Hoosiers Open Season with 75-53 Win Over Wake Forest
Nov. 10, 2006
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Indiana women's basketball team opened the 2006-07 season with a convincing, 75-53, win over Wake Forest in the opening game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic at the University of Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 10.
"The ACC is one of the best conferences in the nation," Legette-Jack said. "Wake Forest has a young team and so do we, but our young players kept up their intensity throughout the game and I am so proud of them."
Down, 22-16, with 7:36 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers (1-0) held the Demon Deacons (0-1) without a field goal while racking up a 17-1 run to take a 33-23 lead into the half.
Wake Forest, one of the tallest teams in the nation, jumped out of the half scoring back-to-back buckets from Alex Tchangoue and Corinne Groves to cut Indiana's lead to six, 33-27, however, the Hoosiers used an 18-3 run to take a 21-point advantage, 51-30, with 16:16 to go in the game. Indiana held at least a 14-point lead on Wake Forest through the remainder of the second half en route to the 75-53 win.
The Demon Deacons took advantage of some IU turnovers in the first half and jumped out a 13-2 lead at the 16:46 mark. But a 20-9 Indiana run put the Hoosiers right back in the game, tying the score at 22-22 on a three-point play from sophomore Whitney Thomas with 6:01 to go in the half. Freshman Jamie Braun broke the tie on a layup with 5:04 to go, giving the Hoosiers the lead for good.
Wake Forest held the advantage on the boards, 42-40, however, Indiana held the Demon Deacons to just 29.0 percent (18-of-62) shooting from the floor on the game. The Hoosiers shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the line.
Junior Nikki Smith chipped in with 13 points (11 in the second half) and a career- and team-high seven rebounds, and Braun tallied a career-high 10 points and four assists, adding to Roberson's team-high 17 points.
Groves led all players with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Wake Forest's Yolanda Lavender scored 13 points, Melissa Washington added 12 points and Tchangoue added 12 rebounds in the effort.
Indiana will play tournament host Kentucky on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. (EST) in the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic.
Quotes from head coach Felisha Legette-Jack
On Nikki Smith's performance in the second half
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