Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Open Regular Season Against Albany Friday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Jamie Braun averaged 17.5 points per game between IU's pair of exhibition games on Nov. 3 and 6.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Jamie Braun averaged 17.5 points per game between IU's pair of exhibition games on Nov. 3 and 6.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 8, 2007

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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana tips off the regular season tonight as it hosts 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, with a trip to Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State.

    BROADCAST INFORMATION
    WHCC-FM 105.1
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play

    LAST TIME OUT
    Sophomore Jamie Braun led three Hoosiers in double-digits with 18 points as the Indiana women's basketball team concluded exhibition play with an 80-37 win on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    Braun sank 8-of-12 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Amber Jackson scored 14 points and freshman Ebony Jackson added 11 points. Junior Whitney Thomas led IU with eight rebounds, while freshman Whitney Lindsay tallied six assists.

    IU shot 45.3 (34-75) percent from the floor and 38.1 (8-21) percent from the 3-point line, while holding the Skins to 19.7 (12-61) percent from field on the game. The Skins won the battle of the boards 49-46.

    SERIES INFORMATION
    Friday's meeting marks the first between Albany and Indiana.

    THE COACHES
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 73-77 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Albany head coach Trina Patterson enters her sixth season as head of the Great Danes and her 15th year overall at the collegiate level. Last season, Albany recorded a 9-22 overall mark and finished the year tied for eighth in the America East Conference.

    HOOSIERS FACE TOUGH CHALLENGE
    The 2007-08 Indiana basketball schedule features some of the toughest competition in the nation.

    The Hoosiers boasts games against six top-25 teams in this year's ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll and five top-25 squads in the preseason AP poll.Indiana will have its first test when it travels to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament as it will face 11th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Nov. 24.

    Following IU's battle with the Aggies, the Hoosiers will host No. 19 Florida State in the first annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Friday, Nov. 30. IU will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule against No. 19/22 West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington.

    The Hoosiers will also go up against ranked league foes in No. 20/RV Purdue (1/3, 1/14), No. 16 Ohio State (1/10, 2/25) and No. 17/18 Michigan State (1/20, 2/14) this season.

    JACKSON GETS BACK TO BUSINESS
    Despite missing the 2006-07 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, Amber Jackson has returned to the hardwood after transferring to IU from San Jose State.

    The 2005-06 Western Athletic Confernece First Team honoree returned to form in the Hoosiers final exhibition game as the 6-2 post netted 14 points and pulled down six boards in IU's 80-37 win over the Showtime Skins.

    Jackson, the leading scorer and reboudner in the WAC as sophomore, averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in 2005-06 after ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore. In two seasons in San Jose, Jackson registered 921 points and 519 rebounds.

    WHAT BRAUN CAN DO FOR IU
    After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year as a freshman, Jamie Braun has moved into a starting role in the Hoosier lineup and is taking over for former IU general and current student assistant coach Leah Enterline at the point guard position.

    In the Hoosiers' two exhibition contests, Braun proved her worth as a starter and the point guard as she averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and tallied seven assists between the two contests.

    Braun also sank 57.1 percent of her 3's (4-of-7) and shot 66.7 (14-of-21) percent from the field.

    DEFENSE STIFLES EXHIBITION OPPONENTS
    The Hoosiers held their exhibition opponents to a combined 21.7 (28-of-129) percent shooting from the floor. In IU's first game, it held the Hoosier Lady Stars scoreless for the first five minutes of the game as it built up a 17-0 lead on Nov. 3. The Hoosiers also held the Showtime Skins, an Australian touring team, scoreless for the first four minutes of their game on Nov. 9, while building up a 19-0 lead.

    Both opponents only found success from beyond the arc as the two teams sank 31.7 (19-of-60) percent of their 3-pointers. However, the two teams combined averaged just 43.0 points per game, while the Hoosiers tallied 78.5 points per game.

    THE WHITNEY'S
    Two Whitney's appear on the 2007-08 Hoosier roster. As Whitney Thomas, IU's leading rebounder from last season, returns for her junior campaign, she is joined by freshman Whitney Lindsay, a 5-7 guard from Mansfield, Ohio.

    Both Whitney's play very different positions between post and point guard, but both are equally valuable to IU.

    The younger Whitney was a spark off the Hoosier bench in their two exhibition games as she recorded seven assists and five steals. Against the Showtime Skins on Nov. 6, Lindsay connected with her teammates for a game-high six assists, while Thomas grabbed a game-best eight boards.

     

     


       

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