Feb. 20, 2009
No. 20/17 Ohio State (21-5) at Indiana Hoosiers (17-8, 10-6) | Game Notes | Buy Tickets
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 | 4 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, pxp) | ESPN2 (Bob Picozzi, pxp; Nancy Lieberman, analyst)
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will host No. 20/17 Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 22 in Assembly Hall. IU's battle with the Buckeyes will be aired live on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Nancy Lieberman on the call. The game will also be aired locally on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray will call the action from Bloomington. Tip-off against the Buckeyes is set for 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.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State enters Sunday's game with a 21-5 overall mark and a 12-3 record in the Big Ten, good enough for a first-place tie with Michigan State. The Buckeyes are led by Jantel Lavender with 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She has also leading OSU with 37 blocked shots and has recorded 47 assists and 11 steals. Samantha Prahalis is also averaging double-digits with 10.2 points per game and leads Ohio State with 149 assists. OSU is averaging 68.1 points and 39.5 rebounds per game on the season and shooting 43.6 percent (640-of-1469) from the field.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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 108-100 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.
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster enters his fourth season with the Buckeyes with a 172-46 and owns 676 career victories over 30 seasons as a head coach.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 64th all-time between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes, with OSU leading, 43-20.
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 Kim Roberson became IU's new all-time career steals leader when she recorded a steal at the 16:29 mark in the first half on Feb. 19 at Northwestern. She ended the game with three take-aways for 233 career steals.
IU's RPI ranks 29th in this week's Sagarain Ratings, with a strength of schedule ranking of 16th. The Hoosiers' RPI on NCAASports.com is 49th, and 49th on CollegeRPI.com.
IU WELCOMES BACK THE 1983 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Indiana will welcome back members of the 1983 Big Ten Championship to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 22 when the Hoosiers battle Ohio State. Nine members of the team that won IU its first-ever Big Ten Championship will be honored at halftime.
Indiana has posted a winning road record against Big Ten opponents, going 5-4 this season. The above .500 winning percentage is the Hoosiers' first against league foes since the 1985-86 season (5-4). The Hoosiers also recorded six straight wins against team away from Assembly Hall between Nov. 25 and Dec. 29.
Indiana is the only school in the Big Ten with five players ranking among the top-25 in scoring in the league. Four of IU'S five starters are averaging double-digit points, including senior Amber Jackson with 13.2 points per game, ranking sixth in the league.
ROBERSON GETS IT FIRST
Senior Kim Roberson became Indiana's all-time steals leader when she recorded a take-away at the 16:29 mark in the first of IU's game at Northwestern on Feb. 19. She ended the game with three thefts for 233 career steals. Heading into the Feb. 19 game, Roberson and teammate Whitney Thomas were tied at 230 career steals with former Hoosier Jenny DeMuth (2002-06). Thomas still stands at 230.
HOOSIERS FROM 3
Indiana recorded a single-game record on Feb. 19 when they shot 78.6 percent from the 3-point line.The Hoosiers sank 11-of-14 from beyond the arc, with it's 11 3's ranking third all-time in single-game lore.
3'S COME UP BIG
Senior Kim Roberson, junior Jamie Braun and sophomores Whitney Lindsay used their shooting on the perimeter to IU's advantage on Feb. 16 at Wisconsin. Each player came up with at least one big 3-pointer to keep the Hoosiers in contention for their OT win. With the Hoosiers down by eight, 21-13, with 1:16 left in the first half, Lindsay netted a 3-pointer to help the Hoosiers regain momentum heading into the halftime break. With 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation, Roberson sank a 3 to knot the game at 53-53 and send into overtime, and with 1:42 left in OT, Braun hit a trey that gave the Hoosiers the momentum to hold on for the win. Combined the trio shot 66.7 percent from beyond the arc (6-of-9).
The Hoosiers' 8-2 start to Big Ten action is the program's best start since the 1982-83 team went 6-2 in its first eight league games.
Indiana's 60-50 win at Michigan was it's first since Feb. 1, 1998 when the Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines in Ann Arbor 67-58.
IU's 71-57 win over Purdue in Assembly Hall was it's first over its rival in Bloomington since Jan. 25, 1998. That date was also the last time IU won the two team's rivalry game, claiming the Barnburner Trophy.
Indiana's win at Penn State on Jan. 11 was the second time in the series history that the Hoosiers recorded a win in Happy Valley. The victory was also IU's seventh win against the legendary program.
LAST WIN VS. OHIO STATE
Indiana defeated Ohio State, 69-61, in overtime in Assembly Hall on Feb. 25, 2008, for its last win against the Buckeyes. Jamie Braun led IU with 19 points and added eight boards, while Kim Roberson sank 15 and came away with three steals, Thomas scored 14 and grabbed nine boards and Jori Davis netted 11 points. The Hoosiers were outrebounded again, this time, 43-38, but forced the Buckeyes into committing 20 turnovers.
LAST SEASON VS. OHIO STATE
Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell to Ohio State, 59-51, in Columbus. The Hoosiers were led by sophomore Jori Davis with 15 points, while senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas netted 12 points and added 8 rebounds. Thomas is 17 boards away from reaching 1,000 for her career at IU. Junior Jamie Braun scored 10 points on the night. Indiana shot 31.3 percent (20-of-64) from the field, 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from the 3-point line and 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from the free throw line. Ohio State won the battle on the boards, 41-37. Allen led the Buckeyes with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Lavender added 17 points.