Dec. 19, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts the Xavier Musketeers on Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. The contest can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The game is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess. Friday's game is Business Person Luncheon Day with free admission with a men's ticket for that night's game, $2 admission when a business card is dropped off at the ticket window and $5 hot dog and drink concession special.
DID YOU KNOW?
With the win over SIU-Edwardsville, Indiana improved to 7-4 and eclipsed its win total from 2011-12.
Aulani Sinclair was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Nicole Bell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office on Dec. 17.
Sinclair scored a career-high 34 points against SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday, marking the first time a Hoosier player had scored 34 or more points since Jill Chapman scored 35 against Ball State on Dec. 4, 1999.
The 34 points tied Sinclair for the eighth-best point total for a single game in program history.
Nicole Bell scored 11 points in the win over SIUE, hitting three 3-point field goals for the third time this season. She also added a career-best five assists.
As a team, Indiana hit 10 3-point field goals vs. SIUE, marking the first time an IU team hit 10 or more 3-pointers in game since Indiana hit 11 at Minnesota on Jan. 2, 2011.
The Hoosiers shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc against SIUE and has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range in six games this season. IU is 5-1 in those contests.
Indiana dished for a season-best 18 assists vs. SIUE, accounting to 18 of the 26 made field goals IU made as a team.
Career Record: 265-96 (12th year)
Indiana record: 7-4 (1st year)
Career Record: 13-25 (2nd year)
Xavier Record: 13-25 (2nd year)
XAVIER AT A GLANCE
Xavier arrives in Bloomington after defeating UNC-Wilmington at home on Tuesday, 62-52. On the season, five Musketeer players score nearly nine points or more per game. Senior Amber Gray leads the team scoring 11.3 points per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field coming off the bench in most games so far. Junior guard Shatyra Hawkes scores 10.5 points per game and leads the team in assists. Ashley Wanninger is a threat from long distance as the junior leads the team in 3-point shooting. As a team, Xavier outrebounds opponents by a +4.2 margin. The Musketeers are 1-1 in road games so far this year.
SINCLAIR, BELL EARN BIG TEN PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Indiana senior Aulani Sinclair was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week and freshman Nicole Bell earned Freshman of the Week honors as announced by the conference on Dec. 17.
Sinclair poured in a career-high 34 points in IU's win over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday, Dec. 16. The Eminence, Ind., native shot 12-for-23 from the field and went 7-for-13 from beyond the arc in the game. She also added five rebounds, three blocks and two assists with her block total tying a career best.
Bell came off the bench against SIUE and poured in 11 points in the victory. Bell went 3-for-8 from beyond the arc and dished for a career-high five assists with just one turnover against the Cougars.
SEVENTH WIN SURPASSES 2011-12 AND GUARANTEES NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Indiana currently stands at 7-4 on the season and surpassed its win total from a year ago by Dec. 16 with a 72-56 victory over SIU-Edwardsville. The win also guaranteed the Hoosiers a winning record against non-conference foes for this season. The last time an IU team had a winning record against non-Big Ten teams came three years ago during the 2009-10 season when Indiana finished non-conference play at 7-5.
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead Indiana offensively as she has scored 16 or more points in nine games this season and has led the team in scoring in eight contests. The senior is currently leading the team and is fifth in the Big Ten in scoring averaging 18.5 points per game while bringing in 5.1 rebounds per contest. She has scored 20 or more points six times so far this year. From beyond the arc, Sinclair is shooting 44.3 percent (31-for-70) to pace the team.
In Indiana's win over SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 16, Sinclair poured in a career-high 34 points, shooting 12-for-23 from the field and 7-for-13 from beyond the arc. It marked the first time an IU player had eclipsed 34 points in a game since Dec. 4, 1999, when Jill Chapman scored 35 points against Ball State.
Sinclair's 12 made field goals sets a new career mark and her seven made 3-point field goals ties her career mark for a single game. The seven 3-pointers ties her for the third most 3-pointers made in a single game in program history. She also hit seven 3-pointers at FIU on Dec. 18, 2010. Her 34 points ties her for the eighth-best total in a single game in school history.
SINCLAIR SINKING 3's
Aulani Sinclair has connected on five or more 3-pointers in a game six times in her career, including two games this season. In 2012-13 alone, Sinclair has hit two or more 3-pointers in a game eight times, three or more five times and four or more four times. Through this point of her career, Sinclair is shooting 38.0 percent from 3-point range for her entire career, that mark would put her at the top of IU's all-time list for career 3-point shooting percentage.
HOOSIERS SET THE TONE AGAINST SIUE
Indiana came out with energy to start the game vs. SIUE on Dec. 16, using a 10-1 run in the game's first 2:17 to set the tone early. SIUE pulled within three points in the second half, 37-34. IU then used another 10-1 outburst over a 3:53 span to make it a 47-35 score in favor of the Hoosiers. Indiana would lead the rest of the way by double-digits.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot 10-for-24 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range against SIUE on Sunday. It marked the first time an IU team had hit 10 or more 3-pointers in a game since the Hoosiers hit 11 at Minnesota on Jan. 2, 2011. Indiana has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range six times this season and is 5-1 in those contests.
IU won the battle of the boards against SIUE on Sunday, 38-31. Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in six games this season and is 5-1 in those contests. The Hoosiers compiled a season-high 18 offensive rebounds in the game and outscored the Cougars in second chance points, 21-16.
DISHING THE ROCK
Indiana dished for a season-best 18 assists against SIUE on Sunday, accounting for 18 of the 26 field goals IU made as a team. The last time an IU team had 18 assists in a game was two seasons ago when the Hoosiers had 19 assists against Iowa on Feb. 27, 2011.
HOOSIERS CAUSING HAVOC
Against SIU-Edwardsville, IU forced the Cougars to commit 19 turnovers in the game. Indiana has forced four opponents into committing 19 or more miscues this season and are 3-1 in those contests. The Hoosiers forced 24 Valparaiso turnovers on Nov. 9, 19 Indiana State turnovers on Nov. 16 and 27 Texas A&M Corpus Christi turnovers on Nov. 19.
BELL RINGS AT THE POINT
Big Ten Freshman of the Week Nicole Bell was a spark once again off the bench for Indiana in the win over SIUE. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native scored 11 points, connecting on 3-of-8 3-point field goals to go along with a career-high five assists with just one turnover. Bell has scored in double-figures three times this year and twice in IU's last three games. She has connected on three or more 3-pointers in a game three times this season.
HOMESTAND AND BEYOND
The Dec. 16 game against SIUE began a three game home stand for Indiana and it ushers in a stretch of games where IU will play at home in five of six games and seven of nine contests. The Hoosiers will welcome Xavier on Friday, Dec. 21 for a 1 p.m. ET afternoon tilt before hosting UIC on Monday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. ET. Indiana will then begin Big Ten play at Michigan on Jan. 3 before hosting two conference foes in back-to-back games as Northwestern comes to town on Jan. 6, followed by Nebraska on Jan. 10.
MAJOR PLAY FROM MCGHEE
Senior Jasmine McGhee had a great all around game at Butler on Dec. 9, leading Indiana with 18 points while shooting 7-for-13 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc to go along with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The game marked the fifth time this season that McGhee had scored in double-figures.
McGhee currently leads the team in steals (1.5 spg) and is second on the team in scoring and rebounding as she averages 10.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game so far this season. She also is the team's top free throw shooter through the first 11 games, connecting on 78.8 percent of her attempts.
CONTINUING TO LINDA-HAND
Senior Linda Rubene had a stellar outing at Butler on Dec. 9, tying her career high with 13 points, shooting 6-for-11 from the field with six rebounds, a block and a steal. Rubene has scored her career mark of 13 points in two games this year and has tallied double-figure points in three games this season. Last time out against SIUE, Rubene finished with eight points, shooting 3-for-5 from the field with three rebounds.
Rubene has flourished under Curt Miller's direction this season as she is averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game after averaging 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game a year ago. She has started 10 games this year and is playing over 30 minutes per game.
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii native, continues to lead the team in rebounding and is ninth in the Big Ten by bringing in 7.2 rebounds per contest. Taufa has skied for eight or more rebounds in six games this season and has scored in double-figures twice this year. The junior is currently second on the team in field goal percentage as she has connected on 51.9 percent of her attempts.
Indiana currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring defense. IU is holding its opponents to 55.3 points per game. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points eight times and under 50 points on five occasions. IU is 6-2 when teams score less than 60 points against them.