Dec. 14, 2012
|INDIANA (6-4) vs. SIU-EDWARDSVILLE (6-4)
||Dec. 16, 2012
||2 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
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| Live Web Broadcast
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will begin a three game homestand against the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars on Sunday, Dec. 16. The game tips at 2 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall. The contest can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The game is also available as a live web broadcast video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunday's game marks the first ever meeting between Indiana and SIUE.
Not only does the contest with the Cougars begin a three game homestand for Indiana, the Hoosiers will play five of their next six games in Assembly Hall and seven of the next nine at home.
The SIUE Cougars play in the Ohio Valley Conference and finished third in the standings during the 2011-12 season.
Indiana held Butler to just five field goals for the entire second half on Dec. 9, limited the Bulldogs to just 19.2 percent shooting in the second stanza.
Senior Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 18 points at Butler, shooting 7-for-13 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. The Anderson, Ind., native also had two steals and two blocks. McGhee has scored 14 or more points in two of the last three games.
Senior Linda Rubene tied her career mark with 13 points against Butler. She shot 6-for-11 from the field and added six rebounds, one block and a steal. The Gulbene, Latvia, native has tallied her career high of 13 points in two of the last three contests.
Indiana will begin Big Ten play on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Michigan. That game will mark Indiana's first contest outside the state of Indiana since playing at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 19.
Career Record: 264-96 (12th year)
Indiana record: 6-4 (1st year)
Career Record: 216-230 (16th year)
SIUE Record: 6-4 (1st year)
SIUE AT A GLANCE
The Cougars arrive in Bloomington riding a three-game win streak, most recently topping IPFW on Dec. 8, 61-54. SIUE has a balanced scoring attack led by senior Raven Berry. Berry has been a force in the paint for the Cougars as she averages a near double-double with 13.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 47.2 percent of her shot attempts. She also leads the team in steals. Sophomore guard Tiemy Austin scores 11.7 points per contest and brings in 5.6 boards per game and leads the team in blocks and 3-pointers made. As a team, SIUE has been crashing the boards as the Cougars are outrebounding opponents by a +7.5 margin.
HOMESTAND AND BEYOND
Sunday's game against SIUE not only begins a three game home stand for Indiana, it ushers in a stretch of games where IU will play at home in five of its next six games and seven of the next nine contests. The Hoosiers will welcome Xavier on Friday, Dec. 21 for a 1 p.m. ET afternoon tilt before hosting UIC on Monday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. ET. Indiana will then begin Big Ten play at Michigan on Jan. 3 before hosting two conference foes in back-to-back games as Northwestern comes to town on Jan. 6, followed by Nebraska on Jan. 10.
SECOND HALF STOPS AT BUTLER
Indiana used a strong second half defensive effort to make it a close ballgame at Butler on Dec. 9. After trailing by as much as 21 points in the first half, the IU defense beared down in the second stanza to allow itself a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation. In the second half, Indiana only allowed Butler to connect on five field goals as the Bulldogs shot just 19.2 percent (5-for-26), scoring 19 points. Butler shot just 33.3 percent for the game, marking the seventh time this season that IU has held an opponent to that percentage or lower. The Hoosiers are 6-1 in those contests.
MAJOR PLAY FROM MCGHEE
Senior Jasmine McGhee had a great all around game at Butler on Dec. 9, leading Indiana with 18 points while shooting 7-for-13 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc to go along with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The game marked the fifth time this season that McGhee had scored in double-figures and the second time in IU's last three games.
McGhee currently leads the team in steals (1.3 spg) and is second on the team in scoring and rebounding as she averages 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game so far this season. She also is the team's top free throw shooter through the first 10 games, connecting on 78.8 percent of her attempts.
CONTINUING TO LINDA-HAND
Senior Linda Rubene had another stellar outing at Butler on Dec. 9, tying her career high with 13 points, shooting 6-for-11 from the field with six rebounds, a block and a steal. Rubene has scored her career mark of 13 points in two of the last three games and has tallied double-figure points in three games this season.
Rubene has flourished under Curt Miller's direction this season as she is averaging 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game after averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game a year ago. She has started nine games this year and is playing over 29 minutes per game.
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead Indiana offensively as she has scored 16 or more points in eight games this season and has led the team in scoring in seven contests. Through the first 10 games, the senior is averaging 17.0 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 five or more boards in five of the last six 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.
Indiana currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. IU is holding its opponents to 55.2 points per game as teams are shooting just 34.7 percent against the Hoosiers. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points seven times and under 50 points on five occasions. IU is 5-2 when teams score less than 60 points against them.
INDIANA MATCHES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO...IN NOVEMBER
Indiana currently stands at 6-4 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.
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, continues to lead the team in rebounding and is tied for fifth in the Big Ten by bringing in 7.5 rebounds per contest. Taufa has skied for eight or more rebounds in six 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 50.9 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 6.0 points and 7.5 boards per contest this season and has started every game in 2012-13.
BELL RINGS AT THE POINT
Freshman Nicole Bell was a spark off the bench for the Hoosiers in the second half against Belmont on Dec. 4 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.
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.
HOOSIER D HOLDS FIVE UNDER 50
Earlier this season, Indiana accomplished something that had not been done by an IU women's basketball team in nearly 40 years. In five consecutive games, the Hoosiers held their opponents to less than 50 points between Nov. 16-Nov. 28 and were 5-0 in those contests. 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 that year.
In four of the last six games, Indiana has skied for six or more blocks as a team, including seven rejections at Butler on Dec. 9. 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. For the year, IU is blocking 4.8 shots per game on the defensive end.