HOOSIERS OPEN SEASON AT WESTERN KENTUCKY
November 16, 1999 HOOSIERS OPEN SEASON AT WESTERN KENTUCKY
SEASON OPENER - Indiana opens the 1999-2000 women's basketball season with a road trip, traveling to Bowling Green, Ky., to play Western Kentucky in the 17th annual Bowling Green Bank Classic at E.A. Diddle Arena (11,300). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST).
RADIO - All of Indiana's games can be heard live via radio broadcast on WGCT-FM (105.1). The live broadcast will be handled by play-by-play announcer Mike Scott. The broadcast will feature scouting reports by coach Jim Izard, player interviews, a half-time show and a postgame wrap-up with assistant coaches Keila Whittington and Jennifer Jacoby.
THE MILLENNIUM - 1999-2000 marks the 28th basketball season for women's hoops at Indiana. The Hoosiers have a 446-331 (.574) all-time record.
SEASON OPENERS - Under the direction of Head Coach Jim Izard, the Hoosiers are 9-2 in season opening games. Since 1991, the Hoosiers have compiled a 68-11 regular season nonconference record. Prior to Friday's game, the Hoosiers have opened the season on the road under Izard just three times, winning all three games.
QUOTING COACH IZARD - "Our schedule prior to the Big Ten is very competitive and the Big Ten season is always competitive," said Jim Izard. "We will open at Western Kentucky which will probably be the toughest opening game in my 12 years here."
1999-2000 HOOSIERS - It's a whole new ball game for the Indiana Hoosiers as they prepare for the 1999-2000 season. The Hoosiers return just two starters and five letterwinners to a roster that features six new players, including five players 6-0 or taller. The returnees include senior guard Kay Morgan and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection Jill Chapman. Last season, Morgan became the school record holder for 3-point field goals made in a season with 70, while Chapman averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the Coaches All-Big Ten Freshman Team. In addition, sophomore guard Heather Cassady, who came on to earn the starting role in the Hoosiers' final two games, and redshirts Rachael Honegger and Tara Jones also return.
INTRODUCTIONS PLEASE - IU's six newcomers, which were rated sixth-best nationally by All-Star Girls Report, includes Indiana All-Star performer Jill Hartman, a 5-11 forward from Evansville, and junior college transfer Rainey Alting. Hartman averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a senior while setting the school and city of Evansville record for scoring with 1,926 points. The 5-5 Alting was named to the NJCAA All-America second-team last season at Vincennes University, finishing the year ranked seventh in the nation for assists, averaging 6.7 per game. Six-foot-five Erika Christenson of Fairborn, Ohio, along with 6-footers Jamie Gathing of Kankakee, Ill., and Allison Skapin of Beavercreek, Ohio will be used with 6-5 Jill Chapman for one of the Hoosiers' tallest ever front lines. Erin McGinnis, a 6-1 forward from Oak Ridge, Tenn., will have to sit out the season after transferring from Auburn University.
ON WESTERN KENTUCKY - The Lady Toppers return eight letterwinners and two starters off of last year's squad which finished 21-7 overall and 8-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. Western Kentucky has gone 2-0 in exhibition play, defeating EOS Malbas (Sweden) 69-59 and North Carolina Stars 102-59. Junior ShaRae Mansfield returns as the team's leading scorer (14.7 ppg) and rebounder (8.1 rpg). Western Kentucky is coached by Steve Small who begins his third season with the program and carries a 46-16 career and school record. The Series: Western Kentucky leads the all-time series 2-1. Last season, the Hoosiers defeated the Lady Toppers 79-77 in Bloomington.
TOUGH ARENA - The Hoosiers will have their hands full in playing at E.A. Diddle Arena. Last season the Lady Toppers posted a 11-1 home court record and at one point owned a 16-game home court winning streak. Since the 1982-83 season, Western has not lost more than four games at home in any season. Most recently, the Lady Toppers have won 39 of their last 42 games at Diddle Arena.
EXHIBITION PLAY - Indiana closed out the exhibition portion of its schedule Nov. 11 with a 86-68 win over EOS Malbas (Sweden). Leading the Hoosiers was sophomore Jill Chapman and freshman Erika Christenson. Chapman scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Christenson netted 18 points. Junior transfer Rainey Alting delivered a solid all-around game with eight points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals. In the Hoosiers' first exhibition game of the season Nov. 7, IU defeated the Reebok Lady Stars 88-72. Five players turned in double-digit scoring performances, led by Kay Morgan's 16 second-half points.
HEAD COACH JIM IZARD - Head Coach Jim Izard begins his 12th season at the helm of the Indiana program where he owns a 178-141 (.560) overall record and a 79-112 (.416) mark in the Big Ten Conference. As Indiana's all-time winningest coach, Izard has guided his teams to nine winning seasons, two NCAA post-season tournament appearances, a runner-up finish in the NWIT post-season tournament and a trip to the Final Four of both the pre- and post-1998 WNIT tournaments. His 18-year career record stands at 341-190 (.643).
CAPTAINS NAMED - Senior Kay Morgan, along with sophomores Heather Cassady and Jill Chapman will be the squad's tri-captains for the 1999-2000 season.
CLASS OF 2003 - Indiana welcomes a freshmen class that should vie for playing time immediately beginning in the fall of 2000. Indiana native Anna Waugh averaged 18.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season while playing at Franklin Community High School. She is joined by newcomers Charliss Ridley and Nicole Motto. Ridley averaged 21.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior at Wheaton-Warrenville South in Wheaton, Ill., while Motto averaged 19.1 points and five assists per game last season at Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio. Last year Motto was named in AAU All-American after her leading her team to a second-place national finish.
HOOSIERS ON THE TUBE - Five of Indiana's games will be televised live this season, starting with the Jan. 6 game against Michigan on WTIU-TV. The local broadcast will also televise IU's games vs. Northwestern Jan. 16 (2 p.m.), Iowa (Feb. 3/8 p.m.) and Illinois (Feb. 27). The Hoosiers' intrastate rival game vs. Purdue will be broadcast by Fox Sports Chicago Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.
MEDIA INFORMATION - IU Assistant Media Relations Director Shelli
Stewart handles all requests regarding the Hoosier coaches and players.
Interview requests should be made through Stewart who can be reached courtside
during Indiana games, or at the IU Media Relations office (812) 855-4770.
Interview requests during the week must be made 24 hours in advance.
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