Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers to Take On Golden Gophers in Assembly Hall on Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Ebony Jackson scored a career high eight points and two assists in IU's win at Purdue on Jan. 14.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Ebony Jackson scored a career high eight points and two assists in IU's win at Purdue on Jan. 14.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 16, 2008

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    Minnesota (13-5, 4-2 Big Ten) at Indiana (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten)
    Thursday, Jan. 17 • 7 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall (17,357) • Bloomington, Ind.

    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM - Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
    IUHoosiers.com: All-Access, tape delay video available on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. ET

    The Hoosiers will look to keep their winning ways going when they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday, Jan. 17, in Assembly Hall. Tip-off against the Gophers is set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Thursday's game will be tape delayed on IUHoosiers.com and will be available to fans for free through All-Access on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 83-84 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Minnesota head coach Pam Borton enters her sixth season at the head of the Golden Gopher program and owns a career mark of 181-95 over a span of nine years. She led Minnesota to to the 2004 NCAA Final Four.

    Minnesota enters Thursday's contest with the Hoosiers with a 13-5 mark overall and a 4-2 record in Big Ten action. The Golden Gophers are currently in second place in the league with wins over Michigan State (74-63), Purdue (70-63), Wisconsin (81-73) and Penn State (67-50).

    Most recently, the Gophers topped the Penn State Lady Lions, 67-50, in Williams Arena on Jan. 13. Ashley Allis-Milan led the squad with 22 points and nine rebounds. Brittany McCoy and Leslie Knight each netted 12 points, and Emily Fox added 11 points in the win. McCoy also tallied six assists and five steals, while Fox collected five assists and four steals. The Gophers shot 54.5 percent (26-of-51) from the field and outrebounded PSU, 39-25.

    Minnesota is averaging 69.1 points and 37.5 boards per game as a team. The Gophers are shooting 43.0 percent from the floor, 37.4 percent from the 3-point line and 66.3 percent from the charity stripe on the season.

    The Hoosiers split with the Gophers last season, winning in Bloomington, 69-65, on Feb. 4, and falling in Minneapolis, 79-69, on Feb. 11.

    In the two teams first meeting of the year, the Hoosiers boasted five players in double-digit scoring as Kim Roberson led IU with 20 points. Jamie Braun scored 12 points, while Whitney Thomas, Sarah McKay and Nikki Smith each netted 10 points in the win.

    In the Feb. 11 loss, Braun led IU with 17 points off the bench. Roberson added 16 points and McKay collected a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort.

    Senior Nikki Smith is on her way to becoming one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Indiana women's basketball history.

    She currently ranks fifth in the IU record book with 165 3-pointers made. Smith is three treys from taking over fourth place all-time, which is currently held by Kristi Green (167 made, 1996-99). She has attempted 456 career treys and is currently fifth in the Hoosier record book with a .361 shooting percentage from the beyond the arc.

    Despite missing the 2006-07 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, Amber Jackson hasn't lost her touch when it comes to scoring.

    After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson ranks third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and is ranked 40th nationally with a 54.1 (86-of-159) shooting percentage from the floor.

    Jackson is averaging 11.5 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 17 games this year.

    The Hoosiers rank second in the Big Ten in steals per game with 9.12 takes per game. IU has tallied double-digit steals in nine games so far this season, with 15 recorded at Northwestern on Dec. 31.

    The Hoosiers have posted at least one double-double in nine of their last 11 games this season. Whitney Thomas leads the way with five on the season. She most recently collected 17 points and 18 rebounds in IU's win over Purdue on Jan. 14.

    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.

    After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, sophomore Jamie Braun has proven that she belongs in a starting role. Braun has led the Hoosiers in scoring with 14.3 points per game and assists with 3.5 per contest.

    She ranks eighth in the Big Ten in steals (2.06), and ninth in assists per game and scoring. Braun has led IU in scoring in nine games this season, including a 25-point outing against Ohio State on Jan. 10.

    Inside IU Women's Basketball With Felisha Legette-Jack returns to the Hoosiers Den from 8-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 with host Jeremy Gray.

    The Feb. 25 show will not air due to the Hoosies contest against Ohio State in Assembly Hall. Each show will air on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington.

    Fans will have a chance to see the Indiana women's basketball team on the Big Ten Network at least eight times during the 2007-08 season.

    Upcoming Games on the Big Ten Network:
    Feb. 10 at Illinois, 2 p.m. ET
    Feb. 17 vs. Michigan, Noon ET
    Feb. 25 vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m. ET
    March 2, vs. Penn State (W), 2/4 p.m. ET
    (W) - BTN Wild Card game

    The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will remain in Indianapolis in 2008, marking the seventh consecutive season the event has been held in the Circle City. The Big Ten men's and women's tournaments will be held in Indianapolis for five years beginning this season.

    New to this year's women's bracket is the addition of Saturday competition. The 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by XBox 360 Live will be played on four consecutive days for the first time since 2001 when the tournament was held in Grand Rapids, Mich.




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