Women's Basketball

    IU WOMEN HOST SOUTH CAROLINA, FULL-PEP-CLASSIC

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    IU WOMEN HOST SOUTH CAROLINA, FULL-PEP-CLASSIC

    INDIANA GAMEDAY - Indiana hosts South Carolina and the 12th annual Full-O-Pep Classic this week. The Hoosiers will meet up with the Gamecocks, Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m., before playing Stetson at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, in the first round of the Classic. East Carolina and IUPUI will follow the IU game at 8 p.m. Consolation and Championship games will be played Saturday, Nov. 27 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively. All games are played in Assembly Hall. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. IU students are admitted free of charge with a valid student ID.

    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.

    ROAD OPENER - Despite a career-high 25 points from sophomore Heather Cassady, the Hoosiers lost their 1999-00 season opener to Western Kentucky 96-80 last Friday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky., Teammates Jill Chapman and Rainey Alting each netted 12 points apiece while Alting also contributed seven assists and six rebounds.

    SOUTH CAROLINA - The Gamecocks come to Assembly Hall after having defeated UNC Charlotte 67-61 Nov. 19, and Florida A&M 73-51 Nov. 22. USC returns three starters and four letterwinners for the 1999-00 season, including 6-0 forward Annie Lester who was named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team as a junior. Last season, she led the team, averaging 14.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as her squad finished 11-16 overall and 0-14 in the SEC. In the team's first game of this season, against UNC Charlotte, it was sophomores Jocelyn Penn and Shannon Segres who led the squad, scoring 16 and 12 points apiece, respectively. The two post players also hauled down eight rebounds apiece. Against Florida A&M, Shaunzinski Gortman led the Gamecocks with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists. Head Coach Susan Walvius is in her third season with the Gamecocks and carries a 26-31 school record. The Series: South Carolina leads the all-time series 2-0 with the last meeting being a 74-67 Gamecock win during the 1984-85 season.

    THE CASSADY SHOW - Sophomore Heather Cassady put on an offensive fireworks display against Western Kentucky last week, connecting for a career-high 7 3-pointers. Ironically, Cassady's previous career-best game came one-year to the date (Nov. 19, 1998) earlier when as a freshman, she scored 16 points with four 3-pointers in the Hoosiers' WNIT game vs. Rutgers.

    GATHING PERFORMS - Freshman forward Jamie Gathing made her first Hoosier outing an impressive one by scoring 10 points and pulling down nine rebounds in 26 minutes of play against Western Kentucky. Coming in off the bench, she also dished out two assists and made one steal.

    ALTING MAKES ADJUSTMENT - After spending the last two seasons as the point guard for Vincennes University, junior Rainey Alting made the most of her collegiate Division I debut. The 5-5 guard netted 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, handed out seven assists and snagged three steals in 36 minutes of court action. Last season at Vincennes, Alting was named to the NJCAA All-America second team after averaging 6.7 assists per game which was seventh-best in the nation.

    TOUGH SCHEDULE - The Hoosiers will play no less than 10 teams who are either ranked or receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. Of those teams, seven are Big Ten Conference squads while three are teams Indiana will meet in nonconference play over the next three weeks.

    FULL-O-PEP CLASSIC - The Hoosiers will be looking for their eighth tournament title in 12 years. Last season the Hoosiers experienced a first-round 70-67 loss to Akron, before defeating East Tennessee State 103-61 in the consolation game. Indiana meets Stetson Friday, Nov. 26, before facing either East Carolina or IUPUI Saturday, Nov. 27.

    Nov. 26

    Indiana vs. Stetson 6 p.m.

    E. Carolina vs. IUPUI 8 p.m.

    Nov. 27

    Consolation Game 6 p.m.

    Championship Game 8 p.m.

    THE FIELD - East Carolina: The Lady Pirates return four starters and eight letterwinners off of a squad that finished 16-13 overall and 7-9 in the Colonial Athletic Association a year ago. Prior to coming to Bloomington, East Carolina opened the season with games against Norfolk State and North Carolina. Senior guard Waynetta Veney is the top returning scorer for the Lady Pirates, having averaged 14.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game a season ago. Teammate Danielle Melvin led her team and the CAA in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards per game. The 6-0 forward also averaged 12.8 points per game. Head Coach Dee Gibson begins her second season with the East Carolina program. The Series: East Carolina leads the all-time series 1-0, having defeated the Hoosiers 59-58 during the 1980-81 season.

    IUPUI: The Jaguars opened the 1999-2000 season Nov. 23 at Eastern Michigan. Head Coach Kris Simpson returns three starters from last season, all of whom averaged nine or more points per game. In four seasons, Simpson has amassed a 48-56 record with the Jaguars. Junior guard Angie Watt returns as the leading scorer from a year ago after averaging 13.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Forwards Barb Nelson and Jennifer Stucker were also double figure scorers on last season's 10-17 squad, averaging 11.3 and 10.5 points per game, respectively. The Series: Indiana and IUPUI have never met.

    Stetson: The Hatters opened their season Nov. 23 against Bethune-Cookman. Four starters return for seventh-year head coach Dee Romine who has a 79-83 record with the program. Junior guard Cher Dyson returns as the Hatters' leading scorer after averaging 14.7 points per game a year ago. Senior forward/center Nicole Knappmiller was also a double-digit scorer for her team, averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a junior. Stetson closed out last season with a 7-20 record and a 5-11 finish in the Trans America Athletic Conference. The Series: Friday's game will be the first between the two schools.

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