Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Upset No. 15/16 Kentucky To Take Women's Sports Foundation Classic Title

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Jamie Braun was named MVP of the tournament following the game, in which she led all players with a career-high 18 points.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Jamie Braun was named MVP of the tournament following the game, in which she led all players with a career-high 18 points.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 12, 2006

    Box Score

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Freshman Jamie Braun scored a career-high 18 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated No. 15/16 Kentucky, 54-51, to take home the 2006 Women's Sports Foundation Classic title on Nov. 12 at Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum.

    Braun, who earned Most Valuable Player honors for her play at the tournament following the game, scored the Hoosiers final seven points to give IU the victory.

    With the win over Kentucky (1-1), the Hoosiers (2-0) defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since upsetting then-No. 20/21 Minnesota on March 3, 2006, during the Big Ten Tournament. The last time that IU had defeated a top-15 foe was Feb. 19, 2006, when it toppled then-No. 10/10 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., in overtime.

    The Wildcats jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the contest, only to see that advantage diminish as the Hoosiers posted a 7-0 run, cutting Kentucky's lead to two, 13-11, on a three-point play by sophomore Kim Roberson. A jumper by Chante` Bowman halted IU's run and sparked a 12-0 run that put the Wildcats up, 24-11, with 7:29 to go in the half. A jumper from senior Carrie Smith stopped the UK run and started another IU run, this time an 15-4 stretch where Indiana held the Wildcats without a field goal for nearly six and half minutes. A pair of jumpers by the Wildcats in the final minute of the half sent the two teams to the locker room with Kentucky leading, 32-26.

    The Hoosiers came out firing in the second half, as a pair of three's from Carrie Smith and Roberson tied the game at 32-32 with 17:54 on the clock. That forced the Wildcats to call a time out. Following the quick break, a jumper from Bowman put the `Cats up 34-32, but a layup from sophomore Whitney Thomas tied the game back up at 34-34, with 17:08 on the clock. A jumper from senior Leah Enterline gave IU a two-point advantage, 36-34, but a fastbreak layup from Carly Omerud tied the game back up at 36-36, with 16:01 on the clock. A three-pointer from Braun and a pair of free throws from Nikki Smith put Indiana up, 41-36, with 11:43 to go. At the 11:22 mark, Kentucky's Jenny Pfeiffer sank a fastbreak layup to cut IU's lead to 41-38, but a layup from Carrie Smith increased the Hoosiers' lead to 43-38 with 10:06 to go.



    After two minutes in which neither team found the bottom of the basket, Oremrod sank two from the charity stripe to cut the Hoosier lead to just three at 43-30. Another free throw, this time by Sarah Elliott at the 5:47mark made the score 43-41, but IU answered back on a jumper by freshman Michelle Carr to bring the lead back to four points at 45-41 with just under five minutes to play.

    Kentucky knotted the score at 47-47 with 3:25 to play on two free throws from Samantha Mahoney, but Braun took over and hit two key three-pointers, one at 2:35 and the other at 1:56, to keep IU ahead at 53-49. Although the Wildcats sank two free throws in the closing minute to come back within three, Braun iced the game for the Hoosiers with one from the charity stripe herself with just 25 seconds remaining.

    Kentucky led the battle of the boards, 53-44, but IU held the Wildcats to just 24.6 percent (17-of-69) shooting from the floor in the contest. The Hoosiers shot 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field while tallying a 62.5 percent (10-of-16) mark from the line. Twenty-two of Indiana's points came off of the bench in the win.

    In addition to her game-leading 18 points, Braun also picked up nine rebounds, five of which came on the defensive end of the court, as well as one block and one steal. Carrie Smith added 10 points for the Hoosiers and also tallied six rebounds. Robertson, who earned All-Tournament honors for her play during the Hoosiers' opening two games, had eight points in the contest, as did Nikki Smith.

    Kentucky was led by Ormerod with 14 points. She also had three rebounds in the game while Jennifer Humphrey led all players with 12 rebounds in addition to eight points scored. Elliott also had three blocks to lead all players.

    The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington and will open the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 15, against Valparaiso in Assembly Hall. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

    Quotes from Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    Opening statement
    "What a great women's basketball game with the battle of defense between the Wildcats and the Hoosiers. All of our hearts were out there. We played with such passion and enthusiasm for the game. I have a lot of respect for Mickie (DeMoss) and for what she has done with this program. Kentucky is a force to be reckoned with in the SEC. Our young women played really hard. We talk about not looking at the score. We talk about leaving our legacy at Indiana. We don't play for the score. We play for each other. I'm just really proud of our players, but we have a long way to go. I'm just really happy to see some of our hard work pay off early."

    On holding Kentucky to 14.7 percent shooting in the second half
    "We believe in our defense. We kept them guessing and sometimes, even I, would get a little stagnant with our defense and try let it be an opportunity for the players to read it. Our players were just trying to come up with different opportunities. Their role is to make different calls if they see something that needs to be changed. They made about four or five different calls on the defense that really worked in our favor. This is our team. I just happen to be in the sidelines in a suit and they are on the court. Our players made a couple of key changes on our defense that made it a little bit more difficult for the Wildcats."

    On beating a ranked opponent
    "It means a lot. This win is huge for Indiana women's basketball and for our community. We're here to leave our legacy. We're not just here to win basketball games. This is a life lesson that we're teaching our players that we can come in a beat somebody. I hope this is the beginning of something really special."

    Freshman Jamie Braun
    On coming back from a 13-point deficit
    "We've down in other situations and we just know that we have to keep fighting. We knew we were still in the game."

    On holding Kentucky to 14.7 percent shooting in the second half
    "It gives us a chance to get on the boards and get some offense going for ourselves."

    On hitting back-to-back three-pointers in the final two and half minutes of the game
    "I think it started earlier with getting some easy shots from my teammates. I just hit the first one and was feeling it, so I took a chance on the second one. I just saw the rim."

    On beating a ranked opponent
    "It helps give our team a lot of confidence knowing that we can hang with the big ones."

    Sophomore Kim Roberson
    On coming back from a 13-point deficit
    "That's the type of mentality we have instilled in our team this year. We never give up. We have been in situations like this in practice and so far it has paid off."

    On beating a ranked opponent
    "It's a great momentum booster for our future. We want to start a legacy and this is the right step forward. Hopefully, we'll continue on from this game and get better."


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