Dec. 15, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana returns home to the friendly confines of Assembly Hall on Saturday, Dec. 17, after playing three of the last four games on the road. The Hoosiers welcome Northern Illinois to Bloomington for a 7 p.m. ET tilt. It will be the first time these two programs have faced each other in nearly 40 years. Jeremy Gray will call all the action on WHCC 105.1 FM. There will also be a live web broadcast on BTN.com. The link for the video stream is video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana and Northern Illinois are meeting for the first time since the 1972-73 season when IU topped the Huskies in Bloomington, 48-16.
Saturday's game will be just the third meeting between the two programs, with the two previous meetings taking place in the first and second years of the Indiana women's basketball program.
In three home games this season, the Hoosiers have collected 8 or more steals in those three contests, including 10 or more twice with a season-high 15 vs. Toledo on Nov. 25.
Junior Jasmine McGhee was unstoppable at IUPUI on Dec. 11. McGhee finished with a career-high 27 points and 15 rebounds in the win over the Jaguars.
Danilsa "City" Andujar has had three career double-doubles, including two this season. Her last came at St. Bonaventure on Dec. 7 when the senior set career-highs with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hoosiers will travel to Cancun, Mexico to take on Pittsburgh and Colorado State on Dec. 20-21.
Career Record: 138-145 (10th year)
Indiana record: 84-82 (6th year)
Career Record: 313-199 (19th year)
Northern Illinois Record: 17-21 (2nd year)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT A GLANCE
Indiana will play three of the next five contests at home beginning with Northern Illinois out of the MAC on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The Huskies are led in scoring by Claire Jakubicek who pours in 10.8 points per game while shooting 56.7 percent from the field for the season so far. NIU is holding opponents to 59.9 points per contest and is outrebounding opposing teams by a +6.9 margin. Former Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett is at the helm of NIU program, she coached IU for five seasons (2000-2005).
CLUTCH FREE THROWS
Sasha Chaplin hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 28 seconds of the game to help IU earn the win at IUPUI on Dec. 11. Indiana trailed 62-61 when Chaplin went to the line with 28 seconds on the clock. She hit both free throws to give IU the lead, 63-62. IUPUI hit a layup after a timeout to regain the lead with 19 seconds to play. Chaplin then rebounded a missed free throw and was fouled on the putback with four seconds left. She stepped up and hit the first free throw to tie and nailed the second one for what would end up being the winning point for the Hoosiers, 65-64.
Indiana connected on 20-of-26 free throws (76.9 percent) in the win at IUPUI. The 20 makes are the most by the Hoosiers in a single game this season.
After shooting 57.1 percent or lower in the first four contests of the season from the free throw line as a team, Indiana has shot 70 percent or better in four of the last five games and 72.2 percent or better in the last three contests. Aulani Sinclair is the team leader in that category hitting on 86.1 percent of her free throws, followed by Chaplin's 85.0 percent.
THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
Through nine games this season, the Hoosiers have had 10 double-double performances with at least one IU player accomplishing the feat in every contest. That total eclipses IU's 2010-11 double-double total of six for the entire season. Jasmine McGhee was the latest Hoosiers to achieve the feat with her 27 points and 15 rebounds at IUPUI. Georgie Jones leads the team with three double-doubles on the year, Danilsa Andujar, Sasha Chaplin and McGhee each have had two while Quaneisha McCurty has had one on the season.
REBOUNDING IS KEY
In each of Indiana's wins this season, the Hoosiers have outrebounded their opponent. Indiana is 3-1 in games in which it wins the battle of the boards. In the win at IUPUI on Dec. 11, IU topped the Jaguars in rebounding, 43-41. Indiana also won the rebounding war in wins vs. Murray State Nov. 14 and at Belmont on Nov. 18. IU also topped Central Arkansas in the season opener in total caroms, 40-31.
MCGHEE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME
There was no stopping Jasmine McGhee at IUPUI on Dec. 11. The junior guard tallied career-highs with 27 points and 15 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. McGhee shot 9-of-15 from the field and was 8-of-11 from the free throw line in 39 minutes of play. Her 27 points are the most by any Hoosier in a single game this season.
McGhee was named the WBCA Junior College Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, and she has transitioned nicely to the Division I level. McGhee is currently tied with Aulani Sinclair as the team's leading scorer averaging 12.8 points per game. She is also bringing down 5.4 rebounds per contest, which leads all IU guards. She has now scored in double-fitures in four games this season.
Junior Aulani Sinclair has been a leader on the court for the Hoosiers in IU's nine games this season. The team captain has scored nine or more points in eight games this season and has scored in double-figures in six contests on the year. Her year has been highlighted by two games in which she scored a career-high 23 points. The first of those games came vs. Toledo on Nov. 25 when she shot 8-of-10 from the field overall, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Her other 23-point performance came on Dec. 4 against Oklahoma State, when she hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. She has hit five or more 3-point field goals in a single game three times in her career.
The Eminence, Ind., native is leads the team in scoring with 12.8 points per contest, along with classmate Jasmine McGhee. Sinclair is shooting a team-best 41.0 percent from long distance and has hit on 16 3-pointers for the season. She also shooting 86.1 percent from the free throw line, which ranks her 61st among all NCAA Div. I players.
SHE BUILT THIS `CITY'
Danilsa "City" Andujar has been stepping up as of late as a senior leader in the floor. In her last three games, Andujar is averaging 9.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She is shooting 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the field and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the charity stripe in those three contests.
Andujar had a career game at St. Bonaventure on Dec. 7 accomplishing her second-consecutive double-double and the third of her career, setting career-highs with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Andujar shot 5-of-7 from the field and added two assists. In IU's game vs. Oklahoma State in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4, Andujar tallied 11 points with 11 rebounds. It was nearly a year to the date since she achieved her first career double-double against No. 19 Nebraska on Dec. 5, 2010 when she had 10 points and 12 boards.
YES SHE CAN-DYCE
Candyce Ussery continues to get more playing time with her effort on the floor. Against IUPUI on Dec. 11, the freshman point guard had a career-high eight rebounds in the game and added four points, two steals and two assists. On Dec. 7 at St. Bonaventure, Ussery had a career-high five steals in the effort and also scored six points with three steals and a block. The freshman has played 23 or more minutes in each of the last three games and has averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest in that span.
LOOK OUT FOR THE STEALERS
In five of Indiana's last seven games, the Hoosiers have had collected 10 or more steals. IU is averaging 10.6 steals per game is forcing 18.1 turnovers during that span. On the season, the Hoosiers collect 9.7 steals per contest while forcing 17.3 opponent mistakes each game. Andrea Newbauer paces the team with 17 steals on the year as Sasha Chaplin, Alisha Goodwin, Georgie Jones and Candyce Ussery each have 13 steals so far this season.