Jan. 30, 2009
Indiana Hoosiers (15-4, 8-2) at No. 14/15 Ohio State (17-3, 8-1) | Game Notes
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 | 4 p.m. ET
Value City Arena (18,500) | Columbus, Ohio
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | TV: Big Ten Network (Mike Crispino, Theresa Grentz)
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will take on Big Ten leader Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 1 in Columbus. Sunday's game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and will also be aired on the IU Radio Network. Tip-off from Value City Arena is at 4 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State enters Sunday's game as the Big Ten leader with an overall record of 17-3 and an 8-1 mark in league games. The Buckeyes are coming off a close win at Michigan where OSU overcame the Wolverines, 52-44, on Thursday, Jan. 29. The Buckeyes are led by Jantel Lavender with 21.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. She leads the Big Ten in both categories. Lavender is also shooting 53.1 percent (169-of-318) from the field and a team-high 29 blocked shots. Samantha Prahalis is averaging 9.9 points per game and leads OSU with 119 assists on the season. Star Allen is averaging 9.0 points and 7.5 boards per game, while Ashlee Trebilcock has registered 7.7 points per contest and is shooting 50.0 percent (26-of-52) from the 3-point line.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following a road game at Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 5, the Hoosiers will host Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 8, with a 12:30 p.m. tip-off on the Big Ten Network. IU will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day when it hosts the Fighting Illini.
Fans will get the opportunity to meet IU female student-athletes, try new sports skills and learn the benefits from participating in sports. There will be interactive stations before the game, focusing on girls and women's health, fitness, safety issues, as well as academic success and career opportunities. The Girl Scouts of Monroe County, IU Campus Recreational Sports, the IU women's basketball team, the Indiana Youth Institute, and the IU School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation are all sponsoring the event. Doors open to Assembly Hall at 10:30 a.m. for pre-game activities.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 106-96 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.
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster enters his fourth season with the Buckeyes with a 169-44 and owns 673 career victories over 30 seasons as a head coach.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 63rd all-time between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes, with Ohio State leading, 42-20.
Senior Whitney Thomas is 23 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.
The Hoosiers are currently one half-game behind Ohio State in the Big Ten standings with the Buckeyes in first place.
Indiana is 4-25 all-time playing Ohio State in Columbus and has not defeated the Buckeyes on their home court since Jan. 31, 2002 when IU recorded an 85-72 victory.
IU's RPI ranks 19th in this week's Sagarin Ratings and 25th in CollegeRPI.com's ranking.
JACKSON DOUBLES UP PENN STATE
Amber Jackson recorded double-doubles against Penn State in both meetings this season. On Jan. 11, Jackson collected 14 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes to help lead Indiana to its second-ever win in Happy Valley. On Jan. 29, Jackson grabbed 12 more rebounds and added 15 points to help the Hoosiers sweep the regular season series.
LAST SEASON VS. OHIO STATE
Indiana and Ohio State split last season's meetings with the Buckeyes winning in Columbus, 71-59, on Jan. 10, and the Hoosiers winning in OT in Bloomington, 69-61, on Feb. 25.
In the first meeting, Jamie Braun led all players with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, 2-of-5 from the 3-point line and 3-of-4 from free throw line. She also recorded six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Whitney Thomas scored 12 points and added seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, and Kim Roberson tallied 11 points. The Hoosiers were outrebounded 36-27, but forced OSU into committing 19 turnovers. In the second meeting, Braun led IU again with 19 points and added eight boards, while Roberson sank 15 and came away with three steals, Thomas scored 14 and grabbed nine boards and Jori Davis netted 11 points. The Hoosiers were outrebounded again, this time, 43-38, but forced the Buckeyes into committing 20 turnovers.
1,000 DOWN, 23 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 23 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 223 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is eight 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 is tied for eighth in IU lore with Rachelle Bostic (1981-84).