Nov. 27, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (2-2) vs. Radford Highlanders (0-3) | HIlton Concord Classic Notes
Hilton Concord Classic hosted by Saint Mary's College | Moraga, Calif.
Nov. 28-29, 2008 | McKeon Pavillion (3,500)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana continues its five-game road trip with a pair of contests at the Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by Saint Mary's College in Morga, Calif. The Hoosiers (2-2) open up competition against Radford on Friday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET and will follow with a game against either the host Gaels or La Salle on Saturday evening at 8 or 10 p.m. The Hoosiers meeting with the Highlanders on Friday marks the first of the series. IU has yet to meet Saint Mary's and holds a 1-0 series lead against La Salle.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS
Radford enters Friday's game 0-3 with losses at James Madison (85-61), Virginia Tech (78-54) and at Towson (59-53).
Sophomore Taleia Moton leads the Highlanders with 10.3 points per game. Following close behind her is senior Johnette Walter, who is averaging 9.3 points per contest and has 12 assists and 11 steals in their first three games.
Radford is averaging 56.0 points and 33.3 rebounds per game. The team is shooting 35.1 percent (61-of-174) from the field and averaging 3.3 3-pointers per game. The Highlanders are also averaging nearly 11 assists and steals per game.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following IU's visit to the West Coast, the Hoosiers will 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. Indiana will play its final non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 13 when it travels to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on West Virginia.
IU opens the Big Ten slate on Saturday, Dec. 20 with Northwestern in Assembly Hall at 5 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers will then travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State after the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 29.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 93-94 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 seven wins from reaching her 100th career victory, and one win shy of her 40th as the Hoosier mentor.
Radford head coach Tajama Ngongba is in her first season with Highlanders and her first season as a head coach with a 0-3 overall mark.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Friday's meeting marks the first between Indiana and Radford.
Friday will also be the Hoosiers third of five straight games outside of Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers have only met La Salle previously among the tournament field. The Hoosiers lead the series 1-0 after defeating the Explorers, 67-51, on Dec. 5, 1997 in Bloomington.
Five Hoosiers are averaging double-digit points in their first four games. Whitney Thomas (13.0), Amber Jackson (11.0), Jamie Braun (10.7), Jori Davis (10.5) and Kim Roberson (10.3) are all registering double-digit points in the scoring column.
Felisha Legette-Jack recorded her 93rd career win as a head coach and her 39th at the helm of the Hoosier program against Missouri on Nov. 25.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas tallied her 24th career double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Indiana women's basketball team (2-2) knocked off Missouri, 63-54, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Thomas sank 10-of-15 from the floor, grabbed nine board from the offensive glass and added three assists and a steal. Her double-double moves her up to fifth place on IU's career double-double list, tied with Zan Jeffries. Junior Jamie Braun scored 11 points and added a career-high eight assists. Braun also recorded six rebounds and three steals. Freshman Sasha Chaplin pulled down a career-high seven boards, six of which game on the defensive end.
The Hoosiers shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field and won the battle of the boards, 45-34. Missouri shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field and were led by Hollins with 16 points, and Johnson with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
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 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the field and added four steals. She is also averaging 16.3 minutes per game.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 80 points and 154 rebounds away from reaching the 1,000 mark. Thomas would become the second player in Indiana women's basketball history to reach the milestone in each category as Denise Jackson ended her career as the Hoosiers' all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,917 points and 1,273 boards. Thomas also currently owns 199 assists and 191 steals. Her steals mark ranks her fourth all-time in the IU record book.
BRAUN ALSO NEARING MILESTONE
Junior Jamie Braun is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone as she is just 142 points away from the mark. Braun has averaged 12.4 points per game, totalling 858 over 69 career games.