Women's Basketball Takes on Illinois Sunday on the Big Ten Network
Feb. 9, 2008
Indiana (14-9, 7-4 Big Ten) at Illinois (13-10, 5-7 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
Illinois head coach Jolette Law enters her first season with the Fighting Illini and as a head coach after serving the last 12 years as an assistant on C. Vivian Stringer's Rutgers staff, including the last four as associate head coach.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Jamie Braun has scored in double-digits in nine consecutive games and has netted 20-plus point outings three times in those nine contests.
Whitney Thomas recorded her 10th double-double of the season when she recorded 12 points and 10 boards. She owns 20 in her career, which ranks sixth in the IU record book.
The Hoosiers 14 steals against Northwestern on Feb. 7 marked the 13th time that IU has boasted a double-digit steal game.
The Hoosiers have a four game win streak going against the Fighting Illini, which includes a season-series sweep as Indiana knocked off U of I, 71-64, in Urbana (01/07) and 81-68 in Bloomington (02/18), last season.
SCOUTING THE ILLINI
The Illini won the battle of the board, 36-35, but shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field on the game.
Smith leads Illinois with 18.3 points and 10.0 boards per game. She is shooting 54.5 percent from the field on the season and owns 50 assists and 43 blocked shots. Danyel Crutcher is averaging 10.2 points per game.
Illinois is averaging 63.0 points and 34.1 rebounds per contest.
LAST TIME VS. ILLINOIS
The Hoosiers and Fighting Illini battled point-for-point for the first eight and a half minutes of the game, but an 8-0 Indiana run gave the Hoosiers a 20-15 advantage with 4:37 to go in the half. Back-to-back jumpers by Jenna Smith and Danyel Crutcher brought Illinois within one, 20-19, with 3:29 on the clock, but a 9-2 run by the Hoosiers sent the two teams into the break with IU leading, 29-21.
The Fighting Illini stormed out of the halftime break on a 16-4 run over the first six minutes of the second stanza. A layup by Jamie Braun at the 13:32 mark stopped the Illini's run, but a 3-pointer and a layup by Lacey Simpson increased Illinois' lead to 42-35, with 12:42 remaining. A free throw by Andrea McGuirt ignited a 5-0 IU run that brought the Hoosiers within two, 42-40, at the 11:33 mark. Illinois' Rebecca Harris sank a 3-pointer with 11:08 remaining that started a 9-4 run as the Illini regained a seven-point advantage, 51-44, with 7:33 on the clock. But the Hoosiers were able to outscore Illinois 25-11 in the final seven minutes of the contest to come back for the 70-62 win.
Whitney Thomas recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She also connected on four assists. Braun led the Hoosiers with 19 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kim Roberson added 15 points in the win.
Smith led all players with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Crutcher added 15 and Simpson scored 11 points in the effort.
Illinois outshot the Hoosiers, 46.6 (27-of-58) percent to 40.4 (21-of-52) percent and held a 10-board advantage on the glass (38-28), but Indiana forced the Illini into committing 17 turnovers. The Hoosiers outscored Illinois 24-4 on those turnovers.
JACKSON ONE OF BIG TEN'S LEADERS
After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson ranks fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage with a 52.2 (120-of-230) shooting percentage from the floor.
Jackson is averaging 12.1 points per game with a season-high of 22 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener against Albany. She has netted double-digit points 16 of IU's 23 games this year.
BRAUN MAKING A BUZZ
Braun is leading the Hoosiers in scoring on the season with 15.3 points per game and in Big Ten games with 17.2 points per contest.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY AND THINK PINK GAME SET FOR FEB. 17
From 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. the concourse in Assembly Hall will be aligned with various exhibitors ranging from IU Athletics teams to recreational sports teams, to departments on campus and after school programs. Each booth will have an activity in which youth can participate. The pregame festivities will conclude just before tip-off of the Hoosiers' battle with the Wolverines at Noon.
IU's contest with Michigan will also serve as the Hoosiers' Think Pink game. Join the IU women's basketball team in wearing PINK to the game to help create awareness for breast cancer research. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a pink pom.
Following the game, the Hoosiers will be available to sign autographs in the South lobby.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (high school age and under). Groups of 25 or more are $2 per person. For more information or to order tickets, call 1-866-IUSPORTS.
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