IU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM TO HOST HAMPTON INN AND FAZOLI'S
IU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM TO HOST HAMPTON INN AND FAZOLI'S CLASSIC
INDIANA GAMEDAY - The Hoosiers (4-5) close out the nonconference portion of their season this weekend, hosting the seventh-annual Hampton Inn and Fazoli's Classic. Indiana will face St. Bonaventure, Saturday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., before returning to the hardwood Monday, Dec. 20, to play either Evansville or New Mexico State. The tournament consolation game will be played at 2 p.m., while tipoff for the championship game is set for 4 p.m.
HAMPTON INN/FAZOLI'S CLASSIC
Saturday, Dec. 18
Indiana vs. St. Bonaventure 6 p.m.
Evansville vs. New Mexico St. 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 20
Consolation Game 2 p.m.
Championship Game 4 p.m.
RADIO - All of Indiana's games can be heard live via radio broadcast on WGCT-FM (105.1). The live broadcast will be handled by play-by-play announcer Mike Scott. The broadcast will feature scouting reports by coach Jim Izard, player interviews, a half-time show and a postgame wrap-up with assistant coaches Keila Whittington and Jennifer Jacoby.
OUT WEST - Indiana split play at the Insight.com Bowl Basketball Classic last week in Tucson, Ariz., defeating Middle Tennessee State 81-68 in the first game of the tournament before falling to No. 19 Arizona 87-70 in the championship game. Point guard Heather Cassady paced the Hoosiers against MTS with 21 points, a career-high seven rebounds and five assists. Jill Chapman and Rainey Alting added 19 and 17 points apiece, respectively. Against the Wildcats, it was Alting who led IU's offense with a career-high 23 points. Chapman and Cassady were also double-figure scorers with 17 and 10 points apiece, respectively. For their weekend performances, Alting and Chapman were named to the all-tournament team.
THE LEADERBOARD - The Hoosiers are currently averaging 74.4 points and 41.6 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from the field. Individually, four players are averaging double figure scoring totals and are led by Jill Chapman's 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore Heather Cassady follows with 15.1 points per game while newcomers Rainey Alting and Jill Hartman average 11.8 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. Alting lead the squad in assists, averaging 4.3 per game.
ON ST. BONAVENTURE - After starting the season with four-straight losses, the Bonnies have rebounded with three-straight wins, including a 62-51 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Fordham. Junior forward Melissa Fazio leads St. Bonaventure, averaging 16.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She is followed in scoring by freshman guard Trish Raniewicz who averages 10.7 points per game. Fazio and Raniewicz stand tough at the free throw line, having shot a combined 29-32 from the charity stripe this season. As a team, the Bonnies are averaging 64.1 points and 33.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and an impressive 78 percent from the free throw line. Head Coach Marti Whitmore is in her seventh season with the program and carries a 78-95 school and career record. The Series: This will be the first meeting for the two schools.
ABOUT EVANSVILLE - The Aces are off to a 5-1 start with their only loss being a 49-46 loss to Western Kentucky. Evansville returns all five starters for the season, including 6-1 junior Shyla McKibbon who's 16.2 scoring average leads the team. The forward also averages 9.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 54 percent from the field. Teammate Shinko Ono is also a double-figure scorer for the Aces, averaging 12.8 points per game. As a team, Evansville has been impressive offensively, averaging 77.2 points per game while holding its opponents to a 52.2 scoring average. The squad has been strong on the boards also, averaging 42.5 rebounds per game. Head Coach Kathi Bennett is in her fourth season with the Aces and holds a 33-55 record with the program. The Series: Indiana leads the series 7-0.
NEW MEXICO STATE - The Roadrunners are off to a 4-3 start this season and have won their last two games. Four starters return for fourth year head coach John Sutherland this season, led by sophomore guard Melanie Maynes who averages 12.4 points per game. Sophomore Darci Arvizu averages 8.7 points per game. Currently, the Roadrunner's are averaging 60.3 points and 37.3 rebounds per game and are shooting 38 percent from the field. The Series: Indiana and New Mexico State have never met.
HEAD COACH JIM IZARD - Head Coach Jim Izard is in his 12th season at the helm of the Indiana program where he owns a 182-146 (.557) overall record and a 79-114 (.416) mark in the Big Ten Conference. As Indiana's all-time winningest coach, Izard has guided his teams to nine winning seasons, two NCAA post-season tournament appearances, a runner-up finish in the WNIT post-season tournament and a trip to the Final Four of both the pre- and post-1998 WNIT tournaments. His 18-year career record stands at 345-195 (.641).
SIDELINED - Freshman Jamie Gathing has been sidelined since Nov. 28 with a stress fracture in her left foot. Prior to her injury, the 6-0 forward had played in the first three IU games and started in one. She was averaging 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Hoosiers hope to have the 6-0 forward back in time for the start of the Big Ten Conference season Dec. 30.
SKAPIN STEPS UP - Freshman Allison Skapin stepped up for the Hoosiers last week in Arizona, coming in off the bench to score 10 points and grab 11 rebounds in IU's two tournament games. Against No. 19 Arizona, the 6-0 forward scored a career-high eight points and hauled down a team-high eight rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
PLAYING TIME - With just eight players available on the current roster, three Hoosiers are averaging 32-plus minutes of court action per game. Guards Heather Cassady and Rainey Alting average 35.4 and 34.3 minutes per game, respectively, while Jill Hartman is averaging 32.6 minutes per game.
STEADY AS SHE GOES - Since moving into the starting lineup, freshman Jill Hartman has become one of the most consistent forces on the team, averaging 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Hartman also leads the team from the free throw line with 85 percent shooting and is also most accurate from behind the arc, connecting on 40 percent of her shots beyond the 3-point line.
THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS - With only two returning players off of last year's squad, IU's five newcomers and two redshirt players have had to quickly step into the Hoosier system. Junior college transfer Rainey Alting is one such player who has adjusted, averaging 34.3 minutes, 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as IU's shooting guard. Freshman Erika Christenson, Jamie Gathing, Jill Hartman and Allison Skapin have all started at least one game in their young careers.
SHARP AT THE POINT - Point guard Heather Cassady has become one of IU's top offensive threats this season, averaging 15.1 points per game. Through nine games, Cassady has scored in double-digits in all but one game and has scored in the 20's three times.
AROUND THE BIG TEN - Jill Chapman currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (16.4 ppg), sixth in field goal percentage (.519) and is eighth in rebounding (7.2). Heather Cassady ranks 10th in scoring (15.1 ppg), fifth in 3-point shooting (2.0), seventh in 3-point percentage (.367) and ninth in assists (3.89 apg). Rainey Alting and Jill Hartman rank ninth respectively in free throw percentage (.771) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).
INDIANA NOTES - The Hoosiers are 3-1 at home this season and 1-4 on the road...IU is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponents and 0-5 when getting outrebounded...Indiana is shooting 42 percent from the field, 31 percent from the 3-point arc and 70 percent from the free throw line.
BALANCED ATTACK - Indiana's offensive output has been
a balanced one this season with different scoring leaders coming
in almost every game. Heather Cassady led IU with 25 points against
Western Kentucky and 21 against Middle Tennessee State, while
Jill Chapman netted 22 against South Carolina, 16 against Vanderbilt
and 35 against Ball State. It was Tara Jones off the bench who
chipped in 17 points in IU's win over Stetson and Jill Hartman
who led IU with 23 points against East Carolina and 15 against
Valparaiso. Rainey Alting led against No. 19 Arizona with a career-high
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