Hoosiers Host Evansville Thursday Night
Nov. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball will look to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Evansville on Thursday, Nov. 30, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall.
After opening the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament with a 72-53 win over Wright State on Nov. 24, the Hoosiers (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season to the host Hurricanes, 79-70, in the championship game of the tournament on Nov. 25. Junior Nikki Smith and sophomore Whitney Thomas earned Miami Thanksgiving All-Tournament honors for their respective performances against each team.
Smith started off the tournament with a career-high 19 points in IU's win over the Raiders. She sank 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for her new career-best. Against Miami in the championship game, Thomas posted her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She hit 7-of-13 from the free throw line in the 79-70 loss to the Hurricanes and added two steals and an assist in 37 minutes. Smith also scored in double-digits against Miami with 12 points to go along with a pair of assists and steals.
The Hoosiers have had at least four players score in double-digits in four of their six games this season. Most recently, IU posted four players in double-digits against Miami as Thomas (13), Jamie Braun (13), Nikki Smith (12) and Carrie Smith (10) each scored in double-figures for the IU.
The Purple Aces (4-1) opened the season with an 85-67 win over Morehead State on Nov. 11, before falling at Austin Peay, 74-72, on Nov. 14. Following the 1-1 start, Evansville has won three-straight with home victories over Radford (11/17, 80-73) and Lipscomb (11/19, 76-53), before claiming its first road win at Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 25 (69-53). The Purple Aces are led by Rebekah Parker with 18.4 points per game, while Anaris Sickles leads UE with 5.4 rebounds per game.
Evansville is currently shooting 41.5 percent (124-of-299) from the field and 39.1 (27-of-69) percent from the three-point line.
Indiana leads the all-time series with UE, 7-0, claiming five of the seven victories in Assembly Hall. The two teams haven't met since Dec. 3, 1998, when the Hoosiers defeated the Purple Aces, 77-73, in Bloomington.
Catch Thursday's game live on WHCC 105.1 FM as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the action from Assembly Hall. Tip off against the Purple Aces is set for 7:05 p.m. (EST).
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