is one of the most recognized in the college game. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Yow is in her 29th year in Raleigh and 32nd year as a head coach. She has compiled a 582-269 record at the helm of the N.C. State program (.668 pct) and has guided the N.C. State program to the NCAA tournament 16 times.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would:
* Give the Hoosiers their fourth consecutive non-conference road victory, dating back to last year. Indiana knocked off Virginia Commonwealth and Georgetown on the road last weekend, and won its final two non-conference road games last year by claiming a pair of wins at North Texas and Illinois State.
* Improve the Hoosiers to 6-2 on the year, marking the second-best start of the Kathi Bennett era (Bennett led Indiana to a 7-1 start in her first season, 2000-01.)
* Extend Indiana's winning streak to four games, matching the longest such streak since the end of the 2001-02 season, when the Hoosiers won six consecutive games (including three consecutive wins at the Big Ten Tournament to claim the school's first-ever conference tournament title.)
* Be the first ever for the Hoosiers over North Carolina State. The Wolfpack own a 2-0 advantage all-time over Indiana, with wins coming in 1986 and in 2001.
* Be the first win for Indiana against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since 1980 when the Hoosiers defeated Florida State in Tallahassee. Indiana is 1-8 all-time against the ACC opponents.
An Indiana loss would:
* Snap a three-game winning streak.
* Snap a four-game non-conference road winning streak, dating back to last year.
* Keep Indiana winless against North Carolina State, bumping IU's record to 0-3 all-time against the Wolfpack (the Hoosiers lost to NC State in 1986 and 2001.
* Drop Indiana's record to 1-9 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hoosiers' lone win came over Florida State in 1980. No player on the current roster for Indiana was alive when that game was played.
* Improve NC State to 12-6 all-time against the Big Ten.
LAST TIME OUT The Indiana women's basketball team turned in its most complete performance of the year in claiming a 67-58 win over Maine at Assembly Hall Friday.
In doing so, the Hoosiers improved to 5-2 overall, while Maine slipped to 4-3 overall.
Indiana controlled the tempo of the game, despite the fact that starting power forward Brigett Branson and starting center Angela Hawkins spent the majority of the game on the bench saddled with foul trouble. Hawkins eventually fouled out with 3:22 remaining.
Despite the fouls, the real story of the game was the aggressiveness showed on the offensive end by the Hoosiers in general and Jenny DeMuth in particular. Indiana repeatedly got to the rim, with DeMuth finishing with a game-high of 22 points. She also established a new career high with 14 rebounds and a new season high with four assists.
Cyndi Valentin added 19 points, while Leah Enterline contributed with 13 points, sparked by an 11-of-15 showing from the free-throw line. Valentin has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all seven of Indiana's games, while Enterline has in each of the last two.
Heather Ernest led the way for Maine with 20 points and 14 rebounds. She was the only Black Bear in double figures.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 14 in the second half, but Maine trimmed the lead down to three at 55-52. However, DeMuth, Valentin and Enterline combined to score Indiana's last 12 points to create some breathing room and seal the win.
Indiana is a perfect 3-0 at home this year and has a four-game home winning streak, dating back to last year. That figure marks the longest since an eight-game streak extending from the end of the 2001-02 season into the beginning of the 2002-03 campaign.
The first half was played at a furious pace, with Jenny DeMuth once again putting up remarkable numbers to lead IU into the locker room with a 35-28 advantage. The junior from Highland, Ind., had 14 points and 11 rebounds at the half, marking her third double-double this year and the second time she has recorded a double-double in the first half alone (she also accomplished the feat against North Texas, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards in the first half.)
Enterline made her first career start in place of the injured Kali Kullberg, who was sidelined with an injury to her knee. The start came at an opportune time for Enterline, who turned in a 17-point effort at Georgetown last game. She became the second true freshman to start for Indiana this year (Jamey Chapman started each of the first three games.)
DEMUTH IS ON FIRE! Jenny DeMuth's production and leadership in the first seven games have been exceptional. DeMuth averages 20.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game this year and has already established new career highs in points (30 vs. North Texas), rebounds (14 vs. Maine), steals (six vs. Cornell), three-point field goals made (four vs. VCU), free-throws attempted (15 vs. North Texas) and minutes played (39 vs. Maine).
She was the Big Ten Player of the Week after earning all-tournament and tournament MVP honors at the Indiana Classic in addition to being an all-tournament team selection at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
DeMuth is on pace to score 540 points this year, which would be the fifth-highest total in school history and the highest single-season point total for a Hoosier since Quacy Barnes scored 583 points in 1998.
Karna Abram is the only Hoosier to average 20 points or more for an entire season. She accomplished the feat in both 1985 and 1987.
FINDING THE RANGE The single biggest difference between this year's Hoosiers and last year's Hoosiers is the fact that this year's squad is far more proficient at putting the ball in the basket.
Team Field Goal Pct.
2003-04: 41.2 percent
2002-03: 37.4 percent
Team 3FG Pct.
2003-04: 33.7 percent
2002-03: 30.6 percent
THE RIGHT PEOPLE AT THE LINE A large part of Indiana's success at the line this year stems from the fact that IU's top shooters have made a concerted effort to get to the line this year.
Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin lead the way, converting on 85 of 99 attempts, combined (86 percent). Leah Enterline has taken the third-highest amount of free throws, sinking 26 of her 34 attempts from the line (77 percent).
GET IT OUT!!! One of the storylines for Indiana this year is the fact that the Hoosiers have blocked 31 shots as a team through the first six games (4.4 blocks per game).
Angela Hawkins leads the way with nine blocks.
FOLLOWING THE FRESHMEN On an 11-player active roster dotted by five freshmen, the production of Indiana's rookies will go a long way in determining the fate of the Hoosiers in 2003-04.
Following is a look at what the freshmen are contributing on the stat sheet.
Team Total 487
Freshman Total 138
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 28.3
Team Total 279
Freshman Total 72
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 25.8
Team Total 70
Freshman Total 22
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 31.4
Team Total 47
Freshman Total 7
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 14.9
Team Total 31
Freshman Total 12
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 38.7
IU RECORD WHEN THE FRESHMEN... Score 20 points or more 3-0
Score less than 20 points 2-2
Grab 13 rebounds or more 1-0
Grab less than 13 rebounds 4-2
Shoot 40 percent or better from the field 1-1
Shoot less than 40 percent from the field 4-1
IU AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST Indiana is the fourth-youngest team in the nation in terms of average age of players and the youngest team in the nation among the BCS conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC)
Team Avg. Age
1. Wofford 18.77
2. Loyola (Md.) 18.8
3. Utah State 18.9
4. Indiana 19.0
4. Hawaii 19.0
6. Texas Tech 19.08
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. Central Florida 19.2
9. Northern Arizona 19.3
9. New Hampshire 19.3
ENTERLINE SHINES True freshman Leah Enterline has made an instant impact for the Hoosiers. Averaging 6.0 points and dishing out a team-best 18 assists, Enterline also leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0.)
The Monroeville, Ind., native (Heritage HS) cracked into the starting lineup against Maine. Although she did not start in any of Indiana's first six games, Enterline logged 20.5 minutes per game, including the bulk of the minutes at key stretches of games.
BOYD EXPLOSIVE Freshman guard Annika Boyd has been the most productive Hoosier in terms of points per minutes played.
The Minneapolis native ranks fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 6.0 points per game in only 11.0 minutes per contest.
Extended over a 40 minute period, Boyd would average 21.8 points per game.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. Both players have reached double figures in all of Indiana's games this year.
THIRD SCORER WANTED DeMuth and Valentin are scoring points this year, but for Indiana to be at its best, it needs production to come from a third source
In all five of the Hoosiers' wins, there has been a third double-figure scorer.
DEMUTH HONORED BY BIG TEN Indiana junior Jenny DeMuth earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performance at the Indiana Classic in the season's opening week.
DeMuth earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game against Cornell and North Texas in leading the Hoosiers to the tournament title.
Against North Texas in the championship game, DeMuth had a day to remember, scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds (both career-highs) to lead the way for Indiana. DeMuth also shined on the defensive end, adding five steals.
MARK THE DATE NOW January 25, 2004 will be a big day for Hoosier women's basketball. Indiana hosts Purdue at 2 p.m., but the rivalry is hardly the story. When the Hoosiers and Boilermakers tangle, fans will have an opportunity to help fight cancer simply by showing up.
In honor of IU Women's Basketball fans, Vera Bradley Designs will donate $10,000 for breast cancer research if the Hoosiers 'Pack the Hall' with 10,000 people.
ATTENDANCE JUMPS Indiana shattered both its single-game and single-season attendance records last year.
The Hoosiers drew 7,986 fans for their game against Wisconsin on January 24, leading Kathi Bennett to donate $5,000 of her own money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in commemoration of IU establishing a new single-game attendance record.
Average attendance for Indiana home games saw an 84.6 percent increase from the 2001-02 season to the 2002-03 season.
In fact, the Hoosiers established three of the top eight single-game attendance marks in school history during the 2002-03 campaign.
BRUTAL SCHEDULE A whopping 15 different teams that saw action in post-season play last year headline Indiana's 2003-04 schedule.
NEXT GAME The Hoosiers return to Assembly Hall to battle Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 20.
The game will be broadcast on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can also be accessed worldwide on the internet at the official site of Indiana Athletics, www.iuhoosiers.com.
Click on the broadcasts link, then follow the prompts to the women's basketball broadcasts and the Arkansas game.
SCOUTING NC STATE Entering Sunday's contest with a 3-3 record is North Carolina State. The Wolfpack's three losses were all to excellent teams, as Texas, Oregon and Georgia are all ranked in this week's top-25 and have a combined record of 17-3.
Center Kaayla Chones is one of the best centers in the ACC. She averages 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Chones has converted on 56 percent of her field goal attempts. She is complemented by a balanced scoring attack, as six of her teammates average 5.0 ppg or more. Terah James is a dangerous three-point shooter off the bench, averaging 8.7 points on .444 shooting from deep.
Head coach Kay Yow is one of the most recognized in the college game. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Yow is in her 29th year in Raleigh and 32nd year as a head coach. She has compiled a 582-269 record at the helm of the N.C. State program (.668 pct) and has guided the N.C. State program to the NCAA tournament 16 times.