Indiana returns home to Assembly Hall to host Arkansas at 7 p.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall.
Saturday's game will be "Take a Kid to the Game" day, with children age 18 and under admitted free with purchase of an adult ticket. IU students are admitted free of charge.
ON THE AIR The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. As is the case for the remainder of the season, the game can also be heard on the internet at www.iuhoosiers.com.
INJURY UPDATE Senior captain Jamie Gathing will not play, as she is out for the year after sustaining a knee injury during individual workouts.
Kali Kullberg's status is questionable for Saturday's game after sustaining a knee injury not believed to be serious. The injury kept her out of each of the last two contests.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 55-43 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 279-146 career mark in her 16 seasons as a head coach. Bennett is coming off a summer in which she served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Pan American Games, helping the team to a silver medal.
Susie Gardner is in her first year as Arkansas' head coach. Gardner came to Fayetteville after a six-year tenure at Austin Peay in which she guided the team to three straight Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament berths. She earned OVC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lady Govs to 27-4 record, and a 16-0 mark in conference play. Prior to her stay at Austin Peay, Gardner coached alongside former Ohio State head coach Beth Burns at San Diego State from 1992-95.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would:
* Give Kathi Bennett her 280th career victory.
* Keep the Hoosiers' record perfect at home, improving IU to 4-0 in games played at Assembly Hall this year.
* Extend Indiana's home winning streak to five games, dating back to last year.
* Improve the Hoosiers' record to 2-1 all-time against Arkansas. The two teams met on neutral courts on two occasions in 1982. Indiana claimed a 63-60 win over the Razorbacks at the Northern Lights Invitational played in Anchorage, Alaska at the end of the 1981-82 season, with Arkansas returning the favor by handing IU a 62-61 setback at the Converse Classic played in Manhattan, Kan., in the first week of the 1982-83 season.
* Improve the Hoosiers' record to 6-3 on the year, a mark that would be identical to its nine-game record in each of the last two seasons.
* Be the first win for Indiana against a team from the SEC since the Hoosiers knocked off South Carolina in 2000. The only other SEC teams Indiana has faced since that contest are Mississippi, who claimed a narrow 69-67 win over IU in 2000 and Mississippi State, who edged the Hoosiers by a 70-67 margin earlier this year.
An Indiana loss would:
* Be the third straight defeat for the Hoosiers at the hands of an SEC opponent (Mississippi defeated IU, 69-67 in 2000, with Mississippi State claiming a 70-67 win over the Hoosiers earlier this year.)
* Snap a four-game home winning streak that dates back to last year.
* Improve the Lady Razorbacks to 10-4 all-time against teams from the Big Ten. The only Big Ten teams to defeat Arkansas are Indiana (1982), Purdue (1989) and Illinois (1996 and 1997.) Since the most recent loss to the Illini, the Razorbacks have reeled off five consecutive wins over Big Ten opponents.
LAST TIME OUT Raleigh, N.C. -- The Indiana women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to North Carolina State, 93-91 Sunday afternoon. In a game featuring 10 ties and 10 lead changes, the Hoosiers three-game winning streak and four-game non-conference road-winning streak were snapped by the Wolfpack. IU is now 5-3 on the season, while N.C. State moves to 4-3.
"We played really well," said Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett. "I was a little disappointed with how we played the first five minutes in the second half. We could have been better defensively, but we played very well offensively."
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was Jenny DeMuth. The junior poured in 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Cyndi Valentin connected on a career-high four three-point shots en route to scoring 20 points, while Leah Enterline set an IU freshman record with eight assists in addition to her 13 points.
Despite all the offense, the Hoosiers could not handle N.C. State post players Keisha Brown, Marquetta Dickens and Kaayla Chones. Chones posted 21 points with Dickens and Brown adding 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The Wolfpack took the lead when Kendra Bell slashed to the rim for a lay-up with 20 seconds left. DeMuth had a chance to tie the game on the final possession, but her shot with three seconds left was blocked by Dickens to seal the NC State win.
Trailing by as many as 11 in the second half, IU stormed back. Freshman Annika Boyd drilled the second of her career-high three three-pointers to cut the deficit to single-figures.
N.C. State maintained a five-point advantage at 70-65 when Indiana used a 7-0 run to take its first lead since 22-21. Boyd gave the Hoosiers a 72-70 lead with her final three-pointer of the game.
IU extended its lead to 81-76 and held on to an three-point margin at 87-84 before North Carolina State scored nine of the game's final 13 points.
N.C. State led 44-39 at the half after the two teams played the first 11 minutes to a 22-22 tie.
Boyd finished the game with 13 points and sophomore Angie Hawkins finished with nine points and five rebounds.
NOTING THE LAST GAME Sunday's effort marked the first time Indiana scored more than 90 points on the road against a team from one of the six power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10, SEC) since February 16, 1997 against Minnesota.
A total of 55 road games against power conference teams have been played since then.
DEMUTH IS ON FIRE! Jenny DeMuth's production and leadership in the first seven games have been exceptional. DeMuth averages 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this year and has already established new career highs in points (30 vs. North Texas), rebounds (14 vs. Maine), steals (six vs. Cornell), three-point field goals made (four vs. VCU), free-throws attempted (15 vs. North Texas) and minutes played (39 vs. Maine).
She was the Big Ten Player of the Week after earning all-tournament and tournament MVP honors at the Indiana Classic in addition to being an all-tournament team selection at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
DeMuth is on pace to score 556 points this year, which would be the fifth-highest total in school history and the highest single-season point total for a Hoosier since Quacy Barnes scored 583 points in 1998.
Karna Abram is the only Hoosier to average 20 points or more for an entire season. She accomplished the feat in both 1985 and 1987.
VALENTIN QUIETLY PRODUCING With Jenny DeMuth establishing herself as one of the top players in the Big Ten during the early part of the season, Cyndi Valentin has gone largely unnoticed.
The Bloomington native is averaging 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Valentin has drained 14 of her 33 attempts from three-point range (.424 pct) and is an 86 percent free-throw shooter.
She scored 20 points at NC State last week, just one game after putting 19 on the board against Maine. In the two games combined, Valentin drained six of eight three-point attempts.
A WHOLE NEW TEAM This year's young Indiana squad is far more proficient than last year's senior-laden group when it comes to putting the ball in the basket.
Following is a comparison of this year's team to last year's team in various offensive categories:
Points Per Game
2003-04 --- 72.2
2002-03 --- 62.0
2003-04 --- .426
2002-03 --- .374
2003-04 --- .371
2002-03 --- .306
2003-04 --- .753
2002-03 --- .666
FOLLOWING THE FRESHMEN Indiana's 12-player active roster is dotted by five freshmen. Following is a look at what the freshmen are contributing on the stat sheet.
Team Total 578
Freshman Total 170
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 29.4
Team Total 309
Freshman Total 79
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 25.6
Team Total 83
Freshman Total 30
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 36.1
Team Total 54
Freshman Total 9
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 16.7
Team Total 32
Freshman Total 12
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 37.5
IU RECORD WHEN THE FRESHMEN... Score 20 points or more 3-1
Score less than 20 points 2-2
Grab 10 rebounds or more 3-1
Grab less than 10 rebounds 2-2
Shoot 40 percent or better from the field 1-2
Shoot less than 40 percent from the field 4-1
IU AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST Indiana is the fourth-youngest team in the nation in terms of average age of players and the youngest team in the nation among the BCS conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC)
Team Avg. Age
1. Wofford 18.77
2. Loyola (Md.) 18.8
3. Utah State 18.9
4. Indiana 19.0
4. Hawaii 19.0
6. Texas Tech 19.08
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. Central Florida 19.2
9. Northern Arizona 19.3
9. New Hampshire 19.3
ENTERLINE STARTING True freshman Leah Enterline has earned a spot in the starting lineup with her remarkable play. Averaging 6.9 points and dishing out a team-best 26 assists, Enterline also leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4.)
The Monroeville, Ind., native (Heritage HS) cracked into the starting lineup for the first time against Maine, scoring 13 points and dishing out three assists.
Although she did not start in any of Indiana's first six games, Enterline logged 20.5 minutes per game, including the bulk of the minutes at key stretches of games.
ENTERLINE SETS RECORD When Leah Enterline dished out eight assists at NC State on December 14, she established a new Indiana freshman record, surpassing the mark of seven assists, accomplished by Heather Cassady in 1999 and Kristi Green twice in 1996.
BOYD EXPLOSIVE Freshman guard Annika Boyd has been one of the most productive Hoosiers in terms of points per minutes played.
The Minneapolis native ranks fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 6.9 points per game in only 11.0 minutes per contest.
Extended over a 40 minute period, Boyd would average 25.1 points per game.
Boyd had her best day to date against North Carolina State, scoring 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range in only 11 minutes of action.
DOUBLE-FIGURE FRESHMEN Indiana has already seen a freshman reach double figures on seven different occasions this year. Leah Enterline and Annika Boyd have three double-figure scoring efforts apiece, while Jamey Chapman has one.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. Both players have reached double figures in all of Indiana's games this year.
THIRD SCORER WANTED DeMuth and Valentin are scoring points this year, but for Indiana to be at its best, it needs production to come from a third source
In all five of the Hoosiers' wins, there has been a third double-figure scorer.
DEMUTH HONORED BY BIG TEN Indiana junior Jenny DeMuth earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performance at the Indiana Classic in the season's opening week.
DeMuth earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game against Cornell and North Texas in leading the Hoosiers to the tournament title.
Against North Texas in the championship game, DeMuth had a day to remember, scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds (both career-highs) to lead the way for Indiana. DeMuth also shined on the defensive end, adding five steals.
MARK THE DATE NOW January 25, 2004 will be a big day for Hoosier women's basketball. Indiana hosts Purdue at 2 p.m., but the rivalry is hardly the story. When the Hoosiers and Boilermakers tangle, fans will have an opportunity to help fight cancer simply by showing up.
In honor of IU Women's Basketball fans, Vera Bradley Designs will donate $10,000 for breast cancer research if the Hoosiers 'Pack the Hall' with 10,000 people.
ATTENDANCE JUMPS Indiana shattered both its single-game and single-season attendance records last year.
The Hoosiers drew 7,986 fans for their game against Wisconsin on January 24, leading Kathi Bennett to donate $5,000 of her own money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in commemoration of IU establishing a new single-game attendance record.
Average attendance for Indiana home games saw an 84.6 percent increase from the 2001-02 season to the 2002-03 season.
In fact, the Hoosiers established three of the top eight single-game attendance marks in school history during the 2002-03 campaign.
BRUTAL SCHEDULE A whopping 15 different teams that saw action in post-season play last year headline Indiana's 2003-04 schedule.
NEXT GAME The Hoosiers are back in action Monday at Assembly Hall to battle Western Illinois at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can also be accessed worldwide on the internet at the official site of Indiana Athletics, www.iuhoosiers.com.
Click on the broadcasts link, then follow the prompts to the women's basketball broadcasts and the Western Illinois game.