Jan. 10, 2009
Indiana Hoosiers (10-3, 3-1) at Penn State Lady Lions (7-7, 2-2) | Game Notes
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 | 2 p.m. ET
Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) | State College, Pa.
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana concludes a two-game road trip on Sunday, Jan. 11 with a battle at Penn State in State College at 2 p.m. ET. Sunday's game will be aired live on the IU Radio Network as Jeremy Gray will call the action between the Hoosiers and Lady Lions from the Bryce Jordan Center. Sunday's will also be streamed on BigTenNetwork.com.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
Penn State enters Sunday's game with a 7-7 mark overall and a 2-2 record in the Big Ten with wins over Illinois (12/28, 54-51) and Michigan (01/04, 76-58).
The Lady Lions are led by Tyra Grant who is averaging 19.4 points per game. She is shooting 43.6 percent (95-of-218) from the field and 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the 3-point line. Grant is also pulling down 4.9 boards per game and leads the team with 24 steals. Brianne O'Rourke is averaging 12.0 points per game and leads Penn State with 70 assists on the year. Janessa Wolf leads the Lady Lions with 6.6 rebounds per contest. Penn State is averaging 67.3 points per game as a team and 40.5 rebounds per outing. The Lady Lions are shooting 40.7 percent (352-of-864) from the field and 30.9 percent (64-of-207) from beyond the arc.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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. Indiana will host Penn State on Jan. 29 on the BigTenNetwork.com and will hit the road to face Ohio State on the Big Ten Network on Feb. 1 in Columbus.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 101-95 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.
Penn State head coach Coquese Washington is in her second year leading the Lady Lions and owns a career mark of 20-25.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 31st all-time between the Hoosiers and Lady Lions, with Penn State leading the series, 24-6.
IU's last win against Penn State was a 79-67 win in Bloomington. The last time the Hoosiers defeated PSU in State College was a 54-50 win on Jan. 1, 2006.
Junior point guard Jamie Braun is 47 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.
FACING THE PAST
For a fourth straight game, a member of the Indiana staff will face a familiar team. IU assistant coach Jose Mori returns to his alma mater on Sunday. Mori graduated from Penn State in 2000 after growing up in State College. While at Penn State, Mori was a scout team player for the women's basketball team under legendary head coach Rene Portland.
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 13 games on the year for an average of 9.58, which ranks third in the Big Ten overall.
EXCELLING IN THE CLASSROOM
Indiana recorded a team grade point average (GPA) over 3.0 for the fall semester. The Hoosiers boasted eight players with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Seniors Amber Jackson and Lydia Serfling, along with sophomores Haylie Linn and Andrea McGuirt achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better on the semester.
LAST SEASON VS. PENN STATE
The Hoosiers wrapped up the regular season on Senior Day in front of 8,136 fans, which is the largest crowd that has ever seen an Indiana women's basketball game in Assembly Hall. Behind a solid scoring effort from senior Nikki Smith and junior Kim Roberson, IU came away with a 79-67 win over Penn State on Sunday, March 2, 2008. Smith and Roberson each netted 17 points. Smith sank five 3-pointers, while Roberson added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Braun scored 15 points and also tallied four assists in the win. The Hoosiers shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the floor, but Penn State won the battle of the boards, 45-33.
1,000 DOWN, 72 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 72 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 218 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.
BRAUN ALSO NEARING MILESTONE
Junior Jamie Braun is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone as she is just 47 points away from the mark, after eclipsing the 900-point mark when she scored 14 points at West Virginia on Dec. 13. Braun has averaged 12.2 points per game, totalling 953 over 78 career games.
JACKSON CONTINUES STELLAR CAREER
Senior Amber Jackson enters her final season on the court after an impressive career between two schools. Jackson started her career at San Jose State, where she totalled 921 points and 519 rebounds between 2004-06, earning First Team All-WAC honors her sophomore season. After a year away from the game, Jackson made the transition to Indiana where she scored a total of 425 points and grabbed 200 rebounds in her first season as a Hoosier. For her entire collegiate career, Jackson has recorded 1,536 points and 795 rebounds, sinking 58.6 percent (659-of-1121) of her shots from the floor. Jackson also earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor on Dec. 2. She leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage on the season, shooting 60.7, and ranks ninth nationally.
A THIEF AMONG US
One of the Big Ten's top defenders has returned to the hardwood for the Hoosiers. Senior Kim Roberson owns 201 career steals, ranking fourth all-time and 29 from tying Jenny DeMuth as the all-time leader with 230 steals. Roberson became the sixth active player to reach the 200 steals mark in the Big Ten with two steals at Minnesota on Jan. 8.