Jan. 2, 2009
Iowa Hawkeyes (8-5, 1-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (9-2, 2-0) | Game Notes | Buy Tickets
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 | Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Big Ten Network: Jenean Ford, Vera Jones
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens 2009 with a match-up against the 2008 Co-Big Ten Champion when it hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes will battle live on the Big Ten Network. Sunday's game will also be broadcast live on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling the play-by-play.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack will be honored before tip-off with a game ball presentation for her 100th career win. The Hoosiers also welcome the Bloomington Upward Basketball League for their league day at the game and the Seymour Middle School Cheerleaders, who will be performing at halftime. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 3-18 and $25 for groups of 25 or more.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa enters Sunday's game with a 8-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Big Ten after opening with a 73-63 win at Wisconsin on Dec. 22 and a 69-60 loss to Purdue at home on Dec. 28. The Hawkeyes are led by Megan Skouby with 14.0 points per game. She is also averaging 4.1 rebounds and has recorded a team-best 22 blocked shots. Wendy Ausdemore is netting 11.2 points per game, while Kristi Smith is averaging 11.1 points per contest. JoAnn Hamlin and Kachine Alexander lead Iowa on the glass with 7.5 boards per game apiece. As a team, Iowa is averaging 65.8 points and 39.8 rebounds per game. It is shooting 42.8 percent (289-of-675) from the field, 32.7 percent (66-of-202) from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent (212-of-266) from the free throw line.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following IU's game against Iowa, the Hoosiers will travel to Minnesota (Jan. 8) and Penn State (Jan. 11) before returning home to face Wisconsin on Jan. 15. The Hoosiers will return to face its rival Purdue on Monday, Jan. 19. IU's battle against the Boilers will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Indiana will then hit the road and take on Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 22 and Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 25, a game which will also be aired on the Big Ten Network.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 100-94 over seven seasons. She led the Hoosiers to back-to-back postseason berths in the WNIT and an 18-15 mark in 2007-08. Legette-Jack recorded her 100th career victory at Michigan State on Dec. 29, and reached her 40th win as the Hoosier mentor against Radford on Nov. 29, 2008.
Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder is in her 28th year as a head coach and her ninth year leading the Hawkeyes. Bluder owns an overall career record of 512-245 and a record of 156-103 at Iowa. She led the Hawkeyes to a share of the 2008 Big Ten Championships, splitting the honors with Ohio State.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 53rd all-time between the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes, with Iowa leading the series, 38-14.
IU's last win against Iowa was a 67-53 win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 1, 2007. The Hoosiers' last win over Iowa at home was on Dec. 29, 2005 when IU defeated the Hawkeyes, 65-53.
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nine points shy of reaching 1,000 points scored at Indiana.
Indiana currently owns a 6-1 mark away from Assembly Hall, including a six game win streak outside of the Bloomington city limits. The Hoosiers have knocked off opponents from the Big 12, ACC, BIG EAST and in the Big Ten with Dec. 29's win at Michigan State. IU leads the Big Ten with six total wins either on the road or on a neutral court.
FACING THE PAST
Indiana Associate Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson will face her alma mater in the Hawkeyes on Sunday. Abrahamson-Henderson graduated from Iowa in 1990 after playing two seasons for C. Vivian Stringer. She helped the Hawkeyes to back-to-back Big Ten Championships and consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournamet, including the Sweet 16 in 1989. Abrahamson-Henderson began her collegiate career at Georgia, where she helped the Bulldogs to two straight SEC Championship seasons and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Elite 8 in 1985 and 1986.
STREAKING A DECADE LATER
The Hoosiers eight game win streak is currently the longest since the 1998-99 team won nine consecutive games. Indiana's win streak is the longest active win streak in the Big Ten and is tied for 10th longest active win streak in the NCAA.
HOOSIERS BRING THE "D"
The Hoosiers have kept their opponents scoring under 59 points in six games this season. IU has also recorded double-digit steals in seven of its 11 games on the year for an average of 10.1 per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten overall. The Hoosiers are collecting 12.0 steals per conference game, which leads the league, along with its 52.5 points per game scoring defense.
Indiana's 2-0 start to Big Ten play is its best start since the 2005-06 season when IU defeated Iowa (65-53) and Penn State (54-50) in its two opening games of league action.
EXCELLING IN THE CLASSROOM
Indiana recorded a team grade point average (GPA) over 3.0 for the fall semester. The Hoosiers boasted eight players with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Seniors Amber Jackson and Lydia Serfling, along with sophomore and Andrea McGuirt achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better on the semester.
LAST SEASON VS. IOWA
Whitney Thomas recorded her ninth double-double of the season and 19th of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamie Braun added a game-high 26 points but it was not enough as the Hoosiers dropped an 81-65 decision at Iowa on Feb. 3. Indiana shot just 43 percent (24-56) from the field for the game, including just 5 of 18 from the three-point line. After attempting just four threes in the first half, the Hoosiers sent up 14 attempts in the second stanza but made good on just four.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is nine points and 92 rebounds away from reaching that mark. Thomas would become the second player in Indiana women's basketball history to reach the milestone in each category as Denise Jackson ended her career as the Hoosiers' all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,917 points and 1,273 boards.
Thomas also currently owns 216 assists and 208 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 22 steals from the record held by Jenny DeMuth of 230. Thomas is the fifth active player in the Big Ten to reach the 200 career steals mark.
BRAUN ALSO NEARING MILESTONE
Junior Jamie Braun is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone as she is just 76 points away from the mark, after eclipsing the 900-point mark when she scored 14 points at West Virginia on Dec. 13. Braun has averaged 12.2 points per game, totaling 924 over 76 career games.
A THIEF AMONG US
One of the Big Ten's top defenders has returned to the hardwood for the Hoosiers. Senior Kim Roberson owns 198 career steals, ranking fourth all-time and 32 from tying Jenny DeMuth as the all-time leader with 230 steals. Roberson is just two steals away from being the sixth active player to reach the 200 steals mark in the Big Ten.
INSIDE IU BASKETBALL WITH COACH JACK MOVES TO COACHES BAR & GRILL
Inside IU Basketball with Coach Jack returns to Coaches Bar & Grill at Bloomington's Downtown Hilton Garden Inn on Monday, Jan. 5. Coach Jack along with host Jeremy Gray will be on hand for the 30 minute call-in show that will air locally on WHCC 105.1 FM and on the IU Radio Network. The originally scheduled show for Jan. 12 will be a recorded show due to travel.