Hoosiers Face Florida State in the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge
May 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will host Florida State on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the third annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge in Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
"We're excited about playing in the third year of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Big Ten Women's Basketball has made great strides each year and we're hopeful to continue to make those strides. We're playing Florida State for a second time in three years and it is a fantastic program that has done a tremendous job in the NCAA Tournament. They will challenge us for sure, but we're excited and hopefully we're going to be prepared for the challenge."
The Hoosiers are 1-1 in the challenge, which began during the 2007-08 season. In the inaugural challenge, Indiana hosted Florida State and lost, 85-78. Last season, the Hoosiers traveled to Coral Gables, Fla., and defeated Miami, 69-54.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series with IU, 3-1, winning the last three meetings between the two teams. Florida State is coming off a season where it went 26-8 and advanced to the NCAA Second Round before falling to Arizona State. The Seminoles won a share of the ACC regular season title and ended the year ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
Indiana is coming off of one of the most successful seasons in school history with 21 wins, the most since the 1997-98 season, and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Hoosiers return two of their starting five in Jamie Braun and Jori Davis. Braun averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 assists per game, and Davis registered 11.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest.
The challenge opens on Wednesday, Dec. 2 with Penn State hosting Georgia Tech, Iowa hosting Boston College and Illinois traveling to Wake Forest. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Michigan will travel to Virginia Tech, Northwestern will host Clemson, Michigan State will host North Carolina, Minnesota will travel to Maryland, Ohio State will visit Duke, Purdue will play at Virginia and Wisconsin will travel to NC State.
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