Hoosiers Face Middle Tennessee State in Consolation Round of Preseason WNIT
Nov. 20, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (1-1) at Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (1-1) | Game Notes
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THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers (1-1) opened the preseason event with an 84-68 win over Ball State on IU's season opener on Friday, Nov. 14. In Indiana's second WNIT match-up, the Hoosiers fell in a hard-fought battle to No. 22 Xavier, 62-59, in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 16. The Blue Raiders (1-1) fell on the road in the second round of the Preseason WNIT to No. 2 Oklahoma, 85-65, on Wednesday night to set up Saturday's contest. IU leads the all-time series 2-1, winning their last meeting, 66-63, in Assembly Hall on March 14, 2001 in the postseason WNIT.
Indiana's invitation to the preseason event marks the first since the 1998-99 season when the Hoosiers went 2-2 with wins over Cincinnati (Nov. 13; 61-51) and Missouri State (Nov. 15; 63-60), before falling to Rutgers in the third round, 60-53, on Nov. 19. The Hoosiers then lost to Florida in the consolation game, 72-67, on Nov. 20.
LAST TIME OUT
Thomas also recorded two blocked shots and two assists. Sophomore Jori Davis led the Hoosiers (1-1) with 13 points, senior Amber Jackson added 12 points and sophomore Whitney Lindsay scored 10 points and added two assists and two steals in the effort.
The Hoosiers dominated the boards, 40-35, and committed just eight turnovers to the Musketeer's 13. IU shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field, 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the free throw line.
Rick Insell is in his fourth year as the head coach at Middle Tennessee State with an overall record of 73-28.
NOTES OF INTEREST
LAST TIME VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
The Blue Raiders shot 40.4 (23-of-57) percent from the field, 18.2 (2-of-11) percent from the 3-point line and 78.9 (15-of-19) from the free throw line. The Hoosiers sank 40.7 (24-of-59) from the floor, 42.9 (9-of-21) from the 3-point line and 69.2 (3-of-13) from the free throw line. IU outrebounded MTSU, 39-34.
In the two teams first meeting, the Blue Raider defeated the Hoosiers, 65-59, in Assembly Hall on Dec. 5, 1987. The second meeting came on Dec. 10, 1999, when Indiana won, 81-68, in the Insight.com Bowl Basketball Classic in Tucson, Ariz.
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