Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Open Junkanoo Jam Against No. 15/18 Virginia

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Sasha Bernard
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Sasha Bernard
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 24, 2009

    Game 5: Indiana Hoosiers (3-1) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (3-1) • Notes Get Acrobat Reader
    Junkanoo Jam • Thursday, Nov. 26 • 2:15 p.m.
    St. Georges High School • Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington • Internet: Live Webcast
    All-Time Series Virginia leads, 1-0

    The Hoosiers will play two games in the 2009 Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, beginning with a battle against No. 15/18 Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 2:15 p.m. ET. IU will face either South Dakota State or Charlotte at 5:45/8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. Catch the Hoosiers on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington as Jeremy Gray will call the action from Freeport. Both games will also be available online at junkanoojam.com.

    Four Hoosiers reached double-digits in a hard fought battle against Missouri, however the Tigers came away with a 76-71 win over the Indiana women's basketball team in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 22. Senior Jamie Braun led all players with 20 points, while junior Jori Davis netted 14 points off the bench. Sophomore Sasha Chaplin tallied 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and junior Hope Elam scored 11 points in the effort.

    Braun was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line and sank 6-of-18 from the field to go along with two assists and two steals. Davis shot 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line, and added six rebounds and two assists. Chaplin made 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe for her 12 points and tallied two blocked shots and a steal, and Elam added six boards. The Hoosiers sank 20-of-25 from the free throw line for an 80.0 percent clip, but were dominated on the boards, 47-34.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 61-41 and a career mark of 115-104. In three season, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.

    Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan has been at the helm of the Cavalier program for 32 years and recorded 20 or more wins in a season 22 times and owns a record of 702-299.

    The Hoosiers will face No. 12/9 Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. IU's battle against the Seminoles will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

    • Thursday's meeting marks the second between Indiana and Virginia, with the Cavaliers leading 1-0.
    • The Hoosiers' 3-0 start to the season is the 16th time in program history a team has started the year with three straight wins.
    • In its first four games, the IU bench has averaged 22.5 points.
    • IU won it's 600th game in program history on Friday, Nov. 13 with a 78-74 triumph over Memphis.

    Virginia enters Thursday's game with a 3-1 mark on the season after defeating UMBC, 68-57, on Nov. 13, Manhattan, 86-68, on Nov. 15, and USC Upstate, 110-63, on Nov. 18. The Cavaliers lone loss came to No. 6/5 Tennessee. The Lady Vols topped Virginia, 77-63, on Nov. 22. The Cavaliers are led by Monica Wright with 21.5 points per game. She also owns a team-best 18 assists and 17 steals in four games. Chelsea Shine leads Virginia on the boards with 8.0 per contest and is also averaging double-digit points with 12.5.

    Charlotte enters this week's tournament with a 1-3 record with a 74-57 win over Appalachain State on Nov. 20. Charlotte is led by Shannon McCallum with 14.0 points per game.

    South Dakota State also enters the tournament with a 1-3 record with an overtime win against Gonzaga, 75-71, on Nov. 13. The Jacks are led by Maria Boever with 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

    Jamie Braun collected her eighth career double-double when she tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds against Cincinnati on Nov. 18. Braun also recorded five assists and five steals in the win.

    After suffering a season-ending injury on Dec. 9, 2008, sophomore Sasha Chaplin has returned to the hardwood and picked up where she left off. In four games, Chaplin has averaged 9.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game. She also ranks third in the Big Ten shooting 59.3 percent from the field.

    Junior transfer Hope Elam has made an immediate impact on the Hoosiers after earned NJCAA First Team All-American honors at Vincennes University in 2009. Elam is second in scoring at Indiana with 13.8 points per game, shooting 52.4 percent (22-of-42) from the field and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the 3-point line. She is averaging 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocked shots per game.

    Jamie Braun returns after averaging nearly 13 points, five rebounds and four assists per game last season. She became the 21st Hoosier to join the 1,000 Point Club and owns 1,277 points, ranking 12th all-time in program history. Braun also owns 179 career steals (7th) and ranks ninth in the IU record book with 302 career assists.

    In it's first three games, Indiana has presented a balanced offense, with the entire bench reaching the scoring and rebounding columns at some point, and all but one player tallying an assist and a steal in each game. The Hoosiers' bench is also averaging 22.5 points per game. Last season, IU's bench averaged 7.9 points per game over 32 games.

    Kara Lentz and the Big Ten Network were in Bloomington a few weeks ago to find out a little more about Whitney Thomas and how her transition from the basketball court to the volleyball court has gone. The BTN talked to Thomas, head volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar, fellow volleyball senior Kelsey Hall and head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack for the piece; which aired Monday night (Nov. 23) on the Big Ten Women's Show. Click here to watch it: bigtennetwork.com.




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