Dec. 26, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will host the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET and can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The contest will also be streamed live through a web broadcast on BTN.com. The link to access the broadcast is video.btn.com. Tuesday's game will be the first of two back-to-back home games for the Hoosiers as IU welcomes Big Ten foe Michigan State on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. ET live on BTN.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana will play back-to-back home games for the first time this season with Texas A&M Corpus Christi visiting on Dec. 27 followed by the Big Ten opener vs. Michigan State on Dec. 30.
The Hoosiers held Colorado State to just 24.2 percent shooting for the game on Dec. 21. That was the best defensive performance by Indiana in terms of an opponent's shooting percentage on the season.
IU held CSU to just 39 points in the win in Cancun, marking the first time the Hoosiers have held an opponent to under 40 points for an entire game since Nov. 25, 2005, when IU held Youngstown State to just 38 points.
Quaneisha McCurty came off the bench against Colorado State to score a career-high 20 points while adding 14 rebounds and a career-best six blocks in the win.
Jasmine McGhee has scored 20 or more points in three of Indiana's last four contests, including 21 points against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 in the Caribbean Classic.
Career Record: 139-147 (10th year)
Indiana record: 85-84 (6th year)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Career Record: 68-101 (6th year)
Toledo Record: 68-101 (6th year)
TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI AT A GLANCE
Texas A&M Corpus Christi, from the Southland Conference, is making its second ever visit to Assembly Hall. The Islanders fell on the road in their last contest to SMU, 73-64, after defeating Jackson State at home on Dec. 16. Corpus Christi has two players averaging double-figures and also bringing down over seven rebounds per game. Myeisha Myles leads the way with 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Jessica Hammer adds 10.0 points and 7.1 boards per contest. Trish Amboree will be the outside threat for the visiting team as she leads her squad in 3-point field goals made and percentage.
TWO MORE GAMES, TWO MORE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Simone Deloach tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 and Quaneisha McCurty had 20 points and 14 boards against Colorado State on Dec. 21 to make it 13 total double-doubles by the Hoosiers this season through 12 games. At least one Indiana player has achieved a double-double in every game this season. IU has had over twice the amount of double-doubles this season as it had for the entire 2010-11 season, when it finished with six for the year.
Danilsa Andujar and Georgie Jones have each had three double-doubles this season to lead the team. Sasha Chapline, Jasmine McGhee and Quaneisha McCurty each have two on the season and Simone Deloach has had one double-double performance.
D, D, D, DEFENSE...VS. COLORADO STATE
IU's defense was the key to victory over Colorado State on Dec. 21. The Hoosiers held the Rams to just 24.2 percent shooting for the game. That is the best defensive performance by Indiana in terms of an opponent's shooting percentage on the season. IU has held two opponents to under 30 percent shooting this season for an entire game. Indiana held Belmont to 28.3 percent shooting from the field on Nov. 18.
IU held CSU to just 39 points for the game, marking the first time Indiana had held an opponent to under 40 points for entire game since Nov. 25, 2005, when IU held Youngstown State to only 38 points.
Indiana also held the Rams without a field goal from the 5:56 mark of the first half until the 16:14 mark of the second half. That was a CSU field goal drought of of 9:42.
BIG TIME RUN PROPELS INDIANA TO A WIN
Indiana overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Colorado State on Dec. 21. IU put together a 25-5 run over a 9:12 span, beginning with a Quaeneisha McCurty jumper at the 6:49 mark of the opening half and capped by a Linda Rubene 3-pointer at the 17:37 mark of the second half. Indiana trailed 20-6 when the run began, and were ahead when it concluded, 31-25. IU would lead the rest of the contest.
In two of Indiana's wins this season, the Hoosiers have came back from major deficits to claim victory. IU trailed Murray State by 15 points, 21-6, on Nov. 15 and came back to win by three, 70-67. Indiana trailed Colorado State by 14 points, 20-6, on Dec. 21 and worked its way back to a triumph over the Rams, 47-39.
WINNING THE REBOUNDING BATTLE
Indiana outrebounded both Pittsburgh and Colorado State in the Caribbean Classic on Dec. 20-21. The Hoosiers topped the Panthers, 49-45, in the rebounding department on Dec. 20 and then outdid the Rams on the boards on Dec. 21, 48-42. IU is 4-2 in contests in which it outrebounds its opponent this season.
BIG TEN STAT RANKINGS
The Hoosiers currently rank among the top three teams in the Big Ten in overall rebounding, offensive rebounding and blocked shots. IU tops all other conference teams in offensive rebounds, bringing in 16.8 offensive caroms per game. Indiana is third in the league in overall rebounding at 42.1 boards per contest and also third in blocked shots with 4.8 swats per game.
RIGHT ON "Q"
Shortly after Quaneisha McCurty entered the game against Colorado State on Dec. 21, IU trailed by 14 points, 20-6. McCurty would go on to have a 15-3 run by herself, scoring Indiana's next 15 points to pull the Hoosiers within two, 23-21. McCurty finished the game with a career-high 20 points and added 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. The freshman also swatted a career-best six blocks in the game. She shot 8-of-14 from the field overall.
McCurty also started in her first contest of the season against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 to open the Caribbean Classic. Her other double-double performance came on Nov. 18 at Belmont when she had 10 points and a career-high 16 boards.
Simone Deloach played her first minutes of the 2011-12 season after missing Indiana's first 10 games due to recovering from an offseason injury. Deloach played 34 minutes and tallied her first career double-double, setting career highs with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore shot 3-of-4 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line and added three blocks, all career-high totals.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME, MCGHEE?
Jasmine McGhee has scored 20 or more points in three of Indiana's last four contests, and has brought down seven or more rebounds in each of those games. Her last 20-plus point output came against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 when she finished with 21 points and had eight rebounds. In her last four games, McGhee is averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. She is shooting 42.3 percent (30-of-71) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from beyond the arc in those four games. During that stretch, McGhee tallied career highs of 27 points and 15 boards at IUPUI on Dec. 11.
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 13.8 points per contest. She is also bringing down 6.3 rebounds per game to lead the team. The junior has scored in double-figures in six games this season.
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 39.6 percent (21-of-53) on the year and is hitting 85.4 percent (35-of-41) of her free throw attempts. She has scored in double-figures eight times this year, all of which have occurred over IU's last 10 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.