Feb. 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five Hoosiers scored in double figures, led by Sarah McKay's second consecutive double-double, as the Indiana women's basketball team upended Wisconsin, 83-56, on Thursday, Feb. 1, in Assembly Hall. The win ended a five-game slide for Indiana.
McKay registered her second straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Nikki Smith led the Hoosiers with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers. Freshman Jamie Braun added 14 points and sophomores Kim Roberson and Whitney Thomas netted 11 and 10, respectively. Thomas also grabbed 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.
The Hoosiers (14-9, 3-7 Big Ten) got on the scoreboard early and often, holding the Badgers scoreless for the first six minutes of the game to take a 19-0 lead. Danielle Ward hit a layup for the Badgers (16-7, 5-5) at the 13:59 mark to stop Wisconsin's scoring drought, but Indiana never let up, outscoring Wisconsin 27-18 in final 12:37 of the first stanza to take a 46-20 lead into the break.
Indiana kept rolling in the second half as it used an 18-14 run to take a 30-point lead on the Badgers, 64-34, with 10:11 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers went on to maintain at least a 23-point lead en route an 83-56 routing of the Badgers.
The Hoosiers shot 47.6 percent (30-of-63) from the floor and 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from downtown, while holding the Badgers to 30.2 percent (19-of-63) shooting from the field and 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from the 3-point line.
Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson led all players with 23 points, while Janese Banks grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
Indiana returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Feb. 4, when it hosts Minnesota at 2 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
Indiana vs. Wisconsin
Feb. 1, 2007
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
"We finally got our swagger back. We played with a lot of intensity, we played with a purpose and we played with an energy of confidence. This is all we've been trying to do with this team, is let them know that they, too, belong in this race but they have to be out there and take what belongs to them. Today they went out there and played as a team. They played focused basketball for 40 minutes and tonight we beat a really good team. Wisconsin is fantastic. They are going to do some great things down the stretch and maybe even get into postseason play. We belong somewhere up there as well, and each game we play we just want to go out there and represent Indiana women's basketball with the swagger that we had tonight."
On the shooting of the team in the opening moments of the game after the past few games:
"As strange as it sounds, we are a very good shooting team, we just lost our focus. We'd shoot and pray that it goes in instead of shooting believing that it's going in, because we are paying the price. We got back in the gym and they are fighting to take back what they think belongs to them. It's their confidence, their desire and their intestinal fortitude."
On the team's defensive strategy:
"We played our same matchup. Jolene Anderson is a fantastic player, Janese Banks is a great player as well, but we said, `Let our defense speak for us and not individual players.' We locked in on the defense, and in the middle and end of the game we really started paying a lot of attention to Anderson because she was really starting to feel good about herself, but prior to that we just played our kind of defense and that seemed to be enough."
On how this win will effect the team in the remaining games:
"Our focus at the beginning of the season was not to look at wins and losses but to get better, and grow as a team and grow as a family. We've done that, and when we started winning a lot more games, we lost that and started looking ahead. Everybody started deciphering what we were going to do in the future and we lost our way. We're not going to do that anymore. The only thing that matters for us right now is our practice on Friday."
Senior center Sarah McKay
On the game:
"It's just getting back to the things that we need to do to win. I'll do what I can to help us get the "W," and I missed a couple easy ones, but Coach always talks about the shooter rebound after the shot, and it helps you get the offensive rebound for a putback, or if I need to be the passer, that's what I'll do. It's just getting back to playing Indiana basketball."
Junior guard Nikki Smith
On if there was a missing ingredient that was there tonight that was not there in other games:
"I don't really think there was a missing ingredient, because we come every night to play hard and that's what we do. Some nights, shots don't fall for us. I feel like we've had three or four games in the Big Ten that could have gone either way and we put up a good fight in every one of those games. We've taken some bumps on the chins and we've learned a lot. We're a really young team and we only have eight people that are playing, but those eight people bring it every single day and that's just what we are going to do the rest of the season."