HOOSIERS TRAVEL TO VANDERBILT, HOST BIG FOUR CLASSIC
November 29, 1999 HOOSIERS TRAVEL TO VANDERBILT, HOST BIG FOUR CLASSIC
INDIANA GAMEDAY - After having played their last three games in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers (2-2 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will take to the road this week, traveling to Nashville, Tenn., for a meeting with the Vanderbilt Commodores, Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. (CST), in Memorial Gym (14, 100). The Hoosiers will also host Ball State in Assembly Hall Saturday, Dec. 4, in the eighth-annual Big Four Classic at 3 p.m. Purdue will play Indiana State in the Classic opener at 1 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children.
RADIO - All of Indiana's games can be heard live via radio broadcast on WGCT-FM (105.1). The live broadcast will be handled by play-by-play announcer Mike Scott. The broadcast will feature scouting reports by coach Jim Izard, player interviews, a half-time show and a postgame wrap-up with assistant coaches Keila Whittington and Jennifer Jacoby.
THE HOOSIERS - Last week the Hoosiers lost their home opener to South Carolina 95-79, but bounced back to defeat Stetson 91-43, and East Carolina 83-67, claiming the Full-O-Pep Classic championship title. Against South Carolina, sophomore Jill Chapman posted her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds while point guard Heather Cassady chipped in 15 points and dished out a career-high nine assists. Against Stetson, five players tallied double-figure scoring games, led by sophomore Tara Jones' 17 points. Rachael Honegger, making her first start of the season, added 15 points and five rebounds. Freshman Jill Hartman led IU in the Full-O-Pep Classic title game against East Carolina with a career-high 23 points and 15 rebounds. Cassady was named MVP of the tourney while Hartman and Rainey Alting were named to the all-tourney team.
ABOUT VANDERBILT - The Commodores have begun the season with a 3-2 start with victories over George Washington (81-57), Fordham (93-44) and Toledo (63-44) and loses to Purdue (63-51) and Duke (68-59). Sophomore Zuzana Klimesova leads her team, averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Teammates Chavonne Hammond and Chantelle Anderson follow with 11.4 scoring averages. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 69.0 points and 36.0 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 59 percent from the free throw line. Coach Jim Foster is in his ninth season with the program and carries a 184-71 record with the program. The Series: Indiana leads the series 1-0, having defeated Vanderbilt 84-61 last season in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge held in Bloomington.
THE LEADERBOARD - After four games, the Hoosiers are currently averaging 83.3 points and 43.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. Individually, Heather Cassady leads the Hoosiers' offense, averaging 18.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. Freshman Jill Hartman and sophomore Jill Chapman follow with 13.3 and 12.8 scoring averages per game, respectively.
HEAD COACH JIM IZARD - Head Coach Jim Izard begins his 12th season at the helm of the Indiana program where he owns a 180-142 (.560) overall record and a 79-113 (.416) mark in the Big Ten Conference. As Indiana's all-time winningest coach, Izard has guided his teams to nine winning seasons, two NCAA post-season tournament appearances, a runner-up finish in the NWIT post-season tournament and a trip to the Final Four of both the pre- and post-1998 WNIT tournaments. His 18-year career record stands at 343-191 (.643).
SHARP AT THE POINT - Not only has point guard Heather Cassady demonstrated that she is a top-gun offensive threat for Indiana this season with an 18.8 average, but she has also shown that she can take care of the ball and dish it out. Presently, Cassady boasts a 3:1 assists to turnover ratio, averaging 6.3 assists per game to just 2.3 turnovers.
SHE'S GOT GAME - Freshman Jill Hartman's recent performance in the Full-O-Pep Classic this past weekend left fans and coaches impressed with the first-year players abilities. Hartman, who averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds points as a senior at Evansville Memorial a year ago, scored 34 points and hauled down 24 rebounds in the Hoosiers' two victories. Against East Carolina, Hartman grabbed 15 rebounds and went 9-14 from the field for a game-high 23 points.
FORGET THE JITTERBUGS - With only two returning players off of last year's squad, IU's five newcomers and two redshirt players have had to quickly step into the Hoosier system. Junior college transfer Rainey Alting is one such player who has adjusted, averaging 34 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 points as IU's shooting guard. Freshman Jill Hartman, Jamie Gathing and Erika Christenson have all started at least one game in their young careers.
BLANCED ATTACT - Indiana's explosive offensive output has been a balanced one this season with different scoring leaders in every game. Against Western Kentucky, Heather Cassady led with 25 points while Jill Chapman netted 22 against South Carolina. It was Tara Jones off the bench who chipped in 17 points against Stetson and Jill Hartman who led IU with 23 points against East Carolina.
RETURNING TO THE LINEUP - Junior Rachael Honegger entered the Hoosiers starting lineup this past weekend and looked to have regained the form she displayed before sitting out last season awaiting the birth of her son Isaiah, June 15. For the weekend, the 5-11 forward scored 18 points and added nine rebounds.
PUT ME ON THE LINE - Sophomore redshirt Tara Jones stepped up to the free throw line Friday against Stetson and calmly sank 9-10 free throws, to contribute to her career-high 17 points scoring evening. Jones, who saw action in seven games as a freshman during the 1997-98 season, has played in all four of IU's games this season.
THE BIG FOUR CLASSIC - Saturday's games mark the eighth year that
the Big Four Classic has been held. This year's Big Four will be the last
for Indiana and Purdue as Valparaiso and Evansville will join the Classic
in 2000. The Classic originated out of a way to provide exposure for women's
basketball and to showcase the talent of Indiana's four NCAA Division I
public institution's programs. The Hoosiers are 7-0 in the Classic and
3-0 vs. Ball State. Last year, IU defeated Indiana State 73-63.
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