Indiana Women's Basketball Hosts Dayton Sunday Night
Nov. 17, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will wrap up a two-game home stand when they take on Dayton on Sunday, Nov. 19, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall. Tipoff against the Flyers is set for 6:05 p.m.
The Hoosiers (3-0) opened the home season on a winning note, defeating Valparaiso, 85-51, on Nov. 15. Five players scored in double-digits as senior Leah Enterline led all players with a career-high 17 points. Sophomore Whitney Thomas added a career-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds, while junior Nikki Smith also scored 16 points, freshman Jamie Braun scored 12 points and senior Carrie Smith added 10 points in the win.
Enterline scored seven of her 17 points at the line, as she sank 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. She is currently shooting 61.5 percent, hitting 8-of-13 from the field. Thomas recorded her first double-double of the season with a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds against Valparaiso. The 2006 Big Ten All-Freshman selection recorded three double-doubles last season. Thomas' 16 points against the Crusaders was accomplished with a little help from the free throw line. The 6-foot forward sank a perfect 4-of-4 from the line, upping her season percentage to 77.8 percent (7-of-9). Last season, Thomas shot just 44.1 percent (30-of-68) from the charity stripe.
Indiana continues to dominate its opponents on defense. The Hoosiers have held their first three foes of the season to just 26.7 percent (50-of-187) shooting from the field and 23.3 percent (41-of-67) shooting from beyond the arc. In its home opener, IU held Valparaiso to 26.8 percent (15-of-56) shooting from the field on the game and 6.7 percent (2-of-30) shooting from the three-point line.
Indiana leads the all-time series with Dayton, 5-2. The Hoosiers have won the last five meetings, three of which have come in Assembly Hall. The last meeting was on Nov. 29, 1986, when the Hoosiers defeated the Flyers, 68-42, in the IU Coca-Cola Classic.
Dayton enters Sunday's game at 2-2 with a pair of wins over Memphis (11/11, 96-71) and Winthrop (11/12, 55-42), and losses at Louisville (11/10, 54-81) and Cincinnati (11/16, 60-65). In the Flyers loss to the Bearcats, three scored in double-digits with 12 points each. Jennifer Strong, Karah Cloxton and Kathy Guin all led Dayton in the scoring column while Strong added a team high eight rebounds in the effort.
Strong currently leads the Flyers with 12.3 points per game, while Nikki Oakland is leading Dayton on the boards with 5.5 rebounds per game. The Flyers are currently shooting 42.3 percent (101-of-239) from the floor.
The Hoosiers battle with Dayton may be heard live on WHCC-FM 105.1 as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the action from Assembly Hall.
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