Aulani Sinclair jumps back into IU record books

There is a feeling of urgency that manifests itself into the rhythm of a senior’s final stretch of games.

It caught up to Aulani Sinclair on Thursday at Iowa.

Sinclair found herself back in the Indiana record books, establishing a new single-season record for 3-pointers with 72. She finished Thursday’s game with 31 points, while shooting 12-of-22 from the field and tying a career high with seven 3-pointers.

“I knew I had to come out tonight and if I had the shot, take it,” she said after the Hoosiers’ 75-70 loss to the Hawkeyes. “I couldn’t pass up open shots. They were going in at the beginning, so I just got that good feeling and kept shooting them. Lots of credit goes to our posts, who would down-screen for me, and our guards set great screens for me to get open for those shots.”

Sinclair joined Indiana’s 1,000 career point club on Jan. 20 and Thursday’s performance moved her into 18th place all-time with 1,131 points.

She’s been the focal point of every team’s game plan since the start of the Big Ten season, and her scoring output has dropped from 20.2 points per game at the start of the conference schedule to 16 ppg after Thursday’s loss. With limited scoring variety on a team that has had only seven scholarship players available leading up to Thursday’s game, Indiana coach Curt Miller can’t afford to take Sinclair off the floor. That’s a testament to her team-high 38 minutes per game.

Despite the attention, Sinclair shed defenders, got open and made the most of her uncontested shots against Iowa. She scored 21 of her points through the first 20 minutes, and her hot start was the key reason for Indiana’s highest-scoring first half of its Big Ten schedule. That’s nothing to scoff at for the most offensively-challenged team in the Big Ten.

The Hoosiers also set a program record on Thursday with 13 3-pointers as a team.

“I’ve watched a lot of film on Indiana and they make hard shots. They make hard shots,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “Tonight they made hard shots. There were a couple where they were open from 3-point range and they probably gained too much confidence from them. But there were a lot of them that were contested pretty well.”

4 comments

  1. Aulani has been a great representative for IU all year long. It is only fitting that she has a game like this in her final year. Aulani is a teriffic shooter who is not overly gifted athletically. Her teammates, as she aludes to in her comments in the article have been incredibly important to her success this year individually. It is truely a shame that her and Jasmine and the rest of the senior class are in their final year and the team has not been able to enjoy the success that they would have liked. This team has for the most part overachieved when you consider their athletic ability. This team is very limited in their talent and this has shown all year long when they started conference play. For the most part, they have competed at a high level but, have been overcome by teams that are quite simply better than them! As new talent comes in next year and with the addition of the redshirted players, hopefully we will see additional wins pile up? It would be great if the largest crowd of the year would show up Sunday for senior day and show these kids their appreciation for the effort that they have given this year! Go Hoosiers!!

  2. I too have enjoyed watching her and think she has represented IU very well…if only she was a little quicker she could play at the next level. I will be there Sunday with my family!

  3. Ron, what bike?? I obviously have no idea what that is in reference to? I do have a bike in my garage at home in Kokomo. I am a women’s season ticket holder but, obviously don’t ride my bike to games since it is a 200 mile round trip. Give me some insite to your question. Thought these posts were in reference to IU women’s basketball??

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