Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Hit the Road to Face No. 5 Ohio State

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Jamie Braun registered her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Purdue on Jan. 21.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Jamie Braun registered her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Purdue on Jan. 21.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 24, 2007

    Ohio State Game Notes (01-25-06)
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will hit the road this week and travel to fifth-ranked Ohio State Thursday, Jan. 25, in Columbus.

    The Hoosiers (13-7, 2-5 Big Ten) got double-doubles from Whitney Thomas and Jamie Braun in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 Hoosier faithful, but could not overcome a hot-shooting Purdue squad as the 12th-ranked Boilermakers took an 81-58 win over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Jan. 21.

    Thomas scored a team-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Braun recorded 12 points and 10 boards. Nikki Smith netted 13 points by way of three 3-pointers and Sarah McKay added 11 points in the effort. The Hoosiers matched the Boilermakers on the boards as they grabbed 36 apiece, while IU dominated the offensive glass, 17-6. Indiana also registered eight steals off of 15 Boilermaker turnovers.

    Catch all the action from Value City Arena as Mike Hensinger calls the battle between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip-off against Ohio State is at 7 p.m. ET.

    OSU leads the all-time series with IU, 39-19.The Buckeyes hold a 20-5 advantage over the Hoosiers in Columbus.

    The Buckeyes remained undefeated in the Big Ten with a 62-52 win over Illinois in Columbus on Jan. 21. Ohio State is one of two teams left in the league with a perfect record and is off to its best start since winning 17 of its first 18 games in the 1973-74 season before finishing 18-2.

    The Buckeyes were outscored by the Fighting Illini in the second half, 31-27, but OSU was able to hold on for the 10-point win. Jessica Davenport led all players with 22 points and nine rebounds. She sank 5-of-10 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line for a pair of deuces. Star Allen added 11 points, while Brandie Hoskins and Marscilla Packer each scored 10 points in the win.

    Davenport, this week's Big Ten Player of the Week, eclipsed the 2,000-point mark Sunday, ending the day with 2,017 career points. She is the 11th player in Big Ten history to score 2,000 points. Davenport is averaging a team-high 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 66.2 percent from the field. Hoskins and Packer are also averaging in double figures with 14.8 and 10.6 points per game, respectively.

    The Hoosiers fell twice to then No. 7/7 Ohio State last season. In the two teams' first meeting, the Buckeyes defeated Indiana, 60-50, in Columbus on Jan. 19. Cyndi Valentin scored a game-high 18 points, while Angela Hawkins added 10 in the effort. Whitney Thomas posted a double-double against the Buckeyes with 12 points and 13 boards.

    In the second meeting on Feb. 5, Ohio State defeated IU, 61-45, in Bloomington. Nikki Smith led the Hoosiers with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor, with all four of her baskets coming from beyond the 3-point line.

    Indiana is 1-5 against ranked opponents this season. The Hoosiers defeated then-No. 15/16 Kentucky, 54-51, in the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Nov. 12 in Lexington, Ky.

    IU suffered an 82-47 loss at No. 18 Bowling Green on Dec. 6, before falling at No. 21 Michigan State, 74-49, on Dec. 28, and 64-56, in overtime on Jan. 4. On Jan. 14, IU lost at No. 12 Purdue, 73-51, and fell to the Boilers in Bloomington, 81-58, on Jan. 21. IU's visit to Columbus to face Ohio State on Thursday will mark it's third straight game against a ranked opponent.

    In this week's Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Report (rpirating.com), the Hoosiers are ranked 28th among 335 Division I teams and own the 12th-toughest schedule in the nation, according to collegerpi.com. The Big Ten is ranked second behind the SEC in RPI and owns the toughest schedule in the nation, according to both sites.

    Many Hoosiers rank among Big Ten leaders statistically so far this season. Junior Nikki Smith currently ranks third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.20), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.376), 13th in free throw percentage (.789) and 16th in points per game (12.5).

    Sophomore Whitney Thomas is currently ranked third in rebounds per game (9.1), in defensive rebounds per game (6.15) and in double-doubles (five), fifth in offensive boards per game (2.90), and ninth in steals per game (2.15).

    Sophomore Kim Roberson is currently fifth in steals per game (2.55) and senior Sarah McKay is ranked seventh in blocked shots per game (1.55), ninth in field goal percentage (.503), and 27th in scoring (9.7).

    Under first-year IU Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack, the Hoosiers are building quite a fan base at home and on the road.

    Attendance in Assembly Hall has risen since opening the home slate. Most recently, IU battled Purdue in front of 5,010 Hoosier faithful, which ranks fifth all-time in the program's history and is the largest crowd at Branch McCracken court this season.

    This year, the Hoosiers have also battled opponents on the road in front of some big crowds. The largest of the season so far was when Indiana topped Notre Dame, 54-51, in front of 9,494 fans on Dec. 3, at the Joyce Center.




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