INDIANA |#IUWBB GAME PREVIEW: IU Women’s Hoops Travels to Wisconsin Sunday Afternoon

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU Women’s Basketball wraps up the month of January on the road when it visits the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff between the two teams is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be live on BTN Plus and heard on WHCC 105.1 FM.

Indiana (14-6, 4-3 B1G) at Wisconsin (5-15, 0-7 B1G)
Sunday, January 29, 2017 • 3 p.m. ET
Kohl Center (17,230) • Madison, Wisc.
TV Broadcast: BTN Plus
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Greg Murray)

Live Stats: Sidearm

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ABOUT THE COACHES

Indiana

Teri Moren

Career Record: 249-164 (14th Season)

Indiana Record: 50-34 (3rd Season)

 Wisconsin

Jonathan Tsipis

Career Record: 97-53 (5th Season)

Wisconsin Record: 5-15 (1st Season)

ABOUT THE BADGERS

Wisconsin is still looking for its first Big Ten win of the year as it fell to Michigan State, 81-57, on Wednesday night. They are led by junior guard Cayla McMorris who averages 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per contests while senior forward Avyanna Young adds 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Badgers. As a team, UW averages 61.9 points per game on a 37.1 field goal percentage and 31.4 percent from 3-point range.

 SERIES HISTORY 

Indiana leads the series, 46-23

Last Meeting: 12/14/16 – W, 67-56 (Bloomington, Ind.)

 FOUR IN A ROW

Indiana picked up its fourth-straight win and series sweep over Penn State in a 72-66 win on Monday night. It marked the first time the Hoosiers have four in a row in the series between the two, which dates back to 1982. They have strung together three-straight wins two times in the series including the active streak and from 2008-09.

 50 WINS FOR MOREN

Indiana third-year head coach Teri Moren picked up her 50th victory at the helm of the program on Monday night. It makes her the third fastest coach to reach 50 wins in school history in her 84 games at the helm behind Bea Gordon (60 games) and Felisha Lagette-Jack (82 games). A win on Sunday would also give Moren her 250th career win as she holds an all-time record of 249-164 in her 14 year career.

 BANKS GOES BACK TO COLLEGE

It will be a homecoming of sorts for IU assistant coach Janese Banks as she returns to Madison for the opposition. Banks played four years at Wisconsin (2005-08) where she averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game and earned three All-Big Ten honors and three All-Big Ten Academic selections in her career. She finished her career as one of 10 players in Badgers history to score 1,500 career points.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

Cahill recorded her eighth double-double of the season on Monday when she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over Penn State. She has recorded eight of IU’s 12 double-doubles of the season and now has a total of 24 in her career – which ranks sixth all-time in school history. She also ranks sixth all-time in double-doubles in Big Ten games as she’s recorded 13 in her career.

JENN’S CONTINUES TO SCORE 

Senior center Jenn Anderson continues to provide a solid scoring threat for the Hoosiers. She recorded her fourth-straight double-figure scoring game on Monday night when she scored 11 points against Penn State.  Anderson recorded a career night on inside the Crisler Center on Jan. 10 as she tied a team-high and career-high 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting and added a career-high 12 rebounds. The Sheridan, Ind. native also recorded just the second double-double of her career. She also tied a team-high 17 points and tied a career-high three blocks against Northwestern and added 10 points in the win over Purdue. She is now averaging 11.4 points in Big Ten play on a 63.6 field goal percentage and grabbing 6.4 rebounds through seven league games.

KYM PROVIDES A SPARK

Sophomore forward Kym Royster provided a much-needed spark off the IU bench on Jan. 19 against Purdue, The Newark, Ohio native scored a new season-high 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting as she scored in double figures for the third time this season.

MOVING UP THE CAREER BLOCK LIST

In addition to three active players on the all-time scoring list, IU also has three active players on the all-time career blocks list. Senior guard Alexis Gassion leads the trio of players with 79 career swats, which ranks eighth all time. Junior forward Amanda Cahill also registers on the list with 72 blocks, which ranks tied for ninth while senior center Jenn Anderson has tallied 55 blocks in her career which is 11th all-time.

57 AND COUNTING

Junior guard Tyra Buss secured her 57th-straight game in double figures as she scored a team-high 21 points and led the team in scoring for the 11th time on Monday against Penn State. She officially broke the all-time school record with her 50th double figure scoring game on Dec. 21 against Stony Brook. She takes over the record from IU great Karna Abram, who did it 49 consecutive times between 1984-85 and 1985-86.

STREAKING FROM THE LINE

Entering Sunday’s game, Cahill has hit her last 14 free throws over a span of four games. Her streak began on Jan. 10 at Michigan and she extended it on Monday with a 7-for-7 performance against Penn State. Her streak is also tied for the 11th best single season streak at the charity stripe as she also has eight perfect performances from the line this season.

GOOD FROM THE FIELD

Shooting 50 percent or better in nine games this season, Indiana continues to be one of the leaders in field goal percentage. Their overall mark of 47.8 percent ranks seventh in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten. IU returned back to the 50 percent or better field goal percentage on Jan. 19 as it shot 50 percent in the win over Purdue.

CLEAN THE GLASS

Indiana continues to post positive margins on the glass this season, as it has outrebounded its opponent in 14 of 20 games this season and hold a +5.7 advantage on the glass this season – which is fifth in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers posted its largest margin on the glass this season against North Texas (+30), which is the largest margin since the record has been kept in 2008-09.

HOOSIERS IN THE RPI 

Coming into Monday’s game, Indiana sits at No. 51 in the NCAA RPI while Wisconsin comes in at No. 192. Overall, the Big Ten features 10 teams in the top 100 of the latest RPI.

TRIO OF 1,000 POINT SCORERS

With the addition of Amanda Cahill as the 26th member of the 1,000 point club on Dec. 21, IU’s roster now features three active players on the all-time scoring list at the same time.

                • Tyra Buss – 1,365 (13th)

                • Alexis Gassion – 1,196 (16th)

                • Amanda Cahill – 1,120 (20th)

BUSS CLIMBS THE BOOKS

Buss has now made her way into the top 10 of both assists (9th, 338) and steals (7th, 185). She sits at No. 13 all-time on the career scoring list with 1,365 career points and has the potential to become just the second player ever to be on the IU top 10 list in points, steals and assists joining Jamie Braun (2007-10). She needs 138 points to reach Shirley Bryant’s 1,503 career points to move into the top 10 of all-time scoring.

SCORING AS A JUNIOR

Buss – who set the scoring record for most points as a freshman and sophomore – continues to climb the scoring chart for most points through a junior season:

1.       Denise Jackson (1,505)

2.       Rachelle Bostic (1,389)

3.       Tyra Buss (1,365)

4.       Jill Chapman (1,346)

5.       Cindy Bumgarner (1,311)

6.       Karna Abram (1,284)

LEX DOES A LOT TOO

Senior guard Alexis Gassion is also one of the Hoosier’s most powerful pieces on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Fairborn, Ohio native is IU’s third leading scorer with 13.7 points per game and the team’s second leading rebounder grabbing 6.2 boards per contest. She is also second in assists (4.6 per game) and holds a 50.2 field goal percentage. Her 3.0 assist to turnover ratio is leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation. Gassion has also posted 17 games in double figures this season including the last 13 of 14 games.

UP NEXT

A trip to East Lansing, Mich. awaits the Hoosiers on Thursday, February 2. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network.

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