Indiana Announces 2008-09 Women's Basketball Schedule
Sept. 4, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2008-09 Indiana women's basketball schedule features the Hoosiers in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, along with a slate that includes 10 opponents that reached the postseason last year.
Under third-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, the Hoosiers return 10 letterwinners from a 2007-08 squad that went 18-15 overall and 10-8 in the Big Ten, earning a trip to the second round of the postseason WNIT. Among IU's 10 returning players, four stand out of the group that led the Hoosiers in several categories last year. Senior Whitney Thomas returns after posting 12 double-doubles and averaging 12.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Thomas, who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the league's media and third team honors from its coaches, also averaged 2.2 steals and 2.0 assists per contest. Junior Jamie Braun led IU with 14.5 points and 3.5 assists per game. Braun earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from both the media and coaches. She ranked sixth among the Big Ten in scoring, ninth in assists and eighth in steals.
Senior Kim Roberson also earned postseason accolades after being named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Along with her 10.5 points per game, she led the Hoosiers and was ranked third among the league's steals leaders with 2.5 per outing. Senior Amber Jackson ranked second in scoring for the Hoosiers with 12.4 points per game, to go along with 5.8 boards per contest. She led the league in field goal percentage, sinking 52.4 percent (176-of-336) of her shots.
Hoosiers Face Ball State in Preseason WNIT Opener
Following a pair of exhibition games on Nov. 1 (Southern Indiana, TBA) and Nov. 4 (University of Indianapolis, TBA), Indiana opens the regular season against Ball State in Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 14, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Hoosiers lead the all-times series with the Cardinals, 26-3, after winning the previous meeting between the two schools, 76-71, in Muncie on Nov. 17, 2007.
"We are very excited to host Ball State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT," Legette-Jack said. "There are a lot great teams in this year's bracket and we are thrilled to participate and look forward to the competition."
The Hoosier's invitation to the preseason event marks the first since the 1998-99 season when IU went 2-2 with wins over Cincinnati (61-51) and Missouri State (63-60), before falling to Rutgers in the third round, 60-53. The Hoosiers then lost to Florida in the consolation game, 72-67.
This year's tournament format matches that of 2007 as each team is guaranteed to play three games. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 21-23. The bracket also features Arizona State, Cleveland State, Illinois State, Lafayette, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Robert Morris, Tulane, UC Riverside, Virginia Commonwealth, Western Carolina and Xavier.
Indiana continues the non-conference slate when they travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri on Tuesday, Nov. 25. From the Show Me State, the Hoosiers will travel to Moraga, Calif., to play in the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic. The two-day tournament (Nov. 28, TBA-Nov. 29, TBA) features the tournament host, LaSalle and Radford.
IU Heads to Sunshine State for Second ACC/Big Ten Challenge
"It's great to be in the second year of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge," Legette-Jack said. "The ACC has done a tremendous job in representing its conference in the postseason and this will give the Big Ten another opportunity to make up some ground. Miami is a great team and we're looking forward to a fantastic challenge for our program."
Following four road games, the Hoosiers return home on Tuesday, Dec. 9 to take on Butler in Assembly Hall. A rematch against NCAA Tournament perennial West Virginia in Morgantown (Dec. 13, TBA) wraps up the non-conference slate for Indiana.
Second Half Features Hoosiers on the Big Ten Network Seven Times
"Every year, the Big Ten brings some of the nation's toughest competition to the court and this year is no different," Legette-Jack said. "We are excited for the challenge. Our non-conference slate will prepare us for the tough play that lies ahead in the Big Ten Conference.
"The Big Ten Network allows our fans and recruits to see what Indiana women's basketball is all about. The national coverage is tremendous for recruiting and will only help enhance our drive to pursue championships."
Indiana opens the league slate at home against Northwestern (Dec. 20, TBA), before traveling to East Lansing to face Michigan State on Monday, Dec. 29 (7 p.m.). IU's first battle against Iowa will take place in Assembly Hall and will be aired on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Jan. 4 (4 p.m. ET). The Hoosiers open up a two-game road stand that features contests at Minnesota (Jan. 8, TBA) and at Penn State (Jan. 11, 2 p.m.).
Indiana returns to Bloomington to take on Wisconsin on Thursday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.), before meeting rival Purdue in Assembly Hall on Monday, Jan. 19. The Hoosiers battle with the Boilers will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network (7 p.m.) and will be the only meeting between the two teams. Following a trip to Ann Arbor to face Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m.), IU will head to Champaign to take on Illinois, also on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Jan. 25 (4 p.m.) The Hoosiers close the month with Penn State at home on the Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.).
Four of the Hoosiers' seven league games in the month of February will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. IU opens it up at Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 1 (4 p.m./BTN), and will follow that with a trip to Iowa City for second meeting with the Hawkeyes (Feb. 5, TBA). On Feb., 8, 12 and 16, Indiana will have three-straight contests broadcast on the Big Ten Network. First off, the Hoosiers face Illinois (Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m.) and Michigan State (Feb. 12, 7 p.m.) in Bloomington, before traveling to Madison to take on Wisconsin on Monday, Feb. 16 (8 p.m.). Following a trip to Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 19 (8 p.m.), the Hoosiers will host Ohio State (Feb. 22, TBA) and Michigan (March 1, TBA) to close out the regular season.
Indiana will have a chance to have two additional games on TV when it hosts Ohio State and Michigan in its final two games of the regular season. The Ohio State match-up is listed as an ESPN2 wildcard game, while the Michigan contest is a Big Ten Network wildcard game.
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