Hoosiers Face Final Road Challenge, Battle Minnesota Thursday Night
Feb. 27, 2008
Indiana (16-12, 9-7 Big Ten) at Minnesota (18-10, 9-7 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
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
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
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
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
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
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
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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