Women's Basketball

    Indiana Heads to East Lansing to Battle Michigan State

    Go Hoosiers! Whitney Thomas picked up her sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and 17 rebounds against Minnesota.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Whitney Thomas picked up her sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and 17 rebounds against Minnesota.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 18, 2008

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    Indiana (11-7, 4-2 Big Ten) at Michigan State (11-8, 3-4 Big Ten)
    Sunday, Jan. 20 • 2 p.m. ET
    Breslin Center (14,759) • East Lansing, Mich.

    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM - Jeremy Gray, play-by-play (Tape Delay)

    The Hoosiers will look to for their third straight win on Sunday, Jan. 20 when they face Michigan State in East Lansing. Tip-off against the Spartans is set for 2 p.m. ET. Catch Jeremy Gray on WHCC 105.1 FM as he calls the action between the Hoosiers and Spartans from the Breslin Center. Sunday's broadcast will be tape delayed following the IU men's game vs. Penn State, which also begins at 2 p.m.

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

    Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant enters her first season with the Spartans after spending nine seasons as the mentor at Eastern Michigan. She owns a career mark of 212-128.

    • Sunday's meeting is the 56th between Indiana and Michigan State.

    • IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack claimed her 30th victory as the Hoosier mentor in an 80-77 double overtime win over Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 17. It was her 84th career win.

    • In IU's win over Minnesota, all five starters scored in double-digits as Nikki Smith led all players with a season-high 21 points.

    Whitney Thomas collected her second consecutive double-double and her sixth of the season with 12 points and 17 boards. She is averaging 17.5 rebounds in her last two contests.

    • Legette-Jack will return to familiar territory when the Hoosiers face Michigan State. She served as an assistant coach for the Spartans under current Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie from 2000-02. As the recruiting coordinator, she was instrumental in forming the squad that took MSU to the 2005 NCAA Championship game.

    Michigan State enters Sunday's game with an 11-8 mark overall and a 3-4 record in Big Ten action. The Spartans are coming off a 74-62 road win at Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 17. Kalisha Keane led MSU with 23 points. She added six rebounds in the effort. Alyssa DeHaan scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds and tallied four blocked shots in 28 minutes on the court. Courtney Davidson and Lauren Aitch each scored 10 points for the Spartans.

    Michigan State held a one board advantage on the Wildcats, 36-35, and outshot Northwestern, 45.2 percent (28-of-62) to 42.1 percent (24-of-57).

    The Spartans are averaging 65.0 points as a team on the season and 37.7 boards per contest. In Big Ten games, MSU is shooting 40.2 percent from the floor. Michigan State is led by DeHaan on the season with 15.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. Keane is also averaging in double-digit scoring with 13.7 points per outing.

    The Hoosiers were swept last season by the Spartans, losing the first meeting in East Lansing, 74-49, and falling in a close battle in Bloomington, 64-56, in overtime.

    Nikki Smith and Kim Roberson each netted 12 points in the first meeting, while Leah Enterline added 10 in the effort. However, the Hoosiers shot 25.0 percent (18-of-72) from the floor to the Spartan's 48.3 percent (28-of-58). Smith led IU again in the second meeting, this time scoring 16 points on four 3-pointers. Roberson scored 13 and Jamie Braun added 11 points.

    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 fourth in the IU record book with 169 3-pointers made. Smith is three treys from taking over third place all-time, which is currently held by Cyndi Valentin (172 made, 2003-06). She has attempted 465 career treys and is currently fifth in the Hoosier record book with a .363 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 second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage with a 52.9 (91-of-172) shooting percentage from the floor. Jackson is averaging 11.6 points per game with a season-high of 22 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener against Albany. She has netted double-digit points 12 of IU's 18 games this year.

    The Hoosiers leads the Big Ten in steals per game with 8.94 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 10 of their last 12 games this season. Whitney Thomas leads the way with six on the season. She most recently collected 12 points and 17 rebounds in IU's win over Minnesota on Jan. 17.

    Thomas is followed by Amber Jackson, who recorded her third of the season after picking up 14 points and 10 rebounds against the Gophers on Jan. 14.

    Jamie Braun owns two double-doubles on the season. her last was against West Virginia on Dec. 22 when she recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds.

    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 14.4 points per game and assists with 3.5 per contest.

    She ranks seventh in the Big Ten in steals (2.06) and in scoring, and eighth in assists per game. 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.

    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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