Hoosiers Host No. 20 Ohio State Monday Night
Feb. 23, 2008
No. 20 Ohio State (20-6, 11-4 Big Ten) at Indiana (15-12, 8-7 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster enters his fifth season at the head of the Buckeye program with a mark of 150-38. Foster owns 654 career wins, which ranks ninth among active coaches and 13th all-time.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Jamie Braun scored in double-digits in 12 consecutive games between Jan. 6 and Feb. 17, including four 20-plus point games in that time frame.
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 Ohio State, Braun scored 25 points in the 71-59 loss in Columbus.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack was an assistant for OSU head coach Jim Foster on the 2003 USA Basketball staff.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes have won three in a row after falling on the road at Purdue, 67-68, on Feb. 7. Ohio State is coming off a 69-56 win over Iowa on Feb. 21. Jantel Lavender and Ashlee Trebilcock each netted 18 points apiece. Tamarah Riley led the Buckeyes with nine rebounds and five assists. OSU shot 48.3 percent (17-of-35) from the floor and 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from the 3-point line.
Lavender leads the Buckeyes with 17.5 points and 9.6 boards per game. Marschilla Packer is averaging 14.7 points and Trebilcock is also averaging double-digits with 10.7 points per contest.
Ohio State is shooting 47.6 percent from the field as a team and is collecting 38.0 rebounds per game.
HEAD TO THE HALL MARCH 2
Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers are looking to set a new attendance record in the state of Indiana for a women's basketball game and want you to Head to the Hall for just $1. The record of 14,124 fans was set in 1999 at Mackey Arena.
In order to help Indiana set the record, the Big Ten Network has purchased 5,000 tickets from the IU Department of Athletics. Those tickets will be donated to local charities.
The IU Department of Athletics are opening the doors of Assembly Hall at 1:30 p.m. ET to give fans a chance to watch the IU men's basketball team battle for the Big Ten Championship on the Assembly Hall video board at 2 p.m.
Tip-off against Penn State is set for 4 p.m. as the Hoosiers fight for a top-five seed in the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. Fans will also have a chance to help IU honor shooting guard Nikki Smith as the team celebrates her four years as a Hoosier.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a FREE t-shirt.
With over 11,000 tickets already sold, the Hoosiers are closing in on breaking the attendance record, but fans still have a chance to be a part of Indiana basketball history.
To order tickets, call 1-866-IUSPORTS or log on at IUHoosiers.com for more information.
BOARDING WITH THE BEST
She is averaging 9.1 rebounds per Big Ten game, which is also second in the Big Ten. Thomas owns 759 career boards, which ranks 8th all-time in the IU career record book. She is four from tying Jenny DeMuth for seventh place (763).
WHAT BRAUN DOES FOR IU
She ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, ninth in assists and tenth in steals (1.93) and assists per game. Braun has led IU in scoring in 14 games this season, including a 26-point outing against Iowa on Feb. 3.
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