Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Topple Ball State, 67-56

    Go Hoosiers! Whitney Thomas netted a double-double in Indiana's 67-56 victory over Ball State on Monday, Dec. 18.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Whitney Thomas netted a double-double in Indiana's 67-56 victory over Ball State on Monday, Dec. 18.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 18, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four players scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team came away with a 67-56 victory over Ball State on Monday, Dec. 18, in Assembly Hall.

    Sophomore Whitney Thomas posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Leah Enterline and freshman Jamie Braun each netted 15 points to lead the Hoosiers, while junior Nikki Smith tallied 11 points.

    Down by nine, 13-4, with 13:51 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers (10-2) used a 15-5 run sparked by a pair of free throws by Thomas to take a one-point lead, 19-18, with 8:40 left in the half. A Lisa Rusche layup put the Cardinals (6-2) back up by one, 20-19, at the 8:15 mark. The two teams continued to trade the lead for the next four minutes before Thomas sank another pair of free throws, this time which started a 7-3 run that sent Indiana into the locker rooms with a 30-27 halftime advantage.

    Ball State opened the second half on a 12-10 run to come within one, 40-39, on a 3-pointer from Porchia Green. A pair of free throws by Rusche gave the Cardinals a one-point advantage, 41-40, with 11:48 on the clock. With more than two minutes without a field goal from either team, Braun stepped to the line and hit a pair of free throws to put the Hoosiers up by one, 42-41, with 9:02 remaining, but a 3-pointer by Audrey McDonald and a jumper from Becca Bajorek put the Cardinals ahead for the third time in the half at 46-42. A Carrie Smith jumper started another Hoosier run as Indiana closed out the final 7:32 outscoring Ball State, 25-12, for the 67-56 win.

    Despite cold shooting throughout the game for both teams, the Hoosiers outshot the Cardinals, 35.7 percent (20-of-56) to 32.1 percent (18-of-56), and held the advantage on the boards, 41-40.

    Thomas sank 4-of-9 from the field and hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line for her 13 points. Seven of Thomas' 11 boards came on the defensive end, while adding three steals and an assist. Braun netted 10-of-12 from the free throw line and added a pair of field goals, including a 3-pointer, for her 15 points. Enterline hit 4-of-6 from the field, with a 3-pointer, and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Nikki Smith made 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.

    Ball State had three score in double figures. Rusche scored a team-high 15 points, while Green and Julie DeMuth each added 10 points.

    The win over Ball State puts the Hoosiers at 5-0 against in-state rivals so far this season, while the 10-2 start is the best since the 2000-01 squad opened the season 7-0.

    The Hoosiers will wrap up non-conference action when they host the Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday, Dec. 21, in Assembly Hall. Tipoff against the Jayhawks is set for 7:05 p.m. (EST).

    Postgame Quotes

    Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    Opening Statement:
    "In-state rivalry is always a tough foe. I don't care what the record is, when you are in an in-state rivalry situation, it is going to go down to the wire. I think Coach Roller is a fantastic coach, she has a great team that believes in her system and we beat a good team again today. That says something about who we are and what we stand for. We're just really proud of the effort of our kids. Any given day, any given minute, somebody can step up and make a difference. We're excited about this. We'll celebrate this win, get some rest and then turn our attention to Kansas in the morning."

    On the Hoosiers improving with each game:
    "Well, our comparison is to ourselves. We're going to know how high we can fly if we compare ourselves to each other. We don't want to look over to the left or the right and think about what we've done yet, we are just trying to get better every single day. I'm just so proud of these kids that they are really buying into what we are trying to do and they are flying a little bit. I keep telling them that they are phenomenal women. They don't always think that, but I think every day we continue to make strides and they get closer and closer to believing that they can reach the moon."

    On coming back from a slow start to the game:
    "We were getting too anxious and what we were doing was shooting before we saw the target. We decided that in the second part of the first half that we would just take our time, even if we get fouled, even if they don't call it, even if they block our shot, we were going to take our time and locate our target before we let it go, and that was more effective for us."

    Freshman guard Jamie Braun
    On the in-state rivalry:
    "I think that we are stepping in the right direction. Coach Jack always preaches that if we can't get ourselves going for in-state rivalries, that we shouldn't even be playing the game, basically. Not being from Indiana, I still feel that playing for Indiana, it's an in-state rivalry."

    Sophomore forward Whitney Thomas
    On her play in the game and her fourth double-double of the season:
    "I think a big part of that was that I made my free throws today. Coach tells us every day in practice that you have to crash the boards and that we're not going to win games without getting rebounds, so I really worked on that today and did a lot better on that."




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