Women's Basketball

    Women's Basketball Hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff On Tuesday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Nikki Smith
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Nikki Smith
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 12, 2007

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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana hosts the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers open the road slate of the schedule on Saturday Nov. 17, when they travel northeast to Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State. Following IU's trip to Ball State, the Hoosiers will spend the Thanksgiving Holiday at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    THE LAST TIME OUT
    Junior Amber Jackson scored a game-high 22 points as the Indiana women's basketball team came from behind to defeat the University at Albany, 67-59, in Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 9.

    Jackson just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and added four blocked shots in the effort. Braun scored 14 points, Thomas netted 11 and freshman Jori Davis added 10 boards in the victory. Thomas also added nine rebounds in the effort.

    Albany won the battle of the boards on the game, 49-42, but IU held the advantage in scoring outshooting the Great Danes 37.3 (22-of-59) percent to 33.3 (23-of-69) percent.

    SERIES INFORMATION
    Tuesday's meeting marks the first between Arkansas-Pine Bluff 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.

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff head coach Danny Evans enters his third season overall as a head coach and his third season with the Lady Lions. He holds a career mark of 18-41 and helped UAPB finish the 2006-07 season with an 11-20 overall mark and a 10-8 record in the SWAC.

    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 season-opener against Albany as the 6-2 post netted 22 points, pulled down nine boards and tallied four blocked shots in IU's 607-59 win over the Great Danes.

    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.

    The 5-8 guard scored 14 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener on Nov. 9, and added four rebounds, four steals and three assists. She also netted 6-of-9 from the free throw line in IU's win over Albany.

    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.

    HOOSIERS TO APPREAR ON BIG TEN NETWORK
    Fans will have a chance to see the Indiana women's basketball team on the Big Ten Network at least eight times during the 2007-08 season, the league and network offices announced on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

    The Hoosiers' battle against Florida State, which is slated for Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall, will be the first game fans can see Indiana in action on the network. The match-up is apart of the first annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge.

    Indiana will also have another non-conference contest on the network when it faces NCAA Sweet 16 participant Bowling Green on national television on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. in Bloomington.

    The Hoosiers first Big Ten game will be featured on the network when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m.

    IU will battle its rival Purdue on the Big Ten Network, both in Bloomington and in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers first meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3 with an 8 p.m. tip-off in Assembly Hall. The two teams will wrap up the regular season series in West Lafayette on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena.

    Indiana contests at Illinois (Sun., Feb. 10/2 p.m. ET), and against Michigan (Sun., Feb. 17/12 p.m. ET) and Ohio State (Mon., Feb. 25/7 p.m. ET) will also be televised nationally.

    The Hoosiers final game of the regular season against Penn State on Sun., March 2 is currently listed as a Big Ten Network Wild Card game with a decision to be made by the network by Feb. 18. Other wild card games on March 2 include Purdue at Illinois, Minnesota at Michigan, Iowa at Wisconsin and Northwestern at Ohio State.

    All dates and times listed above are subject to change.

    ABOUT THE BIG TEN NETWORK
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