Indiana Women's Basketball Opens Season At Women's Sports Foundation Classic
Nov. 8, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team tips off the 2006-07 regular season against Wake Forest on Friday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. in the first game of the fifth annual Women's Sports Foundation Classic, hosted by the University of Kentucky. The traveling tournament also features the host Wildcats against Washington State in the 8 p.m. game on Nov. 10 in Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.
The Hoosiers defeated Indianapolis, 66-35, in their first exhibition game on Nov. 3 under first-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Sophomore Whitney Thomas led all players with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals as the Hoosiers held the Greyhounds to just 22.0-percent (7-for-28) shooting from the field and 6.3 percent (1-for-16) from beyond the arc on the game. Freshman Jamie Braun also scored in double digits with 12 points, while senior Carrie Smith added 11 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots.
Three days later, Indiana defeated Northern Kentucky, 74-61, wrapping up exhibition play on Nov. 6. Braun led all players with 14 points. The Hoosiers shot 80.6 percent (29-for-36) from the line, while holding the Norse to just 25.5-percent (14-for-55) shooting from the floor.
Indiana's meeting with Wake Forest marks the first meeting between the two schools. The Demon Deacons opened exhibition action with a 66-46 win over Lenoir-Rhyne in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Nov. 1. Yolanda Lavender and Mekia Valentine led Wake Forest with 11 points each, while Corinne Groves posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. On Nov. 3, the Demon Deacons wrapped up exhibition play with a 64-54 win over Anderson at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Alex Tchangoue led Wake Forest with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Lavender added 13 points in the win.
Wake Forest held both exhibition opponents to a combined 27.1 shooting (12-for-38) from the field. The Demon Deacons also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding both teams, 90-67.
The Hoosiers will face either the host Wildcats (No. 16-ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) or the Washington State Cougars to wrap up the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 12, at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. The Wildcats, a 2006 NCAA Tournament participant, recorded an overall mark of 22-9 under last season's SEC Coach of the Year Mickie DeMoss. The Cougars return eight players from last season's squad that recorded an overall mark of 8-20.
The Women's Sports Foundation Classic, founded by Billie Jean King, is in its fifth year. Last season, Temple defeated Michigan, 65-48, in the championship game of the tournament, which was hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene. This year marks the Hoosiers' first appearance in the tournament.
For complete coverage of the Hoosiers' game against Wake Forest, please visit IUHOOSIERS.com. The game will also be aired on WHCC-FM 105.1 following the IU's men's basketball postgame show.
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