Feb. 14, 2009
Indiana Hoosiers (15-8, 8-6) at Wisconsin Badgers (15-10, 5-9) | Game Notes
Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 | 8 p.m. ET
Kohl Center (17,142) | Madison, Wis.
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, pxp) | TV: Big Ten Network (Mark Neely-PxP; Mary Murphy-Analyst)
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers visit Wisconsin Monday, Feb. 16, for their second to last road game of the regular season. Monday's game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Mark Neely and Mary Murphy making the call. The game will also be broadcast on the IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling the action from the Kohl Center locally on WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington. It will also be aired on the statewide network.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Wisconsin enters Monday's game with a 15-10 overall record and a 5-9 mark in Big Ten action. The Badgers ended a five-game skid with a 58-52 win over Penn State on Feb. 12. UW is led by Alyssa Karel with 13.1 points per game. Lin Zastrow is averaging team-best 4.9 rebounds per game, and owns a team-high 30 blocked shots on the season. Rae Lin D'Alie has tallied a team-high 30 steals in 25 games. The Badgers are shooting 39.2 percent from the floor as a team and pulling down 34.0 rebounds per game.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following a road contest at Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 19, Indiana will battle Ohio State in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 22, which will be aired live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET. IU will Think Pink in its game against the Buckeyes as it continues to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. All fans are encouraged to wear pink with the first 1,000 fans receiving pink and white pom-poms.
The Hoosiers will close the regular season on Sunday, March 1 with Michigan as IU Athletics invites everyone to Head to Hall as IU tries to sell out Assembly Hall on Senior Day. Tip-off against the Wolverines is set for 2 p.m. ET with $1 tickets. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.
The 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be held March 5-8 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All games leading up the championship contest will be aired on the Big Ten Network with the championship game on ESPN2.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 106-100 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.
Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone is in her sixth year with the Badgers and owns a 45-62 record in Madison. In 24 years coaching overall, she has a record of 462-206.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Monday's meeting marks the 56th all-time between the Hoosiers and Badgers, with Indiana leading, 40-15.
Senior Whitney Thomas and junior Jamie Braun each entered IU's 1,000 point club this season. Thomas recorded her 1,000-th career point on Jan. 4 vs. Iowa, and Braun reached the 1,000 mark on Jan. 19 vs. Purdue.
Senior Whitney Thomas collected three steals against Michigan State on Thursday, Feb. 12, tying her with Jenny DeMuth (2002-06) for IU's career steals record of 230.
IU's RPI ranks 30th in this week's Sagarin Ratings.
CLEANING THE GLASS
On the season, Indiana has averaged 40.0 rebounds per game, a +3.4 advantage over its opponents, ranking second overall in the Big Ten and leading the league with 15.22 offensive caroms per contest.
LAST TIME VS. WISCONSIN
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas led three Hoosiers in double-digit points as she collected her 29th career double-double in a 64-61 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 15 in Assembly Hall.
Thomas sank 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 9-of-16 shooting from the free throw line. She grabbed 11 boards and recorded four steals and two assists. Sophomore Jori Davis scored 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from charity stripe. She also recorded five rebounds. Junior Jamie Braun netted 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting and added five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Braun is now 16 points away from becoming the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points at IU.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is one win shy of her 50th career victory as the leader of the Hoosiers.
Indiana shot 33.3 percent (19-of-57) on the game and 75 percent from the free throw line (24-of-32), but Wisconsin won the battle on the boards, 40-37. The Badgers shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the free throw line. The Hoosiers forced Wisconsin into committing 20 turnovers.
QUEEN OF THE BOARDS
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas became just the second player in Indiana women's basketball to record 1,000 career points and rebounds in their time at IU. Thomas, who currently owns 1,146 points and 1,000 rebounds, joins Denise Jackson, who rallied 1,917 points and 1,273 boards between 1981-84. Thomas is also the 10th member to join the Big Ten's 1,000 board club. Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point on Jan. 4 against Iowa and her 1,000th career rebound on Feb. 8 against Illinois.
THOMAS TIES CAREER STEALS RECORD
Seniors Whitney Thomas recorded three steals against Michigan State to tie former Hoosier Jenny DeMuth (2002-06) with 230 steals for IU's career record. Thomas is averaging 1.87 steals per game this season, ranking ninth in the Big Ten overall. Teammate Kim Roberson is two steals from 230, and she ranks second in the league with 2.52 steals per game this season.