Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Face Rival in 13th-Ranked Purdue Sunday Afternoon

    Go Hoosiers! IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers will look for their second consecutive Big Ten road win this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers will look for their second consecutive Big Ten road win this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 13, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will face its rival in the No. 13 Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on Sunday, Jan. 14.

    The Hoosiers (13-5, 2-3) fell short against Iowa, 71-67, on Jan. 11 in Assembly Hall behind a double-double from Sarah McKay. McKay posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, while adding five blocked shots. Jamie Braun scored 12 points off the bench, while Kim Roberson added 11 with a pair of 3-pointers and Nikki Smith scored 10 points in the effort.

    Iowa shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) to the Hoosiers' 36.9 percent (24-of-65) and held the advantage on the boards, 46-37. IU forced the Hawkeyes into committing 15 turnovers, while posting a season-low seven on the game.

    Catch all the action from Mackey Arena as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip-off against Purdue is at 3 p.m. ET. Sunday's match-up between IU and Purdue will also be televised tape-delayed on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 2 a.m. ET.

    The Boilermakers lead the all-time series with Indiana, 38-23. Purdue holds an 8-2 advantage over IU in its last 10 meetings with two overtime victories (2/20/05, 62-58; 1/5/06, 61-56) in Bloomington.

    Purdue enters Sunday's game as one of two teams left in the Big Ten with an undefeated league record. The Boilermakers improved to 4-0 against Big Ten foes with a 70-60 win at No. 20 Michigan State on Jan. 11. Jodi Howell led Purdue with 25 points, while Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Katie Gearlds scored 12 points in the win.

    The Boilermakers shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the 3-point line. Despite getting outrebounded by the Spartans, 42-38, Purdue forced MSU into committing 17 turnovers while registering 12 steals.

    Gearlds is currently leading Purdue with 17.7 points per game. Wisdom-Hylton is averaging 14.6 points per contest and is also pulling down a team-high 8.5 boards per game. Erin Lawless is also averaging in double figures with 11.5 points per game. Purdue is averaging 71.3 points and 37.2 rebounds per game as a team.

    In the two team's first meeting last season, the Hoosiers lost to the then-No. 14 Boilermakers, 61-56, in overtime in Bloomington on Jan. 5. Former Hoosier Jenny DeMuth posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Whitney Thomas scored 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the floor, and Cyndi Valentin tallied 10 points in the effort.

    On Feb. 19, Indiana got back at Purdue, knocking off the Boilermakers, 63-61, in overtime in Mackey Arena. Valentin scored 25 points by way of five 3-pointers and Nikki Smith added 12 points on three treys.

    The Hoosiers and Boilermakers met for a third time in the semifinal of the 2005 Big Ten Tournament. This time, third-seeded Purdue was able to pull off a 67-41 win over the sixth-seeded Hoosiers. Valentin led all players with 21 points, while Thomas added 11 rebounds.

    In her final season as a Hoosier, Sarah McKay has emerged as a force in the post for IU and her performances of late have shown just how important this senior is to Indiana.

    In her last 10 games, McKay has averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Her latest outing of 17 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa (01/11) resulted in her first double-double since she registered 24 points and 16 rebounds at Ball State on Dec. 31, 2003.

    McKay has moved into second in scoring for IU with 9.7 points in the Hoosiers' first 18 games of the season and her 1.6 rejections per contest have her ranked eighth among Big Ten leaders. She is leading the Hoosiers' starting five shooting 52.9 percent from the field and is fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.3 boards per game on the season.

    The Hoosiers are currently 5-0 this season against in-state schools, defeating Valparaiso (11/15, 85-81), Evansville (11/30, 83-80), Notre Dame (12/3, 54-51), IPFW (12/10, 69-68) and Ball State (12/18, 67-56).

    Indiana has just one in-state opponent left in Purdue. Following the Hoosiers contest against the Boilermakers Sunday in West Lafayette, IU will complete this season's home-and-home in Bloomington on Jan. 21.




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