Hoosiers to Take On Golden Gophers in Assembly Hall on Thursday Night
Jan. 16, 2008
Minnesota (13-5, 4-2 Big Ten) at Indiana (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
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.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
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.
LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
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.
SMITH FROM 3
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.
JACKSON ONE OF BIG TEN'S LEADERS
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.
DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT
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.
WHAT BRAUN CAN DO FOR IU
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.
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.
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