Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Put Four in Double Figures to Down Kansas, 63-48

    Go Hoosiers! Carrie Smith scored a game-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds against Kansas.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Carrie Smith scored a game-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds against Kansas.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 21, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Carrie Smith scored a game-high 13 points off the bench to lead four Hoosiers in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team topped Kansas, 63-48, on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall on Thursday, Dec. 21.

    Seniors Sarah McKay and Leah Enterline each netted 12 points and freshman Jamie Braun added 11 points in the win.

    The Hoosiers (11-2) and the Jayhawks (5-5) played nose-to-nose throughout the first seven and a half minutes of the game before Carrie Smith sparked an 18-5 run at the 13:17 mark that gave Indiana a 26-15 lead with 2:34 remaining in the half. However, Kansas came back and closed the first half with an 8-2 run that cut the deficit to five, 28-23, at the break.

    Kansas came charging out of halftime on a 4-0 streak that cut the Hoosiers' lead to one, 28-27, within the first 1:15 of the second half. IU answered with a 3-pointer from Braun and a free throw from Michelle Carr to increase the Hoosier advantage to 32-27. The Jayhawks used a jumper from Ivana Catic and a layup from Shaquina Mosley to cut the lead to just one, 32-31, with 16:15 left in the game. A three-point play from Enterline increased IU's lead back to four, 35-31, with 15:27 remaining. Another three-point play from Enterline gave the Hoosiers a seven-point advantage, 38-31, with 13:07 to go. A layup from KU's Porscha Weddington stopped the Indiana run and put the Jayhawks within five, 38-33 at the 12:04 mark. However, the Hoosiers outscored the Jayhawks 25-15 in the final 11:30 minutes for the 63-48 win.

    The Hoosiers outrebounded Kansas, 43-33, and held the Jayhawks to 33.9 percent (20-of-59) shooting from the field. IU also held the advantage in the paint, outscoring KU, 40-26.

    Carrie Smith sank 5-of-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws for her 13 points. She also tied a career-high with seven rebounds. McKay sank 5-of-8 from floor and added 2-of-3 shooting from the free throw line. Enterline earned nine of her 12 points on a trio of three-point plays, while hitting 4-of-5 from the floor and the line. Sophomore Kim Roberson led all players with a career-high nine rebounds. Junior Nikki Smith extended her consecutive free throws streak to 28 as she hit 2-of-2 from the line.

    Marija Zinic led the Jayhawks with 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor and added six boards.

    After the holiday break, the Hoosiers will get back into action when they open the Big Ten Schedule at No. 20 Michigan State on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. (EST) in East Lansing.

    Postgame Quotes
    Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    Opening Statement
    "This is a team. That's the bottom line, we are a team. It doesn't matter who gets it done or who gets the credit. All we think about it collectively, how we perform and how we get things done. Today, different people stepped up. Last game, there were two different people sitting beside me. I really believe we are getting to creating a team. I am really proud of these ladies."

    On scoring in the paint
    "We knew we would have them in that category because of our size, strength and ability. The question was if we could get it inside on their guards because their guards are quick and very good. They only got six steals and they average way more than that. Our guards kept their poise and kept their position. That allowed us to get inside."

    On the play of Carrie Smith
    "We don't have bench players. We have 10 players that play, but we can only start five. The kids understand that it doesn't matter who starts and who finishes, it's what you do when you are out there. Carrie came in and had a good game. When Carrie plays a game like that, we are just a better team."

    On the team's defense
    "Kim Roberson played some unselfish basketball today. She doesn't care about who scores, she just cares about playing that defense. She gets the guards on the other team dizzy. She is finally coming back. She has had so many injuries, and you never see her complain. She plays hard every single day. Because of her great defense, we are a better team."

    Senior forward Carrie Smith
    On her play
    "Coach talked about how people who come in off the bench have an advantage. We have the opportunity to get fired up on the bench and get in the flow of the game in terms of seeing what's out there. Everyone has to come in and play their very best."

    Senior center Sarah McKay
    On her play
    "You have to go in with the mentality that no one can stop me. I have to think that every game no matter who I am playing. My team set me up with the right passes, and I tried to get the job done."




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