Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Arrive in Cancun for Caribbean Classic

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Candyce Ussery.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Candyce Ussery.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 19, 2011

    INDIANA (3-7) vs. PITTSBURGH (5-5)/COLORADO STATE (3-7)
     Date Dec. 20-21, 2011
     Time 1 p.m. ET (each day)
     Location Cancun, Mexico (Moon Palace Resort)
     Radio WHCC 105.1 FM
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
     Game Notes Indiana Notes | Pittsburgh Notes
     Twitter @IndianaWBB | @rmsheets

    THE COACHES
    The Hoosiers will compete in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 20-21 as part of the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace Resort. Indiana (3-7) will battle BIG EAST opponent Pittsburgh (5-5) on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and then take on Colorado State (3-7) on Wednesday, Dec. 21, both games begin at 1 p.m. ET. Big Ten foe Michigan State will also be competing in the classic. It will be the first trip outside of the United States for IU since the 2009-10 season when the Hoosiers played in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. Both games can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    • The Hoosiers are playing games on foreign land for the second time in three seasons and the third time in the last five years. Indiana played in the Junkanoo Jam in November of 2009 in the Bahamas, and in November 2007, IU played in the U.S. Virgin Island Paradise Jam in St. Thomas.
    • Indiana won its last contest played outside of the United States, topping Charlotte in the Junkanoo Jam, 72-61, on Nov. 27, 2009.
    Danilsa Andujar, Sasha Chaplin and Aulani Sinclair are the only three Hoosiers who have played regular season games overseas in an IU uniform. These three upperclassmen participated in the Junkanoo Jam.
    • Danilsa "City" Andujar achieved her third double-double of the season vs. Northern Illinois on Dec. 17. The senior scored 10 points and brought down a career-high tying 13 rebounds in the game.
    Jasmine McGhee tallied a game-high 20 points on Dec. 17 against Northern Illinois and added seven rebounds. She has scored 20 or more points in each of the last two games.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana
    Felisha Legette-Jack
    Career Record: 138-146 (10th year)
    Indiana record: 84-83 (6th year)

    Pittsburgh
    Agnus Berenato
    Career Record: 432-375 (28th year)
    Pittsburgh Record: 149-111 (9th year)

    Colorado State
    Kristen Holt
    Career Record: 51-77 (5th year)
    Colorado St. Record: 40-59 (4th year)

    PITTSBURGH AT A GLANCE
    Hailing from the BIG EAST, Pittsburgh comes into Tuesday's game owning a 5-5 record so far on the year. The Panthers won at home in their last contest over Valporaiso, 65-56. Pitt is very balanced on offense as Brianna Kiesel leads the team with 12.7 points per contest, and is also the team leader in assists with 33 on the year. Marquel Davis chips in 11.3 points per game, coming off the bench in four of her nine appearances this year. Abby Dowd will supply the outside threat for the Panthers as she paces her teammates in 3-point field goals made (18).

    COLORADO STATE AT A GLANCE
    The Colorado State Rams come into the Caribbean Classic with a 3-7 record on the young season and is looking for their first win away from home. CSU is riding a two-game winning streak with triumphs over North Dakota and Maryville at home. Kim Mestdagh will look to light it up from deep as she leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game and also paces the Rams with 25 3-point field goals on the year while shooting 34.2 percent. Sam Margin is the other Colorado State player averaging double-figure points with 14.7 per game while grabbing 5.9 boards each contest. CSU is shooting 42.5 percent as a team from the field this season.

    DOUBLE-DOUBLES ARE PLENTIFUL
    Through Indiana's 10 games this season, the Hoosiers have had 11 double-double performances, with at least one IU player accomplishing the feat in every contest. That total so far this season nearly doubles last year's total double-double output of six for the entire 2010-11 season. Danilsa Andujar achieved the feat last, scoring 10 points and tying a career high with 13 rebounds vs. Northern Illinois on Dec. 17. It was Andujar's thrid double-double in her last four games. She is tied with Georgie Jones for the team lead with three so far this season. Jasmine McGhee and Sasha Chaplin have two double-doubles this season as Quaneisha McCurty has had one this year.

    MCGHEE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME
    Jasmine McGhee has been IU's go to player in the last two games. In the Hoosiers' last contest vs. Northern Illinois, the junior led all scorers with 20 points while shooting 8-of-19 from the field. She also brought down seven rebounds in the effort. At IUPUI on Dec. 11, McGhee tallied career-highs with 27 points and 15 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. In that contest, 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 after leading Vincennes University to a 28-4 record. She has transitioned nicely to the Division I level. McGhee is currently leading the team in scoring averaging 13.5 points per contest. She is also bringing down 5.6 rebounds per game, which leads all IU guards. She has now scored in double-fitures in five games this season.

    SUPER SINCLAIR
    Junior captain Aulani Sinclair is having a solid campaign in 2011-12. Sinclair is second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game and paces the team in 3-point and free throw shooting. From beyond the arc, Sinclair is shooting 41.9 percent (18-of-43) on the year and is hitting 86.1 percent (31-of-36) of her free throw attempts. She has scored in double-figures seven times this year, all of which have occurred over IU's last eight games.

    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.

    SHE BUILT THIS `CITY'
    Danilsa "City" Andujar has stepped up her game since the Hoosiers lost senior captain Georgie Jones for the season due to an injury at Virginia. In the four games since then, Andujar has accomplished three double-doubles and is averaging 9.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the field in those four contests.

    In her last game, the senior scored 10 points and brought down a career-high tying 13 rebounds vs. Northern Illinois while shooting 4-of-7 from the field and adding two blocks and a steal. At St. Bonaventure on Dec. 7, Andujar scored a career-best 12 points, while initially setting her career-high with 13 boards. Against the Bonnies, she shot 5-of-7 for the game. Her other double-double game came vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 4, where she tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting with a block and a steal.

    YES SHE CAN-DYCE
    Candyce Ussery has earned her way into the starting lineup in each of the last two games for the Hoosiers and has played 23 minutes or more in each of the last four contests. In IU's game vs. Northern Illinois on Dec. 17, Ussery had a team-high three assists without a turnover. 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 set a career mark with six assists vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 4, and did so without a single turnover in that contest.

    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 six games and 72.2 percent or better in the last three of four contests. Sasha Chaplin leads the team in free throw percentage, hitting on 86.4 percent of her attempts as Aulani Sinclair makes 86.1 of her free throws.

     

     

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