Thomas Reaches 1,000 Career Points, Hoosiers Beat Iowa, 76-54
Jan. 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point as one of three Hoosiers (10-2, 3-0) to reach double-figures in a 76-54 win over Iowa (8-6, 1-2), on Sunday, Jan. 4. The win was the ninth straight for Indiana, which is the longest win streak since the 1998-99 team won nine in a row.
Thomas ended the day with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and 27th of her career. She also added a career-high four blocked shots, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes. Thomas reached her 1,000th career point at the 19:45 mark to become the 20th Hoosier to reach that milestone. She is also the ninth active player in the Big Ten to reach the 1,000-point mark.
Junior Jamie Braun led all players with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. She added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Senior Kim Roberson scored 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
The Hoosiers opened the game holding the Hawkeyes scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the game, while keeping Iowa in single-digit points until the 10:03 mark, building up a 19-8 lead. A jumper by JoAnn Hamlin at the eight minute mark put Iowa in the double-digits, but the Hoosiers maintained their defense and used a 23-7 run in the final 8:47 of the first half to take a 42-17 lead into the break.
Indiana came out strong in the second stanza, increasing its lead 46-17 within the first minute on a jumper by Thomas and a layup from senior Amber Jackson. A 3-pointer by Megan Skouby at the 18:49 mark decreased the Hoosier advantage to 26, 46-20. Indiana went on to lead by as many as 29 for the 76-54 win.
The Hoosiers shot 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the floor and won the battle of the boards, 36-28. Iowa shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from the field.
The Hawkeyes were led by Skouby with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, and Hamlin added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the effort.
Indiana will hit the road next week and take on Minnesota Jan. 8 and Penn State Jan. 11.
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