Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Hit the Road, Face Illinois on Sunday Afternoon

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Jamie Braun scored 11 points vs. No. 18/19 Michigan State on Jan. 4.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Jamie Braun scored 11 points vs. No. 18/19 Michigan State on Jan. 4.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 5, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball will take their second Big Ten road trip of the season when they head to Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 7.

    The Hoosiers (12-4, 1-2) fell short in a 64-56, overtime loss to No. 18/19 Michigan State in Assembly Hall on Jan. 4. Junior Nikki Smith led IU with 16 points, while Kim Roberson netted 13 and freshman Jamie Braun added 11 in the effort.

    With 12 seconds remaining in regulation, Michigan State's Rene Haynes sank a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime with the scored knotted at 54-54. The Spartans outscored the Hoosiers 10-2, in overtime for the win. Indiana sank 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the free throw line, and forced the Spartans into committing 22 turnovers while registering 15 steals on the game.

    Catch all the action from Champaign, Ill., as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Fighting Illini on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip off against Illinois is at 3 p.m. (EST). Sunday's broadcast will be tape delayed.

    The Hoosiers lead the all-time series vs. the Fighting Illini, 27-23.

    Indiana is 4-6 in the two team's last 10 meetings and 8-14 at U of I's Assembly Hall. IU's last win in Urbana-Champaign was on Jan. 22, 2004, when the Hoosiers defeated Illinois, 63-56.

    Illinois is coming off a 70-51 win at Michigan on Jan. 4. The Fighting Illini shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the floor and 50 percent (5-of-10) from the 3-point line against the Wolverines. Illinois held Michigan to 35.0 percent (21-of-60) shooting and outrebounded the host Wolverines, 40-23.

    Three scored in double figures at Michigan as Jenna Smith led all players with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Rebecca Harris added 12 points and Chelsea Gordon scored 10 in the win.

    U of I is 2-1 in the Big Ten after defeating Michigan. It defeated Penn State, 74-65, in overtime on Dec. 28 and fell at Minnesota, 70-61, on Dec. 31.

    Lori Bjork is leading the Fighting Illini with 14.7 points per game, while Lacey Simpson is registering a team-best 7.5 boards per game. Illinois is averaging 69.1 points per game, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from the 3-point line. U of I holds an eight-board advantage over its opponents with 42.7 caroms per contest.

    The Hoosiers currently have three players averaging in double figures in the scoring column after their first three Big Ten games.

    Junior Nikki Smith is averaging 13.0 points per game, while sophomore Kim Roberson and senior Sarah McKay are each registering 11.0 points per game. The trio have combined for 105 of IU's 176 points since opening the conference slate on Dec. 28, with McKay shooting a team-best 46.9 percent from the field.

    In their two games vs. Michigan State, the Hoosiers totaled 32 steals while forcing the Spartans into committing 48 turnovers.

    Leading Indiana in the thefts column is sophomore Kim Roberson with 39 on the season for an average of 2.4 steals per game. Classmate Whitney Thomas is at Roberson's heels with 37 steals in IU's first 16 games.

    IU's 17 thefts at MSU on Dec. 28 ranks fourth all-time among Indiana's single-game team records. The Hoosiers tallied 24 steals vs. Ball State in 1991 to set the school record.

    In IU's last five games, senior Leah Enterline has shot 90 percent, sinking 18 freebies in 20 trips to the line. Enterline is shooting 79.3 percent (46-of-58) from the charity stripe on the season.

    Indiana will welcome six more Big Ten foes to Assembly Hall this season. IU will face Iowa on Jan. 11, Purdue on Jan. 21, Wisconsin on Feb. 1, Minnesota on Feb. 4, Illinois on Feb. 18 and Northwestern on Feb. 22.

    For tickets, call 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHOOSIERS.com.




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