Women's Basketball

    Braun Scores 18 As Hoosiers Defeat Showtime Skins, 80-37

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Whitney Lindsay connected six times with her teammates to lead the Hoosiers in assists against the Showtime Skins.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Whitney Lindsay connected six times with her teammates to lead the Hoosiers in assists against the Showtime Skins.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 6, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Jamie Braun led three Hoosiers in double-digits with 18 points as the Indiana women's basketball team concluded exhibition play with an 80-37 win on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    The Hoosiers started off strong again in their second exhibition contest holding the Showtime Skins scoreless for nearly the first four minutes as they built up a 19-0 lead. With 16:03 on clock, Cyanne Mather got the Skins on the board sinking a free throw to make the score 19-1. However, IU's offense worked just as hard as its defense as the Hoosiers built up a 40-point advantage to head into the break with a 53-13 lead.

    Indiana held the Showtime Skins to just three field goals in the first half, all of which were 3-pointers.

    The Hoosiers never let up in the second half as they maintained at least a 33-point lead en route to an 80-37 win.

    Braun sank 8-of-12 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Amber Jackson scored 14 points and freshman Ebony Jackson added 11 points. Junior Whitney Thomas led IU with eight rebounds, while freshman Whitney Lindsay tallied six assists.

    IU shot 45.3 (34-75) percent from the floor and 38.1 (8-21) percent from the 3-point line, while holding the Skins to 19.7 (12-61) percent from field on the game. The Skins won the battle of the boards 49-46.

    The Hoosiers open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 when they host Albany at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall.

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    Postgame quotes

    Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack

    Opening Statement:
    "It felt really good to get out and play competitive basketball again. It was good to see Amber (Jackson) get out there and shed the dust and play `Amber Jackson' basketball. And Whitney (Lindsay) has always been an aggressive player and it was good to see her go out there and play with tenacity and a purpose."

    "As a team I think that we still have a lot of growing to do. Having this team that was not really tall or strong out rebound us is something that we are going to look at on film and certainly something we will work on in practice. Our defense has to define us and tonight their shots weren't falling. I don't think we did a good enough job from actually stopping them from scoring."

    About the progress the team has made in the preseason and their readiness to open the season:
    "Absolutely we are ready. We have no choice. I certainly would like us to become a better defending team. I think that right now it is uncomfortable to talk amongst the players as they try to figure out where they need to be in our match up. I think once we get more comfortable with our role in the defense we will be a little bit more excited to help each other out."

    About getting out to a fast start in each game:
    "It is credit to the team that we come out so focused and our challenge is to maintain that focus. I thought in the first half we went out there and decided we were going to make a statement. In the second half I think we looked at the score and played to their level even though we tried to stay focused on just playing basketball. That is the sign of a good team. A good team doesn't see the score; they just continue to play with a purpose. We are a good team but we just have to continue to get better."

    Looking ahead to the season opener:
    "We have to continue to work on our box out and our defense and our talking within the defense. Everything revolves around our defensive purpose."

    Junior Forward Amber Jackson

    "Tonight I felt more relaxed. After the first game I learned not to put so much pressure on myself. It was my first game and I felt nervous but tonight I felt more like myself."

    On getting out to a quick scoring start tonight:
    "My teammates found me. I had a couple of good passes from Jamie Braun. I just tried to position myself and posted up hard and got the easy looks."

    Freshman Guard Whitney Lindsay

    On having post players to get the ball to:
    "It is nice because in high school I didn't have post players. To have people actually catching my passes now is exciting."

    On her defense:
    "Playing defense is where I am most comfortable. I know that I play with a lot of intensity and I think that really helped our team tonight."




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