#IUWBB GAME PREVIEW: Indiana Makes Trip To Michigan State Thursday Night

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Basketball will look to win its fourth-straight game as it travels to East Lansing on Thursday night to face the Michigan State Spartans. Tipoff time is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be live on Big Ten Network and WHCC 105.1 FM.

Indiana (15-6, 5-4 B1G) at Michigan State (15-7, 5-4 B1G)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 • 6 p.m. ET
Breslin Center (14,759) • East Lansing, Mich.
TV Broadcast: BTN (Lisa Byington, Christy Winters Scott)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Greg Murray)

Live Stats: Gametracker

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ABOUT THE COACHES

Indiana

Teri Moren

Career Record: 250-164 (14th Season)

Indiana Record: 51-34 (3rd Season)

Michigan State

Suzy Merchant

Career Record: 419-223 (22nd Season)

Michigan State Record: 218-103 (10th Season)

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

Michigan State returns to Breslin Center after a 93-74 win at Minnesota on Monday night. They are led by senior guard – and the Big Ten’s second leading scorer – Tori Jankoska who averages 21.8 point, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Jankoska also leads the Big Ten with a 90 percent clip from the free throw line. Notre Dame transfer senior forward Taya Reimer follows with 9.0 points and 5.7 boards per game for a squad that averages 72.0 points per game and shooting 43 percent.

SERIES HISTORY

Michigan State leads the series, 45-26

Last Meeting: 1/13/16 – W, 81-65 (Bloomington, Ind.)

WIN AT WISCONSIN

For the first time since 2009, Indiana picked up a win inside Kohl Center over the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, 78-54. Four players scored in double figures led by 19 points from junior guard Tyra Buss as IU used a 21-3 advantage in the fourth quarter to come away with the win.

LOOKING TO WIN ON THE ROAD, AGAIN

Indiana has another shot at redemption at a road venue, this time on Thursday at the Breslin Center. The Hoosiers have not won at Michigan State since 2009 as it also picked up its first win since that year on Sunday at Wisconsin.

 

250 WINS FOR MOREN

Indiana third-year head coach Teri Moren picked up her 250th victory as a head coach with Sunday’s win at Wisconsin. She hits the career mark in her 14th season as a head coach, including the last three at the helm of the IU program. She also reached her 50th Hoosier win on Jan. 23 vs. Penn State and became the third fastest coach to reach 50 wins in school history in 84 games at the helm, behind Bea Gorton (60 games) and Felisha Lagette-Jack (82 games).

 

BUSS NAMED TO B1G HONOR ROLL

Tyra Buss earned a place on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll on Monday for her performances against Penn State and Wisconsin. The Mt. Carmel, Ill. native averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds in a pair of IU wins. It marked the second time this season the Hoosiers have placed a player on the Big Ten honor roll, as Alexis Gassion picked up honors on Jan. 9.

HEAD TO THE LINE

Indiana made it a priority to get to the line last week and capitalized on free throws in two wins. IU went 53-for-61 (81.0 percent) from the charity stripe against Penn State and Wisconsin, while holding opponents to an 11-for-18 performance (61.1 percent).

JENN’S CONTINUES TO SCORE 

Senior center Jenn Anderson continues to provide a solid scoring threat for the Hoosiers. She posted her fifth-straight double figure scoring game on Sunday when she added 14 points in the win at Wisconsin. She is now averaging 11.8 points in Big Ten play on a 66.7 field goal percentage and grabbing 6.3 rebounds through seven league games.

 

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.

58 AND COUNTING

Tyra Buss secured her 58th-straight game in double figures as she scored a team-high 19 points in the win at Wisconsin on Sunday 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.

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 sixth 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 15 of 21 games this season and hold a +5.5 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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

Cahill recorded her eighth double-double of the season on Jan. 23 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.

HOOSIERS IN THE RPI 

Coming into Thursday’s game, Indiana sits at No. 53 in the NCAA RPI while Michigan State comes in at No. 60. Overall, the Big Ten features nine 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 – 1,384 (13th)

                • Alexis Gassion – 1,212 (16th)

                • Amanda Cahill – 1,131 (19th)

BUSS CLIMBS THE BOOKS

Buss has now made her way into the top 10 of both assists (T8th, 341) and steals (7th, 189). She sits at No. 13 all-time on the career scoring list with 1,384 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 119 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 (1,384)

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 13.8 points per game and the team’s second leading rebounder grabbing 6.1 boards per contest. She is also second in assists (4.5 per game) and holds a 50.2 field goal percentage. Her 3.1 assist to turnover ratio is leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth in the nation. Gassion has also posted 18 games in double figures this season including the last 14 of 15 games.

UP NEXT

Indiana comes home to face No. 3/3 Maryland in a Sunday tilt on ESPN2. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. ET inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

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