Indiana Women's Basketball Tip-Off Season This Weekend
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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