Dec. 29, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will welcome the Michigan State Spartans to Assembly Hall to open up Big Ten play on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be IU's first nationally televised game of the season, as it is being broadcast on BTN with Dan Kelly and Lisa Stone calling the action. Friday's contest can also be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the play-by-play.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana will begin its 30th season of Big Ten Conference competition against the Spartans on Friday night.
The Hoosiers are 3-0 in games in which they bring in 50 or more rebounds and 5-2 in contests where they outrebound their opponent.
IU led from start to finish in the win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 27, marking the first time Indiana has won a game leading wire-to-wire since topping Northwestern at home, 61-55, on Jan. 21, 2010.
Indiana scored a season-high 80 points against the Islanders on Tuesday, which is the first time IU had tallied 80 or more points since topping Minnesota on the road on Jan. 2, 2011 in overtime, 80-79.
Indiana currently leads the conference in offensive rebounds, bringing in 16.8 offensive boards per game.
The 6-6 freshman Quaneisha McCurty has tallied 37 points, 22 rebounds and 11 blocks in her last two games while shooting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from 3-point range.
Career Record: 140-147 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-84 (6th year)
Career Record: 304-166 (17th year)
Michigan State Record: 103-46 (5th year)
MICHIGAN STATE AT A GLANCE
The Spartans will make their way to Bloomington after a nine-day break between games, with their last contest taking place on Dec. 21 at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, when MSU fell to PIttsburgh, 64-54. The Spartans have seven players averaging six points or more for a very balanced attack led by senior guard Porsche Poole's 11.3 points per game. Taylor Alton will be Michigan State's outside threat as the senior leads the team in 3-point field goal makes and attempts. Lykendra Johnson is a force on the boards pacing the team and the entire Big Ten Conference with 9.7 rebounds per game. As a team, the Spartans box out their opponents well as they are second in the conference with a +8.8 rebounding margin, allowing just 32.8 opponent caroms per game. MSU will also look to cause opponent mistakes as a team it averages 10.4 steals per contest, the second-best total in the Big Ten.
THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
Through Indiana's first 13 games this season, six different Hoosier players have accounted for 13 double-doubles in 12 of those contests. That total is over two times the amount of double-doubles that IU had for the entire 2010-11 campaign, which was six. In the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, Simone Deloach had 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 and Quaneisha McCurty tallied 20 points and 14 boards against Colorado State on Dec. 21 to account for IU's last two double-double performances.
Danilsa Andujar and Georgie Jones have each had three double-doubles this season to lead the team. Sasha Chaplin, Jasmine McGhee and Quaneisha McCurty each have two on the season and Simone Deloach has had one double-double performance.
GETTING TO 50 IS PRETTY NIFTY
Indiana outrebounded Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 51-47, marking the third time this season that IU has tallied 50 or more rebounds in a game. The Hoosiers are a perfect 3-0 games in which they accomplish 50-plus rebounds. IU had 50 or more boards in back-to back contests against Murray State on Nov. 14 and Belmont on Nov. 18, it marked the first time IU had accomplished that feat since bringing in 50 or more boards in consecutive games during the 2008-09 season. That year, the Hoosiers had 59 rebounds at Saint Marys on Nov. 29, 2008 and followed that with 50 boards at Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 5, 2008.
D, D, D, DEFENSE
Indiana is ranked in the top half of the conference in field goal percentage defense, and twice this season, IU has held its opponent to under 30 percent shooting for an entire game. That includes the Dec. 21 win over Colorado State, when the Hoosiers held the Rams to just 24.2 percent shooting for the entire contest. That is the best defensive performance by Indiana in terms of an opponent's shooting percentage on the season. Indiana held Belmont to 28.3 percent shooting from the field in that victory 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 9:42.
For the year, Indiana has also held opponents to under 30 percent shooting for a half nine different times. In each of IU's last five games, Indiana's opponent has shot less than 30 percent in at least one half of the game. The Hoosiers held Colorado State under that mark in both halves, including clamping down on the Rams to hold them to just 20.0 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
BIG TIME RUNS IN BACK-TO-BACK WINS
In each of Indiana's last two games, the Hoosiers have used large runs to put the game away in their favor. Against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, the Islanders were trying to get back into the game as IU led, 51-40, in the second half. Quaneisha McCurty hit a 3-pointer at the 13:20 mark which ignited a 19-4 Indiana run over the next 5:30 when Alisha Goodwin hit a free throw with 7:50 remaining to give IU a 26-point cushion, 70-44. The Islanders would not get no closer than 21 points the rest of the way.
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 Quaneisha 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.
REBOUNDING IS THE KEY
Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in three-consecutive games and in seven games overall this season. IU topped Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the category, 51-47, on Dec. 27, and before that outrebounded Colorado State on Dec. 21, 48-42, and Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, 49-45. The Hoosiers are 5-2 in contests in which they outrebound their opponent this season.
Indiana is ranked among the top three teams in the Big Ten in overall rebounding and offensive rebounds per game in games played through Dec. 27. The Hoosiers top all other conference teams in offensive boards, bringing in 16.8 offensive caroms per game. Indiana is third in the league in overall rebounding at 42.8 boards per contest.
As a team, the Hoosiers are rejecting 5.0 blocks per contest, which ranks the team fourth in the Big Ten just behind Purdue (5.7 bpg), Illinois (5.2 bpg) and Iowa (5.1 bpg). IU has tallied five or more blocks in seven games this season, including six or more rejections in each of the last three games. The Hoosiers had a season high of nine blocks vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20.
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 that contest, 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.
When Indiana topped Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 80-58, on Dec. 27, it marked IU's highest point total so far during the 2011-12 campaign. It was also the first time the Hoosiers had scored 80 points in a game since topping Minnesota on the road in overtime on Jan. 2, 2011, 80-79. It marked the first time Indiana had tallied 80 or more points in regulation since putting up 81 points in a win at Ball State on Nov. 12, 2010.
INDIANA VS. MINNESOTA GAME TIME SET
Indiana will take on Minnesota on the road on Monday, Jan. 2. The game time has been set for 3 p.m. ET with the game being streamed live on BTN.com. The contest can also be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network.
A BOOMING BENCH BRINGS W'S
Twice this season, the Hoosier bench has accounted for a major chunk of Indiana's points which led to two IU victories. In the win at Belmont on Nov. 18, the Hoosier bench accounted for 69.8 percent of the teams total scoring output, scoring 44 of IU's 63 points on the night led by Aulani Sinclair's 12 points. Against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Indiana reserves accounted for 45 percent of the total scoring output, pouring 36 points. Quaneisha McCurty was a spark off the bench for IU as she tallied 17 points in the game.
RIGHT ON "Q"
Quaneisha McCurty has been huge for the Hoosiers in Indiana's back-to-back wins in the last two games. In those two contests, the 6-6 freshman has scored 37 points, brought in 22 rebounds and has had 11 blocks.
She made her presence known right away after entering the game against Colorado State on Dec. 21. IU trailed by 14 points, 20-6, shortly after she came off the bench. 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.
Against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, it was much of the same, as McCurty finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. She did so while shooting 7-of-13 from the field and hitting a career-best three 3-point field goals on five attempts.
MCGHEE TRANSITIONING NICELY
Jasmine McGhee has scored 19 or more points and brought in seven or more boards in four of Indiana's last five games. During that span, McGhee is averaging 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. She is shooting 43.2 percent (38-of-88) from the field and 40 percent (4-of-10) from beyond the arc in those five games. The stretch is highlighted by her 27 point, 15 rebound performance at IUPUI on Dec. 11, setting new career highs in both categories.
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 and has not let up since moving to the Division I level. McGhee is currently leading the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The junior has scored in double-figures in seven games this season.
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair is having a solid campaign in 2011-12. Sinclair is second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game and paces the team in 3-point and free throw shooting. From beyond the arc, Sinclair is shooting 37.9 percent (22-of-58) 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.
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.
Simone Deloach played her first minutes of the 2011-12 season against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 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.