Feb. 19, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a weekly basis, IUHOOSIERS.com will recognize the top performance in Hoosier Athletics by selecting an IU Athlete of the Week. For the week ending Feb. 18, freshman guard Jamie Braun was the winner. The honor was the first for Braun and the fourth for the IU women's basketball team this season.
Braun led the Hoosiers with a career-high 27 points in an 81-68 win over Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 18. She sank 8-of-15 from the floor and hit a career-high five 3-pointers, while netting 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Braun added seven rebounds in the win.
The 5-8 guard is currently averaging a 10.7 points, second most on the Hoosier squad, and 5.0 rebounds per game. She ranks among the top four in scoring among Big Ten freshmen. Braun also ranks second all-time among IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 40 on the season.
The Hoosiers wrap up the home slate on Thursday, Feb. 22, when IU hosts Northwestern. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 7:05 p.m. EST.
Braun was one of many Hoosier athletes that turned in strong performances on the week, including the women's track and field 4x400-meter relay team, Wil Glover (men's track and field), Ben Hesen (men's swimming and diving), Laura McGaffigan (women's tennis), David Bubenicek (men's tennis), Jennilee Huddleston (softball) and Brandon Becker (wresting).
Women's Track and Field 4x400-Meter Relay Team
Michele Huber, Molly Beckwith, Caitlin Lauer, Stacey Clausing
Indiana won the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:43.88 at the Hoosier Hills meet on Friday, Feb. 16, knocking two seconds off its previous season best.
So. - Indianapolis, Ind. - Sprints
Glover ran his best time of the season in the 60-meter dash, finishing first with a time of 6.84 seconds at the Hoosiers Hills meet on Friday, Feb. 16.
Jr. - Jeffersonville, Ind. - Back/Fly
Hesen won the Big Ten title in the 100-yard backstroke, helping Indiana to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Hesen set a new Big Ten and school record in the 100 back with his time of 45.52. He also set a new school mark in the 200-yard backstroke on the final day of competition, swimming to a time of 1:42.94 to take third place in the event.
Sr. - Davenport, Iowa
At No. 2 singles against Kentucky, McGaffigan upset No. 60 Joelle Schwenk, 6-4, 6-1, on Sunday, Feb. 18. She teamed with Alba Berdala at No. 1 doubles, as the duo fell to third-ranked Kim Coventry and Schwenk, 8-5. No. 37 Indiana upset the No. 21 Wildcats, 5-2.
Sr. - Kromeriz, Czech Republic
Bubenicek helped Indiana sweep DePauw and Eastern Kentucky this past week. He went 2-0 in singles, including a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Evan Webeler of DePauw, who is ranked seventh in Division III. Bubenicek teamed up with Dara McLoughlin in doubles to go 2-0.
Jr. - Peachtree City, Ga. - 3B
Huddleston hit .417 in the Hoosiers' opening weekend, helping Indiana start the season with a 2-3 showing at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas. Huddleston picked up hits in four of IU's five games, including a 2-for-3 effort against Southern Illinois. Her fourth-inning home run against Centenary on Friday, Feb. 16, proved to be the game-winning run in the Hoosiers' 3-0 victory. For the week, she scored had five hits in 12 at bats, drew three walks, scored four runs and collected four RBI. She had a double and a home run on the weekend, giving her a .750 slugging percentage.
Jr. - Mickelton, N.J. - 157 pounds
Becker finished off his regular season with a 3-0 victory over No. 5 Craig Henning of Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 18. It marked the second time that Becker has beaten Henning this season, as the two-time All-American has dealt Henning his only two losses this season. Becker also defeated Michigan State's Tony Greathouse in the Hoosiers' 23-15 victory on Friday, Feb. 16. Becker is now 25-5 on the season heading into the Big Ten Tournament.