Hoosiers Set For 2007-08 Women's Basketball Season
Oct. 31, 2007
Senior Nikki Smith returns as IU's leading scorer after netting 12.0 points per game. The 5-9 shooting guard from Sylvania, Ohio also led the Hoosiers from beyond the arc after sinking 34.9 percent (67-of-192) of her 3's.
Additionally, the Hoosiers return sophomore and 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year Jamie Braun and juniors Kim Roberson and Whitney Thomas. Braun averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds off the bench. The 5-8 guard from Marshfield, Wis., was named the 2006 Women's Sports Foundation Classic Tournament MVP after helping lead the Hoosiers to the tournament title with an upset of then-No. 15 Kentucky.
Roberson ended the season ranked second in the Big Ten in steals with 86 thefts. The 5-10 guard from Indianapolis also averaged 10.1 points per game, the fourth highest average from last season's squad, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Thomas returns as IU's leading rebounder, grabbing 8.5 boards per game. Thomas, a 6-0 forward from Bloomington, Ind., also averaged 8.1 points per game and tallied 62 steals.
"Our coaching staff has done a fantastic job of targeting academically sound student-athletes with great character," Legette-Jack said. "We feel like this class is a step toward our pursuit of our program's long-term goal of competing for championships on and off the court."
Amber Jackson, a forward from San Jose State, has signed a scholarship agreement to continue her collegiate career at Indiana University. Jackson enters the 2007-08 season with junior playing eligibility.
"We are very excited to have Amber join our Hoosier family," Legette-Jack said. "She gives us size, strength and another scoring threat from the post position. Amber is a character person who has a high IQ for basketball. She has scored nearly 1,000 points and grabbed more than 500 rebounds in just two seasons. With that kind of tenacity, our program will only get better with Amber on our team. We are enthusiastic with our program now and with our incoming student-athletes, the future looks even brighter."
Jackson, a 6-2 post from Oxnard, Calif., was the leading scorer and rebounder in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2005-06, averaging 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, earning first team All-WAC honors as a sophomore. She also led the league in shooting percentage (59.1). Jackson scored in double figures in all but three games last season, including eight 20-point games. She scored a season-high 27 points against Boise State on Jan. 19 and grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 21. Jackson ended her sophomore campaign with 264 rebounds, which tied her for seventh in San Jose State's single-season record book.
As a freshman, Jackson led the WAC and was second in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 65.9 percent (205-of-311) from the field, claiming the San Jose State single-season record. She earned second team All-WAC accolades after ending her rookie campaign ranked third in the league with 14.9 points per game and second among conference leaders with 8.5 boards per contest. Jackson scored a career-best 32 points against Nevada on Dec. 30, 2004, hitting 15-of-18 from the field.
Jackson registered 921 points and 519 rebounds in her two seasons at San Jose State and shot a 61.8 percent (396-of-640) from the field for her career.
Jori Davis, a 5-9 freshman guard from Greece-Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y., was a two-time Monroe County Division-II Player of the Year and Class AA all-tournament honoree. She averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in her last campaign at Greece-Athena. Davis netted 1,352 career points while playing at the varsity level for three seasons. She was also a two-time Class AA sectional MVP and earned second team New York all-state in 2007.
"Jori is a great combo guard," Legette-Jack said. "She can play the two or three, and I think after a couple of years, she could be a point guard. Jori is a strong player that can penetrate and hit the outside shot. She will add depth to our perimeter."
Freshman Georgia Follmer, a 6-4 forward from Santa Margarita Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., averaged 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 1.4 assists per game as a senior. She was a three-time first team All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and All-Sierra League honoree. Follmer, a McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior, was a Second Team All-Orange County and Orange County All-Senior Team honoree. Follmer entered her senior year ranked the 35th-best forward in the nation by Scout.com. She was also a 2006 Street & Smith's All-America honorable mention honoree.
"Georgia is a long, athletic player from California who can dunk the basketball," Legette-Jack said. "She is going to be great for our press. Georgia is very quick laterally and runs the floor well. She is a face-up four player that can hit the three-point shot, and our goal is to have her become a more versatile post player that can face up and have her back to the basket."
Freshman Ebony Jackson, a 5-10 forward from Arlington High School in Indianapolis, averaged 14.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game during her senior season. She was a 2007 Indiana All-Star and a junior all-star nominee in 2006. Jackson was also a 2006 Street & Smith's All-America honorable mention honoree.
"Ebony is our in-state ambassador. She wanted to come to Indiana more than anything," Legette-Jack said. "She's a combo guard that gets to the basket really well. Ebony also has a great three-point shot. She is a very good student-athlete and will be another welcome addition."
Freshman Whitney Lindsay, 5-7 guard, averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.0 rebounds per game her senior year at St. Peter's, earning first team All-Ohio Division IV honors. She also earned Northwestern District Player of the Year, District Six Player of the Year and News Journal Player of the Year honors in her final campaign at St. Peter's. Lindsay is also a three-time all-stater.
"We are very fortunate to have Whitney Lindsay on our team," Legette-Jack said. "She is a wonderful addition to the program. Whitney's speed and quickness, along with her ability to lead are contagious. She will help us further our goal of continuing to pursue championships."
The Mansfield, Ohio, native led the area in assists and steals last season, and was second in scoring. She leaves St. Peter's as the school's all-time career steals and assists leader with 367 thefts and 554 assists. She holds the all-time mark for most points in a season with 507 and for the highest season average with 21.1 points per game in 2006-07. She ranks second on the all-time scoring list with 1,458 points.
Lindsay helped lead St. Peter's to four regional tournaments and two trips to the state tournament. The Spartans were 79-22 during the three-year captain's career.
Haylie Linn, a 5'11 freshman guard from Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis., averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.0 steals and assists per game in 2007. A two-time first team all-stater, Linn is a four-time All-Badger South Conference first team pick. She led Edgewood in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks and steals as sophomore, junior and season, and tallied more than 1,000 career points in her career.
"Haylie is an amazing point guard that can play the two position and can shoot the ball," Legette-Jack said. "She has a very quick release with her three-point shot. Haylie is a fantastic student-athlete who will enroll in our Kelley School of Business. She came to our Elite Camp, and I knew right away that she would fit into our Indiana family."
Freshman Andrea McGuirt, a 5-9 guard from Marist High School in Atlanta, Ga., was a Wendy's High School Heisman and McDonald's All-American nominee in 2007. She earned second team all-state as a senior and was a second team all-state selection and an All-DeKalb County honorable mention honoree as a junior, while also earning all-metro honors in 2007.
"Andrea is a fantastic student-athlete with great character," Legette-Jack said. "She imposes herself on her opponent. Andrea is an amazing defender who takes defense personally. I love her size and ability to change the game with her presence. She is a blue-collar worker who competes to win each possession. Andrea will be a fantastic addition to our Hoosier family."
"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."
Following a pair of exhibition games on Nov. 3 and 6, the Hoosiers open the season with Albany in Assembly Hall (11/9). After hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11/13), IU will hit the road and take on 2007 WNIT participant Ball State in Muncie, Ind. (11/17). Last season, the Hoosiers defeated the Cardinals, 67-56, on Dec. 18 in Bloomington.
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). 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) and wrap up tournament competition against Texas A&M (11/24), 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 warm weather in November and the competition is going to be unbelievable with Wake Forest, Wichita State and Texas A&M."
On Friday, Nov. 30, Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers will host 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Florida State in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge. The Hoosiers battle against the Seminoles will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge will span at least four years and will match 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Thanksgiving, following the men's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
"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) and Kansas (12/9), 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) in Assembly Hall, after falling to the then-No. 22 Falcons in Bowling Green, Ohio on Dec. 6, 2006. IU's meeting with Bowling Green will also be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network.
Following a trip to Cincinnati to tangle with the Bearcats (12/20), the Hoosiers will close the non-conference slate against another NCAA second round team, West Virginia (12/22).
The Hoosiers open the 18-game Big Ten schedule in Evanston, Ill. against Northwestern (12/31), before opening the league home slate against rival Purdue (1/3) in Bloomington. Following a home contest against another WNIT team in Illinois (1/6), Indiana heads back out on the road to face perennial powerhouse Ohio State (1/10) and will get another look at the Boilermakers in West Lafayette (1/14).
After hosting 2007 WNIT second round participant Minnesota (1/17) in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers will play at Michigan State (1/20) and Michigan (1/24). The Hoosiers will host Wisconsin (1/31), 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).
IU will host five of its final eight Big Ten games in Assembly Hall, beginning with Northwestern (2/7). After a trip to Champaign to take on Illinois (2/10), the Hoosiers host Michigan State (2/14) and Michigan (2/17), before visiting Wisconsin (2/20). Ohio State (2/25) and Penn State (3/2) will serve as Indiana's final two home opponents, while the Hoosiers will make Minnesota (2/28) 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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