IU Hosts Hoosier Lady Stars In Women's Basketball Exhibition Opener
Nov. 2, 2007
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana tips off the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, when the Hoosiers host the Albany Great Danes at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
LAST TIME OUT
Smith was 3-of-10 from the field for her 12 points, including a 3-of-8 effort from behind the arc. She was also 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Sarah McKay and Kim Roberson each tallied 11 points in the loss for IU (19-13), while Whitney Thomas recorded the only double-double of the contest with a game-high 12 rebounds and 10 points. McKay had a 5-of-12 performance from the floor for the Hoosiers, and Roberson's 11 points included a 5-of-7 effort from the charity stripe.
The Hoosiers shot 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field and were narrowly edged out by South Dakota State with a 32.7 shooting percentage (18-of-55). The Jackrabbits won the battle on the boards, 49-33, including a 10-17 advantage on the offensive glass.
HOOSIERS FIND SUCCESS IN WNIT
IU opened the 2007 tournament with a 74-71 win over Iona College on March 19 in Assembly Hall, before falling on the road at South Dakota State, 60-53. The Hoosiers improved their home WNIT mark to a perfect 4-0 with the win.
Indiana opened the 2006 WNIT with a 67-57 win over Rice in Assembly Hall on March 18, as Cyndi Valentin and Jenny DeMuth combined for 46 points in the winning effort. The Hoosiers followed that up with a tough 68-62 road win at Indiana State on March 20. Three reached double figures as IU was led by Valentin, who scored 20 points. Indiana entered the third round and faced Marquette on March 24. Valentin and DeMuth totalled 35 of IU's 54 points, but it wasn't enough at the Hoosiers fell to the Golden Eagles, 57-54.
LEGETTE-JACK NO STRANGER TO THE POSTSEASON
She led her 2005-06 Hofstra Pride squad to a first round berth in the postseason event. Legette-Jack led the Pride to a 92-65 preliminary win over Stony Brook on March 15, before falling to Villanova, 71-44 on March 18.
The 2005-06 trip to the WNIT was Legette-Jack's first as a head coach. In 2002, she helped lead Michigan State to a third round appearance as an assistant coach under Joanne P. McCallie.
BRAUN, McKAY EARN POSTSEASON HONORS
Braun made an immediate impact for the Hoosiers in her rookie season, averaging 11.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
McKay became a presence in the paint for the Hoosiers, averaging 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Hoosiers held the Wildcats to just a 14.7 shooting percentage (5-of-34) in the second half, denying UK any made field goals in nearly seven minutes.
SMITH FROM 3
A THIEF AMONG US
DOUBLE THE EFFORT
IU WINS HOOSIER STATE GAME OF THE YEAR
The win marked the Hoosiers' first triumph over the Fighting Irish in the Joyce Center since Dec. 6, 1990, when IU won, 79-76.
A SEASON OF SUCCESSFUL BEGINNINGS
The successful start by the Hoosiers was been noticed by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls as IU received votes in both polls. The Hoosiers picked up their most votes during the week of Dec. 4, with 27 in the 27 in AP poll and 25 in the coaches poll.
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