Dec. 20, 2010
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will continue its trip through the Sunshine State with a matchup against Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Jeremy Gray will call the action on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington.
DID YOU KNOW?
With the 11 3-point field goals made by the Hoosiers in the FIU win on Dec. 18, it tied for the second-highest mark for a single game in IU women's basketball history.
Aulani Sinclair netted career-highs against FIU with 21 points and seven 3-point field goals made. The seven makes from long range ties the third-best single-game mark in Indiana history.
Junior transfer Georgie Jones made her Indiana debut starting against FIU. Jones was a force with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and six rebounds.
The Hoosiers outrebounded FIU 43-31, marking the fifth time this season Indiana has outrebounded its opponent.
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis continues to sit 15th on the Indiana all-time career scoring list. Davis has now totaled 1,214 points in her career. She is 26 points shy of Whitney Thomas' (2005-09) mark of 1,240 for 14th place.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 132-124 (.561) and is 78-61 (.516) at the Hoosier helm. Florida Gulf Coasts' Karl Smesko is in his ninth season guiding the Eagles and it is his 12th year overall as a head coach. Smesko has compiled a record of 273-68 (.801) in his career and is 212-41 (.834) while leading FGCU.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will open its Big Ten slate in just over a week as the Northwestern Wildcats come to Assembly Hall on Dec. 30 for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Hoosiers will then play back-to-back conference road games at Minnesota and Ohio State as the calendar turns to 2011.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Florida Gulf Coast welcomes Indiana to Alico Arena riding a 27-game home winning streak. FGCU won in its last outing over Florida International at home in an 86-71 decision. Five Eagles scored in double-figures led by Kelsey Jacobson with 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting including 6-of-7 from 3-point range. As a team, FGCU shot 51.8 percent for the game and nailed 16 3-point field goals in the victory.
The Eagles have a balanced attack as Sarah Hansen leads the team averaging 13.6 points per game, while Jacobson and Shannon Murphy each score 13.3 points per contest. Jacobson will be the threat from the perimeter as she is connecting on 44.3 percent of her 3-point field goals and leads the team in both makes and attempts from long range. Murphy will look to dish the ball as she leads FGCU in assists with 4.4 per contest. Hansen leads the team in overall field goal percentage hitting nearly 60 percent of her shots.
As a team, the Eagles shoot 44.2 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from long range. The FGCU roster does not have a player taller than 5-11, but the Eagles make up for their stature with a fiesty defense which forces 23.0 turnovers per game. The Eagles score 73.1 points per game offensively and own a +18 scoring margin over their opponents this season.
FGCU is in their fourth season at the Division I level and has played in the WNIT postseason tournament in each of the last three seasons.
FLORIDA'S BEEN NICE
The Hoosiers have enjoyed some recent success in the Sunshine State over the last few yaers. Indiana defeated Florida International just last Saturday in a 64-60 decision. The last visit before this season, IU defeated the Miami Hurricanes, 69-54, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack owns a 2-1 record in games in the state of Florida while coaching the Hoosiers.
OFFENSE GETS GOING
As a team, Indiana found its range in the win over FIU by shooting 45.3 percent (24-for-53) as a team for the game. The Hoosiers also connected on 47.8 percent from 3-point range (11-for-23). Both percentages are season-highs for IU so far this season.
HITTING FROM LONG RANGE
With the 11 3-point field goals made by the Hoosiers on Dec. 18 at FIU, it ties for the second-highest single-game mark in Indiana women's basketball history. IU was just shy of tying the all-time record of 12 in a single game which the Hoosiers made against East Tennessee State in 1998 and again vs. Purdue in 1999.
SINCLAIR DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Sophomore Aulani Sinclair has caught fire as of late. Sinclair set career marks in the win over FIU on Dec. 18 scoring 21 points and connecting on 7-of-11 3-point field goals. The seven makes from long range ties for the best mark in the Big Ten so far this year and ties her for the third highest single-game mark in IU women's basketball history. Her total ties former Hoosiers Heather Cassady and Cindy Valentin who also connected on seven 3-point field goals during a game. Cassady did so against Western Kentucky in 2000 and Valentin hit her total against Indiana State in 2005.
In her last two games since returning the starting lineup, Sinclair has averaged 19.0 points per game and has connected on 63.2 percent (12-for-19) of her 3-point field goal attempts.
Sinclair has connected on a team-leading 22 3-point field goals in 11 games this season, which already eclipses her entire total of 21 she hit during her freshman campaign in 2010-11.
DAVIS PUTTING UP ALL-AMERICA NUMBERS
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis finished with 12 points in the win over FIU on Dec. 18, netting double-figures for the the 10th time in 11 games this season. The Rochester, N.Y., native is now averaging 17.5 points per game and grabbing 7.2 rebounds per contest to lead the team in both categories. She is also dishing for 3.6 assists per game and averaging 2.5 steals per outing.
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 games 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.
REBOUNDING TO VICTORY
The Hoosiers outrebounded FIU 43-31 while earning the win over the Golden Panthers. That effort marked the fifth time this season that Indiana has outrebounded an opponent, winning four of those contests.
JORI SITS 15th ON ALL-TIME LIST
Davis now sits 15th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list. Davis has totaled 1,214 point in her career. She is 26 points shy of Whitney Thomas' (2005-09) mark of 1,240 for 14th place and is 51 points away from Sue Hodges' (1978-81) total of 1,265 points.
GEORGIE JOINS HOOSIERS
Junior transfer Georgie Jones made her Indiana Hoosier debut in the FIU victory on Dec. 18 while getting the starting nod. Jones had an immediate impact in the win scoring a career-high 16 points and also set a career-best with connecting on 8 of her 11 field goal attempts. The St. Paul, Minn., native also grabbed six rebounds during her 30 minutes of play, the most minutes in a game for her career. Jones was sitting out a year in residence after transferring from Marquette mid-way through the 2009-10 season.
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 8.5 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 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.
In her last outing, Lindsay passed for eight assists against FIU, marking the third time this season that she has dished for eight or more assists. Lindsay also achieved that mark with eight against Memphis on Nov. 18 and nine vs. Nebraska on Dec. 5.
A SASHA SIGHTING
Redshirt sophomore Sasha Chaplin made her 2010-11 debut for the Hoosiers in the victory at FIU on Dec. 18. Chaplin missed the first 10 games of the season due to injury, but she didn't waste any time to make an impact. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native played 17 minutes scoring five points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds in the game.
Chaplin was fouled and connected on a layup for her first field goal of the season, then completed the old fashioned three point play to withstand a run by FIU with 10:14 remaining. She later had the biggest bucket of the game when she received an inbound pass from Lindsay then connected on a short jumper in the paint with 1:24 remaining to put the Hoosiers up for the good.