Women's Basketball Defeats Hoosier Lady Stars, 77-49, in Exhibition Opener
Nov. 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Jamie Braun netted a team-high 17 points as the Indiana women's basketball team opened exhibition play with a 77-49 win over the Hoosier Lady Stars on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Assembly Hall. Senior Nikki Smith added 13 points, while junior Whitney Thomas tallied 12 points and a team-best seven boards in the win.
Junior Kim Roberson opened the first half with a lay-up at the 19:55 mark that sparked a 17-0 Hoosier run. Indiana held the Hoosier Lady Stars scoreless until the 14:44 mark when Amy Amstutz-Watson sank a 3-pointer to put her squad on the board. IU maintained its defense for the remainder of the half while expanding its lead to take a 47-24 advantage into the break.
The Hoosiers held the Lady Stars to just 3-pointers in the first half as they shot 23.5 percent from the field.
The Hoosiers opened the second half with a 6-2 run to build up a 27-point lead, 53-26, with 18:12 remaining in the game. However, a 19-7 Hoosier Lady Star run cut IU's lead to 60-45, with 9:29 remaining in the game. A pair of Braun free throws ignited a 17-3 Indiana run that capped a 77-49 win for the Hoosiers.
Thomas shot 5-of-8 from the field to go along with seven boards and added a team-high three steals. Braun sank 6-of-9 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and tallied three assists in her first game as IU's starting point guard.
The Hoosiers shot 46.9 (30-64) percent from the floor and 84.6 (11-13) percent from the free throw line. IU outrebounded the Lady Stars 51-38 and held them to 23.5 (16-68) percent shooting from the field on the game, and 33.3 (12-36) percent from beyond the arc.
Indiana wraps up exhibition action on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when it hosts the Showtime Skins at 7 p.m. on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall.
Indiana vs. Hoosier Lady Stars
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
"I thought our kids played youthful, and what I mean by that is that they played free. And if we can continue to have them play free throughout the season, I think we are going to have an exciting team to watch. We are going to make mistakes along the way and we are certainly going to have some bumps and bruises. But if we continue to play as free as we did today, the best is yet to come."
On the positives and negatives from the game:
"With a team that was as tired as the Hoosier Lady Stars, we gave up too many points. I thought we should have held them to 30-35 points because they weren't doing anything but shooting three's. But we didn't play with enough passion, defensively, and we will get better with that."
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