Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host No. 21/22 Florida State on Friday Night

    Go Hoosiers! IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers make their first appearance on the Big Ten Network Friday night against Florida State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers make their first appearance on the Big Ten Network Friday night against Florida State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 28, 2007

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    The Hoosiers will play their first of at least eight games on the Big Ten Network this week when they hosts No. 21/22 Florida State in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge on Friday, Nov. 30. Tip-off against the Seminoles is set for 7:06 p.m. ET as Mark Neely and Vera Jones call the action from Assembly Hall on the Big Ten Network. The game can also be heard live on the WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the play-by-play for the IU Radio Network.

    Following IU's contest against Florida State, the Hoosiers will hit the road again to face Dayton on Dec. 5 and Kansas on Dec. 9, before hosting Bowling Green on Dec. 16.

    The Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 12/13 Texas A&M, 60-48, in the final game of the 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., on Saturday, Nov. 24.

    Sophomore Jamie Braun led IU with 14 points, earning Paradise Jam All-Star honors. She also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the effort. Junior Whitney Thomas scored 12 points and added five boards, four steals and three blocks, and junior Amber Jackson added 10 points and six rebounds. The Hoosiers shot 34.7 (17-of-49) percent from the floor and were outrebounded 41-33. IU forced the Aggies into committing 19 turnovers, while collecting 12 steals.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 77-79 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Florida State head coach Sue Semrau enters her 11th season with the Seminoles with a career mark of 165-139, recorded at FSU. Semrau led Florida State to Sweet Sixteen last season after defeating Old Dominion (85-75) and Stanford (68-61) in the first two rounds.

    Florida State enters Friday's contest on a three-game winning streak after knocking off Florida International (11/17, 70-50), Fordham (11/23, 77-42) and Florida (11/23, 81-78). With a 5-1 record, the Seminoles suffered their only to loss to No. 17/21 DePaul in the DePaul Invitational on Nov. 16. The Blue Demons defeated FSU, 79-68.

    In Florida State's last outing, the Seminoles beat in-state rival Florida, 81-78, in Gainesville. Tanae Davis-Cain led all players with 27 points off the bench on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor, including five 3-pointers. Jacinta Moore added 14 points and nine boards, and Shante Williams netted 11 points and tallied six assists.

    The Seminoles are led by Moore with 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She is one of three averaging double-digit scoring as Davis-Cain is averaging 13.5 points and Mara Freshour is scoring 12.2 points per game. Freshour returns to her home south central Indiana as she is a 2005 graduate of Brown County High School in Nashville, Ind.

    The Big Ten/ACC Challenge will span at least four years and will match 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Thanksgiving, following the men's basketball Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

    The inaugural challenge will feature Michigan at Miami on Nov. 19 (Michigan, 65-50), Wake Forest at Northwestern and Georgia Tech at Iowa on Nov. 28, Clemson at Michigan State, Purdue at North Carolina and Illinois at NC State on Nov. 29. The challenge will also feature Ohio State at Maryland, Minnesota at Virginia Tech and Wisconsin at Virginia on Nov. 30, and will conclude with Duke at Penn State on Dec. 2.

    The 2007-08 Indiana basketball schedule features some of the toughest competition in the nation. The Hoosiers boasts games against five top-25 teams in this year's ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll and five top-25 squads in the preseason AP poll.

    Following IU's battle with No. 21/22 Florida State, IU will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule against No. 19/20 West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers will also go up against ranked league foes in No. 17/19 Ohio State (1/10, 2/25) No. 19/20 Michigan State (1/20, 2/14) this season. (Rankings are as of Nov. 27.)

    In IU's first six games, sophomore Jamie Braun has proven that she belongs in a starting role. After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year in 2007, Braun has led the Hoosiers in scoring with 15.2 points per game and assists with 3.33 per game.

    She ranks fifth in the Big Ten in steals (2.50), eighth in scoring and ninth in assists per game. After leading IU last week at the 2007 Paradise Jam with 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game, Braun earned Paradise Jam All-Star honors. She has netted double-digit points in five of the Hoosiers' six games.

    Juniors Whitney Thomas and Kim Roberson rank among the top three in the Big Ten steals per game. The pair had a couple of wealthy outings in the Virgin Islands as Roberson tied the IU single-game record with nine thefts against Wake Forest on Nov. 22. Thomas followed that with IU's fourth-best outing as she came away with seven steals against Wichita State on Nov. 23.

    Thomas is currently leading the Big Ten steals with 3.33 per game, while Roberson is right behind her in third with 3.20 thefts per contest. The duo has also helped IU rank second in the league standings in the same category as the Hoosiers are averaging 11.00 steals per game.

    With six games under her belt, Jori Davis has definitely not been playing like a freshman. The 5-9 guard/forward is currently averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, starting in four games so far this season. Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Davis got the call to start and recorded 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes of court time.

    Despite missing the 2006-07 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, Amber Jackson has returned to the hardwood after transferring to IU from San Jose State.

    The 2005-06 Western Athletic Conference First Team honoree returned to form in the Hoosiers season-opener against Albany as the 6-2 post netted 22 points, pulled down nine boards and tallied four blocked shots in IU's 67-59 win over the Great Danes. She is currently second on the IU squad in scoring with 12.5 points per game and is leading the Hoosiers in rebounding with 8.2 boards per game. Jackson also ranks fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (61.8), fifth in the Big Ten rebounding, 10th in blocked shots per game (1.17) and 14th in scoring.

    Jackson, the leading scorer and rebounder in the WAC as sophomore, averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in 2005-06 after ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore. In two seasons in San Jose, Jackson registered 921 points and 519 rebounds.

    Fans will have a chance to see the Indiana women's basketball team on the Big Ten Network at least eight times during the 2007-08 season, the league and network offices announced on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

    When the Hoosiers' battle against Florida State, which is slated for Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall, it will be the first game fans can see Indiana in action on the network. The match-up is a part of the first annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge. Indiana will also have another non-conference contest on the network when it faces NCAA Sweet 16 participant Bowling Green on national television on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. in Bloomington. The Hoosiers first Big Ten game will be featured on the network when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. IU will battle its rival Purdue on the Big Ten Network, both in Bloomington and in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers first meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3 with an 8 p.m. tip-off in Assembly Hall. The two teams will wrap up the regular season series in West Lafayette on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena.

    Indiana contests at Illinois (Sun., Feb. 10/2 p.m. ET), and against Michigan (Sun., Feb. 17/12 p.m. ET) and Ohio State (Mon., Feb. 25/7 p.m. ET) will also be televised nationally. The Hoosiers final game of the regular season against Penn State on Sun., March 2 is currently listed as a Big Ten Network Wild Card game with a decision to be made by the network by Feb. 18. Other wild card games on March 2 include Purdue at Illinois, Minnesota at Michigan, Iowa at Wisconsin and Northwestern at Ohio State.

    All dates and times listed above are subject to change.

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