Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Close Regular Season at Penn State on Sunday

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Sarah McKay led all players with 21 points in IU's 83-59 win over Northwestern on Feb. 22.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Sarah McKay led all players with 21 points in IU's 83-59 win over Northwestern on Feb. 22.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 23, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will wrap up the regular season when it travels to Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tip-off against the Lady Lions is set for 2 p.m. ET.

    Five scored in double figures as Indiana (17-11, 6-9 Big Ten) closed its home season with an 83-59 win over Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 22. Sarah McKay led all players with 21 points, while Jamie Braun netted 14 and Kim Roberson scored 13 off the bench. Whitney Thomas added 12 points and Nikki Smith scored 11 points. McKay sank 7-of-13 from the field and hit a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Roberson and Smith combined for all six of IU's 3-pointers. Braun registered a game-high nine rebounds, six of which were off the offensive glass, and Roberson came away with five steals.

    Indiana shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from downtown. The Hoosiers also won the battle on the boards, 39-31, and tallied 11 steals off of 21 Northwestern miscues.

    Penn State (13-15, 6-9) lost its second straight with a 78-61 defeat at No. 5/6 Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 22. Three scored in double figures for the Lady Lions as Tyra Grant led the way off the bench with 17 points. Kamela Gissendanner added 16 points, while Amanda Brown registered 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Lady Lions shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51) from the field, 50.0 percent (2-of-4) from the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (9-0f-12) from the charity stripe.

    The Lady Lions lead the all-time series with Indiana, 23-5. However, the Hoosiers swept Penn State last season, which included a 54-50 win on Jan. 1 in the Bryce Jordan Center for their first-ever win against PSU on the road. IU is 1-12 all-time on the road against Penn State and 3-7 against the Lady Lions in the two teams' last 10 meetings.

    Catch all the action from the Bryce Jordan Center as Jeremy Gray calls the battle between the Hoosiers and Lady Lions on WHCC 105.1 FM.

    The Hoosiers swept last season's series with Penn State, winning in University Park, 54-50, on Jan. 1, and then winning in Bloomington, 58-43, on Feb. 9. IU's win on the road was its first in the all-time series.

    Four scored in double figures in the first meeting. Nikki Smith led IU with 15 points, Cyndi Valentin, Jenny DeMuth and Whitney Thomas added 10 points apiece. The Hoosiers shot 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from the floor on the game and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free-throw line.

    In the second meeting, the Hoosiers held the Lady Lions to just 8.3 percent (1-of-12) shooting from the 3-point line, while three scored in double figures. Valentin led the way with 22 points, DeMuth registered 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Thomas added 10 boards in the win.

    Senior Sarah McKay's 21 points in IU's win over Northwestern on Feb. 22 helped her surpass 600 career points, while junior Nikki Smith's 11 points vs. the Wildcats also helped her top 600.

    McKay stands at 611 career points and 309 points on the season, which marks a single-season high for the 6-7 center. She is averaging 11.0 points per game on the year, and leads IU with 13.4 points vs. Big Ten foes. Smith currently has 608 career points and 339 points on the season, leading the Hoosiers with 12.1 points per game in her third year at IU.

    Freshman Jamie Braun has continued to make her presence known in the Big Ten in February and is one of the Hoosiers' biggest contributors.

    Since Feb. 1, Braun has averaged 16.7 points per game, and shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) from the floor and 38.2 percent (13-of-34) from downtown. The rookie has been IU's leading scorer in three of its last four games, scoring a team-high 16 points at Wisconsin (02/08), 17 at Minnesota (02/11) and 27 against Illinois on Feb. 18. She is also averaging 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.3 assists per game in February, and shooting 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the charity stripe.

    On the season, the freshman has played a vital role as one IU's top leading scorers, averaging 10.9 points per game, which is third-best on the squad.




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