2006-07 Indiana Women's Basketball Schedule Announced
Aug. 16, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2006-07 Indiana women's basketball schedule features eight NCAA and three WNIT participants from a year ago, along with 14 games, plus two exhibition games, in Assembly Hall.
"I am thrilled for our home court opportunities," first year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "This is going to give our community and our fans that opportunity to be our sixth person. We know without any reservation that our community is going to join us as we take this journey throughout the season."
The Hoosiers open on the road at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic (Friday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 12), hosted by NCAA first-rounder Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. The Classic also features Washington State and Wake Forest.
IU will begin a two-game home stand with Valparaiso (Wednesday, Nov. 15) and Dayton (Sunday, Nov. 19) in preparation for the Miami Holiday Classic, hosted by 2006 WNIT participant Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. over the Thanksgiving holiday (Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25). The tournament also includes Nicholls State and Wright State.
The Cream and Crimson close the month of November with Evansville in Assembly Hall (Thursday, Nov. 30), before heading north to take on another NCAA first-round participant from a year ago in Notre Dame (Sunday, Dec. 3). The trip to Notre Dame opens a three-game road swing that also features a visit to 2006 NCAA Tournament team in Bowling Green (Wednesday, Dec. 6), as well as, IPFW (Sunday, Dec. 10).
The Hoosiers wrap-up the non-conference slate with a three-game home swing, including contests against Southern Illinois (Saturday, Dec. 16), Ball State (Monday, Dec. 18), and Kansas (Thursday, Dec. 21), another team that received a postseason trip to the WNIT last season.
"The non-conference portion of the schedule will certainly be a challenge," Legette-Jack said. "We are going to be challenged right from the exhibitions and will have an opportunity play in some great atmospheres on the road."
Indiana tips off a tough Big Ten schedule, which features five 2006 NCAA Tournament teams, including Michigan State (Sweet 16), Purdue (Sweet 16), Ohio State (second round), as well as first round teams, Iowa and Minnesota. IU begins league action at Michigan State (Thursday, Dec. 28), before hosting Michigan (Sunday, Dec. 31). The Hoosiers and Spartans will again go head-to-head, less than a week later in Assembly Hall, when Michigan State makes the trip to Bloomington (Thursday, Jan. 4).
IU will travel to Champaign to face Illinois (Sunday, Jan. 7), a WNIT participant from a year ago, before hosting Iowa (Thursday, Jan. 11). The Hoosiers will play back-to-back contests against in-state rival Purdue in West Lafayette (Saturday, Jan. 13) and then in Bloomington (Sunday, Jan. 21), before a two-game road swing that features trips to Ohio State (Thursday, Jan. 25) and Michigan (Sunday, Jan. 28). The Hoosiers come home for a pair of games in Assembly Hall against Wisconsin (Thursday, Feb. 1) and Minnesota (Sunday, Feb. 4). A week following IU's contest against the Golden Gophers, the Hoosiers visit Minnesota (Sunday, Feb. 11) before hosting its final two games of the regular season against Illinois (Sunday, Feb. 18) and Northwestern (Thursday., Feb. 22). The Cream and Crimson wrap up the regular season at Penn State (Sunday, Feb. 25), with its only contest of the season against the Lady Lions.
"We are excited about the opportunity to be apart of such a fantastic conference," Legette-Jack said. "The challenge will be great, the competitiveness will be intense and it will reveal our character as a team, but we are excited for this opportunity."
The IU schedule features home and home series with Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin. Big Ten teams appearing only once on the schedule are: Iowa (Bloomington on Jan. 11), Northwestern (Bloomington on Feb. 22), Ohio State (Columbus on Jan. 25) and Penn State (University Park on Feb. 25).
Indiana returns seven from last season's 19-14 squad that made a trip to the WNIT quarterfinals, including junior shooting guard Nikki Smith (7.2 ppg, 1.7 apg) and sophomore post Whitney Thomas (6.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers are scheduled to begin preseason individual workouts on Aug. 28.
All of the Indiana women's basketball games can be heard locally on WHCC (105.1). For more information on purchasing tickets, call 1-866-IUSPORTS.
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