Nov. 24, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (1-2) at Missouri (1-2) | Game Notes | Whitney For All-America
Tuesday, Nov. 25 | 7:30 p.m. ET
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana continues its five-game road trip with a visit to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. The series between the Hoosiers (1-2) and the Tigers (1-2) is knotted at 1-1, with Indiana winning the last meeting, 70-65 on Nov. 24, 1990 in Bloomington. The two teams first meeting was on Jan. 3, 1984, when Missouri defeated IU, 85-66, in the Hurricane Classic in Miami, Fla.
Tuesday's meeting marks IU's lone contest against a Big 12 team for the 2008-09 regular season.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Missouri enters Tuesday's game with a 1-2 mark after defeating Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 22, 61-54, in Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers are led by Jessra Johnson who is averaging 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game after leading Mizzou in Saturday's win with 22 points and 12 boards. Alyssa Hollins is averaging 11.7 points and Shakara Jones is averaging 10.7 points, while shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field.
Mizzou is averaging 55.3 points per game as a team, shooting 35.3 percent (65-of-184) from the floor, and grabbing 40.3 rebounds per contest. The Tigers have also recorded 4.3 blocked shots per game in their first three contests.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will travel to Moraga, Calif., to take part in the Saint Mary's Hilton Tournament, hosted by Saint Mary's College. Indiana will face Radford in the opening game on Friday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET and will play either the tournament host Saint Mary's or La Salle on Saturday at either 8 or 10 p.m.
IU will then travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to battle Miami in the second ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers, 1-0, winning 79-70 on Nov. 25, 2006 in the Miami Holiday Tournament. The Hoosiers will finally return home to take on in-state rival Butler on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 92-94 over seven seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the back-to-back postseason berths in the WNIT and an 18-15 mark in 2007-08. Legette-Jack is just eight wins from reaching her 100th career victory, and two wins shy of her 40th as the Hoosier mentor.
Missouri head coach Cindy Stein enters her 11th season with the Tigers with a career record of 226-167 and a record of 161-144 while leading the Tigers.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Tuesday's meeting marks third between the Hoosiers and Tigers.
Tuesday will also be the Hoosiers second of five consecutive games on the road.
The last time IU met Mizzou was during the 1990-91 season.
Freshman Sasha Chaplin is shooting 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the field in her first three games.
Nearly five Hoosiers are averaging double-digit points in their first three games. Amber Jackson (13.3), Jori Davis (12.3), Kim Roberson (11.0), and Jamie Braun (10.5) are all in the double-digit category, while Whitney Thomas is on their heels with 9.7 points per game.
Felisha Legette-Jack recorded her 92nd career win as a head coach and her 38th at the helm of the Hoosier program on Nov. 14.
LAST TIME OUT
Four Hoosiers reached double-digit points but it wasn't enough as Middle Tennessee defeated Indiana, 65-59, on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Murphy Center in the two team's final Preseason WNIT game.
Junior Jamie Braun scored a team-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with six steals and five assists. Senior Kim Roberson added 14 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Jori Davis and senior Amber Jackson each scored 10 points a piece.
Indiana shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the floor on the game, but were outrebounded 38-27. The Hoosiers held Middle Tennessee to 37.5 percent (21-of-56) shooting from the field, but the Blue Raiders sank 11 3-pointers to IU's one.
CHAPLIN MAKING AN IMPACT
Freshman Sasha Chaplin has made quite an impact in just three games of her collegiate career. Coming off the bench, Chaplin has averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the field and added four steals. She is also averaging 14.7 minutes per game.
LAST TIME VS. THE BIG 12
Last season, the Hoosiers lone Big 12 match-up took place at Kansas on Dec. 9, 2007. Kim Roberson led IU with 22 points, but the Jayhawks came away with the 69-61 win in Allen Fieldhouse. Whitney Thomas recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jamie Braun grabbed 12 boards of her own.