Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host Illinois on National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Nikki Smith will look to score her 600th career point on Sunday vs. Illinois. She is just three points shy of the mark.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Nikki Smith will look to score her 600th career point on Sunday vs. Illinois. She is just three points shy of the mark.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 16, 2007

    Illinois Game Notes (02-18-07)
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will open a two-game homestand when it hosts Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 18. The IU Department of Athletics will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday with a number of pre-game activities in Assembly Hall.

    In their last time out, the Hoosiers (15-11, 4-9 Big Ten) were led by three players finishing with double-figure scoring efforts, however, they fell at Minnesota, 79-69, on Feb. 11.

    Freshman Jamie Braun led Indiana with 17 points, while sophomore Kim Roberson added 16 in the loss. Senior Sarah McKay tallied 13 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season for the Hoosiers.

    The Hoosiers shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field while Minnesota turned in a 40.0 percent (22-of-55) afternoon. The Gophers won the battle on the boards, 43-37, including by a 27-21 margin on the defensive glass. McKay blocked a game-high four shots, while sophomore Whitney Thomas dished out four of Indiana's 13 assists in the game.

    Sunday will also be a chance for fans to meet IU female student-athletes, try new sports skills and learn about the benefits of participating in sports. Pre-game activities include interactive stations focusing on women's health, fitness, safety issues, academic successes and career opportunities. Those in attendance can visit booths hosted by IU Athletics teams, club teams, youth service organizations and IU academic departments. Doors will open at noon with activities running until 1:45 p.m. Pre-game festivities are free of charge.

    Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Jeremy Gray calls the battle between the Hoosiers and Fighting Illini on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip-off against Illinois is at 2:05 p.m. EST. Admission to the game is $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and groups of 25 or more are $2 per person. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game or in advance by calling 866-IUSPORTS (866-487-7678).

    THE ILLINOIS SERIES
    The Hoosiers lead the all-time series vs. the Fighting Illini, 28-23. Indiana is 5-5 in the two team's last 10 meetings and 16-7 in Assembly Hall all-time. The Hoosiers last win over the Illini was a 71-64 victory in Champaign on Jan. 7.

    SCOUTING THE ILLINI
    Illinois is coming off a 74-69 win at Iowa on Feb. 15. The Fighting Illini shot 48.2 percent (27of-56) from the floor and 40 percent (6-of-15) from the 3-point line against the Hawkeyes. Illinois recovered from a five-point deficit in the first half to outscore Iowa 45-35 in the second half. The Illini netted 36 of their 74 points in the paint and held a 37-31 advantage on the boards.

    Four scored in double figures as Illinois was led by Lori Bjork, who registered 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor, including four 3s. Danyel Crutcher registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jenna Smith also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. The Illini shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the floor and 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the free throw line.

    Illinois is currently in sole-possession of fourth place in the Big Ten standings. Bjork leads the Illini with 15.8 points per game, while Smith follows with 11.5 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Despite three players finishing with double-figure scoring efforts, including a double-double from senior Sarah McKay, the Hoosiers fell at Minnesota, 79-69, on Feb. 11.

    Freshman Jamie Braun led Indiana with 17 points, while sophomore Kim Roberson added 16 in the loss. McKay tallied 13 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season for the Hoosiers.

    The Hoosiers shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field while Minnesota turned in a 40.0 percent (22-of-55) afternoon. The Gophers won the battle on the boards, 43-37, including by a 27-21 margin on the defensive glass. McKay blocked a game-high four shots, while sophomore Whitney Thomas dished out four of Indiana's 13 assists in the game.

    SMITH THREE AWAY FROM 600
    Junior Nikki Smith is three points shy of reaching 600 career points. Smith currently has 597 career points and 328 points on the season, leading the Hoosiers with 12.6 points per game in her third year at IU. She netted 237 points her sophomore season after scoring 32 points during her rookie campaign.

    McKAY DOUBLES UP
    Senior Sarah McKay registered her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds at Minnesota on Feb. 11. Eight of McKay's 11 boards were swiped on the defensive end. She made 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free throw line.

     

     


       

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