Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Set to Face Purdue Sunday Afternoon

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers are 7-2 in Assembly Hall this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers are 7-2 in Assembly Hall this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Purdue Game Notes (01-20-07)
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    Jan. 20, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team is looking for its 14th win of the season in a rematch with the 12th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, Jan. 21, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall. Tip-off against Purdue is set for 2:05 p.m. ET.

    In the two teams' last meeting, the Boilermakers (17-3, 6-0) defeated the Hoosiers (13-6, 2-4), 73-51, on Jan. 14 in Mackey Arena. Nikki Smith sank 5-of-16 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, for her 13 points, while Whitney Thomas just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. Kim Roberson added a game-high four steals.

    Indiana battled in the first half, tying the score with the Boilermakers twice, before heading into the half down by nine, 33-24. The Boilermakers dominated the second half, maintaining at least a 12-point lead en route to a 73-51 win.

    With a season-high crowd expected, the Indiana Department of Athletics will open both the North and South box offices in Assembly Hall at 11 a.m. on Sunday prior to tip off against the Boilermakers. Doors to the arena are scheduled to open at noon.

    Fans may purchase the $25 Coca-Cola Family Four Pack, which includes food and tickets for four, by calling 1-866-IUSPORTS. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth and $2 per person for groups of 25 or more. All seating is general admission.

    Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers on WHCC 105.1 FM.

    The Boilermakers lead the all-time series with Indiana, 39-23. Purdue holds a 9-1 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 6-0 against Big Ten foes with a 73-41 win at Northwestern on Jan. 18. Four scored in double figures as FahKara Malone scored a team-high 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers. Katie Gearlds and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton each netted 12 points and Erin Lawless added 10 points in the victory.

    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 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. On Jan. 11 vs. Iowa, she posted 17 points and 10 rebounds, which 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 9.6 points in the Hoosiers' first 19 games of the season and her 1.5 rejections per contest have her ranked eighth among Big Ten leaders.

    She is leading the Hoosiers' starting five shooting 50.7 percent from the field and is third on the team in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game on the season.

    The Hoosiers are currently 5-1 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).

    IU's lone loss to an in-state opponent was a 73-51 defeat at Purdue on Jan. 14.

    Three Hoosiers are nearing the top 10 in three categories in the IU record book.

    Nikki Smith is seven 3-point field goals from entering IU's top 10. She has sunk 41 treys in 19 games this season after ending her sophomore year ranked sixth among single-season 3-point leaders with 58 3s made.

    Sarah McKay is 10 blocks shy of reaching IU's single season rejections list. McKay has blocked 29 shots in 19 games. She reached the top five during the 2003-04 season, as she deflected 55 shots.

    Kim Roberson needs 12 steals to attain a spot on IU's top 10 list. She has 49 steals in 19 games this season.




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