Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Face Final Road Challenge, Battle Minnesota Thursday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Jori Davis scored 11 points off the bench vs. Ohio State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Jori Davis scored 11 points off the bench vs. Ohio State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 27, 2008

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    Indiana (16-12, 9-7 Big Ten) at Minnesota (18-10, 9-7 Big Ten)
    Thursday, Feb. 28 • 8 p.m. ET
    Williams Arena (14,625) • Minneapolis, Minn.

    BROADCAST INFORMATION
    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM - Chris May (play-by-play)

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana wraps up the road regular season as it battles Minnesota on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Minneapolis. The Hoosiers and Golden Gophers are currently tied with Michigan for fourth place in the Big Ten standings with 9-7 records. Catch Chris May on WHCC 105.1 FM as he calls the action from Williams Arena. Tip-off against Minnesota is set for 8 p.m. ET.

    THE COACHES
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 89-89 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Minnesota head coach Pam Borton enters her sixth season at the head of the Golden Gopher program and owns a career mark of 199-105 over a span of nine years. She led Minnesota to to the 2004 NCAA Final Four.

    NOTES OF INTEREST
    • Thursday's meeting is the 53rd between Indiana and Minnesota.

    • The last time IU met the Gophers, they came away with a an 80-77 double OT win in Bloomington.

    • IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is one win shy of her 90th career win. She currently stands at 89-89 and owns a record of 35-26 in her second season at Indiana.

    • The Hoosiers will try and make history on Sunday, March 2 as they attempt to break the attendance record for a women's basketball game in the state of Indiana. The record of 14,124 was set by Purdue in Mackey Arena in 1999.

    • Indiana broke an eight-game losing streak with its 69-61 OT win over No. 18 Ohio State on Monday, Feb. 25. The last time the Hoosiers defeated the Buckeyes was on Jan. 12, 2003 as IU won 54-50 in Bloomington.

    HUNTING FOR HAT TRICK PART TWO
    The last time Indiana had to play three games in one week, the Hoosiers went 3-0 with wins over Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan between Jan. 14-20.

    On Jan. 14, the Hoosiers traveled to Mackey Arena and knocked off the Boilermakers, 66-54. Three days later, IU battled Minnesota to two overtimes before coming away with an 80-77 win in Assembly Hall. On Jan. 20, the Hoosiers recorded their first win at the Breslin Center in six years with a 70-56 victory over the Spartans.

    With this week's game at Minnesota, the Hoosiers enter their second of three consecutive games in seven days.

    FOUR TIMES THE EFFORT
    The Hoosiers are 9-2 when they have four players score in double-figures. Most recently, IU post four double-digit scorers in an OT win over No. 18 Ohio State on Monday, Feb. 25. Jamie Braun (19), Kim Roberson (15), Whitney Thomas (14) and Jori Davis (11) were the quad contigent that helped the Hoosiers with the upset of the league-leading Buckeyes.

    INDIVIDUAL MILESTONES
    A couple of Hoosiers are reaching individual milestones in their career at IU. Whitney Thomas eclipsed 800 career points with her 14-point outing against Ohio State on Monday night. Also, freshman Jori Davis surpassed the 100-point mark with 101 career points in her short career with 11 against Ohio State. Her century mark was recorded in just 16 games this season.

    SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
    Minnesota enters Thursday's game with an 18-10 overall mark and a 9-7 record in Big Ten action.

    The Golden Gophers are coming off of back-to-back losses at Iowa and against Wisconsin in Williams Arena. Against the Badgers, Emily Fox score a game-high 28 points and Ashley Ellis-Milan added 12 boards, but it wasn't enough as Wisconsin came away with a 59-57 win on Feb. 23. The Gophers were outrebounded 41-30, and shot 30.8 percent (16-of-52) from the field.

    Fox leads Minnesota on the season with 17.2 points per game, while Leslie Knight is averaging 13.8 points and Ellis-Milan has 10.7 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per contest.

    LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
    All five starters scored in double-figures as the Indiana women's basketball team knocked off Minnesota, 80-77, in double overtime, on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Assembly Hall.

    Nikki Smith scored 21 points to lead all players. She sank 4-of-9 from the 3-point line and added five assists and three steals. Whitney Thomas collected her sixth double-double of the season, 16th of her career, with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Amber Jackson recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jamie Braun added 17 points and six boards and Kim Roberson netted 10 points and added eight rebounds.

    The Hoosiers outrebounded the Gophers, 49-38, but were edged in shooting, 43.5 (27-of-62) percent to 40.0 (28-of-70) percent.

    HEAD TO THE HALL MARCH 2
    Fans have a unique opportunity to catch both Indiana basketball teams as the Big Ten Network presents Head to the Hall on Sunday, March 2.

    Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers are looking to set a new on-campus 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.

     

     

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