Hoosiers Close Exhibition Slate with 74-61 Win Over Northern Kentucky
Nov. 6, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team closed the exhibition slate with a convincing 74-61 win over Northern Kentucky on Monday, Nov. 6 at Assembly Hall. Led by freshman guard Jamie Braun's game-high 14 points, the Hoosiers utilized an early second-half push to seal the victory.
"Today, we beat a good opponent," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Northern Kentucky is a fantastic team who has a well-seasoned coach. Our players were resilient. Our shots weren't falling at the beginning, but we stayed true to our defense. It was a collective effort today. It's really neat that our young kids are growing up right before our eyes."
Led by a pair of three-point plays from Braun and sophomore forward Whitney Thomas with 16:23 remaining in the second half, IU broke open the 32-32 tie. From there, the Hoosier offense posted an impressive 22-2 run midway through the second half to raise Indiana's lead to 48-34.
Indiana continued to increase its lead as junior guard Nikki Smith, senior forward Carrie Smith and senior center Sarah McKay sank eight free throws increasing the Hoosiers' lead to 63-52 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the game. At the 3:03 point, Smith sank a long three-pointer from the top of the key to increase the Hoosiers' lead to 66-54.
The Hoosiers refused to let up, claiming the 74-61 victory to head into the regular season riding a pair of exhibition wins.
Indiana and Northern Kentucky traded baskets in the opening minutes of the contest that included three lead changes in the first 10 minutes. The Hoosiers extended their lead to 17-13 with just under eight minutes into the half thanks to three unanswered baskets from Braun and freshman forward Michelle Carr.
With four minutes remaining in the first stanza, the Norse knotted the score at 19-19. McKay netted her first three-pointer of the game which put IU back on top, 22-20, with just under a minute left in the half, but a half court shot by Nicole Chiodi just before the buzzer gave Northern Kentucky the 26-24 halftime lead.
At the half, McKay and Nikki Smith both notched five first half points with McKay recording an impressive four blocks and seven rebounds.
For the game, the Hoosiers shot 80.6 percent from the charity stripe, led by Nikki Smith's 11-of-12 performance from the line. As a team, Indiana shot 35.7 percent from both the field and from three-point range.
Individually, Braun recorded a game-high 14 points, while Nikki Smith added 13 points and two rebounds and Carrie Smith netted 10 points to go along with six boards. McKay led the IU in rebounds, hauling in eight.
Indiana opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 in Lexington, Ky., at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic. The Hoosiers will take on Wake Forest at 6 p.m. EST in the tournament's opening game. The game can be heard locally on WHCC-FM 105.1.
On the free throws:
On the team's play tonight:
Freshman Jamie Braun
Junior Nikki Smith
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