Dec. 16, 2010
THE OPENING TIP
|Indiana (5-5) at FIU (5-5)
||Dec. 18, 2010
||4:30 p.m. ET
||Miami, Fla. (U.S. Century Bank Arena)
||WHCC 105.1 FM
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
||Indiana | FIU
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Indiana will escape winter for a few days to battle FIU in Miami, Fla. on Dec. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET and can be heard locally on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis now sits 15th on the Indiana all-time career scoring list. Davis has now totaled 1,202 points in her career. She is 38 points shy of Whitney Thomas' (2005-09) mark of 1,240 for 14th place.
IU continues to get it done defensively leading the Big Ten by forcing 22.4 opponent turnovers per game. The Hoosiers also lead the conference in steals at 11.4 per contest.
The last time IU played a game in Florida the Hoosiers defeated the Miami Hurricanes, 69-54, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 5, 2008.
The Hoosiers are currently in a three-game road swing, and this will be the second game in a stretch of five of six games that are away from Bloomington. After two stops in the Sunshine State against FIU on Dec. 18 and Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 21, IU will open at home in Big Ten play against Northwestern on Dec. 30 before heading to Minnesota and Ohio State to start 2011.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 131-124 and is 77-61 at the Hoosier helm. FIU's Cindy Russo is in her 32nd season guiding the Panthers and it is her 34th year of being a head coach overall. Russo has copiled a 636-329 record in her career and is 596-307 while leading FIU.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will travel to Fort Meyers, Fla. for a matchup with Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 21. From there, Indiana won't play again until Dec. 30 at home in its Big Ten opener against Northwestern.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
FIU will welcome Indiana to U.S. Century Bank Arena on Saturday coming off a 86-71 loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night. Despite the loss, the Panthers had four players in double-figures led by freshman Jerica Coley's 21 points and 11 rebounds. As team, FIU shot over 48 percent for the game, including shooting 62.1 percent (18-for-29) in the second half.
Coley leads the team in the scoring on the season pouring in 14.2 points per game while coming off the bench in eight games this year. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native also brings down 5.7 boards per game while shooting over 43 percent from the field. Rakia Rogers will also be an offensive threat netting 13.8 points per contest. Rodgers leads the Panthers in 3-point makes (17) and connects on over 78 percent of her free trhows. Other players to lookout for will be Michelle Gonzalez and Finda Mansare, who score 10.7 and 9.6 points per game, respectively. Mansare, standing at 6-1, could be a force underneath as she connects on 51.2 percent of her field goal attempts while Gonzalez will look for her teammates as she leads the team in assists at 4.2 per game.
The Panthers are shooting 40.9 percent as a team, but tend to struggle from long range only hitting on 25.1 percent of their 3-point attempts.
Saturday will be the first meeting between Indiana and FIU. The Panthers are part of the Sun Belt Conference and tied for fourth in the East division of the league last season.
LAST TIME IN FLORIDA
Indiana returns for a game in the state of Florida for the first time since Dec. 5, 2008. In that matchup the Hoosiers defeated the Miami Hurricanes, 69-54, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In that game former Hoosiers Amber Jackson led IU with 17 points and 12 rebounds, Kim Roberson had 15 points and Jamie Braun finished with 10. Current Indiana players that saw action that day were Jori Davis, Andrea McGuirt, Whitney Lindsay, Danilsa Andujar and Sasha Chaplin.
Indiana continues to get it done defensively leading the Big Ten with forcing 22.4 opponent turnovers per game. The Hoosiers also lead the conference in steals at 11.4 per contest. IU has forced 20 or more turnovers in eight of ten games this season including a trio of games where they forced 25 or more turnovers (25 vs. St. Bonaventure, 31 vs. Saint Louis, 26 vs. Miami). Indiana has also taken the ball 10 or more times in all but one game this season.
DAVIS PUTTING UP ALL-AMERICA NUMBERS
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis netted a season-best 31 points against Miami on Dec. 9, the second-highest single-game point total of her career. She scored 25 of that total in the second half. Davis has now scored in double-figures in nine of 10 games this season. The Rochester, N.Y., native is averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. She has also passed for 3.4 assists and grabbed 2.5 steals per contest.
Davis has tallied two double-doubles this season with 19 points and 15 rebounds at Ball State on Nov. 12, and again on Nov. 28 against Cleveland State with 24 points and 11 boards. She just missed a double-double opportunity in IU's last two games, first against Miami when she grabbed nine rebounds to go along with her 31 points. In the Toledo matchup she finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
JORI JUMPING TO 15TH ON ALL-TIME LIST
Davis now sits 15th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list. Davis has now totaled 1,202 point in her careerl. She is 38 points shy of Whitney Thomas' (2005-09) mark of 1,240 for 14th place and is 63 points away from Sue Hodges' (1978-81) total of 1,265 points.
SINCLAIR STEPPING UP
Sophomore Aulani Sinclair is stepping up her game this season. Against Toledo, Sinclair returned to the starting lineup and netted 17 points in the effort to tie a career-high she set earlier in the season. The Eminence, Ind., native also set career-bests by connecting on five 3-point field goals and grabbing six rebounds. Sinclair has made 15 3-pointers on the season, which is just six shy of her entire total of 21 for 2009-10. She has netted 10 or more points on four different occassions this season and is fourth on the team in scoring.
GEORGIE COULD MAKE DEBUT
Junior Georgie Jones is eligible to play as the fall semester ends this week. Jones was sitting out a year in residence as a transfer requirement since coming to Indiana last season after her fall semester at Marquette. In her freshman campaign in 2008-09, Jones played in 31 games, starting 16 and averaged 3.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The 6-2 forward played in six games last season before transferring to Bloomington.
LINDSAY LIVIN' IT UP
Senior Whitney Lindsay is currently on pace to set career-bests in a number of categories during her senior campaign. The Mansfield, Ohio, native is averaging 9.1 points, 4.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Each of those marks easily ecplise career-high averages from her first three years at IU. Coming into this season, Lindsay's career-highs were 7.4 points, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per contest which she achieved last season.
STAUER SIZZLED AGAINST TOLEDO
The freshman from Riga, Latvia, Kristiana Stauere, set a few new career marks against Toledo on Dec. 18. Stauere scored her first career points as a Hoosier tallying six, all in the first half. She also set a career mark logging 23 minutes in the effort. Stauere was 2-for-3 from the 3-point range while grabbing two steals and a rebound.