Ninth-Seeded Hoosiers Meet No. 8 Iowa in First Round of Big Ten Tournament
Feb. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The ninth-seeded Indiana women's basketball team will face No. 8 Iowa in the first round of the 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 on Thursday, March 1, at approximately 8 p.m. ET in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Indiana held a one-point lead at the break, 34-33, after recovering from a seven-point deficit in the opening minutes of the game. However, Penn State wasted little time regaining the lead after intermission, as Kamela Gissendanner converted a layup just nine seconds into the second session to put the Lady Lions back on top, 35-34. Penn State would not trail again as it held on for the victory despite the Hoosiers knotting the score three times in the second half.
McKay scored a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, while Braun registered 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for her third of the year. Nikki Smith added 15 points for the Hoosiers and Kim Roberson dished off a career-best seven assists.
Iowa (14-15, 6-10) completed the regular season on a winning note, defeating Wisconsin 103-93 in Iowa City on Feb. 25.
The Hawkeyes took a 47-39 lead into the break. Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson sank a layup within the first 10 seconds of the second half, but it wasn't enough as Iowa held at least a seven-point lead from there on out for the win.
Five scored in double figures for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes were led by Wendy Ausdemore and Kristi Smith, who scored 24 points apiece. Nicole VanderPol added 17 points, while Jenee Graham added 12 and Krista VandeVenter scored 11. VanderPol led Iowa with eight rebounds, while Smith added a team-best six assists and four steals.
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers, 37-13. Iowa holds an 8-2 advantage in the two teams' last 10 meetings. The Hawkeyes defeated the Hoosiers, 71-67, in Bloomington on Jan. 11. Iowa also holds a 2-1 advantage over IU in the Big Ten Tournament, but the Hoosiers won the last meeting, 78-76, in overtime, on March 1, 2002.
That win vaulted the Hoosiers into the semifinals, where they upset top-seed Purdue, 55-41, on March 3. That win sent Indiana to the championship game, where it knocked off then-No. 23 Penn State, 75-72, to earn its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title.
Catch all the action from Conseco Fieldhouse as Jeremy Gray calls the battle between the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes on WHCC 105.1 FM. Thursday's game will also be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
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