Dec. 29, 2010
|NORTHWESTERN (11-2, 0-0) vs. INDIANA (6-6,0-0)
||Dec. 30, 2010
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens its Big Ten schedule on Thursday as Northwestern visits Assembly Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and can be heard on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game will also be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has won its last three Big Ten opening games dating back to 2007. The Hoosiers defeated Michigan State last season, 68-63, on Dec. 6. The year before, IU knocked off Northwestern on Dec. 20, 2008, 81-57. The Hoosiers also defeated the Wildcats in their conference opener on Dec. 31, 2007 with a 84-53 victory in Evanston.
Indiana has won 11 of the last 12 meetings over Northwestern. The Wildcats snapped IU's 11-game win streak in the series with a 78-73 overtime victory in Evanston last season.
Sophomore Aulani Sinclair is averaging 17.7 points over the last three games. She is doing so while connecting on 65.2 percent of her 3-point attempts and 58.6 percent of her field goals overall in those three contests.
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis continues to sit 15th on the Indiana all-time career scoring list. Davis has now totaled 1,229 points in her career. She is just 11 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 132-125 (.557) and is 78-62 (.514) at the Hoosier helm. Northwestern's Joe McKeown is in his third season guiding the Wildcats and it is his 25th year overall as a head coach. McKeown has compiled a record of 545-214 (.718) in his career and is 35-40 (.459) while leading Northwestern.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will hit the road again for a pair of Big Ten games beginning on Sunday, Jan. 2 at Minnesota at 3 p.m. ET. IU will then head to Columbus, Ohio to battle No. 13/12 Ohio State on Jan. 6. Indiana will then return home its Head to the Hall game on Jan. 9 against in-state rival Purdue. Tickets for that contest will be only $1 and the first 1,000 fans get a free t-shirt.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern comes to Bloomington riding a three game win streak and a 11-2 record overall. The Wildcats won in their last outing at home against Toledo, 70-60. Senior Amy Jaeschke led all scorers in the victory with 26 points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Brittany Orban had a double-double for NU finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Northwestern outrebounded Toledo, 45-31, in the effort.
The Wildcats have four players averaging double-figure points as Jaeschke leads the team in a number of categories with 24.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.0 blocks per game and shooting 55.9 percent from the field this season. Jaeschke's play has earned her Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times this season. Orban adds 13.5 points per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field overall and 58.6 percent (17-for-29) from beyond the arc. Beth Marshall chips in 12.5 points per contest and leads Northwestern with 25 makes from long range this season. Kendall Hackney is averaging 11.4 points per game and can also dial from distance connecting on 44.1 percent of her 3-point attempts.
As a team, Northwestern leads the conference in shooting at 46.5 percent from the field and is second in the Big Ten connecting on 38.9 percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats also score 72.9 points per game while dishing for a conference-leading 19.2 assists per contest.
SERIES NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's game will be the 64th meeting between Indiana and Northwestern as the Hoosiers lead the series 34-29.
Indiana has won 11 of the last 12 meetings over NU. The Wildcats snapped IU's 11-game win streak in the series with a 78-73 overtime victory in Evanston last season.
This will be the second time in three seasons that Indiana has opened with Northwestern to begin conference play. IU battled the Wildcats to start Big Ten play during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
WELCOME TO BIG TEN PLAY
The Hoosiers currently have a three game winning streak in Big Ten openers dating back to the 2007-08 season and IU has won four of its last five conference opening games. Indiana is 15-20 in Big Ten openers dating back to the 1976-77 season. Since Felisha Legette-Jack's arrival, the Hoosiers are 3-1 with two wins over Northwestern (2007-08, 2008-09) and one win and one loss to Michigan State (2006-07-L, 2009-10-W).
SUPER SOPHOMORE SINCLAIR
Sophomore Aulani Sinclair is playing a big time role for the Hoosiers as they dive into the conference schedule. In the last three non-conference games to tune-up for Big Ten action, Sinclair has caught fire averaging 17.7 points while shooting 58.6 percent from the field (17-for-29) and 65.2 percent from 3-point range (15-for-23).
Sinclair's recent success was highlighted by a career night in IU's 64-60 victory at Florida International on Dec. 18. She netted a career-high 21 points while connecting on 7-of-11 3-point field goals and dishing for the three assists. Her seven makes from long range also set a career-mark for Sinclair, and the total tied her for the highest mark in the Big Ten so far this season and also tied her for the third highest single-game mark in IU women's basketball history. She tied former Hoosiers Heather Cassady who connected on seven from beyond the arc against Western Kentucky in 2000, and Cindy Valentin, who achieved her mark against Indiana State in 2005.
Heading into Big Ten play, Sinclair is averaging 9.3 points per game and shooting 45.5 percent from long range.
DAVIS PUTTING UP BIG TIME NUMBERS
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis finished with 15 points in the effort against Florida Gulf Coast, netting double-figures for the the 11th time in 12 games this season. The Rochester, N.Y., native is now averaging 17.3 points per game and grabbing 6.9 rebounds per contest to lead the team in both categories. She is also dishing for 3.6 assists per game and averaging 2.6 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 (OH) when she grabbed nine rebounds to go along with her 31 points. In the Toledo matchup she finished with nine points and nine rebounds.