Nov. 11, 2006
Kentucky Game Notes in PDF Format (11-11-06)
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HOOSIERS TO FACE NO. 15/16 KENTUCKY IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION CLASSIC
After winning the first game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic, the Hoosiers will face No. 15/16 Kentucky in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 12, in Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. Tipoff for the game, which will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net South, is 1 p.m. (EST). The game will also be broadcast live on WHCC-FM 105.1.
LEGETTE-JACK, IU OPEN SEASON WITH WIN
First-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers opened the 2006-07 campaign with a 75-53 win over Wake Forest in the opening game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Nov. 10. The win marked Legette-Jack's first victory at the helm of the Hoosier program. The Hoosiers battle back from an 11-point deficit in the first half to take a 33-23 lead at halftime. IU prevented a Demon Deacon comeback early in the second half and built up a 24-point lead en route to the 75-53 win. Indiana is now 25-10 in season openers.
THE KENTUCKY SERIES
The Indiana-Kentucky series is currently at 12-12 tie with the Hoosiers claiming the last five meetings. The most recent IU win came on Nov. 18, 1997, when the Hoosiers won 84-71 in Bloomington.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The No. 15/16 Wildcats opened the season with a dominating 80-51 win over Washington State in the second game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic, which was Kentucky's largest margin of win over an opponent since defeating Arkansas, 79-50, on Feb. 12, 2006. Senior Jennifer Humphrey pulled down a team-best 15 rebounds, while junior Samantha Mahoney recorded 11 points and a career-high seven assists. Head coach Mickie DeMoss is in her fourth year at the helm of the Wildcats and is in her eighth year as a collegiate head coach. The 2005-06 SEC Coach of the Year led the Wildcats to a 22-9 mark last season.
HOOSIERS POST CAREER-HIGHS IN SEASON-OPENING WIN
Several Hoosiers posted career-bests in Indiana's win over Wake Forest on Nov. 10. Sophomore Kim Roberson's team-high 17 points was a career high, while her five rebounds and 25 minutes played were also personal bests. Junior Nikki Smith also recorded a career high seven rebounds to go along with her 13 points. All of IU's freshman posted career highs as well, however Jamie Braun led the way with a 10 points in her first collegiate game, and added four rebounds and four assists in her 24 minutes played. Michelle Carr topped the class's time on the court with 26 minutes.
TRIO OF CAPTAINS TO LEAD HOOSIERS THIS SEASON
Indiana will be led by a trio of captains in senior Leah Enterline, junior Nikki Smith and sophomore Whitney Thomas. Enterline represented Indiana on the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team, July 18-28. She averaged 6.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals as the all-star squad went 4-0 on the 11-day trip through Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Smith returns as IU's leading scorer after averaging 7.2 points per game during the 2005-06 season. The 5-9 shooting guard also shot a team-high 58 three-pointers and .356 (58-163) from beyond the arc. Thomas averaged 6.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game last season earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors.
LEGETTE-JACK BEGINS A NEW ERA OF INDIANA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
First-year IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and her staff of Cherie Hogg, Vera Jones and Marc Wilson bring 30 years of coaching experience to the Hoosiers that include stops along the way in the ACC, Atlantic-10, Big Ten, BIG EAST, MAC and Mountain West, to name a few. Legette-Jack spent the last four years turning Hofstra into a postseason contender, earning Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Coach of the Year honors in 2003-04. In her fourth season leading the Pride, she guided Hofstra to 19 wins and a school-record 12 league wins, culminating in a Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance in 2005-06. Legette-Jack also brings a wealth of experience from two USA Basketball gold medal-winning coaching staffs that included Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors and Ohio State head coach Jim Foster.