Dec. 21, 2009
Game 12: Toledo Rockets (8-2) at Indiana Hoosiers (7-4) Notes
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 Noon ET
Assembly Hall (17,357) Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington Internet Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com ($2.99)
All-Time Series: Indiana leads, 2-1
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers host the Toledo Rockets in their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Noon ET in Assembly Hall. Tuesday's game will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com for $2.99 and will be broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the action from Branch McCracken Court.
LAST TIME OUT
Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell at Cleveland State, 77-75, in overtime.
Sasha Chaplin led the Hoosiers with a career-high 19 points, 15 rebounds and three steals. It was her third double-double of the season. Jamie Braun scored 16 points and added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists, and Jori Davis netted 11 points and added five boards, three assists and two steals. Chaplin made 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-6 from the free throw line, while 11 of her 15 rebounds came on the defensive end. Braun sank 6-of-14 from the field, 3-of-6 from the 3-point line and 1-of-3 from charity stripe. Davis made 3-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from the free throw line for her 11 points. Lindsay grabbed seven rebounds and added six points and four assists.
The Hoosiers shot 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the field and held the Vikings to 36.5 percent (27-of-74) from the floor and 16.0 percent (4-of-25) from the 3-point line. CSU won the battle on the boards, 53-45, despite the Hoosiers' matching it on points in the paint, 40-40.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 65-44 and a career mark of 119-107. In three season, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.
Tricia Cullop is 26-15 in her second year at Toledo and 149-125 in her head coaching career overall.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers continue the Big Ten slate on Thursday, Dec. 31 at Purdue at Noon on the Big Ten Network. On Sunday, Jan. 3, IU will open the New Year with Michigan State in Assembly Hall with another Noon tip-off on the Big Ten Network. Following the Hoosiers' battle against the Spartans, IU will host Illinois on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Tuesday's meeting marks the fourth all-time between Indiana and Toledo, with the Hoosiers leading, 2-1.
Tuesday's game is also IU's last non-conference game before returning to Big Ten action on Dec. 31 at Purdue.
Among Big Ten leaders, the Hoosiers are ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (24.9), third in scoring offense (73.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.8), and fourth in steals (9.27).
SCOUTING THE ROCKETS
Toledo enters Tuesday's game on a five-game win streak after defeating SIU-Edwardsville, 86-74, on Dec. 20. The Rockets are led by Naama Shafir with 13.7 points per game. Tanika Mays is also averaging double-digits with 12.1 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per contest.
In 11 games, the Hoosiers' bench is averaging 24.4 points per game. Last season, IU's bench averaged 7.9 points per game over 32 games. Indiana's bench as scored 30-plus points four times this season, most recently against Saint Louis. Sophomore Ashlee Mells led the Hoosiers bench with 14 points, sinking four 3-pointers in 15 minutes. Every Hoosier has made significant contributions in several categories this season with nine of ten averaging double-digit minutes.
Sasha Chaplin had a career day at Cleveland State on Dec. 19 when she collected 19 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and one assist in 41 minutes.
The double-double was her third of her career.
Whitney Lindsay also recorded a pair of career highs at Cleveland State. The 5-7 point guard grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 36 minutes, and added six points, four assists and two steals in her first start of the season.
STEADY AS SHE GOES
Jori Davis has been a steady force for the Hoosiers this season, scoring in double-digit points in her last eight games, with a high of 33 against Virginia on Nov. 26. She leads the Hoosiers on the season with 16.9 points per game and ranks fourth among the Big Ten.