Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Head to Ann Arbor to Face Michigan Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Big Ten Player of the Week Whitney Thomas and the Hoosiers will look for their fourth straight win when they face Michigan on Thursday night.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Big Ten Player of the Week Whitney Thomas and the Hoosiers will look for their fourth straight win when they face Michigan on Thursday night.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 22, 2008

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    Indiana (12-7, 5-2 Big Ten) at Michigan (11-6, 4-3 Big Ten)
    Thursday, Jan. 24 • 7 p.m. ET
    Crisler Arena (13,751) • Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington/WQRJ 102.5 FM Bedford (Shawn Lewallen, play-by-play)

    The Hoosiers will look to for their fourth straight win on Thursday, Jan. 24 when they face Michigan in Ann Arbor. Tip-off against the Wolverines is set for 7 p.m. ET. Catch Shawn Lewallen on WHCC 105.1 FM as he calls the action between the Hoosiers and Wolverines from Crisler Arena. Thursday's broadcast will also be aired on WQRJ 102.5 FM in Bedford.

    • Thursday's meeting is the 53rd between Indiana and Michigan.

    • Sunday's win gave IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack a winning career mark since her arrival in Bloomington (85-84). She holds a 31-21 mark in her second season as the leader of the Hoosiers.

    • 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.

    • The Hoosiers 11 steals against Michigan State Sunday marked the 10th time that IU had boasted a double-digit steal game.

    • IU's win at Michigan State on Sunday was its first since Jan. 20, 2002 (in Bloomington - 67-55) and its first vs. the Spartans in East Lansing since Dec. 30, 2001 (50-47).

    • In their last three games, the Hoosiers have out rebounded their foes by at least eight boards. Sunday's 12-board advantage was the most on the season.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 85-84 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 head coach Kevin Borseth enters his first season with the Wolverines after spending eight seasons as the mentor at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He owns a career mark of 517-216 over 25 seasons.

    Michigan enters Thursday's game with an overall mark of 11-6 and a 4-3 record in the Big Ten.

    The Wolverines are coming off a tough road loss at Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 20. Michigan fell to the Lady Lions, 68-57, despite shooting 47.9 percent from the floor. UM was led by Krista Phillips as she posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Carly Benson added 13 points and Janelle Cooper scored 10 points in the effort.

    Phillips is leading the Wolverines with 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Michigan is averaging 60.1 points and 33.4 boards to game as a team, and shooting 41.3 percent from the field on the season.

    The Hoosiers split last season's series with Michigan, winning in Bloomington, 71-58, on Dec . 31, 2006, and falling in Ann Arbor, 65-63, on Jan. 28, 2007.

    Sarah McKay led all players in the first meeting with 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. Kim Roberson collected a team-best nine rebounds in the win.

    McKay also led IU in the second meeting with 19 points and 11 boards. Nikki Smith added 16 points, Leah Enterline netted 14 and Jamie Braun added 11 points in the effort.

    Jamie Braun is one of 23 players listed as "Making a Buzz" on pointguard.org, the Nancy Lieberman Award site for the point guard of the year honor that is presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit. Braun is leading the Hoosiers in scoring on the season with 14.6 points per game and in Big Ten games with 16.3 points per contest.

    The Hoosiers leads the Big Ten in steals per game with 9.05 takes per game IU has tallied double-digit steals in 10 games so far this season, with 15 recorded at Northwestern on Dec. 31.

    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 171 3-pointers made. Smith is two treys from taking over third place all-time, which is currently held by Cyndi Valentin (172 made, 2003-06). She has attempted 470 career treys and owns a career .363 shooting percentage from the beyond the arc, both of which rank fifth in the IU record book.




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