Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host Southern Indiana in First Women's Basketball Exhibition Game

    Go Hoosiers! Senior captain Whitney Thomas and the Hoosiers open exhibition play on Nov. 1 against Southern Indiana.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior captain Whitney Thomas and the Hoosiers open exhibition play on Nov. 1 against Southern Indiana.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 30, 2008

    Indiana Hoosiers vs. Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles | Exhibition Notes Get Acrobat Reader | On the Bench With Jeremy Gray
    Saturday, Nov. 1 | 4 p.m. ET | FREE ADMISSION
    Assembly Hall (17,357) | Bloomington, Ind.

    The Hoosiers open the 2008-09 season with a pair of exhibition games, beginning with Southern Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. Admission is free to the game, following the IU-Central Michigan football game at Noon. Saturday marks the first meeting between Indiana and the Screaming Eagles.

    Following IU's contest against USI, the Hoosiers will host the University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall to wrap up exhibition competition. The Hoosiers open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Ball State at 7 p.m. in Bloomington in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 91-92 over seven seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the back-to-back postseason berths in the WNIT and an 18-15 mark in 2007-08.

    USI head coach Rick Stein enters his 10th season with the Screaming Eagles with a career mark of 153-109. Stein is just seven wins from becoming USI all-time winningest coach.

    NOTING THE 2007-08 SEASON:

    The Indiana women's basketball team earned its third straight trip to the postseason when it received an at-large bid to the 2008 Women's National Invitation Tournament.

    After receiving a bye, the Hoosiers opened the second round in Assembly Hall but suffered an 86-81 overtime loss to James Madison on Saturday, March 22. Five scored in double-digits for IU as junior Whitney Thomas tallied a career-high 26 points. The Hoosiers are 6-5 all-time in the postseason event and 4-1 in Assembly Hall.

    Sophomore Jamie Braun and juniors Whitney Thomas and Kim Roberson were honored by Big Ten coaches and media with postseason accolades, the league office announced on Monday, March 3.

    Braun earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from both the media and coaches. She led the Hoosiers with 15.3 points per game on the season and averaged 16.3 points against Big Ten foes. Braun finished fifth in scoring among league leaders and led Indiana with 3.3 assists per game.

    Thomas earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the league's media and third team honors from its coaches after averaging 11.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. She ranked third in rebounding within the Big Ten and recorded 11 double-doubles on the season. She also averaged 2.1 steals and 2.0 assists per game.

    Thomas was also honored as one of 11 student-athletes with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen for this honor are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

    Roberson earned Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors after leading the Hoosiers with 2.7 steals per game. She etched her name in the IU record book when she came away with a single-game record of nine thefts vs. Wake Forest on Nov. 22, and ranked second in the Big Ten in the category.

    Whitney Thomas ranked third in the Big Ten with 8.7 rebounds per game, first in the league in offensive grabs (3.09) and was also third on the defensive glass (5.58).

    Thomas owns 802 career boards, which ranks sixth all-time in the IU career record book. She is one rebound away from tying Angela Hawkins for fifth place all-time with 803 career caroms.

    After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, sophomore Jamie Braun has proven that she belongs in a starting role. Braun led the Hoosiers in scoring with 14.5 points per game and assists with 3.5 per contest.

    She ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, ninth in assists and eighth in steals (1.91) per game. Braun led IU in scoring in 16 games this season, including a 26-point outing against Iowa on Feb. 3.

    Despite missing the 2006-07 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, Amber Jackson hasn't lost her touch when it comes to scoring.

    After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson led the Big Ten in field goal percentage with a 52.4 (176-of-336) shooting percentage from the floor.

    Jackson averaged 12.4 points per game with a season-high of 22 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener against Albany. She has netted double-digit points 22 of IU's 33 games this year.




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