Hoosiers to Face No. 19 Ohio State on Thursday
Jan. 9, 2008
Indiana (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 19 Ohio State (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten)
NOTES OF INTEREST
The last time these two teams met was during the postseason in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes came away with a 72-60 win on March 2, 2007 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack was an assistant for OSU head coach Jim Foster on the 2003 USA Basketball staff.
Whitney Thomas collected her fourth double-double of the season, the 14th of her career, with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-62 win over Illinois on Jan. 6 in Assembly Hall. Her career number of 14 ranks ninth on the IU all-time career double-doubles list.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes are on a two game win streak with triumphs over Michigan (1/3, 66-42) and Iowa (1/6, 73-65), after falling in their league opener at Michigan State, 60-53, on Dec. 30.
Ohio State is led by Jantel Lavender with 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per outing. She is followed by Marscilla Packer with 14.4 points per game.
OSU is averaging 72.4 points per contest and holding its foes to a 55.3 point average, and is outshooting its opponents 46.7 percent to 37.3 percent. The Buckeyes also hold a seven-board advantage as they are averaging 39.9 rebounds per game.
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster enters his fourth season at the head of the Buckeye program with a mark of 141-35. Foster owns 645 career wins, which ranks ninth among active coaches and 13th all-time.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers and Fighting Illini battled point-for-point for the first eight and a half minutes of the game, but an 8-0 Indiana run gave the Hoosiers a 20-15 advantage with 4:37 to go in the half. Back-to-back jumpers by Jenna Smith and Danyel Crutcher brought Illinois within one, 20-19, with 3:29 on the clock, but a 9-2 run by the Hoosiers sent the two teams into the break with IU leading, 29-21.
The Fighting Illini stormed out of the halftime break on a 16-4 run over the first six minutes of the second stanza. A layup by Jamie Braun at the 13:32 mark stopped the Illini's run, but a 3-pointer and a layup by Lacey Simpson increased Illinois' lead to 42-35, with 12:42 remaining. A free throw by Andrea McGuirt ignited a 5-0 IU run that brought the Hoosiers within two, 42-40, at the 11:33 mark. Illinois' Rebecca Harris sank a 3-pointer with 11:08 remaining that started a 9-4 run as the Illini regained a seven-point advantage, 51-44, with 7:33 on the clock. But the Hoosiers were able to outscore Illinois 25-11 in the final seven minutes of the contest to come back for the 70-62 win.
Whitney Thomas recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She also connected on four assists. Braun led the Hoosiers with 19 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kim Roberson added 15 points in the win.
Smith led all players with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Crutcher added 15 and Simpson scored 11 points in the effort.
Illinois outshot the Hoosiers, 46.6 (27-of-58) percent to 40.4 (21-of-52) percent and held a 10-board advantage on the glass (38-28), but Indiana forced the Illini into committing 17 turnovers. The Hoosiers outscored Illinois 24-4 on those turnovers.
LAST SEASON VS. OHIO STATE
In the two teams first meeting last season, IU held All-American Jessica Davenport to just three field goals, while Sarah McKay led IU with 16 points. Leah Enterline scored 12 points and Whitney Thomas added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the effort.
The Hoosiers shot 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the field in Columbus and sank 80.0 percent (12-of-16) of their free throws.
In the two times final meeting, the ninth-seeded Hoosiers fell to the top-seed, 72-60, but had four score in double figures. Kim Roberson led IU with 15 points off the bench, while McKay added 14 points, Nikki Smith scored 11 and Jamie Braun netted 10 points in the effort.
IU shot 32.8 percent (21-of-64) from the field and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the line in the second time around.
DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT
Thomas is followed by Jamie Braun and Amber Jackson, as each own two double-doubles on the season. Braun's last was against West Virginia on Dec. 22 when she recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds. Jackson's last double-double was a 17-point, 11 board effort against Purdue on Jan. 3.
JACKSON ONE OF BIG TEN'S LEADERS
After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and is ranked 21st nationally with a 57.2 (79-of-138) shooting percentage from the floor.
Jackson is averaging 12.1 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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