Jan. 6, 2009
Indiana Hoosiers (10-2, 3-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-4, 2-1) | Game Notes
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 | 8 p.m. ET
Williams Arena (14,625) | Minneapolis, Minn.
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens a two-game road trip on Thursday, Jan. 8 with a battle against Minnesota in Williams Arena. Tip-off against the Golden Gophers is set for 8 p.m. ET. Thursday's game will be aired live on the IU Radio Network as Jeremy Gray will call the action between the Hoosiers and Gophers.
SCOUTING THE GOPHERS
Minnesota enters Thursday's game with an overall record of 10-4 and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. The Gophers are on a two game win streak after defeating Penn State (69-55) at home on Jan. 1 and winning at Illinois (52-48) on Jan. 3. Minnesota is led by Emily Fox with 13.5 points per game. She leads the team in steals with 34 and ranks second in assists with 56 on the season. Fox is also recording an average of 3.2 boards per game. Katie Ohm is registering 12.7 rebounds per game and Ashley Ellis-Milan is recording 10.4 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game. The Gophers are averaging 69.1 points and 36.9 rebounds per game as a team, and shooting 41.1 percent (334-of-812) from the floor.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following IU's game against, the Hoosiers will travel to State College and face Penn State on 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 101-94 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.
Minnesota head coach Pam Borton is in her 10th year as a head coach with a record of 211-111. In six years at Minnesota, she owns a record of 142-65.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 54th all-time between the Hoosiers and Gophers, with Minnesota leading the series, 28-25.
IU's last win against Minnesota was an 80-77 overtime victory in Assembly Hall. The last time the Hoosiers defeated the Gophers in Williams Arena was a 79-76 win on Jan. 4, 2001. The Hoosiers are 9-13 all-time in Williams Arena.
Junior point guard Jamie Braun is 57 points away from being the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 points in their career at IU.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is three wins away from her 50th win at the helm of the Hoosier program.
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 PART III
For a third straight game, a member of the Indiana staff will face a familiar team. IU assistant coach Marc Wilson was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Minnesota from 1982-86. He ranks among the top 10 all-time in career scoring (1,386), field goals made (540), free throws made (306), free throw attempts (428) and assists (375). He was the 1986 Co-Team Most Valuable Player and team captain, while also earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors in 1983 and 1986. Wilson was spent four seasons as an assistant at Minnesota from 1997-01. He was instrumental in the recruitment of two-time All-American and the Golden Gophers all-time leading scorer, Lindsay Whalen, now with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, and Janel McCarville, the top overall pick of the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting.
STREAKING A DECADE LATER
The Hoosiers nine 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 ninth longest active win streak in the NCAA.
HOOSIERS BRING THE "D"
The Hoosiers have kept their opponents' scoring under 57 points seven times this season, including three straight games (12/20-01/04). IU has also recorded double-digit steals in seven of its 12 games on the year for an average of 9.58, which ranks third in the Big Ten overall.
Indiana's 3-0 start to Big Ten play is its best start since the 2000-01 season when IU defeated Ohio State (65-56), Michigan State (71-54), and Minnesota (79-76) in its first three games.
LAST SEASON VS. MINNESOTA
In the two teams first meeting last season, the Hoosiers recorded an 80-77 win over the Gophers in Bloomington. Nikki Smith led IU with 21 points, while Jamie Braun scored 17 and Kim Roberson netted 10. Amber Jackson and Whitney Thomas each recorded a double-double, with Jackson collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Thomas registering 12 points and 17 rebounds.
In the second meeting in Minneapolis, Braun led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Hoosiers recorded 21 turnovers and shot just 29.4 percent (15-of-51) from the field and 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from the 3-point line.
1,000 DOWN, 82 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 82 rebounds from reaching 1,000 on the glass. 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 217 assists and 209 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 21 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. She also own 60 career blocked shots, which ranks ninth in IU lore.