Hoosiers Host Michigan State Thursday Night
Feb. 12, 2008
Michigan State (14-11, 6-7 Big Ten) at Indiana (14-10, 7-5 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
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.
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
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
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
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
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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