Hoosiers Open Regular Season Against Albany Friday Night
Nov. 8, 2007
THE OPENING TIP
LAST TIME OUT
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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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