Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Open Preseason WNIT with Ball State Friday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Senior captain Whitney Thomas
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior captain Whitney Thomas
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 12, 2008

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    Assembly Hall (17,357) | Bloomington, Ind.

    Indiana opens the regular season with Ball State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT on Friday, Nov. 14 in Assembly Hall. Tip-off against the Cardinals is set for 7 p.m. ET, with the game being broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 as Jeremy Gray will call the action from Bloomington.

    If the Hoosiers win the first round of the Preseason WNIT, Indiana will host the winner of the Xavier-Robert Morris game on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in Assembly Hall. If the Hoosiers fall in game one, Indiana will host a consolation quad on Nov. 21-22 (two games each day) with times yet to be determined. The Hoosiers' bracket also features Arizona State, Cleveland State, Illinois State, Lafayette, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tulane, UC Riverside, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Carolina.

    Indiana's invitation to the preseason event marks the first since the 1998-99 season when the Hoosiers went 2-2 with wins over Cincinnati (Nov. 13; 61-51) and Missouri State (Nov. 15; 63-60), before falling to Rutgers in the third round, 60-53, on Nov. 19. The Hoosiers then lost to Florida in the consolation game, 72-67, on Nov. 20.

    Four Hoosiers reached double-digit points as the Indiana women's basketball team closed exhibition action with an 82-56 win over the University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Assembly Hall.

    Sophomore Jori Davis scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Senior Whitney Thomas netted 18 points and added eight rebounds, four steals, three blocked shots and three assists. Classmate Kim Roberson sank a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor for 14 points in just 11 minutes and added three steals in the effort. Senior Amber Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards.

    Indiana shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field and outrebounded the Hounds, 42-29. UIndy shot 35.1 percent from the field (20-of-57) on the game and tallied 23 turnovers.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 91-92 over seven seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the back-to-back postseason berths in the WNIT and an 18-15 mark in 2007-08.

    Ball State head coach Kelly Packard enters her first season with the Cardinals after spending the 2004-06 seasons with Colorado Chill in the National Women's Basketball League.

    All-Time Series vs. Ball State: IU leads, 26-3
    • Saturday's meeting marks the 30th between Indiana and Ball State.

    • The Hoosiers have won the last 18 meetings against the Cardinals, 10 of which came in Assembly Hall.

    • IU's meeting with Ball State will be it's lone game against a MAC team this season.

    • The last time Ball State defeated Indiana was on March 3, 1978 in the IAIAW State Championships. The Cardinals won 57-47.

    The Indiana women's basketball team is 25-9 in home-openers dating back to the 1974-75 season. Hoosier head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is 2-0 when opening the home season with wins over Valparaiso (Nov. 15, 2006; 85-51) and Albany (Nov. 9, 2007; 67-59).

    THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
    Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 132 points and 198 rebounds aways from reaching the 1,000 mark. Thomas would become the second player in Indiana women's basketball history to reach the milestone in each category as Denise Jackson ended her career as the Hoosiers' all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,917 points and 1,273 boards.

    Junior Jamie Braun is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone as she is just 174 points away from the mark. Braun has averaged 12.5 points per game, totalling 826 over 66 career games.

    Senior Amber Jackson enters her final season on the court after an impressive career between two schools.

    Jackson started her career at San Jose State, where she totalled 921 points and 519 rebounds between 2004-06, earning First Team All-WAC honors her sophomore season. After a year away from the game, Jackson made the transition to Indiana where she scored a total of 408 points and grabbed 192 rebounds in her first season as a Hoosier.

    For her entire collegiate career, Jackson has recorded 1,329 points and 711 rebounds, sank 58.6 percent (572-of-976) of her shots from the floor.

    One of the Big Ten's top defenders has returned to the hardwood for the Hoosiers. Senior Kim Roberson enters her final campaign with 170 career steals, she is just two shy of entering the top six all-time and 60 from tying Jenny DeMuth as the all-time leader with 230 steals.

    Whitney Thomas has recorded 22 double-doubles in her career at IU, which ranks her sixth among the Hoosiers' double effort leaders. Last season, alone Thomas collected 12, ranking her fourth among Indiana single-season leaders.




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