Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Hit The Road To Face Ball State Saturday Night

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Whitney Thomas scored a game-high 21 points against UAPB on Nov. 13.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Whitney Thomas scored a game-high 21 points against UAPB on Nov. 13.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 16, 2007

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    THE OPENING TIP
    The Hoosiers open the road slate in Muncie, Ind., against the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, Nov. 17. Tip-off against the Cardinals is set for 7 p.m. ET from John E. Worthen Arena. Jeremy Gray will call all of the action from Muncie on WHCC-FM 105.1 following the Indiana-Purdue football game. Following IU's battle against the Cardinals, the Hoosiers will spend the Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Paradise Jam Touranament.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Junior Whitney Thomas tied a career-high with 21 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 74-56, in Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

    Thomas led four Hoosiers in double-figures as senior Nikki Smith scored 14 points, junior Amber Jackson added 12 and freshman Jori Davis netted 11 in the win.

    Thomas shot 6-of-9 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line for her career high 21 points. She just missed a double-double with nine boards, and added five assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Smith shot 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line for her 14 points and Jackson sank 6-of-8 from the field for her 12 points. In her first career start, Davis tallied nine rebounds to go along with her 11 points, and added three assists in career-high 32 minutes.

    The Hoosiers sank 43.3 (26-of-60) percent of their shots for the game and shot 60.0 (15-of-25) percent from the 3-point line.

    THE COACHES
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 75-77 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Ball State head coach Tracy Roller is in her seventh season at Ball State. She boasts a career mark of 116-67 after leading the Cardinals to a 24-7 overall record last season, 13-3 mark in the west division of the MAC and a trip to the second round of the WNIT.

    NOTES OF INTEREST
    - Saturday's meeting marks the 29th between Indiana and Ball State.
    - The Hoosiers and Cardinals each earned bids to the 2007 WNIT. IU made it to the third round, while Ball State reached the second round.
    - IU's meeting against Ball State will be the first of two meetings with a MAC opponent. The Hoosiers host Bowling Green on Dec. 16.
    - The Hoosiers are 20-15 in road-openers. Last season, IU upset then No. 15 Kentucky, 54-51, in its first true away game in the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic. IU opened that tournament with a 75-53 neutral-site win over Wake Forest.

    LAST TIME VS. BALL STATE
    Four players scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team came away with a 67-56 victory over Ball State on Monday, Dec. 18, in Assembly Hall.

    Whitney Thomas posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Leah Enterline and Jamie Braun each netted 15 points to lead the Hoosiers, while Nikki Smith tallied 11 points.

    Down by nine, 13-4, with 13:51 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers (10-2) used a 15-5 run sparked by a pair of free throws by Thomas to take a one-point lead, 19-18, with 8:40 left in the half. A Lisa Rusche layup put the Cardinals (6-2) back up by one, 20-19, at the 8:15 mark. The two teams continued to trade the lead for the next four minutes before Thomas sank another pair of free throws, this time which started a 7-3 run that sent Indiana into the locker rooms with a 30-27 halftime advantage.

    Ball State opened the second half on a 12-10 run to come within one, 40-39, on a 3-pointer from Porchia Green. A pair of free throws by Rusche gave the Cardinals a one-point advantage, 41-40, with 11:48 on the clock. With more than two minutes without a field goal from either team, Braun stepped to the line and hit a pair of free throws to put the Hoosiers up by one, 42-41, with 9:02 remaining, but a 3-pointer by Audrey McDonald and a jumper from Becca Bajorek put the Cardinals ahead for the third time in the half at 46-42. A Carrie Smith jumper started another Hoosier run as Indiana closed out the final 7:32 outscoring Ball State, 25-12, for the 67-56 win.

    Despite cold shooting throughout the game for both teams, the Hoosiers outshot the Cardinals, 35.7 percent (20-of-56) to 32.1 percent (18-of-56), and held the advantage on the boards, 41-40.

    Thomas sank 4-of-9 from the field and hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line for her 13 points. Seven of Thomas' 11 boards came on the defensive end, while adding three steals and an assist. Braun netted 10-of-12 from the free throw line and added a pair of field goals, including a 3-pointer, for her 15 points. Enterline hit 4-of-6 from the field, with a 3-pointer, and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Nikki Smith made 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.

    Ball State had three score in double figures. Rusche scored a team-high 15 points, while Green and Julie DeMuth each added 10 points.

    The win over Ball State put the Hoosiers at 5-0 against in-state rivals last season, while the 10-2 start was the best since the 2000-01 squad opened the season 7-0.

    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 six 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. 18/19 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. 19/20 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), No. 17/18 Michigan State (1/20, 2/14) and No. 25/RV Wisconsin (1/31, 2/20) this season.

    THOMAS GOES TO TOWN
    Junior Whitney Thomas just missed a double-double as the tied a career-high 21 points and added nine rebounds in IU's 74-56 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    Thomas sank 6-of-9 from the floor ad 9-of-10 from the free throw line. She also recorded a team-high five assists, two steals and one blocked shots in 26 minutes.

    NOT A FRESHMAN ANYMORE
    After two games, Jori Davis has definitely not been playing like a freshman.

    The 5-9 guard/forward is currently averaging 9.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, and ranks fifth in rebounding in the Big Ten. In her last outing against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Davis got the call to start and recorded 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes of court time.

    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 Conference 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 67-59 win over the Great Danes.

    Jackson, the leading scorer and rebounder 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.

    HOOSIERS TO APPEAR 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.

    When the Hoosiers' battle against Florida State, which is slated for Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall, it 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.

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