Jan. 17, 2009
Purdue Boilermakers (12-5, 5-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (12-3, 5-1) | Game Notes | Buy Tickets
Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 | 7 p.m. ET | White Out
Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | TV: Big Ten Network (Mark Neely, play-by-play; Mary Murphy, analyst)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will host a White Out when it faces Purdue in Assembly Hall on Monday, Jan. 19. The Hoosiers and Boilers will battle on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET. Monday's game will also be broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington as Jeremy Gray will call the action from Branch McCracken Court.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue enters Monday's contest on a four-game win streak with an overall record of 12-5 and a mark of 5-1 in league games. The Boilermakers are led by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton with 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She also has 50 assists, 47 steals and 30 blocked shots on the season. Lakisha Freeman is averaging 11.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, and Brittany Rayburn is averaging 10.4 points per contest. Purdue is averaging 66.5 points and 38.3 rebounds per game as a team and shooting 41.6 percent (409-of-984) from the field, 36.8 percent (92-of-250) from the 3-point line and 73.2 percent (221-of-302) from the free throw line.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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. On Feb. 5, the Hoosiers will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes.
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. Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp is in her third year at Purdue with a 62-26 record and an overall mark of 179-91.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Monday's meeting marks the 67th all-time between the Hoosiers and Boilers, with Purdue leading, 42-24.
Junior point guard Jamie Braun is 16 points away from being the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 points in her career at IU.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is one win away from her 50th win at the helm of the Hoosier program.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in league games in scoring offense (71.5) and field goal percentage (.434).
IU ranks 30th nationally in overall field goal percentage (44.0) and 18th in turnovers per game (14.9).
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.
HOOSIERS BRING THE "D"
The Hoosiers have kept their opponents' scoring under 57 points seven times this season, including three straight games (12/20-01/04). IU has also recorded double-digit steals in seven of its 15 games on the year for an average of 8.87, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten overall.
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' 5-1 start to Big Ten action is the program's best start since the 1982-83 season started the league schedule 6-1.
LAST SEASON VS. PURDUE
The Hoosiers and Boilers split last season's two meetings during the regular season before Purdue defeated Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue came away with a 55-49 win over IU in Assembly Hall on Jan. 3. Amber Jackson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kim Roberson added 12 points and eight rebounds in the effort. The Hoosiers outrebounded the Boilers, 45-40, but committed 20 turnovers. In the second meeting, the Hoosiers defeated Purdue, 66-54, in Mackey Arena. Whitney Thomas collected 17 points and 18 rebounds, while Jamie Braun scored 14 points and Roberson added 11 points in the win. In the final meeting, Jackson recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Boilermakers defeated the Hoosiers, 64-54. Jackson was the only Hoosier who scored in double-digits, while Thomas netted eight points and a team-high four steals. Braun recorded four assists.
THE BARN BURNER SERIES
Arguably the basketball capital of America, the state of Indiana features one of the nation's most heated basketball rivalries. When Indiana and Purdue square off on the hardwood, there is more as stake than just a game. Beginning in the 1993-94 season, the Sara Lee Corporation recognized the intensity of the rivalry and funded the construction of the Barn Burner Trophy to be awarded to the winner of the year's match up. The Battle for the Barn Burner alternates venues from year-to-year and will be played in Assembly Hall this season.
BARN BURNER SERIES HISTORY
Date - Score
03/02/94 - at Purdue 83, Indiana 58
02/10/95 - Purdue 57, at Indiana 44
02/09/96 - at Purdue 67, Indiana 66
01/26/97 - Indiana 51, at Purdue 50
01/25/98 - at Indiana 85, Purdue 71
01/22/99 - at Purdue 97, Indiana 62
01/23/00 - Purdue 71, at Indiana 65 (OT)
02/15/01 - at Purdue 87, Indiana 46
01/17/02 - Purdue 61, at Indiana 53
02/27/03 - at Purdue 74, Indiana 48
01/25/04 - Purdue 71, at Indiana 47
01/06/05 - at Purdue 54, Indiana 31
01/10/06 - Purdue 61, at Indiana 56 (OT)
01/14/07 - at Purdue 73, Indiana 51
01/03/08 - Purdue 55, at Indiana 49
1,000 DOWN, 55 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 55 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 221 assists and 214 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 16 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 62 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 16 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 984 over 80 career games.
INSIDE IU BASKETBALL WITH COACH JACK AT COACHES BAR & GRILL
Inside IU Basketball with Coach Jack returns to Coaches Bar & Grill at Bloomington's Downtown Hilton Garden Inn on Monday, Jan. 26. Coach Jack along with host Jeremy Gray will be on hand for the 30 minute call-in show that will air locally on WHCC 105.1 FM and on the IU Radio Network.