Indiana Announces 2007-08 Women's Basketball Schedule
Aug. 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The 2007-08 Indiana University women's basketball schedule puts the Hoosiers up against 10 teams that earned postseason trips last season, including Elite Eight finisher Purdue and Sweet 16 participants Florida State and Bowling Green.
Under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, Indiana returns three starters from last season's 19-14 squad that advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Hoosiers, who also return the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of Year Jamie Braun, recorded an overall mark of 12-3 in Assembly Hall, including a perfect 7-0 ledger against non-conference opponents.
"We felt that when we put together our schedule for this upcoming season, we wanted to compete," Legette-Jack said. "In order to be somebody, you have to go out and play somebody that has already accomplished something. For us to be playing 10 postseason teams from last season, that says a lot about where we are trying to go. You have to reach upward and this is a great opportunity for us to do that. I have tremendous respect for the coaches of our non-conference opponents and what they have done to move their programs forward. We are just excited about competing against them to see where we are in our second year at IU."
HOOSIERS FACE FOUR NCAA TOURNEY TEAMS IN NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
Indiana will take a brief break before traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hoosiers will participate in the St. John bracket, which is a three-game, four-team round robin competition that opens on Thanksgiving Day with Indiana facing Wake Forest (11/22, 1 p.m. ET). IU opened last season with a 75-53 win over the Demon Deacons on Nov. 10 in Lexington, Ky., en route to the 2006 Women's Sports Foundation Classic title.
Indiana will then meet Wichita State (11/23, 1 p.m.) and will wrap up tournament competition against Texas A&M (11/24, 3:30 p.m.), a team which advanced to the second round of the NCAA's a year ago. This year marks the first time the Hoosiers have played in the Virgin Islands since the 2003-04 season.
"It's always good to take your team to a different culture," Legette-Jack said. "This game has done so much for me as a student and as an athlete. I've traveled all over the world and to give that opportunity to my student-athletes, it's a tremendous accomplishment. It will be great to have to warm weather in November and the competition is going to be unbelievable with Wake Forest, Wichita State and Texas A&M."
BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE COMES TO BLOOMINGTON
"We're very excited about playing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge," Legette-Jack said. "The ACC is really a premier conference and the Big Ten is on the rise with some young, up-and-coming coaches. This is an amazing opportunity for both the conference and our program. Florida State is a fantastic program that has come a long way and we are excited about the challenge."
The Hoosiers open the month of December with back-to-back road games against Dayton (12/5, TBA) and Kansas (12/9, TBA), which will serve as the final two games before exams. Last season, Indiana defeated Dayton, 98-71, on Nov. 19, and knocked off Kansas, 63-48, on Dec. 21, in Assembly Hall.
Indiana will get a rematch against Bowling Green (12/16/2 p.m.) in Assembly Hall, after falling to the then-No. 22 Falcons in Bowling Green, Ohio on Dec. 6, 2006. Following a trip to Cincinnati to tangle with the Bearcats (12/20, TBA), the Hoosiers will close the non-conference slate against another NCAA second round team, West Virginia (12/22, TBA).
SECOND HALF OF SEASON FEATURES 18 BIG TEN GAMES
After hosting 2007 WNIT second round participant Minnesota (1/17, TBA) in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers will play at Michigan State (1/20, TBA) and Michigan (1/24, TBA). The Hoosiers will host Wisconsin (1/31, TBA), a finalist from last season's WNIT, following a seven-day lay-off, and will make their first trip to Iowa City since the 2005-06 season to face Iowa (2/3, TBA).
IU will host five of its final eight Big Ten games in Assembly Hall, beginning with Northwestern (2/7, TBA). After a trip to Champaign to take on Illinois (2/10, 2 p.m.), the Hoosiers host Michigan State (2/14, TBA) and Michigan (2/17, Noon), before visiting Wisconsin (2/20, TBA). Ohio State (2/25, 7 p.m.) and Penn State (3/2, TBA) will serve as Indiana's final two home opponents, while the Hoosiers will make Minnesota (2/28, TBA) their last road trip of the regular season.
"I think the Big Ten is going to be very balanced this year," Legette-Jack said. "Wisconsin has all of their players back, so they are going to be a force in this conference. Ohio State always has an amazing team and it has an outstanding coach in Jim Foster. Purdue is a force to be reckoned with, along with all of the others that are vying to compete for the top three spots. Being able to play 18 Big Ten games is going to be fantastic and will give us another opportunity to find out where we are in the league."
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