Women's Basketball

    Women's Basketball Heads to U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

    Go Hoosiers! In the Hoosiers last time out, sophomore Jamie Braun scored 24 points and added a career-high six assists at Ball State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    In the Hoosiers last time out, sophomore Jamie Braun scored 24 points and added a career-high six assists at Ball State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 19, 2007

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    The Hoosiers will spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam Tournament. IU will take on Wake Forest, Wichita State and No. 10/11 Texas A&M over the three-day tournament at the Sports and Fitness Center at the University of the Virgin Islands in the St. John Division.

    The Hoosiers open competition on Thanksgiving Day with a battle against Wake Forest at 1 p.m. ET, before taking on Wichita State at 1 p.m. on Friday, and Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

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    Sophomore Jamie Braun scored 24 points as the Indiana women's basketball team opened the road slate with a 76-71 win over Ball State in Muncie, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 17. Braun led the Hoosiers with 24 points, hitting 9-of-18 from the floor with three 3-pointers. She also tallied six assists and two steals in the effort. Roberson added 15 points, Smith scored 14 points and Jackson netted 11 points in the win. Thomas grabbed a team-high 11 boards and recorded four steals.

    The Hoosiers shot 51.9 (28-of-54) percent from the floor and 50.0 (8-of-16) percent from the 3-point line. Indiana forced Ball State into committing 19 turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 32-28.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 76-77 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Wake Forest head coach Mike Petersen enters his fourth year as the leader of the Demon Deacons. He owns a career coaching record of 228-179 over 14 seasons, and a mark of 40-52 at Wake Forest.

    Wichita State head coach Jane Albright enters her 24th season overall as a head coach with a career mark of 389-291 and her fifth season with the Shockers at 40-74. The veteran coach began the 2007-08 season ranked 41st on the active coaches all-time wins list.

    Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair, the 2007 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, enters his fifth season with the Aggies after leading the team to 25-7 mark last season and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Blair holds a career mark of 483-213 and a record of 75-50 at Texas A&M.

    Wake Forest enters this week's tournament with a 2-1 mark on the season. The Demon Deacons defeated USC-Upstate, 58-51, on Nov. 13, and followed that with a 56-52 win over Charlotte on Nov. 15. However, Wake Forest opened the road slate with a setback as it suffered a 64-53 loss at James Madison.

    The Demon Deacons are led by Corinne Groves who is averaging 15.0 points per game. She is shooting 43.2 (19-of-44) percent from the field and 87.5 (7-of-8) percent from the free throw line. Alex Tchangoue is leading Wake Forest in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game, to go along with 9.3 points per game. The Demon Deacons are shooting 55.7 (66-of-176) from the floor and are averaging 37.7 rebounds per game as a team.

    Indiana will face both Wichita State and Texas A&M for the first time when they meet in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    This week's trip marks the second time the Hoosiers have competed in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. During the 2003-04 season, the Hoosiers took on Mississippi State and Iowa State in the St. Thomas bracket, losing to both teams, 70-67 and 75-59, respectively.

    The Indiana women's basketball team opened the 2006-07 season with a convincing, 75-53, win over Wake Forest in the opening game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic at the University of Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 10. The victory marked head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's first win at the helm of the Indiana program. Sophomore Kim Roberson led the Hoosiers with a career-high 17 points.

    Down, 22-16, with 7:36 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers (1-0) held the Demon Deacons (0-1) without a field goal while racking up a 17-1 run to take a 33-23 lead into the half. Wake Forest, one of the tallest teams in the nation, jumped out of the half scoring back-to-back buckets from Alex Tchangoue and Corinne Groves to cut Indiana's lead to six, 33-27, however, the Hoosiers used an 18-3 run to take a 21-point advantage, 51-30, with 16:16 to go in the game. Indiana held at least a 14-point lead on Wake Forest through the remainder of the second half en route to the 75-53 win.

    The Demon Deacons took advantage of some IU turnovers in the first half and jumped out a 13-2 lead at the 16:46 mark. But a 20-9 Indiana run put the Hoosiers right back in the game, tying the score at 22-22 on a three-point play from sophomore Whitney Thomas with 6:01 to go in the half. Freshman Jamie Braun broke the tie on a layup with 5:04 to go, giving the Hoosiers the lead for good.

    Wake Forest held the advantage on the boards, 42-40, however, Indiana held the Demon Deacons to just 29.0 percent (18-of-62) shooting from the floor on the game. The Hoosiers shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the line.

    Junior Nikki Smith chipped in with 13 points (11 in the second half) and a career- and team-high seven rebounds, and Braun tallied a career-high 10 points and four assists, adding to Roberson's team-high 17 points.

    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 10th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Nov. 24. Following IU's battle with the Aggies, the Hoosiers will host No. 20/21 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. 16/17 West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers will also go up against ranked league foes in No. 20/22 Purdue (1/3, 1/14), No. 15/16 Ohio State (1/10, 2/25) and No. 18/19 Michigan State (1/20, 2/14) this season. (Rankings are as of Nov. 13.)

    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.

    The 5-8 guard scored a season-high 24 points in IU's come-from-behind win at Ball State on Nov. 17 and added a career-high six assists. Braun also netted a career-high nine field goals in the win. On the young season, she is averaging 13.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. She currently ranks third in the Big Ten averaging 4.00 assists per game.

    Junior Whitney Thomas just missed a double-double as she 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 and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. She also recorded a team-high five assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 26 minutes.

    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.

    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.

    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 a part 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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