Hoosiers Conclude Exhibition Play With Showtime Skins Tuesday Night
Nov. 5, 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. The Hoosiers will continue home action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff before opening the road slate of the schedule on Saturday Nov. 17, when they travel northeast to Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Kim Roberson opened the first half with a lay-up at the 19:55 mark that sparked a 17-0 Hoosier run. Indiana held the Hoosier Lady Stars scoreless until the 14:44 mark when Amy Amstutz-Watson sank a 3-pointer to put her squad on the board. IU maintained its defense for the remainder of the half while expanding its lead to take a 47-24 advantage into the break.
The Hoosiers held the Lady Stars to just 3-pointers in the first half as they shot 23.5 percent from the field.
The Hoosiers opened the second half with a 6-2 run to build up a 27-point lead, 53-26, with 18:12 remaining in the game. However, a 19-7 Hoosier Lady Star run cut IU's lead to 60-45, with 9:29 remaining in the game. A pair of Braun free throws ignited a 17-3 Indiana run that capped a 77-49 win for the Hoosiers.
Thomas shot 5-of-8 from the field to go along with seven boards and added a team-high three steals. Braun sank 6-of-9 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and tallied three assists in her first game as IU's starting point guard.
The Hoosiers shot 46.9 (30-64) percent from the floor and 84.6 (11-13) percent from the free throw line. IU outrebounded the Lady Stars 51-38 and held them to 23.5 (16-68) percent shooting from the field on the game.
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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