Women's Basketball Heads to U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam
Nov. 19, 2007
THE OPENING TIP
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
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.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS
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.
HOOSIERS VS. THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT
IU AND THE PARADISE JAM
LAST TIME VS. WAKE FOREST
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.
HOOSIERS FACE TOUGH CHALLENGE
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.)
WHAT BRAUN CAN DO FOR IU
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.
THOMAS GOES TO TOWN
NOT A FRESHMAN ANYMORE
JACKSON GETS BACK TO BUSINESS
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.
HOOSIERS TO APPEAR ON BIG TEN NETWORK
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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