Dec. 29, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames to Assembly Hall on Monday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the flagship station for IU women's basketball on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Monday's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between Indiana and UIC as the Hoosiers hold a 3-1 edge in the overall series.
The Hoosiers and Flames are playing each other for the first time since Dec. 6, 1991, when IU topped UIC, 74-48, in Assembly Hall.
With Indiana sitting at 8-4 on the season, it marks the first time an IU team has won eight regular season non-conference games since the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
The Hoosiers outrebounded Xavier in their last game, marking the seventh time this season that Indiana had outrebounded an opponent. IU is 6-1 when it outrebounds opponents this year.
In IU's win over Xavier on Dec. 21, seniors Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair each scored 27 points apiece, nearly outscoring the Musketeers by themselves as Indiana won by a score of 66-55.
In her last two games, Aulani Sinclair has scored 61 points (30.5 ppg) while shooting 48.9 percent (23-for-47) from the field and 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from 3-point range. Sinclair tallied a career-high 34 points against SIUE on Dec. 16 followed by a 27 point performance vs. Xavier on Dec. 21.
Milika Taufa continues to lead the team in rebounding as the junior is bringing in 7.4 rebounds per contest. Against Xavier, Taufa finished with a career-high 10 rebounds in the win.
Career Record: 266-96 (12th year)
Indiana record: 8-4 (1st year)
Career Record: 257-246 (18th year)
UIC Record: 22-20 (2nd year)
HOOSIERS WIN EIGHTH NON-CONFERENCE GAME
With Indiana winning over Xavier in its last time out, the Hoosiers improved to 8-4 on the season, marking the first time an IU team has won eight regular season non-conference games in six years. Indiana won 11 non-Big Ten regular season contests to begin the 2006-07 season.
STRONG SECOND HALF VS. XAVIER
Indiana held a slim one-point lead heading into halftime last time out against Xavier, 29-28. The Hoosiers came out of the break to score 37 second-half points while shooting 56.0 percent (14-for-25) from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range. IU also stepped up on the defensive end, forcing the Musketeers into committing 10 turnovers in the second stanza and outscoring XU 11-4 in points off turnovers. The Hoosiers also held Xavier to just 32.1 percent shooting in the second half, including 12.5 percent (1-for-8) from 3-point range.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot 40.0 percent (4-for-10) from beyond the arc in its win over Xavier on Dec. 21. It marked the seventh time this season that IU has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range in a game as the Hoosiers are 6-1 in those contests. The last time an IU team shot 40.0 percent or better from beyond the arc seven times in a season came during the 2009-10 campaign when the Hoosiers hit that mark seven times that year.
ON THE REBOUND
With Indiana outrebounding Xavier, 43-38, the Hoosiers have topped their last two opponents on the glass. IU has outrebounded opponents in seven games this season. The Hoosiers are 6-1 in those contests.
Aulani Sinclair has been leading Indiana offensively all season long, but she has been spectacular in IU's last two contests. In Indiana's games against SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 16 and Xavier on Dec. 21, Sinclair scored a combined 61 points to average 30.5 points per game in those contests. She shot 48.9 percent (23-for-47) from the field and 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from beyond the arc in the two games. She tallied a career-high 34 points against SIUE, shooting 12-for-23 from the field and tied a career mark with seven made 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Sinclair finished with 27 points against Xavier, nailing 3-of-6 3-point field goals.
For the season, Sinclair leads the team in scoring by averaging 19.3 points per game, which ranks her fifth in the Big Ten. She is also bringing in 4.9 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.7 percent (34-for-76) from beyond the arc to pace the team.
MAJOR GAME FROM MCGHEE
Senior Jasmine McGhee played a major role in IU's win over Xavier on Dec. 21, pouring 27 points to tie a career high. In that game, McGhee shot 11-for-18 from the field, 1-for-1 from beyond the arc and 4-for-5 at the charity stripe. She also added seven rebounds and two assists. Her 11 made field goals set a new career mark. McGhee has scored in double-figures six times this year and 20 times in her career at IU.
McGhee leads the team in steals (1.3 spg) and free throw percentage (78.9 percent). She is second on the team in rebounding, bringing in 6.3 boards per contest, and second in scoring with 11.7 points per game.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native continues to pace the team in rebounding and is eighth in the Big Ten by bringing in 7.4 rebounds per contest. In her last game, Taufa skied for a career-best 10 boards against Xavier on Dec. 21 and has had eight or more rebounds in seven games this season.
Taufa has flourished in her junior season under head coach Curt Miller. After averaging just 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game through her first two years combined, Taufa is averaging 5.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest this season and has started in every game. She is also second on the team in field goal percentage, shooting 49.2 percent.
SINCLAIR SINKING 3's
Aulani Sinclair has connected on five or more 3-pointers in a game six times in her career, including two games this season. In 2012-13 alone, Sinclair has hit two or more 3-pointers in a game nine times, three or more six times and four or more four times. Through this point of her career, Sinclair is shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range for her entire career, that mark would put her at the top of IU's all-time list for career 3-point shooting percentage.
SINCLAIR, BELL EARN BIG TEN PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Indiana senior Aulani Sinclair was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week and freshman Nicole Bell earned Freshman of the Week honors as announced by the conference on Dec. 17.
Sinclair poured in a career-high 34 points in IU's win over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday, Dec. 16. The Eminence, Ind., native shot 12-for-23 from the field and went 7-for-13 from beyond the arc in the game. She also added five rebounds, three blocks and two assists with her block total tying a career best.
Bell came off the bench against SIUE and poured in 11 points in the victory. Bell went 3-for-8 from beyond the arc and dished for a career-high five assists with just one turnover against the Cougars.
DISHING THE ROCK
Indiana dished for a season-best 18 assists against SIUE on Dec. 16, accounting for 18 of the 26 field goals IU made as a team. The last time an IU team had 18 assists in a game was two seasons ago when the Hoosiers had 19 assists against Iowa on Feb. 27, 2011.
HOOSIERS CAUSING HAVOC
Against Xavier on Dec. 21, IU forced the Musketeers to commit 18 turnovers in the game. Indiana has forced five opponents into committing 18 or more miscues this season and are 4-1 in those contests. The Hoosiers forced 24 Valparaiso turnovers on Nov. 9, 19 Indiana State turnovers on Nov. 16, 27 Texas A&M Corpus Christi turnovers on Nov. 19 and 19 SIUE miscues on Dec. 16.