Women's Basketball

    Thomas Posts Double-Double as Indiana Women's Basketball Defeats Indianapolis, 66-35, in Exhibition Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers wrap up exhibition play on Monday, Nov. 6 against Northern Kentucky.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers wrap up exhibition play on Monday, Nov. 6 against Northern Kentucky.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 3, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Whitney Thomas led all players with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated the University of Indianapolis, 66-35, in its exhibition opener at Assembly Hall.

    With the score tied, 7-7, at the 15:57 mark in the first half, a back-to-back jumper and a three-pointer from freshman Jamie Braun started a 15-4 Indiana run that gave the Hoosiers a 22-11 advantage with 9:47 to go in the half. The Greyhounds broke the run on a Jessica Canary jumper and followed with a three-point play from Molly Maack, cutting IU's lead to six, 22-16, at the 6:26 mark. A layup by Carrie Smith with 5:45 to go in the half sparked a 17-2 Hoosier run that put Indiana up 38-18 with 57 seconds left in the first stanza. A pair of free throws from Mandy Geryak cut the Hoosiers' lead to 38-20, however, Thomas scored on a layup with just one second to go in the half, sending the Hoosiers into the locker room with a 40-20 lead.

    Indiana opened the second half on a 12-3 run to increase the lead to 52-23 and maintained at least a 23-point advantage en route to the 66-35 win.

    "I really enjoyed our players' intensity," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "They have been beating up each other in practice for the last few weeks and it was great to get out there and see what we're made of. You can't control shots going in, but you can control your effort and I really thought our team showed a great effort out there defensively. We're excited about where we are, but we certainly have a lot of room to improve."

    The Hoosiers held Indianapolis to just 22.0 (7-for-28) percent shooting from the floor and 6.3 (1-for-16) percent shooting from beyond the arc. Indiana also held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Greyhounds, 40-35, and blocked seven of Indianapolis' shots.

    Thomas was 7-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for her 16 points. Braun scored 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the floor and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. Smith recorded her 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field with a three-pointer and tallied three boards and two blocked shots.

    Mandy Geryak led the Greyhounds with nine points and shot 2-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Deanna Thompson led Indianapolis on the boards with six rebounds.

    The Hoosiers wrap up exhibition play on Monday, Nov. 6 when they host Northern Kentucky at 7:05 p.m. on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall. For ticket information, please call 866-IUSPORTS.

    Quotes from IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack

    On balancing the defense with the offense
    "We have to dictate defensively as well as offensively. At the beginning of the game, we were trying to wait to get that perfect shot, instead of the open shot. Our rule is that we would rather shoot it than turn it over, so if you're open you have to take the shot."

    On the first exhibition game of the year
    "I'm new and they're new and it's a new system. Everyone wants to do great and impress each other, including myself. We want to make sure that we have a good system. It's good to get this first one out of the way."

    On having a young team
    "I look in the players' eyes and I see complete passion. They want it as much as I want it. A young team doesn't know what to fear and I would rather have that lack of fear over anything else."

    On Whitney Thomas' performance
    "How lucky am I to have a player like Whitney as a sophomore. She is the most humble person you'll ever meet and the most relentless player you'll ever see. We are fortunate that we have Bloomington North in our backyard."

    Quotes from sophomore Whitney Thomas
    On the first exhibition game
    "We were really glad that we finally got to the first game. At first, I thought the incoming players would be kind of hesitant, but they came out ready to shoot. It's really exciting to see how everyone plays in a game situation."

    Quotes from freshman Jamie Braun
    On her first game as a Hoosier
    "During warm-ups, I was a little jumpy because I was shooting the ball a little hard. But after I got into the flow of the game, I felt comfortable."




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