Women's Basketball Hits the Road, Takes on Wisconsin Wednesday
Feb. 19, 2008
Indiana (15-11, 8-6 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (13-11, 6-8 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone is in her 23rd year as a head coach and her fifth year at the helm of the Badger program. Stone owns a career mark of 444-193 and a record of 69-75 at Wisconsin.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Jamie Braun has scored in double-digits in 12 consecutive games, including four 20-plus point games in that time frame. In her last outing, Braun netted 22 points in IU's win over Michigan on Feb. 17.
Whitney Thomas collected her 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 boards against Michigan on Feb. 17. Thomas' mark of 11 ranks fourth in the IU single-season record book, while her 21 career double-doubles rank sixth all-time.
In Indiana's last meeting with the Badgers, four scored in double-figures as Thomas led the Hoosiers with 16 points and seven assists. IU claimed an 86-62 victory over Wisconsin in Assembly Hall on Jan. 31.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
In their last outing at Northwestern on Monday, Feb. 18, five scored in double-figures as Janese Banks led UW with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers. Jolene Anderson and Lin Zastrow each netted 14 points apiece, and Mariah Dunham and Alyssa Karel scored 10 points each in the win. The Badgers outrebounded the Wildcats, 33-26, and collected 13 steals off of 23 Northwestern miscues.
Wisconsin is averaging 71.5 points per game behind Anderson's 20.4 points per clip. Banks follows with 14.3 points per contest. Anderson also leads the Badgers on the boards with 7.8 caroms per game. Wisconsin is averaging 40.9 rebounds per game as a team and is shooting 41.8 percent from the field on the season.
HEAD TO THE HALL MARCH 2
The Hoosiers are looking to break the attendance record for an on-campus women's basketball game in the state of Indiana. The record of 14,124 fans was set in 1999 at Mackey Arena.
IU will also say goodbye to senior Nikki Smith as she plays her final game in Assembly Hall.
Tickets to see the Hoosiers take on the Lady Lions are just $1 each and the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a FREE t-shirt.
The Hoosiers are looking to the community to help fill the seats in Assembly Hall. IU supporters, fans, business partners and sponsors are encouraged to purchase blocks of tickets ranging from 25 to 1,000 or more. The IU Department of Athletics will put those tickets into the hands of Indiana youth organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Boy and Girl Scout troops, to name a few.
Those wishing to sponsor a group or for fans that would like to purchase tickets should call 1-866-IUSPORTS.
SMITH FROM 3
She moved into second on IU's 3-pointers made list when she sank four treys against Michigan State on Feb. 14 and owns 179 career 3's. She has attempted 492 career treys and holds a career .363 shooting percentage from the beyond the arc, both of which rank fifth in the IU record book. The record for 3's made is 206 and was set by Kris McGrade between 1991-94.
WHAT BRAUN DOES FOR IU
In IU's tough loss to Michigan State on Thursday, Feb. 14, Braun led the Hoosiers with 15 points, six boards and four assists.
Braun has reached double-digit points in her last 12 games, including four 20-plus point games in that time frame. Since Jan. 6, Braun has averaged 18.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.8 steals per game.
On the week, Braun averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She shot 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line, 37.9 percent (11-of-29) from the field and sank two 3-pointers against Michigan.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO CIRCLE CITY
New to this year's women's bracket is the addition of Saturday competition. The 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by XBox 360 Live will be played on four consecutive days for the first time since 2001 when the tournament was held in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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