Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Conclude Exhibition Play With Showtime Skins Tuesday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Whitney Thomas grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in a 77-49 win over the Hoosier Lady Stars on Nov. 3.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Whitney Thomas grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in a 77-49 win over the Hoosier Lady Stars on Nov. 3.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 5, 2007

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    The Hoosiers close exhibition action with the Showtime Skins, an Australian touring team, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with a 7 p.m. ET tip-off.

    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.

    Sophomore Jamie Braun netted a team-high 17 points as the Indiana women's basketball team opened exhibition play with a 77-49 win over the Hoosier Lady Stars on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Assembly Hall. Senior Nikki Smith added 13 points, while junior Whitney Thomas tallied 12 points and a team-best seven boards in the win.

    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.

    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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