Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host the Wisconsin Badgers Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will look to improve their 7-3 mark at home on Thursday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will look to improve their 7-3 mark at home on Thursday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 31, 2007

    Wisconsin Game Notes (02-01-07)
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will open a two-game homestand when it hosts Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 1, on Branch McCracken in Assembly Hall.

    In their last time out, Indiana (13-9, 2-7 Big Ten) got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Sarah McKay, but a late Michigan rally led the Wolverines to a 65-63 victory over the Hoosiers on Jan. 28 in Ann Arbor.

    Four Hoosiers scored in double figures in the losing effort. McKay's 19 led all scorers, while Nikki Smith added 16 for Indiana. Leah Enterline poured in 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Jamie Braun added 11 for the visitors. Whitney Thomas swiped nine rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Indiana grabbed 39 rebounds to Michigan's 37 in the contest, but the Wolverines committed four fewer turnovers than their adversaries. Each team hovered near 40 percent from the field in the contest, but Michigan was able to shoot 12-of-27 from downtown, much of which came in the decisive second half.

    Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Badgers on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip-off against Wisconsin is at 7:05 p.m. EST.

    The Hoosiers lead the all-time series with Wisconsin, 38-14. Indiana is 7-3 against the Badgers in the two teams' last 10 meetings, with a 71-64 win in Madison last season.

    Wisconsin enters Thursday's game on a three-game win streak. In their last win, the Badgers defeated Minnesota, 70-57, in Madison on Jan. 28.

    Janese Banks scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor, including three treys. She added eight rebounds and four assists. Jolene Anderson tallied 15 points, while Rae Lin D'Alie scored 14 points and grabbed a team-best nine boards and Mariah Dunham netted 11 points off the bench. The Badgers committed just seven turnovers, while tallying seven steals off of 16 Minnesota turnovers. Despite getting outrebounded by the Gophers, Wisconsin held an edge on the offensive glass, grabbing 19 boards to Minnesota's 16.

    Anderson leads Wisconsin in several categories, averaging 17.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Banks is also averaging double figures with 14.7 points per game.

    Former Hoosiers Cyndi Valentin and Jenny DeMuth led Indiana to a 71-64 win at Wisconsin on Feb. 2, 2006.

    Valentin led all players with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. She also sank 3-of-4 treys and 6-of-7 free throws. DeMuth netted 19 points and grabbed eight boards, while also tallying five assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the victory. The Hoosiers held Wisconsin to 34.5 percent (20-of-58) shooting from the field and 20.0 percent (5-of-25) shooting from beyond the arc. IU hit 24-of-44 shots from the floor for shooting percentage of 54.5, while also shooting 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from downtown and 80.0 percent (16-of-20) from the charity stripe.

    The Hoosiers will host Minnesota in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 4. Tip-off against the Gophers is set for 2:05 p.m.

    Following IU's game against Minnesota, the Hoosiers will host Illinois on Feb. 18 and celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD is an event designed to inform young women and children of the importance of education and our emerging role in athletics. From noon until 2 p.m. in Assembly Hall, various IU Athletics teams and organizations on campus and throughout the community will have interactive booths in which youth may participate. Pre-game festivities are free of charge.

    On Thursday, Feb. 22, the Hoosiers' senior class will be honored on Senior Night against Northwestern. Tip-off against the Wildcats is slated for 7:05 p.m. For tickets, call 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHOOSIERS.com.




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