Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Take on No. 19/18 Michigan State Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will look to defend their 7-0 mark in Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will look to defend their 7-0 mark in Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 3, 2007

    Michigan State Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball will face No. 19/18 Michigan State for a second time in one week when they take on the Spartans on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall.

    In the two teams' last meeting, Indiana suffered a 74-49 loss to the Spartans at the Breslin Center on Dec. 28. Junior Nikki Smith and sophomore Kim Roberson scored 12 points apiece, while senior Leah Enterline netted 10. Sophomore Whitney Thomas hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Led by Roberson's five steals, IU forced 26 Michigan State turnovers.

    In IU's last time out, senior Sarah McKay scored a game-high 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead Indiana to a 71-58 win over Michigan in Assembly Hall on Dec. 31. The win improved IU's home record to 7-0. Indiana outshot Michigan, 39.3 percent to 35.0 percent, and also held the advantage on the boards, 47-41. The Hoosiers outscored Michigan in the paint, 34-22, and netted 18 points off of Wolverine turnovers.

    In addition to leading all scorers, McKay added seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the win. Smith scored 11 points on two 3-pointers and 5-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. She also added a career-high six assists, while Roberson led all players as she tied a career high with nine rebounds.

    Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Spartans on WHCC 105.1 FM.

    THE MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
    The Spartans lead the all-time series with Indiana, 33-21. Michigan State has won the last seven meetings vs. the Hoosiers, including a 74-49 victory on Dec. 28 in East Lansing.

    The last time the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State in Assembly Hall was on Feb. 3, 2002, when IU beat the Spartans, 67-55.

    Indiana is 12-13 vs. Michigan State in Assembly Hall and 4-6 in its last 10 meetings with the Spartans in Bloomington. MSU is currently on a seven-game win streak against the Hoosiers, dating back to Jan. 16, 2003.

    SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
    Michigan State opened Big Ten action with a pair of wins at home. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers on Dec. 28 (74-49) before fighting off Wisconsin, 56-46, on Dec. 31.

    Allyssa DeHaan led the Spartans in their win over the Badgers with 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Rene Haynes added 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, while Victoria Lucas-Perry added 11 points and Mia Johnson registered 10 points.

    Lucas-Perry leads Michigan State with 13.7 points per game, while DeHaan is right behind her with 13.2 points and a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game. DeHaan is averaging 12.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game against Big Ten foes. Haynes is currently averaging 12.0 points and Aisha Jefferson is also averaging in double figures with 10.3 points per contest. Michigan State is averaging 66.5 points per game and shooting 42.0 percent (319-of-760) as a team.

    THREE AVERAGE DOUBLE FIGURES VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS
    The Hoosiers currently have three players averaging in double figures in the scoring column after their season-opening weekend against Michigan State and Michigan.

    Senior Sarah McKay leads the team with 12.5 points per game, while junior Nikki Smith is registering 11.5 points per game and sophomore Kim Roberson averaging 10.0 points per contest. The trio have combined for 68 of IU's 120 points since opening the conference slate on Dec. 28, with McKay shooting a team-best 57.1 percent from the field.

    IU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
    Indiana is currently 1-3 against ranked opponents. The Hoosiers defeated then-No. 15/16 Kentucky, 54-51, in the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Nov. 12 in Lexington, Ky.

    IU suffered an 82-47 loss at No. 19/24 Bowling Green on Dec. 6, before falling at No. 18/19 Michigan State, 74-49, on Dec. 28. The Hoosiers will battle No. 10/11 Purdue on Jan. 14 and on Jan. 21, before visiting No. 7/8 Ohio State on Jan. 25.

     

     

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