Women's Basketball

    McKay Leads Five in Double-Digits as Hoosiers Win Fourth Straight, Defeat Dayton, 98-71

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Sarah McKay scored a career-high 28 points as the Hoosiers won their fourth straight.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Sarah McKay scored a career-high 28 points as the Hoosiers won their fourth straight.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 19, 2006

    Box Score

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Sarah McKay led five Hoosiers in double-digits with a career-high 28 points as the Indiana women's basketball team won its fourth straight and defeated Dayton, 98-71, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 19.

    Senior Leah Enterline added to McKay's career-high with one of her own as she scored 17 points and was followed by sophomore Whitney Thomas with 13 points, junior Nikki Smith with 11, and senior Carrie Smith with 10 points.

    "As always, I'm just very proud of this team," Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "This 11-headed monster has become very hard to scout. As you've seen today, as on any given day, somebody else can step up. We're just excited to see Sarah McKay do what we know she can do, what we expect from her on a consistent basis. Today, for the first time, I think she realized what we as a coaching staff have already known for a long time. We're just really proud of this team."

    Down by five, 14-9, at the 14:15 mark in the first half, the Hoosiers closed out the half on a 29-12 run by way of 11 points from McKay to take a 38-28 lead into halftime.

    The Flyers cut the score to eight, 38-30, with 19:32 on the clock on a jumper by Jennifer Strong to open the second half. However, Nikki Smith answered with a three-pointer at the 19:06 mark sparking a 25-13 run as the Hoosiers built up a 63-45 lead with 11:58 to go in the game. Indiana went on to outscore the Flyers, 32-26, en route to its 98-71 win.



    Indiana shot 62.3 percent (38-of-61) from the field and 72.7 percent (24-of-33) in the second half alone. The Hoosiers recorded 18 steals against the Flyers.

    In 19 minutes, McKay hit 11-of-12 from the field, including a three-pointer, and 5-of-6 from the line. She sank a perfect 11-of-11 from the field before missing her final attempt with 1:11 to go in the game. Enterline scored 6-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for a second-straight 17-point performance. Thomas shot 6-of-9 from the field for her 13 points and added four steals, three assists and a blocked shot. Nikki Smith scored her 11 points by way of 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc and Carrie Smith shot 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line, while adding a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore Kim Roberson led all players with five assists and also recorded four steals.

    Dayton's Brittany Holterman led all players with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the line.

    Indiana gets back into action on Friday, Nov. 24 when they face Wright State in the opening game of the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament, hosted by the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Catch the Hoosiers in action on the WHCC-FM 105.1 as Mike Hensinger calls the game from the BankUnited Center. Tipoff against the Raiders is 5 p.m. (EST).

    Postgame Quotes
    Indiana Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    On having five players in double digits:
    "That's what we do. We're a team that knows that if we are open, we have to take those open shots. They know that they have to go get the rebound for us. Right now our rebounds are down, and what was disappointing was the lack of discipline in our turnovers. You can't win a lot of games with 21 turnovers. We shot the ball pretty well today, and that made it easy to hide, but that's something we're going to work on - protecting that basketball down the stretch."

    Senior center Sarah McKay
    On having a career night:
    "My teammates were setting me up really well in spots that I can score from, and instilling a confidence in me that I needed to get the job done. The team didn't give up and kept me going. It's definitely the first step of many steps forward for us as a team and me personally. I know I needed a breakout game, and this was it. I'm excited for what's going to happen next."

    On receiving a standing ovation from the crowd:
    "I love the crowd. Our fans are the best. We may not have a packed house, but it sure feels like it with the people that we have come out to our games."

    Senior guard Leah Enterline
    On tying her career-high:
    "I talked with Coach Jack about this a lot, and she just wants us to go out and play. So I'm trying to get back to the way that I came in here playing, and being the confrontational guard that I am. Every game now, that's the mindset that I'm going to have. In order for our team to have that kind of mindset, I have to be that way."

    On getting down the floor for open layups:
    "I think one thing is that I know that every single guard on my team can handle the ball. So if they get it and I see an opening, I'm gone. I'm going to run the floor as hard as I can, and that's the biggest thing. My teammates do a good job of getting the ball ahead and seeing that open layup. Even sometimes there might be two or three people in front of them. Kim Roberson and Jamie Brown both, they do a great job of getting the ball ahead, and that's the biggest thing, seeing that opening and taking off."


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