Feb. 3, 2009
Indiana Hoosiers (15-5, 8-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (13-8, 6-4) | Game Notes
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 | 8 p.m. ET
Carvery-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) | Iowa City, Iowa
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Internet: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will hit the road for a second-straight game as they take on Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 5 in Iowa City. Tip-off against the Hawkeyes is set for 8 p.m. ET. Thursday's game will be aired live on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling the action and will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa enters Thursday's game with a 13-6 overall mark and a 6-4 record in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are led by Megan Skouby with 13.1 points per game. She is also averaging 4.6 rebounds and has recorded a team-best 37 blocked shots. Kristi Smith is averaging 12.5 points per game, while Wendy Ausdemore has 11.0 points per contest. Kachine Alexander leads the Hawkeyes with 8.5 rebounds per game and 83 assists on the season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 67.1 points and 38.0 rebounds per game. It is shooting 43.0 percent (489-of-1137) from the field, 36.1 percent (132-of-366) from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent (299-of-) from the free throw line.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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.
Indiana will host Michigan State in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 106-97 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.
Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder is in her 28th year as a head coach and her ninth year leading the Hawkeyes. Bluder owns an overall career record of 517-248 and a record of 161-106 at Iowa. She led the Hawkeyes to a share of the 2008 Big Ten Championships, splitting the honors with Ohio State.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 54th all-time between the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes, with Iowa leading, 38-15.
Senior Whitney Thomas is 17 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 tied for second place in the Big Ten standings with Michigan State and Purdue.
Indiana is 4-20 all-time playing Iowa in Iowa City and has not defeated the Hawkeyes on their home court since Feb. 20, 1994 when IU recorded a 63-59 victory.
IU's RPI ranks 22nd in this week's Sagarin Ratings and 29th in CollegeRPI.com's ranking.
HOOSIERS BRING THE "D"
The Hoosiers have kept their opponents' scoring under 60 points 11 times this season, including three straight games (12/20-01/04). IU has also recorded double-digit steals in 11 of its 20 games on the year for an average of 9.20, which ranks second in the Big Ten overall.
LAST TIME VS. IOWA
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point as one of three Hoosiers to reach double-figures in a 76-54 win over Iowa, on Sunday, Jan. 4. The win was the ninth straight for Indiana, which is the longest win streak since the 1998-99 team won nine in a row.
Thomas ended the day with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and 27th of her career. She also added a career-high four blocked shots, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes. Thomas reached her 1,000th career point at the 19:45 mark to become the 20th Hoosier to reach that milestone. She is also the ninth active player in the Big Ten to reach the 1,000-point mark.
Junior Jamie Braun led all players with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. She added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Senior Kim Roberson scored 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. The Hoosiers shot 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the floor and won the battle of the boards, 36-28. Iowa shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from the field. The Hawkeyes were led by Skouby with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, and Hamlin added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the effort.
1,000 DOWN, 17 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 17 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 226 assists and 224 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is seven 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 66 career blocked shots, which is ranked eighth 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 220 career steals, ranking fourth all-time and 10 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.