Game 17 WBB Notes: Illinois at Indiana
Jan. 12, 2011
GAME 17 - Illinois (6-10, 1-2) at Indiana (8-8, 2-2)Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 // 7 p.m. ET / 6 CT // Assembly Hall (17.357) // Bloomington, Ind.
Seeing Double: Sophomore forward Karisma Penn has posted 10 double-doubles so far this season to lead the Big Ten and rank third in the nation. She had a string of six straight double-doubles snapped on Sunday when she had eight points and a career-high 17 boards against Indiana.
All-Around Player: Illinois' Karisma Penn is the only player in the conference that ranks in the top-four in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. Entering Thursday's game at Indiana, the Shaker Heights, Pa., native is fourth in the conference in scoring (16.8 ppg), second in rebounding (10.4 rpg), second in blocks (2.9 bpg) and third in steals (2.4 spg). She also ranks 11th in the Big Ten in FG percentage, while her 2.9 blocks per game is good for 13th in the nation.
Three D: The Fighting Illini defense is allowing opponents to shoot just 25.6 percent from three-point range this season, which leads the Big Ten and ranks 17th nationally. Entering last Sunday's game, Northwestern was shooting 38 percent from downtown, 14th-best in the nation, but hit just 3-of-24 (12.5 percent) against the Illini.
Bench Production: The Fighting Illini bench stepped up big against Northwestern last Sunday with a season-high 46 points. Amber Moore (17 points), Adrienne GodBold (16 points) and Alexis Burke (13 points) did the damage of the Illini, combining to outscore the Wildcat bench by 41 points. For the season, Illinois' reserves are outscoring the opposing bench by an average of 22.1-13.3.
Free Throw Turnaround: Illinois appears to have turned around its early-season free throw shooting woes. Through 12 games, the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten at 61.4 percent. However, they've knocked down 51-of-68 (75.0 percent) from the charity stripe over the last four games to lift their season average to 64.7 percent. Karisma Penn has hit 23-of-30 (.767) from the line during that stretch, improving her percentage from 59.4 to 63.3.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
The Hoosiers are led by senior Jori Davis, the Big Ten's third-leading scorer at 18.5 ppg. Davis also pulls down 6.6 boards per game and has gotten to the free throw line a Big Ten-best 137 times, making 107 (.774). Champaign native Hope Elam is averaging 10.6 ppg, while Whitney Lindsey chips in 10.5 ppg and leads the team in steals (2.5) and assists (4.3). As a team, the Hoosiers rank third in the Big Ten in steals.
The Illinois-Indiana Series: Indiana owns a 32-27 advantage over Illinois in the all-time series, and leads 19-8 in games played in Bloomington, Ind. Last season, the Hoosiers swept the two regular season matchups, winning 50-48 win in Bloomington on Jan. 7 and 67-54 in Champaign on Feb. 7. The Illini got a measure of revenge on the Hoosiers in the Big Ten Tournament, however, knocking them out in the first round, 59-53. Illinois' last win in Bloomington was on Feb. 8, 2009, 66-59. Illinois coach Jolette Law is 4-3 against the Hoosiers as a head coach.
PENN FILLING BIG SHOES
Stat Penn '10-11 Smith '07-08 Points per game 16.8 18.3 Rebounds per game 10.4 9.4 Blocks per game 2.9 1.7 Steals per game 2.4 1.1 Field Goal Percentage .486 .503 Minutes per game 32.8 37.3
Big Game KP: Penn has set career-highs of 30 points, 17 rebounds, seven blocks and six steals already this year and has tallied 10 double-doubles, the most in the Big Ten and third most in the nation.
Block Party: Only 16 games into her sophomore season, Penn is already climbing up the UI career blocks list. After breaking the UI freshman record with 57 swats last year, Penn has added 46 so far this season to bring her career total to 103. She currently sits sixth on the UI career blocks list and has already cracked the top-eight on the UI single season list.
Penn POW: Penn picked up her second Big Ten Player of the Week accolade of the season on Jan. 3 after averaging 19.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2.7 blocks in three games from Dec. 27-Jan. 2. She also took home co-Player of the Week honors on Dec. 20 after going for 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in Illinois' win over UIC at the United Center on Dec. 18.
THE FIGHTING ILLINI ARE...
WHERE ARE THE SENIORS?
LAST TIME OUT: NU WIN STREAK COMES TO AN END
Illinois had two chances to send the game into a second overtime, but redshirt freshman Amber Moore's three with seven seconds left rattled in and out and then junior Lana Rukavina had her game-tying three blocked by NU's Amy Jaeschke with two seconds left to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Several Illini came off the bench to have big games in defeat. Amber Moore hit 5-of-9 from behind the arc for a career-high 17 points, while Adrienne GodBold set or tied career-highs with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Alexis Burke made 5-of-7 shots for 13 points. In all, the Illini bench outscored NU's bench 46-5.
Karisma Penn had her string of six straight double-doubles snapped, finishing with just eight points, but did find other ways to contribute as she pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds.