March 1, 2007
Indiana vs. Iowa Box Score
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sarah McKay and Kim Roberson combined for 40 points as the ninth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers knocked off No. 8 Iowa, 67-53, in the first round of the 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Roberson led all players with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 3-of-5 shooting from the charity stripe. McKay sank 8-of-17 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, for her 19 points and added six rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Hoosiers (18-12) jumped out with an early 9-0 lead, only to see the Hawkeyes (14-16) use a 17-11 run, sparked by a Jenne Graham layup, to cut Indiana's advantage to just three, 20-17, with 6:33 remaining in the stanza. A pair of free throws from Vanita Smart started a 16-4 Hoosier run in the final 3:47 of the first half, which included seven points from Roberson, and sent the two teams into the break with Indiana leading, 34-21.
Iowa's Nicole VanderPol sank the first basket of the second half, which started an 11-8 Hawkeye run that cut IU's lead to 10, 42-32, with 12:17 remaining in the game. A jumper by Roberson, followed by a pair of free throws and a layup from McKay, increased the Hoosiers advantage to 16, 48-32. However, the Hawkeyes responded with a free throw from VanderPol and a 3-pointer from Lindsey Nyenhuis to cut the Indiana's lead to 12. The Hawkeyes matched the Hoosiers, 17-17, in the final seven minutes, but Indiana maintained a double-digit advantage for the 53-67 win.
Indiana shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the floor and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line, while holding the Hawkeyes to 35.5 percent (22-of-62) shooting from the field and 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from beyond the arc. Iowa held the advantage on the boards, 39-36.
Braun registered a team-best nine rebounds, while Whitney Thomas was right behind her with eight. Freshman Shanice Billington played a career-high 26 minutes and tallied a career-best four assists.
VanderPol led Iowa with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Hoosiers will meet top-seeded No. 5/6 Ohio State in tomorrow's 6 p.m. ET quarterfinal game in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers battle with the Buckeyes will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, except in Chicago, where the game will be tape delayed at 1:30 a.m. ET. The game will also be aired on tape delay on Fox Sports Pittsburgh at 3 a.m. ET.
Jeremy Gray will call the action live from Indianapolis on WHCC 105.1 FM.
Indiana vs. Iowa
March 1, 2007
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
"We're just honored to be here and we just hope we represent the Big Ten in a great light. Our team is very focused, we're going to overachieve all the way to the end, and I'm just really proud of them. I'm proud of them from yesterday, I'm proud of them today, and I'm proud of what they're going to do moving forward in this tournament. I thought it was a collective effort on our part, and we played as one. We were not going to be bigger, stronger and faster than any team possibly in this tournament, however, if we stay together, I think that we can continue to make good things happen for our program."
On the defense overall
"The first time we played them (Iowa), we realized we stood around and stayed in one defense too long, and what we tried to do was put them on their heels a little bit by changing up the defense, whether it was just a small tweak or a major change in the defense, and that created them to think a little bit longer, and then when they had to take the shot, the clock was ticking and it was a little bit more duress."
On her first game as a head coach in the Big Ten Tournament
"Just excitement. I love this time of year. You know, ever since I was a kid March just did something for me. I love the game of basketball, and just to be a part of competing in March is really exciting to me. The Big Ten is first class, and when we were here four, five years ago with Michigan State and we were trying to build a program then, I just really wanted to be a part of it a little bit longer than the one game that we played them. And I hoped that I'd have this opportunity, and God blessed me with an opportunity to be the head coach here and we got to a second game here. My cup overflows. I just really want to continue to represent Indiana in the Big Ten in a first class way."
On the bench
"I don't believe in the bench, I believe that we have eight players. We can't start eight, so we have to play our walk on came in and gave some incredible minutes. Kim did a great job, and Leah and Nikki had to come off the bench in the second half, and they became bench players if you look at it that way. And I thought Leah gave some attack mode down the stretch that really gave us a little bit more energy. We're just the elite eight, and we're going to continue to ride this train until the wheels fall off."
Sophomore Kim Roberson
On her offensive spark in the game
"I was just fortunate enough to run the court. We talked all week about pushing the ball, and I was fortunate to attack and make things happen on the wings."
On doing the little things like maintaining defense
"Well, I'm going to always try to give my team whatever I can. The little things is hard, so I'm going to try to play with all that so our team is going to be on top in the end."
On the defense overall
"We come in every game, our staple is our defense. We try to hold our teams to 59 points. Our defense creates offense, so we were lucky to stop people and be in the right positions. As Sarah said, we communicated very well tonight."
Senior Sarah McKay
On the defense overall
"Our defense was all about talking, the way we move from position to position, letting each other know where we are on the court. When we talk, we're pretty good out there. We try and switch it up and try and take teams by surprise, and as long as we do our job, we can stop pretty much anyone."
On facing Jessica Davenport in the quarterfinals game
"I go into every game the same way, play hard, do what I can and know my teammates are going to back me up. It's just another game, it just happens to be a big one, and we're just going to get the job done."