Dec. 16, 2009
Game 11: Indiana Hoosiers (7-3) at Cleveland State Vikings (3-5) Notes
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 4:30 p.m. ET
Goodman Arena (8,500) Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington Internet Streaming: horizonleaguenetwork.tv
All-Time Series: IU leads, 2-0
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers visit Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 19 to take on Cleveland State at 4:30 p.m. ET at Goodman Arena. Saturday's game can be heard live locally on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the action. The contest will also be streamed live on horizonleaguenetwork.tv.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Jamie Braun led all players with 23 points as the Indiana women's basketball team picked up a 74-61 win at Saint Louis on Sunday, Dec. 13. Braun also registered five steals, four assists and three rebounds in the win. Sophomore Ashlee Mells scored a career-high 14 points off the bench and junior Jori Davis netted 12 points and added a team-high nine rebounds.
Braun sank 8-of-13 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and netted 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Mells made 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. Davis shot 4-of-14 from the field, but sank 4-of-6 from the free throw line, and seven of her nine rebounds came on the defensive end. The Hoosiers shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the field and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the 3-point line. Saint Louis shot 33.3 percent (20-of-60) from the field and made 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. The Billikens outrebounded the Hoosiers, 49-32, but IU's bench outscored SLU, 30-17 and the Hoosiers tallied 26 points off of 25 Saint Louis turnovers.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 65-43 and a career mark of 119-106. In three season, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.
Kate Peterson Abiad is in her seventh season as the head coach at Cleveland State with an overall record of 69-119 after leading the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last two seasons.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will wrap up the non-conference slate with Toledo on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Noon ET, and continue the Big Ten slate on Thursday, Dec. 31 at Purdue at Noon on the Big Ten Network. On Sunday, Jan. 3, IU will open the New Year with Michigan State in Assembly Hall with another Noon tip-off on the Big Ten Network.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Saturday's meeting marks the third all-time between Indiana and Cleveland State, with the Hoosiers leading, 2-0.
The Hoosiers are currently on a three-game win streak with victories at Michigan State (Dec. 6, 68-63), against UT Martin (Dec. 9, 80-46) and at Saint Louis (Dec. 13, 74-61).
IU has one more non-conference games after Saturday before returning to Big Ten action on Dec. 31 at Purdue.
Among Big Ten leaders, the Hoosiers are ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.3) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.2), and fourth in scoring offense (73.5), steals (9.40) and 3-point field goals made (6.20).
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Cleveland State enters Saturday's game with a 3-5 overall record with wins over Ohio (Nov. 13, 56-34), Iona (Nov. 27, 64-58) and Niagra (12/13, 70-59). The Vikings are led by Kailey Klein with 12.8 points per game, while Shawnita Garland is registering 10.1 points per contest. Shalonda Winton leads CSU on the boards with 6.4 per game.
In ten games, the Hoosiers' bench is averaging 24.5 points per game. Last season, IU's bench averaged 7.9 points per game over 32 games. Indiana's bench as scored 30-plus points four times this season, most recently against Saint Louis. Sophomore Ashlee Mells led the Hoosiers bench with 14 points, sinking four 3-pointers in 15 minutes. Every Hoosier has made significant contributions in several categories this season with nine of 10 averaging double-digit minutes.
Under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, the Hoosiers are 32-12 against non-conference opponents. IU's best start under Coach Jack was it's 11-2 opening to her inaugural season with the Hoosiers.
MELLS ON A MISSION
Sophomore Ashlee Mells was on a mission in Indiana's game at Saint Louis on Sunday, Dec. 13, as she her first three straight 3-pointers before ending the game shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc on her way to a career-high 14 points. Mells is averaging 5.2 points off the bench and averaging 12.3 minutes per game.
BRAUN SINKS BILLIKENS
Senior Jamie Braun took lead the Hoosiers in their game at Saint Louis and dropped in 23 points, sinking 8-of-13 from the field, 2-of-5 from the 3-point line and 5-of-6 from charity stripe. With just five points in the first half, Braun helped give IU a boost in the second stanza, netting 18 points after a Billiken surge in the half. Braun also tallied five steals, four assists and three rebounds in the win.
BRAUN IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Career Points: 1,342 - 11th
Career Assists: 315 - 9th
Career Steals: 188 - 6th
ROOKIE MAKING NOISE
Freshman Sasha Bernard's seven assists against UT Martin on Dec. 9 ranks second all-time in the IU freshman single-game record book, tying her with Heather Cassady (vs. Michigan, 2/21/99) and Kristi Green (vs. Northwestern, 1/26/96; vs. Minnesota, 1/21/96). Bernard is averaging 2.5 assists per game.
BAND OF THIEVES
Indiana has came away with double-digit steals in five of its 10 games this season, with a high of 14 against UT Martin on Dec. 9. The Hoosiers currently rank fourth among Big Ten leaders with 9.40 steals per contest.
Jori Davis has scored double-digit points in her last seven games, with a high of 33 against Virginia on Nov. 26. She leads the Hoosiers on the season with 17.5 points per game and ranks fourth among the Big Ten.
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.