Jan. 28, 2009
Penn State Lady Lions (8-10, 3-5) at Indiana Hoosiers (14-4, 7-2) | Game Notes
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 | 7 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play)| Internet: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will face Penn State in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 29 with a 7 p.m. ET tip-off. Thursday's game will be broadcast locally on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray call the actions between the Hoosiers and Lady Lions. The game will also be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com. The first 500 IU students with their student ID to enter the South Lobby of Assembly Hall will get a coupon for a free pulled pork dinner from Will T's Barbecue.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
Penn State enters Thursday's game with an 8-10 record overall and a 3-5 mark in Big Ten action. The Lady Lions are coming off a 58-56 overtime win against Wisconsin in Happy Valley. PSU is led by Tyra Grant with 19.3 points per game. She is shooting 43.2 percent (123-of-285) from the field and 35.4 percent (29-of-82) from the 3-point line, to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game, 31 steals and 24 assists. Janessa Wolff leads the Lady Lions on the boards with 6.2 per game. Brianne O'Rourke is also averaging double-digit points with 11.6 per game and leads Penn State with 83 assists on the season.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will hit the road and take on Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday, Feb. 1 on the Big Ten Network. On Feb. 5, IU will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. Indiana will host Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 8, with a 12:30 p.m. tip-off on the Big Ten Network, and will face Michigan State on Thursday, Feb. 12, in Assembly Hall, which is also on the BTN. IU will open a two-game road trip with games at Wisconsin (02/16) and at Northwestern (02/19).
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 105-96 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 50th win as the Hoosier mentor against Purdue on Jan. 19, 2009.
Penn State head coach Coquese Washington is in her second season leading the Lady Lions with an overall record of 21-28.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 32nd all-time between the Hoosiers and Lady Lions, with Penn State leading, 24-7.
Senior Whitney Thomas is 30 rebounds away from reaching 1,000 in her career at IU. She is on pace to become only the second player in school history to own 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
IU's win over Penn State on Jan. 10 in Happy Valley was only the second time the Hoosiers have won in State College and just the seventh win in the series against the storied program.
Indiana is 4-8 all-time against Penn State in Assembly Hall, winning the last two meetings in Bloomington.
IU's RPI ranks 19th in this week's Sagarin Ratings and 25th in CollegeRPI.com's ranking.
LAST TIME VS. PENN STATE
The entire Hoosier starting five reached double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Penn State, 84-77, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, on Sunday, Jan. 11. The Hoosiers' win in Happy Valley was just the second in the all-time series, with the first coming on Jan. 1, 2006 (54-50). The last time Indiana started Big Ten play 4-1 was the 2000-01 season.
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas led all players with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 9-of-14 from the free throw line. She added six rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist. Jamie Braun scored 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the 3-point line. She also recorded five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior Amber Jackson recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds, sophomore Jori Davis added 13 points four boards and two assists, and senior Kim Roberson recorded 12 points, five assists and two steals. The Hoosiers shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the floor and one the battle of the boards, 43-42. IU also shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the 3-point line.
1,000 DOWN, 30 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 30 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 both categories 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 225 assists and 221 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 10 steals from breaking 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 65 career blocked shots, which ranks ninth in IU lore.
A THIEF AMONG US
One of the Big Ten's top defenders has returned to the hardwood for the Hoosiers. Senior Kim Roberson owns 214 career steals, ranking fourth all-time and 16 from tying Jenny DeMuth as the all-time leader with 230 steals. Roberson became the sixth active player to reach the 200 steals mark in the Big Ten with two steals at Minnesota on Jan. 8.