Jan. 14, 2009
Wisconsin Badgers (13-4, 3-3) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (11-3, 4-1) | Game Notes
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 | 7 p.m. ET | Buy Tickets
Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Internet: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens a two-game home stand with Wisconsin on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall. Thursday's game will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and will be aired live on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling the battle between the Hoosiers and Badgers. IU will honor Whitney Thomas and her 1,000 career points with a pre-game ball presentation.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Wisconsin enters Thursday's game with a 13-4 overall mark and a 3-3 record in the Big Ten. The Badgers are coming off a 58-54 win against Michigan on Jan. 11 in the Kohl Center, to stop a two-game losing streak. The Badgers are led by Alyssa Karel who is averaging 13.5 points per game. She is shooting 43.6 percent (89-of-204) from the field, 39.2 percent (31-of-79) from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the free throw line. Karel is also averaging 4.3 rebounds per game. Lin Zastrow leads Wisconsin on the boards with 5.2 rebounds per game and 23 blocked shots on the season. Mariah Dunham has also recorded 23 blocks on the year, and is averaging 9.1 poins and 4.3 rebounds per game. UW is averaging 58.3 points and 33.5 rebounds per contest as a team.
WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
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 102-95 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.
Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone enters her sixth year with the Badgers with a mark of 85-82, with an overall record of 460-200 in 24 seasons.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 55th all-time between the Hoosiers and Badgers, with IU leading, 39-15.
Junior point guard Jamie Braun is 30 points away from being the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 points in her career at IU.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is two wins away from her 50th win at the helm of the Hoosier program.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in league games in scoring offense (73.0), field goal percentage (.453), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.245) and defensive rebounds (26.60).
IU ranks 21st nationally in overall field goal percentage (44.7) and 25th in turnovers per game (15.3).
THE HOOSIER 5
For the third time this season, the Hoosiers starting five each recorded double-digit points in a game with IU's win at Penn State on Jan. 11. Indiana also posted its five starters in double-figures against Ball State (84-68) and Northwestern (81-57). IU's starters, which consist of Amber Jackson, Whitney Thomas, Jamie Braun, Kim Roberson and Jori Davis, rank among the top 25 in scoring among the Big Ten on the season and among the top 20 in league games.
Indiana currently owns a 7-2 mark away from Assembly Hall, including a six game win streak outside of the Bloomington city limits between Nov. 25-Dec. 29. 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 and Jan. 11's win at Penn State.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Indiana's win at Penn State on Jan. 11 was the second time in the series history that the Hoosiers recorded a win in Happy Valley. The victory was also IU's seventh win against the legendary program. The Hoosiers' 4-1 start to Big Ten action is the program's best start since the 2000-01 season.
LAST SEASON VS. WISCONSIN
The Hoosiers and Badgers split last season, with IU winning in Bloomington, 86-62, and Wisconsin winning in Madison, 81-51. Five Hoosiers scored in double-digits as Whitney Thomas led IU with 16 points, to go along with seven assists, three boards, three steals and a block. Indiana shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from the 3-point line.
In Madison, IU had a slow start as the Hoosiers shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the field and 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from free throw line. Amber Jackson led IU with 18 points, while Thomas grabbed five boards.
1,000 DOWN, 66 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 66 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 219 assists and 210 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 20 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 61 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 30 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 12.3 points per game, totalling 970 over 79 career games.