Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host Michigan State Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Join IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers on Date Night in Assembly Hall on Feb. 14 with tickets buy one, get one free.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Join IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers on Date Night in Assembly Hall on Feb. 14 with tickets buy one, get one free.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 12, 2008

    Michigan State Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    Michigan State (14-11, 6-7 Big Ten) at Indiana (14-10, 7-5 Big Ten)
    Thursday, Feb. 14 • 7 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall (17,357) • Bloomington, Ind.

    BROADCAST INFORMATION
    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM - Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
    Web: IUHoosiers.com All-Access (tape-delay on 2/15 at 10 a.m.)

    THE OPENING TIP
    The Hoosiers will look to for their 15th win of the season when they host Michigan State Thursday in Assembly Hall. Tip-off against the Spartans is set for 7 p.m. ET. Catch Jeremy Gray on WHCC 105.1 FM as he calls the action between the Hoosiers and Spartans from Branch McCracken Court. Thursday's game will be tape delayed on IUHoosiers.com and will be available to fans for free through All-Access on Friday, Feb. 15 after 10 a.m.

    NOTES OF INTEREST • Thursday's meeting is the 57th between Indiana and Michigan State.

    Jamie Braun and Whitney Thomas have scored in double-digits in 10 consecutive games, with Braun netting three 20-plus point games in that time frame and Thomas recording 19 points in IU's last outing at Illinois on Feb. 10.

    • The Hoosiers' 14 steals against Northwestern on Feb. 7 marked the 13th time that IU has boasted a double-digit steal game.

    • IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack served as an assistant coach for the Spartans under current Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie from 2000-02. As the recruiting coordinator, she was instrumental in forming the squad that took MSU to the 2005 NCAA Championship game.

    THE COACHES
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 87-87 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant enters her first season with the Spartans after spending nine seasons as the mentor at Eastern Michigan. She owns a career mark of 215-131.

    SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
    Michigan State enters Thursday's game with a 14-11 mark overall and a 6-7 record in the Big Ten. The Spartans are coming off of a thrilling win over league-leader Purdue, 56-54, at the Breslin Center. Courtney Davidson led all players with 17 points off the bench for Michigan State, while Allyssa DeHaan added 15 points, five boards and six blocked shots. Davidson also compiled seven assists on the game.

    DeHaan leads the Spartans with 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 rejections per game. Kalisha Keane is averaging 12.7 points per contest and leads the Spartans with 50 steals on the season.

    Michigan State is averaging 64.2 points and 37.0 boards per game, while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor as a team.

    LAST TIME VS. MICHIGAN STATE
    Whitney Thomas posted her seventh double-double this season and 17th of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Indiana women's basketball team took a pivotal road contest 70-56. It marked the Hoosiers' first win over the Spartans since Jan. 20, 2002, and the first IU road victory over MSU since Dec. 30, 2001.

    With the Hoosiers ahead, 5-4, at the 16:54 mark, the Spartans put together a 9-2 run to take a 13-7 lead with 9:59 to go in the half. An Amber Jackson layup at the 9:14 mark ignited an 8-0 Indiana run that gave the Hoosiers a two-point advantage, 15-13, with 5:55 on the clock. A jumper by Alyssa DeHaan knotted the scored at 15-15, but IU answered on a Jamie Braun jumper to regain the advantage, 17-15, with 4:47 remaining in the first stanza. Michigan State tied the game back up at 17-17, but the Hoosiers were able to outscore the Spartans, 9-6, in the final four minutes of the half to take a 26-23 lead into the break.

    The Hoosiers came out of the locker room red hot, scoring the first 12 points of the second half, culminating with a pair of jumpers by Thomas, to open up a 38-23 lead at the 15:53 mark. The Spartans squelched that edge with a 7-0 run of their own, but IU fought back to go back-and-forth with MSU to retain a 53-43 lead with 6:34 to play in the contest.

    The Spartans would not get any closer than eight points as the Hoosiers went 6-for-six from the foul line down the stretch to seal the victory.

    Jackson led four Hoosiers in double figures with 21 points and eight boards and Jamie Braun poured in 18 points and handed out five assists. Kim Roberson narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds to go along with five assists.

    Indiana shot just 37 percent to Michigan State's 40 percent from the floor, but cashed in on 20-of-31 free throw attempts while Michigan State was just 4-of-10 in the game. The Hoosiers also outrebounded the Spartans, 48-36, and committed just 10 turnovers the Spartans 19.

    DeHaan led Michigan State with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots while Lauren Aitch also scored 15 off the bench.

    BOARDING WITH THE BEST
    Whitney Thomas currently ranks third in the Big Ten with 9.4 rebounds per game and tops the league in offensive grabs (3.50) and is also third on the defensive glass (5.92).

    Her 9.5 boards per contest also ranks 33rd in the nation, and she is averaging 10.0 rebounds per Big Ten game, which leads the league.

    WHAT BRAUN CAN DO FOR IU
    After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, sophomore Jamie Braun has proven that she belongs in a starting role. Braun has led the Hoosiers in scoring with 15.2 points per game and assists with 3.4 per contest.

    She ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, and ninth in steals (1.92) and assists per game. Braun has led IU in scoring in 12 games this season, including a 26-point outing against Iowa on Feb. 3.

     

     

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