Women's Basketball

    Indiana Women's Basketball Tip-Off Season This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Leah Enterline and the Hoosiers get the season underway this weekend with the first official practice of the year.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Leah Enterline and the Hoosiers get the season underway this weekend with the first official practice of the year.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 12, 2006

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team, under the direction of first year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, tip-off the 2006-07 campaign this weekend as IU hosts Hoosier Hysteria Friday, Oct. 13 prior to the first official practice of the season on Saturday, Oct. 14.

    "I'm ready to get started," Legette-Jack said. "I'm so excited about getting on the court and having the opportunity to coach this team on a daily basis. Since April 19, we have not had the opportunity to have total ownership of the team. We've had a two-hour practice here and there, but it's not the same. This weekend signifies the beginning. It's going to be about us and what we're trying to build. I just can't wait to get started."

    The Hoosiers return seven from a squad that went 19-14 last season and made a trip to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Indiana will look to the leadership of a trio of captains in senior Leah Enterline (Monroeville, Ind./Heritage), junior Nikki Smith (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) and sophomore Whitney Thomas (Bloomington, Ind./North).

    Enterline represented Indiana on the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team, July 18-28, and averaged 6.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals as the all-star squad went 4-0 on the 11-day trip through Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Smith returns as IU's leading scorer after averaging 7.2 points per game during the 2005-06 season. The 5-9 shooting guard also shot a team-high 58 three-pointers and .356 (58-of-163) from beyond the arc. Thomas averaged 6.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game last season earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors.

    Indiana also welcomes a class of four newcomers, which is highlighted by a pair of 2006 Gatorade Players of the Year in Shanice Billington (Hartford, Conn./Bulkeley) and Jamie Braun (Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield), in their respective states.

    Billington, a McDonald's High School All-American nominee, led Bulkeley High School to its first-ever state title in 2006 while compiling a 26-1 record. The 5-5 point guard averaged 16.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game during her senior campaign

    Braun, a 2006 first team All-State selection according to the Associated Press and Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior. She guided Marshfield High School to a 22-3 record and an appearance in the Division I state semi-finals, the furthest any Marshfield women's basketball team has ever gone.

    Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers get the season underway on Oct. 14 with their first official practice from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Assembly Hall.




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