THE BASICS Indiana puts a cap on its non-conference schedule when it travels to Muncie to face Ball State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Worthen Arena.
ON THE AIR The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. As is the case for the remainder of the season, the game can also be heard on the internet at www.iuhoosiers.com.
INJURY UPDATE Senior captain Jamie Gathing will not play, as she is out for the year after sustaining a knee injury during individual workouts.
Kali Kullberg's status is questionable for Monday's game after sustaining a knee injury not believed to be serious. The injury kept her sidelined for each of Indiana's last four games.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 56-44 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 280-147 career mark in her 16 seasons as a head coach. Bennett is coming off a summer in which she served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Pan American Games, helping the team to a silver medal.
Tracy Roller is in her third season at Ball State, where she has compiled a 50-23 record. Under Roller's guidance, Ball State has claimed two Mid-American Conference West Division and overall regular-season co-championships in 2002 and 2003. Both seasons resulted in trips to the second round of the WNIT. The past two seasons marked the two best in the 29-year history of the program, with Roller earning MAC Coach-of-the-Year for her efforts in 2002.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would:
* Give the Hoosiers a 7-4 record in non-conference games this year, despite the fact that Indiana fields a 12-player roster comprised of 10 players who are either freshmen or sophomores. Last year's senior-laden team finished the non-conference slate with 7-3 record, with IU's NCAA Tournament team of 2002 finishing the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 6-5 record.
* Improve the Hoosiers' record to 21-3 all-time against Ball State, further widening the gap in the most lopsided series against any IU opponent (non-conference or Big Ten).
* Extend Indiana's winning streak over Ball State to 16 games, dating back to 1978.
* Be the fifth win in Indiana's last six non-conference road games, dating back to last year.
* Improve the Hoosiers to 54-16 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
An Indiana loss would:
* Be the first loss to Ball State since March 3, 1978.
* Be the third defeat in Hoosiers' last four games. Indiana suffered a 93-91 setback at North Carolina State on December 14, then a 78-70 loss to Arkansas at Assembly Hall six days later.
* Mark the second consecutive defeat in a road game against a MAC team. The last time Indiana went on the road to face a MAC team, the Hoosiers suffered a 77-66 setback at the hands of Kent State on December 21, 2002.
LAST TIME OUT Indiana erased a 16-point second-half deficit in last Monday's game against Western Illinois at Assembly Hall to claim a thrilling 81-74 overtime win.
The Hoosiers trailed by three with under 30 seconds remaining, when Cyndi Valentin drained a clutch three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Valentin finished with 20 points, which included a 9-of-10 effort from the charity stripe.
The Hoosiers trailed, 54-38 with 10:55 remaining in the second half but mounted a comeback, as Jenny DeMuth scored 17 unanswered points and 20 straight points for Indiana to single-handedly give IU a 57-56 lead with 4:20 remaining. DeMuth's offensive brilliance combined with a furious full-court pressure defense brought Indiana back from what seemed at the time to be an insurmountable deficit. DeMuth finished with 27 points, including 24 in the second half, and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year and her sixth 20-plus point game of the season. DeMuth has scored 20 or more points in each of her last four games. Her stat line also included five steals, three assists and three blocks.
NOTING THE LAST GAME Last Monday's game marked the third time this year that Indiana has erased a significant deficit, as the Hoosiers trailed Mississippi State by 21 points in the second half at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands before cutting the deficit to one with under a minute remaining. The Hoosiers erased a 14-point deficit at Georgetown to claim a 72-62 win the next week.
Indiana improved to 5-0 all-time in overtime games under head coach Kathi Bennett, and the win came in Bennett's 100th game as Indiana's head coach and was the 280th victory of her career at all schools.
Her team snapped the Westerwinds' four-game winning streak and improved Indiana to 10-1 all-time against Mid-Continent Conference foes.
MORE FROM THE LAST GAME Sarah McKay started at center for Indiana, making her the third different true freshman to start for IU this year.
McKay finished the game with nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Leah Enterline returned to action after missing the Arkansas game with an ankle injury. Enterline came off the bench to score six points, grab a rebound, block a shot and make a steal in 11 minutes of action.
DEMUTH IS ON FIRE! Jenny DeMuth's production and leadership have been exceptional. DeMuth averages 21.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game this year and has already established new career highs in points (30 vs. North Texas), rebounds (14 vs. Maine), steals (six vs. Cornell), three-point field goals made (four vs. VCU), free-throws attempted (15 vs. North Texas) and minutes played (39 vs. Maine).
She was the Big Ten Player of the Week after earning all-tournament and tournament MVP honors at the Indiana Classic in addition to being an all-tournament team selection at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
The Highland, Ind., native has scored 20 or more points in each of the team's last four games and has notched four double-doubles on the year.
DeMuth is on pace to score 572 points this year, which would be the fifth-highest total in school history and the highest single-season point total for a Hoosier since Quacy Barnes scored 583 points in 1998.
DON'T FORGET VALENTIN With Jenny DeMuth establishing herself as one of the top players in the Big Ten during the early part of the season, Cyndi Valentin has gone largely unnoticed.
The Bloomington native averages 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Valentin has drained 15 of her 41 attempts from three-point range (.366 pct) and is an 88 percent free-throw shooter.
With a pair of 20-point performances against Western Illinois and NC State, respectively, a 19-point effort against Maine and 14 points against Arkansas, Valentin is averaging 18.3 points per game in her last four games.
She knocked down a crucial three-pointer with Indiana trailing, 66-63 and 17 seconds remaining against Western Illinois to send the game into overtime and allow the Hoosiers to claim the victory.
COMBINING FORCES DeMuth and Valentin lead Indiana. Here is a look at their contribution to the Hoosiers' offensive success:
Team Total/Avg. 729/72.9
DeMuth and Valentin Total/Avg. 368/36.8
Field Goals Made Team Total 233
DeMuth and Valentin 108
Pct. of Team Total 46.4
Free Throws Made Team Total 215
DeMuth and Valentin 129
Pct. of Team Total 60.0
FOLLOWING THE FRESHMEN Indiana's 12-player active roster is dotted by five freshmen. Following is a look at what the freshmen are contributing on the stat sheet.
Points Team Total 729
Freshman Total 215
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 29.5
Rebounds Team Total 375
Freshman Total 96
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 25.6
Assists Team Total 108
Freshman Total 31
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 28.7
Blocks Team Total 45
Freshman Total 18
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 40.0
IU RECORD WHEN THE FRESHMEN... Score 20 points or more 4-2
Score less than 20 points 2-2
Grab 10 rebounds or more 4-1
Grab less than 10 rebounds 2-3
Shoot 40 percent or better from the field 1-3
Shoot less than 40 percent from the field 5-1
IU AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST Indiana is the fourth-youngest team in the nation in terms of average age of players and the youngest team in the nation among the BCS conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC)
Team Avg. Age
1. Wofford 18.77
2. Loyola (Md.) 18.8
3. Utah State 18.9
4. Indiana 19.0
4. Hawaii 19.0
6. Texas Tech 19.08
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. Central Florida 19.2
9. Northern Arizona 19.3
9. New Hampshire 19.3
MCKAY MAKES DIFFERENCE Freshman Sarah McKay is averaging 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in Indiana's last two games. Her 19 points against Arkansas and 10 rebounds against WIU were both the highest marks for an IU freshman this year.
ENTERLINE SETS RECORD When Leah Enterline dished out eight assists at NC State on December 14, she established a new Indiana freshman record, surpassing the mark of seven assists, accomplished by Heather Cassady in 1999 and Kristi Green twice in 1996.
BOYD EXPLOSIVE Freshman guard Annika Boyd has been one of the most productive Hoosiers in terms of points per minutes played.
The Minneapolis native ranks fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 6.6 points per game in only 12.7 minutes per contest.
Extended over a 40 minute period, Boyd would average 20.8 points per game.
She leads the team with a 48.3 shooting percentage from three-point range (14-for-29).
With the exception of the North Texas game, Boyd has knocked down at least one three-pointer in every game in which she has attempted a trey (Boyd was 0-0 against Maine).
Boyd had her best day to date against North Carolina State, scoring 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range in only 11 minutes of action.
DOUBLE-FIGURE FRESHMEN In 10 games played, Indiana has already seen a freshman reach double figures on eight different occasions this year. Leah Enterline and Annika Boyd have three double-figure scoring efforts apiece, while Sarah McKay and Jamey Chapman both have one.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. Both players have reached double figures in all of Indiana's games this year.
THIRD SCORER WANTED DeMuth and Valentin are scoring points this year, but for Indiana to be at its best, it needs production to come from a third source
In five of the Hoosiers' six wins, there has been a third double-figure scorer.
DEMUTH HONORED BY BIG TEN Indiana junior Jenny DeMuth earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performance at the Indiana Classic in the season's opening week.
DeMuth earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game against Cornell and North Texas in leading the Hoosiers to the tournament title.
Against North Texas in the championship game, DeMuth had a day to remember, scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds (both career-highs) to lead the way for Indiana. DeMuth also shined on the defensive end, adding five steals.
MARK THE DATE NOW January 25, 2004 will be a big day for Hoosier women's basketball. Indiana hosts Purdue at 2 p.m., but the rivalry is hardly the story. When the Hoosiers and Boilermakers tangle, fans will have an opportunity to help fight cancer simply by showing up.
In honor of IU Women's Basketball fans, Vera Bradley Designs will donate $10,000 for breast cancer research if the Hoosiers 'Pack the Hall' with 10,000 people.
ATTENDANCE JUMPS Indiana shattered both its single-game and single-season attendance records last year.
The Hoosiers drew 7,986 fans for their game against Wisconsin on January 24, leading Kathi Bennett to donate $5,000 of her own money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in commemoration of IU establishing a new single-game attendance record.
Average attendance for Indiana home games saw an 84.6 percent increase from the 2001-02 season to the 2002-03 season.
In fact, the Hoosiers established three of the top eight single-game attendance marks in school history during the 2002-03 campaign.
BRUTAL SCHEDULE A whopping 15 different teams that saw action in post-season play last year headline Indiana's 2003-04 schedule.
NEXT GAME The Hoosiers open Big Ten play when they travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State at 7 p.m. on January 2 at the Breslin Center.
Indiana looks to avenge a 70-44 defeat to the Spartans in last year's game in East Lansing.
The game will be broadcast on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can also be accessed worldwide on the internet at the official site of Indiana Athletics, www.iuhoosiers.com.
Click on the broadcasts link, then follow the prompts to the women's basketball broadcasts and the Michigan State game.