Women's Basketball

    IU Hosts Hoosier Lady Stars In Women's Basketball Exhibition Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Nikki Smith
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Nikki Smith
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 2, 2007

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    The Hoosiers open exhibition play with the Hoosier Lady Stars on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Saturday, Nov. 3 with a 7:05 p.m. ET tip-off. Indiana will host the Showtime Skins, a traveling team from Australia, on Tuesday Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. to conclude exhibition play of the 2007-08 season.

    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.

    Nikki Smith led four Hoosiers in double figures with a team-high 12 points, but it was not enough as fell to South Dakota State, 60-53, in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in Frost Arena on Thursday, March 22.

    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.

    The Hoosiers are 6-4 all-time in the WNIT, reaching the semifinal in the 1998 tournament and, most recently, the quarterfinals in last year's postseason event.

    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.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is no stranger to the WNIT either.

    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.

    Freshman Jamie Braun was named the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, as decided by the league's coaches, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Senior Sarah McKay also received postseason honors after being named to the All-Big Ten Third Team by the league's coaches and earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention from the media.

    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.

    During the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Nov. 10-12, IU held both Wake Forest and Kentucky to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and 15.2 percent from behind the arc en route to the tournament championship.

    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.

    Nikki Smith made her way up IU's single-season 3-point list during her junior season. The 5-9 guard sank 67 treys, good enough to rank her third in record book, and her 192 attempts was second-best in Hoosier history. Smith's 2.03 trey's made per game ranked fifth in the Big Ten.

    Kim Roberson made herself known among the Big Ten as one of the most mischievous guards in the league. Roberson ended her sophomore campaign ranked third on IU's single-season steals list with 86 steals, while her 2.6 thefts per contest ranked second among the league.

    Whitney Thomas tallied a team-high seven double-doubles for the Hoosiers during her sophomore season, including four during the non-conference season. Her most productive double-double outing was on Dec. 10 against IPFW where she netted a career-high 21 points and pulled down 14 boards.

    In front of nearly 10,000 fans in the Joyce Center, Indiana overcame an eight-point deficit to defeat in-state rival Notre Dame, 54-51, on Dec. 3.

    The win marked the Hoosiers' first triumph over the Fighting Irish in the Joyce Center since Dec. 6, 1990, when IU won, 79-76.

    Junior Nikki Smith led all players with 18 points. Smith sank a jumper with 35 seconds left in the game that sealed the win for the Hoosiers. Sophomore Kim Roberson added 12 points in the win.

    IU's 7-1 mark to the 2006-07 season was the best start by a Hoosier team since the 2000-01 squad opened the year 7-0 under then first-year head coach Kathi Bennett.

    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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