Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Close Home Slate with 83-59 Win Over Northwestern

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Sarah McKay netted a game-high 21 points as IU celebrated Senior Night in Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Sarah McKay netted a game-high 21 points as IU celebrated Senior Night in Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 22, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team closed its home season with an 83-59 win over Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Assembly Hall.

    Senior Sarah McKay led all players with 21 points, while Jamie Braun netted 14 and Kim Roberson scored 13 off the bench. Whitney Thomas added 12 points and Nikki Smith scored 11 points.

    The Hoosiers (17-10, 6-9 Big Ten) darted out to an 8-0 lead, only to see the Wildcats (8-21, 2-14) respond with 10 unanswered points to take the 10-8 advantage. However, the Hoosiers bounced back immediately, outscoring Northwestern, 37-12, to take a 49-22 lead into the break.

    McKay and Braun combined for 22 points in the first stanza, while Braun grabbed six boards.

    The Wildcats used a 21-8 run in the second half to cut Indiana's lead to 14, but a 3-pointer from Kim Roberson sparked a 10-0 Hoosier run that increased its lead to 25, 68-43, with 10:13 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers never looked back, maintaining at least a 21-point lead en route to an 83-59 victory.

    Indiana shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from downtown. The Hoosiers also won the battle on the boards, 39-31, and tallied 11 steals off of 21 Northwestern miscues.

    McKay sank 7-of-13 from the field and hit a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Roberson and Smith combined for all six of IU's 3-pointers. Braun registered a game-high nine rebounds, six of which were off the offensive glass, and Roberson came away with five steals.

    Northwestern had four players reach double figures and were led by A.J. Glasauer with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.

    The Hoosiers wrap up the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 25, when they visit Penn State. Tip-off against the Lady Lions is slated for 2 p.m. ET.

    Indiana vs. Northwestern
    Feb. 22, 2007
    Postgame Quotes

    Head Coach Felisha Leggette-Jack
    On the three seniors:
    "They've done so much for this program. They stayed through it all and that's where our character comes from, that's where our cohesiveness comes from. We have a lot of season left, but tonight we wanted to take the time to celebrate them.

    We came out focused, and because of their love for those three women, our kids came out and played really nice-looking basketball in the first 20 minutes. We struggled a little bit in the second half but they bounced back, and that just shows you how important they are to us."

    On having such a large lead at halftime and the impact that it had on the team:
    "We are going to continue to grow as a team and we want to be a postseason-driven team, and a postseason-driven team doesn't look at the score. I think we got a little lax in the first two or three minutes of the second half, but we bounced back. We're going to run the practices and break the film down and continue to get better."

    On what the team has to do to improve heading into the postseason:
    "Until we hold a team to zero, we can always improve our defense. We're going to really focus in on that - we saw some weak links in our defense that we really have to deal with. We feel like we have to put a few more offensive sets in going into the postseason. There's a lot of work to be done, but it's a great feeling when you have eight great young women who rise to the challenge and attack the victory."

    Senior center Sarah McKay
    On what it feels like to finish up her career at home:
    "I never could have predicted these four years turning out like this, but I wouldn't change a second of it. It's great to celebrate tonight like we did, especially with the victory and everyone playing well and coming together. But, we've got a lot of games left. I'm not ready for my college career to be over. We're going to get this win on Sunday, go hard in the tournament and keep playing."

    Senior guard Leah Enterline
    On what it feels like to finish up her career at home:
    "Yeah, this is our last home game, but we've got a lot more games to play. The last four years have been a rollercoaster ride. We had some really good times and we had some changes that were made and some difficult times, but all and all, we stuck together and our team pulled through. We were able to do something special here, so we aren't ready to be done for a while."

    Freshman guard Jamie Braun
    On her play in the game:
    "I just go out there and try and play as hard as I can. I get the open looks and I take them. My teammates have been great, giving me good passes and some easy looks."




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