Hoosiers Host Fighting Illini on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Jan. 4, 2008
Illinois (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten) at Indiana (8-6, 1-1 Big Ten)
NOTES OF INTEREST
The Hoosiers have a three game win streak going against the Fighting Illini, which includes a season-series sweep as Indiana knocked off U of I, 71-64, in Urbana (01/07) and 81-68 in Bloomington (02/18).
IU has outrebounded its opponents in its last three games. Its greatest margin in those three games was nine boards as it outrebounded West Virginia, 37-28, in Assembly Hall on Dec. 22.
Last season, Kim Roberson averaged 26.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and shot 68.9 (20-of-29) percent from the field and 63.6 (7-of-11) percent from the 3-point line in the Hoosiers two wins over Illinois.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois had its four-game win streak ended when it suffered a 49-48 loss at Penn State on Jan. 2. Lori Bjork led the Illini with 12 points. Danyel Crutcher and Jenna Smith also reached double-digits as each player scored 10 points apiece. Chelsea Gordon led U of I on the boards with nine rebounds.
The Illini are averaging 65.1 points per game as a team and are registering 35.4 rebounds per game. They are ranked second in the Big Ten with a 43.9 (319-of-727) percent on the season.
Illinois is led by Smith with 18.2 points per game. She also leads the Big Ten in scoring. Crutcher is averaging 10.2 points per game. Smith is also registering a team-high 9.6 rebounds per game.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Kim Roberson helped the Hoosiers (8-6, 1-1 Big Ten) jump out to an early 3-0 lead on a trey at the 19:25 mark, only to see the Boilers (6-7, 2-1 Big Ten) answer with back-to-back layups by Lakisha Freeman to give Purdue a 4-3 lead at the 17:52 mark. A 10-2 Indiana run sparked by a Roberson jumper that gave the Hoosiers an eight-point advantage, 14-6, with 12:58 on the clock. Purdue answered again, outscoring IU, 13-6, over the next seven minutes to knot the game at 19-19, with 6:05 remaining in the half. A free throw by Jamie Braun put the Hoosiers back up by one and a jumper from Amber Jackson increased the lead to three, 22-19, but a 6-0 Boiler run put Purdue back in front by three, 25-22, with 3:21 to go in the first stanza. The Hoosiers were able to recover and sink five points between a jumper by Jackson and a 3-pointer by Jori Davis to head into the break tied at 27-27.
The Boilermakers came out of halftime outscoring the Hoosiers, 8-0, to take a 35-27 lead with 17:33 to go. A pair of free throws by Davis and a layup from Whitney Thomas cut Purdue's lead to four, 35-31, but a three-point play by FahKara Malone maintained a six-point lead for the Boilers with 14:26 remaining in the game. A 12-4 Purdue run increased the Boiler lead to 13, 50-37, with 7:02 to go. With 6:34 remaining in the game, Jackson sank a layup that ignited a 13-2 Indiana run to put the Hoosiers within three, 51-48, with 1:39 on the clock. A jumper by Danielle Campbell halted the Hoosier run and increased the Boiler lead back to five, 53-48, with 1:01 to go in the game. A free throw by Roberson put the Hoosiers within four, but it wasn't enough as Purdue was able to hold on for a 55-49 win.
Jackson led all players with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Roberson added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Braun scored a career-high 27 points for the Hoosiers, while Roberson added 24 off the bench for the victory. Sarah McKay registered her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Leah Enterline added 10 points and sank a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
The Hoosiers jumped out to an 11-6 lead, only to see the Fighting Illini use a 12-2 run to swing the score in their favor, 19-13, with 11:10 remaining in the first half. A Sarah McKay 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 Indiana run that put the Hoosiers back up by one, 20-19. The two teams battled back and forth, trading the lead for nearly three minutes before Illinois used a 15-7 run in the final six minutes of the half to take a 42-37 lead into the break.
Indiana continued to battle back in the second, as the Hoosiers used a 19-13 run to overcome a seven-point deficit and take a 56-55 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the game. A layup by Jenna Smith regained a one-point advantage for Illinois, 57-56. However, Indiana's defense stayed strong and held the Illini to just three field goals in the final 11:23 of the game en route to the 13-point victory.
The Hoosiers shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the floor and won the battle on the boards, 40-36. Indiana held the Fighting Illini to just 20.7 percent (6-of-29) shooting from the field in the second half, while Illinois shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the floor on the game.
Braun sank 8-of-15 from the floor, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and hit 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. She also registered seven rebounds. Roberson shot 9-of-12 from the field and sank 3-of-4 treys for her 24 points in 23 minutes on the court. McKay led IU with 13 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end, and two blocked shots.
Smith led Illinois with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Chelsea Gordon scored 15 points, Lori Bjork added 14 and Danyel Crutcher netted 11 in the effort.
Sunday's win was the first time this season that two Hoosiers have scored 20-plus points in a game. The win completed IU's season sweep of Illinois. The Hoosiers defeated the Illini in Champaign, 71-64, on Jan. 7.
JACKSON ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADERS
After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson leads the Big Ten field goal percentage and is ranked 16th nationally with a 58.3 (77-of-132) shooting percentage from the floor.
Jackson is averaging 12.4 points per game with a season-high of 22 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener against Albany. She has netted double-digit points 11 of IU's 14 games this year.
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