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February 22, 2013


THE OPENING TIP The Hoosiers hit the road to take to on Illinois in Champaign on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Stephanie White on the call.  The contest can also be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play.  Follow @IndianaWBB on twitter for in-game updates and use #iuwbb whenever discussing the Indiana women's basketball team on twitter.

DID YOU KNOW? • In each of the last four matchups between Indiana and Illinois, the outcome has been decided by seven points or less, and in seven of the last eight meetings between the two schools, the final margin has been less than 10 points. • The last time Indiana visited Champaign's Assembly Hall was two years ago when the Hoosiers topped Illinois, 59-52, on Feb. 10, 2011. • With Indiana's win over No. 22/21 Purdue on Feb. 20, it gave IU its first victory over a ranked opponent since Dec. 5, 2010, when the Hoosiers topped No. 24/19 Nebraska.  The win also gave head coach Curt Miller his first triumph over a ranked opponent since taking over the helm of the IU program. • Jasmine McGhee sank the winning shot as time expired to give the Hoosiers a 62-61 win over the Boilermakers on Wednesday as she finished with 26 points while shooting 11-of-17 from the field.  McGhee has scored in double figures in four of the last five games. • Aulani Sinclairadded 16 points against the Boilers and connected on three 3-point field goals.  Sinclair is 20th on IU's all-time career scoring list (1,090 points), tied for third all-time in career 3-point field goals made (174) and is tied for fifth for most 3-point field goals made (63) in a single season.

THE COACHES Indiana Curt MillerCareer Record: 269-107 (12th year) Indiana record: 11-15 (1st year)

IllinoisMatt Bollant Career Record: 297-65 (11th year) Illinois Record: 15-10 (1st year)

ILLINOIS AT A GLANCEIllinois welcomes IU to Champaign winning two of its last three games and five of its last seven overall.  The Fighting Illini fell on the road to Penn State their last time out, 95-62, on Feb. 20.  Illinois has four players scoring 12 or more points per game led by Karisma Penn's 18.8 points per contest.  Penn is one of the best all around players in the Big Ten as she leads the team in field goal percentage, shooting 51.1 percent to go along with averaging 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals per contest.  Adrienne GodBold is another go-to player for the Illini as the senior pours in 18.1 points per game to go along with 7.6 boards per contest.  Sophomore guard Ivory Crawford adds 12.6 points and 2.5 steals per game, which ranks her fifth in the conference in steals.  Amber Moore is another offensive weapon as she scores 12.6 points each game and shoots 91.7 percent from the free throw line.  As a team, Illinois scores 71.2 points per game, which ranks them second in the league.  On the defensive end, the Illini lead the conference in steals.

Curt Miller EARNS FIRST WIN OVER RANKED OPPONENT AT INDIANA With Indiana's 62-61 win over No. 22/21 Purdue on Feb. 20, it gave head coach Curt Millerhis first win over a ranked opponent since taking over the helm of the Hoosier program.  It was the first time that Miller had defeated a ranked opponent since his Bowling Green squad topped No. 23 Vanderbilt on Dec. 1, 2010.

With the win over the Boilermakers, Miller is now 2-0 against Sharon Versyp when facing a Versyp coached team inside Assembly Hall.  While at Bowling Green, Miller's Falcons defeated Indiana, then coached by Versyp, 68-50, on Nov. 26, 2005.

HOOSIERS GET FIRST VICTORY OVER RANKED OPPONENT SINCE 2010With IU's victory over No. 22/21 Purdue, it marked the first time an Indiana team had defeated a ranked opponent since the Hoosiers topped No. 24/19 Nebraska, 67-61, on Dec. 5, 2010, in Assembly Hall.  That was prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten.  Indiana's last win over a ranked Big Ten opponent came on Jan. 31, 2010, when the Hoosiers upended No. 4/6 Ohio State in Assembly Hall, 67-62.

BARN BURNER TROPHY RETURNS TO BTOWNBy topping Purdue on Feb. 20, the Hoosiers earned the Barn Burner trophy for the first time since 2009.  The battle for the Barn Burner alternates venues from year to year when rivals Indiana and Purdue play each other.  Beginning in the 1993-94 season, the Sara Lee Corporation recognized the intensity of this rivalry and funded the construction of the Barn Burner Trophy.

MCGHEE BEATS THE BUZZER AND THE BOILERS Senior Jasmine McGheedrove to the right wing and nailed the game winner to top No. 22/21 Purdue just inside the arc on Feb. 20 as time expired.  McGhee finished that game with 26 points while shooting 11-of-17 from the field with four rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist.  She has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, and during the five game stretch is averaging 15.2 points per game while shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.

For the season, McGhee is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.3 points and 5.9 boards per contest while leading the team in steals. The Anderson, Ind., native has scored in double figures 16 times this year and 30 times in her career.

REBOUNDING IS THE KEYIndiana outrebounded Purdue last time out, 35-33, after losing the rebounding battle in the first matchup with the Boilers in West Lafayette on Jan. 31.  IU has outrebounded 10 opponents this season and are 8-2 when winning the battle of the glass.

LEADING AT THE HALFIn 10 games this season, the Hoosiers have went into the halftime break with a lead.  In each of those 10 games, IU has came out victorious to make it a perfect 10-0 record when leading at the halftime break.  Against No. 22/21 Purdue, Indiana went into the locker room with a 34-31 advantage before going on to defeat the Boilermakers.

SENSATIONAL SINCLAIR Senior Aulani Sinclairscored 16 points while shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc against Purdue on Feb. 20.  She still sits in 20th place on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,090 career points and is just nine points shy of Tatjana Vesel's (1994-97) total of 1,099 career points for 19th place.

For the season, Sinclair has scored in double figures in 18 games and has connected on three or more 3-point fields goals in 11 games this year.  She continues to lead the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game.  Sinclair also leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting, connecting on 39.4 percent (63-of-160) of her attempts from long distance.

SASHA STEPS UP AGAINST BOILERS Redshirt senior Sasha Chaplincame off the bench against Purdue on Feb. 20 to score 10 points with four rebounds and two assists.  Chaplin shot 3-of-5 from the floor as she scored in double figures for the fourth time this year.  She also connected on all four of her free throw attempts against the Boilers.

THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN Junior Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native, has returned to her early season form in the last few games.  Taufa has led the team in rebounding in each of the last three games and in four of the last five contests.  Against Purdue last time out, she skied for 10 boards, marking the third time this year that she has reached double figures in rebounds which includes her career high of 14 boards against UIC on Dec. 31.  Taufa currently paces the team with 5.9 rebounds per game.

SHE CAN LINDA-HAND Senior Linda Rubenehas been a spark for IU throughout the entire season.  She had seven boards and added six points against Purdue on Feb. 20. In the game before that, Rubene came off the bench at Michigan State on Feb. 13 to tally a career high 14 points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

Rubene has flourished this season under Curt Miller'sdirection.  After averaging 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and playing just 12.1 minutes per game during her junior year, Rubene is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 28.2 minutes per game in 2012-13.  She has scored in double figures in five games this season and has set or tied career single game marks in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goals made, 3-point field goals made, free throws made and minutes played.

LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR Through Indiana's 26 games this season, Aulani Sinclair has been on the floor for nearly 95 percent of the total minutes played.  Sinclair has played 987 out of a possible 1,040 minutes so far this season, playing all 40 minutes 12 times, including in five of the last six contests.  Sinclair leads the Big Ten in averaging 38.0 minutes per game. Jasmine McGhee has played in over 90 percent of the total minutes played by the Hoosiers this season and is fifth in the league with 36.2 minutes played per game.  Freshman Nicole Bell has been called upon to start at the point guard position with Andrea Newbauerbeing out with a wrist injury and in the last six games has played 234 of 240 total minutes, logging 38 or more minutes in each of those contests.

THE BELL TOLLS Freshman Nicole Bellhas stepped into a starting role in each of the last six games and has been on the floor over 97 percent of time for Indiana.  Against Purdue, Bell did not commit a turnover and in IU's prior game at Michigan State on Feb. 13, Bell tallied eight points, hitting a pair of 3-point field goals while shooting 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.  Bell has hit multiple 3-pointers in nine games this season and has hit three or more in a game five times.

SINCLAIR MAKING HER MARK Sinclair is moving into the IU record books in numerous statistical categories beyond scoring points.  She has made 63 3-point field goals on the year which ties her for fifth for most 3-point field goals made in a season in IU history.  For her career, Sinclair has made 174 3-pointers, which ties for third all-time at IU in 3-point field goals made in a career.  Sinclair is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc for her career, which right now would give her the best 3-point field goal percentage in program history.

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