Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Battle for the Barn Burner Trophy Against Rival Purdue Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers will battle for the Barn Burner Trophy on Thursday night when they face rival Purdue on the Big Ten Network.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers will battle for the Barn Burner Trophy on Thursday night when they face rival Purdue on the Big Ten Network.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 2, 2008

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    Purdue (5-7, 1-1 Big Ten) at Indiana (8-5, 1-0 Big Ten)
    Thursday, Jan. 3, 2007 • 8 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall (17,357) • Bloomington, Ind.

    Radio: IU Radio Network - Jeremy Gray
    TV: Big Ten Network - Brent Stover (play-by-play), Stephanie White (analyst)

    The Hoosiers look to extend their four-game win streak against their rival Purdue in a Big Ten Network match-up on Thursday, Jan. 3, in Bloomington. The game opens the Big Ten home-slate for the Hoosiers and marks their second league contest of the season. Thursday's Barn Burner game will also be broadcast live on the IU Radio Network and WHCC 105.1 FM locally in Bloomington.

    • Thursday's game marks the 64th meeting all-time between Indiana and Purdue.

    • The Boilers have won the last three games vs. the Hoosiers, including a season-series sweep in 2006-07.

    • IU is currently on a four-game win streak with wins over Bowling Green, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Northwestern. The Hoosiers Big Ten season-opening win over the Wildcats marked their league-opening victory since Dec. 29, 2005 (vs. Iowa, 65-53).

    • The last time the Hoosiers knocked off Purdue was on Feb. 19, 2006, when IU recorded a 63-61 overtime triumph over the Boilermakers in West Lafayette. The last time Indiana defeated Purdue in Bloomington was on Jan. 25, 1998 with an 85-71 victory in Assembly Hall.

    Purdue enters Thursday's game with a 5-7 mark on the season and a 1-1 ledger in the Big Ten after facing some very tough opponents early in the season.

    The Boilermakers most recently suffered a 70-63 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 30. Purdue posted three players scoring in double-digits as it was led by Kalika France, who put 15 points against the Golden Gophers. She was followed by LaKisha Freeman with 14 and Keshia Mosley with 12 points. France also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in the effort. Purdue outrebounded the Gophers, 33-31, and shot 53.2 (25-of-47) percent from the floor, but committed 22 turnovers.

    Purdue is averaging 64.0 points per game against Big Ten foes and is shooting 49.0 (50-of-102) percent from the floor. The Boilermakers are also averaging 36.0 rebounds and 5.5 steals per game as a team.

    Arguably the basketball capital of America, the state of Indiana features one of the nation's most heated basketball rivalries. When Indiana and Purdue square off on the hardwood, there is more as stake than just a game.

    Beginning in the 1993-94 season, the Sara Lee Corporation recognized the intensity of the rivalry and funded the construction of the Barn Burner Trophy to be awarded to the winner of the year's match up. The Battle for the Barn Burner alternates venues from year-to-year and will be played in Assembly Hall.

    Date - Score
    03/02/94 - at Purdue 83, Indiana 58
    02/10/95 - Purdue 57, at Indiana 44
    02/09/96 - at Purdue 67, Indiana 66
    01/26/97 - Indiana 51, at Purdue 50
    01/25/98 - at Indiana 85, Purdue 71
    01/22/99 - at Purdue 97, Indiana 62
    01/23/00 - Purdue 71, at Indiana 65 (OT)
    02/15/01 - at Purdue 87, Indiana 46
    01/17/02 - Purdue 61, at Indiana 53
    02/27/03 - at Purdue 74, Indiana 48
    01/25/04 - Purdue 71, at Indiana 47
    01/06/05 - at Purdue 54, Indiana 31
    01/10/06 - Purdue 61, at Indiana 56 (OT)
    01/14/07 - at Purdue 73, Indiana 51

    Indiana got double-doubles from Whitney Thomas and Jamie Braun but could not overcome a hot-shooting Purdue squad as the 12th-ranked Boilermakers took an 81-58 win over the Hoosiers on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Jan. 21.

    Thomas scored a team-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Braun added 12 points and 10 boards. Nikki Smith netted 13 points by way of three 3-pointers and Sarah McKay added 11 points in the effort.

    The Boilermakers got on the scoreboard quickly and often, taking a 10-0 lead in the first four-plus minutes of the game. A pair of free throws from Smith put the Hoosiers on the board, but a 3-pointer by Katie Gearlds with 15:17 on the clock increased Purdue's lead to 13-2. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Smith pulled IU within five, but a 16-2 Purdue run increased the Boiler's lead to 19, 29-10, with 9:14 to go. A layup by Leah Enterline sparked a 9-0 run by the Hoosiers, which cut Purdue's lead to 10, 29-19, at the 6:31 mark. However, the Boilermakers outscored the Hoosiers, 9-5, to take a 38-24 lead into the break.

    A 3-pointer by Jodi Howell within the first 20 seconds of the second half got the Boilermakers going on a 12-4 run that increased their advantage to 22, 50-28, with 13:59 remaining in the game. Purdue was able to maintain at least a 17-point lead en route to the 81-58 victory.

    Purdue outshot Indiana, 54.5 percent (30-of-55) to 34.3 percent (24-of-70) from the floor. However, the Hoosiers matched the Boilermakers on the boards as they grabbed 36 apiece, while IU dominated the offensive glass, 17-6. Indiana also registered eight steals off of 15 Boilermaker turnovers.

    Indiana set a season high in attendance with 5,010 Hoosier faithful, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.

    Thomas' double-double was her fifth of the season, while Braun recorded her second.

    Gearlds scored a game-high 21 points to lead Purdue. Lindsay Wysdom-Hilton added 15 points and 10 rebounds, FahKara Malone tallied 13 points and Erin Lawless contributed with 11 points.

    Indiana opened the Big Ten slate with an 84-53 win over Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 31, 2007.

    Sophomore Jamie Braun led IU with 20 points. Junior Whitney Thomas scored 14, junior Amber Jackson added 12 and senior Nikki Smith netted 11 in the win.

    The Hoosiers and the Wildcats battled point-for-point in the first three minutes, but a 15-2 Indiana run, that was sparked by a trio of 3-pointers from Kim Roberson and Nikki Smith, gave the Hoosiers a 25-10 lead with 9:12 remaining in the first half. A 5-0 Northwestern run cut the Hoosier advantage to 25-15 with 8:05 on the clock. However, IU answered and outscored the Wildcats, 16-9, in the final seven minutes to take a 41-24 lead into the break.

    IU sank 51.6 (16-of-31) percent of its shots from the floor and held Northwestern to just seven field goals in the first half. Braun netted 13 points and Thomas scored 10 to lead the Hoosiers at halftime.

    The Hoosiers kept rolling in the second half as they built up a 19-point lead, 50-31, with 14:18 remaining in the game. IU led by as many as 34 points en route the 84-53 win.

    Braun sank 9-of-12 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and added a career-high six steals, four rebounds and three assists in the effort. Thomas shot 5-of-9 from the field and added a team-high seven rebounds. Jackson netted 4-of-8 from the field and grabbed six boards, and Smith hit 3-of-7 from the field with all three makes coming from beyond the arc.

    The Hoosiers shot 51.8 (29-of-56) percent from the field on the game and held NU to 29.3 (17-of-58) percent from the floor and 3-of-14 shooting (21.4 percent) from the 3-point line. Indiana also held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats, 39-37. IU outscored Northwestern, 44-18, in the paint and sank 25 points off of 21 Wildcat turnovers.

    After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, sophomore Jamie Braun has proven that she belongs in a starting role. Braun has led the Hoosiers in scoring with 14.2 points per game and assists with 3.5 per game.

    She ranks fifth in the Big Ten in steals (2.23), eighth in assists per game, and ninth in scoring. Braun has led IU in scoring in seven games this season, including a 24-point outing against Ball State on Nov. 17.

    Senior Nikki Smith is on her way to becoming one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Indiana women's basketball history.

    She currently ranks fourth in the IU record book with 169 3-pointers made. She has attempted 441 career treys and is currently tops in the Hoosier record book with a .383 shooting percentage from the beyond the arc.

    The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in steals per game with 9.69 takes per game. IU has tallied double-digit steals in seven games so far this season, with 15 recorded at Northwestern on Dec. 31.




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