Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Face Minnesota Sunday Afternoon

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Nikki Smith has scored in double figures in 19 games this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Nikki Smith has scored in double figures in 19 games this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 10, 2007

    Minnesota Game Notes (02-11-07)
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will conclude its two-game road swing when it visits Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 11.

    In their last time out, freshman Jamie Braun led three Hoosiers (15-10, 4-8 Big Ten) in double figures with 16 points off the bench, but it was not enough as Indiana fell at Wisconsin, 60-53, on Feb. 8. Junior Nikki Smith tallied 15, including a perfect 7-of-7 performance from the free throw line, while sophomore Kim Roberson had 11 points in the loss for IU.

    The Hoosiers fell behind early as the Badgers outscored the IU, 15-4, in the first five minutes of the game. A pair of free throws from Nikki Smith sparked a 14-2 Hoosier run that sent Indiana into the break with a 19-17 advantage. The Hoosiers carried that momentum into the start of the second half, outscoring Wisconsin, 12-7, in the first six minutes to take their largest lead of the game, seven points, 31-24, with 14:19 left to play. However, Wisconsin battled back as Jolene Anderson netted 10 points in the final 14 minutes of the game to lead the Badgers to a 60-53 win.

    For the game, sophomore Whitney Thomas led the Hoosiers with eight rebounds. Senior Sarah McKay had six of IU's nine blocks in the contest while Braun picked up five of the 14 Hoosier steals. The Hoosiers shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the floor while the Badgers went 19-of-59 from the field for a 32.2 shooting percentage. Wisconsin outrebounded Indiana, 48-33, including a 17-10 advantage on the offensive glass. The Hoosiers forced 20 Wisconsin turnovers and scored 18 points off of those miscues.

    Catch all the action from Williams Arena as Mike Hensinger calls the battle between the Hoosiers and Gophers on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip-off against Minnesota is at 1 p.m. EST and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Fox Sports North (tape-delayed Feb. 12 at 9 p.m.).

    The Gophers lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers, 26-24. Indiana is 4-6 in the two teams' last 10 meetings and 9-12 overall in Williams Arena. The last time the Hoosiers won in Minneapolis was on Jan. 4, 2001, when IU defeated Minnesota, 79-76. Indiana lost on the Gophers' home court, 65-58, on Feb. 23 of last season.

    Minnesota enters Sunday's game on a three-game slide after falling to Purdue (02/01, 58-55), Indiana (02/04, 69-65) and most recently to Ohio State, 70-67, on Feb. 8.

    Minnesota held a two-point advantage, 33-31, at the half and led the entire second half taking a 10-point lead on Ohio State. However, the Buckeyes battled back to tie the Gophers at 61-61 with 4:05 to go on a 3-pointer by Stephanie Blanton. The tightly-contested four minutes of the game that remained, ultimately sided in Ohio State's favor on a Star Allen jumper for the 70-67 win in Williams Arena. The Gophers are led by Kelly Roysland with 14.6 points per game. Roysland is currently out with a broken collarbone and will be a game-day decision on Sunday. Emily Fox follows with 12.2 points per contest. Ashley Ellis-Milan leads Minnesota on the boards with 7.4 per game.

    Three Hoosiers have made their mark in the Indiana record book. With four 3-pointers against Wisconsin on Feb. 1, Nikki Smith entered IU's top-10 list and currently has 54 treys made this season, which ranks her eighth in the Hoosier record book. She ended her sophomore year ranked sixth among single-season 3-point leaders with 58 3s made.

    Sarah McKay's six blocks at Wisconsin on Feb. 8 moved her into IU's top-10. McKay has blocked 43 shots in 25 games, ranking her ninth in the IU record book. She reached the top five during the 2003-04 season, as she deflected 55 shots.

    Kim Roberson stole a spot in the thefts category with a pair of steals at Wisconsin. She has 61 steals in 25 games this season, tying her for ninth.

    The Hoosiers are 6-4 when four or more players score in double figures. Indiana posted five in double figures in a 69-65 win over Minnesota on Feb. 4. Kim Roberson netted a team-high 20 points in the win. Indiana has also recorded wins with at least four players in double-digits against Valparaiso (11/15, 85-51), Dayton (11/19, 98-71), Evansville (11/30, 83-80), Ball State (12/18, 67-56) and Wisconsin (02/01, 83-56).




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