Women's Basketball

    INDIANA TO HOST THE BIG FOUR CLASSIC

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    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    INDIANA TO HOST THE BIG FOUR CLASSIC

    INDIANA GAMEDAY - The Hoosiers will 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.

    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.

    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. On Wednesday, the Hoosiers were defeated by Vanderbilt 54-74 at the Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn. Jill Chapman led the team with 16 points while Heather Cassady and Rainey Alting added 14 and 11 points respectively.

    ABOUT BALL STATE - The Cardinals have the season with s 4-1 start with victories over Minnesota (79-70), Fresno State (71-70), Charleston Southern (85-75), and Columbia of Charleston (80-59). Sophomore Christy Jones leads her team, averaging 16.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Teammates Shala Crook and Shannon Copeland follow with 14.0 and 10.4 scoring averages. As a team, Ball State is averaging 76.8 points and 41.8 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 67 percent at the free throw line. Coach Brenda Oldfield is in her first season as a head coach and now has a career record of 4-1. The Series: Indiana leads the series 21-3, having defeated Ball State 79-64 during the 1997 Big Four Classic.

    THE LEADERBOARD - After five games, the Hoosiers are currently averaging 77.4 points and 40.0 rebounds per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. Individually, Heather Cassady leads the Hoosiers' offense, averaging 17.8 points and 5 assists per game. Freshman Jill Hartman and sophomore Jill Chapman follow with 13.4 and 11.0 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 180-143 (.557) 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 WNIT 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 343-192 (.641).

    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 17.8 average, but she has also shown that she can take care of the ball and dish it out. Presently, Cassady boasts almost a 2:1 assists to turnover ratio, averaging 5 assists per game to just 3.4 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, 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4 assists as IU's shooting guard. Freshman Jill Hartman, Jamie Gathing and Erika Christenson have all started at least one game in their young careers.

    BALANCED ATTACK - Indiana's explosive offensive output has been a balanced one this season with different scoring leaders in almost 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. Jill Chapman led the team again with 16 points against Vanderbilt.

    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. On the season, she's averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

    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 five of IU's games this season. She currently leads the team 82.4 (14-17) percent from the line.

    MORGAN QUITS - Senior Kay Morgan has left the team for personal reasons. The 5-6 senior captain ended her career with 754 career points and 178 assists. Morgan also set the school record for 3-point field goals in a season with 70 set during the 1998-99 season.

    THE CASSADY SHOW - Sophomore Heather Cassady put on an offensive fireworks display against Western Kentucky in the season opener, connecting for a career-high 7 3-pointers. Ironically, Cassady's previous career-best game came one-year to the date (Nov. 19, 1998) earlier when as a freshman, she scored 16 points with four 3-pointers in the Hoosiers' WNIT game vs. Rutgers.

    TOUGH SCHEDULE - The Hoosiers will play no less than 10 teams who are either ranked or receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. Of those teams, seven are Big Ten Conference squads while three are teams Indiana will meet in nonconference play over the next three weeks.

    EXHIBITION PLAY - Indiana closed out the exhibition portion of its schedule Nov. 11 with a 86-68 win over EOS Malbas (Sweden). Leading the Hoosiers was sophomore Jill Chapman and freshman Erika Christenson. Chapman scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Christenson netted 18 points. Junior transfer Rainey Alting delivered a solid all-around game with eight points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals. In the Hoosiers' first exhibition game of the season Nov. 7, IU defeated the Reebok Lady Stars 88-72. Five players turned in double-digit scoring performances, led by Kay Morgan's 16 second-half points.

    1999-2000 HOOSIERS - It's a whole new ball game for the Indiana Hoosiers as they prepare for the 1999-2000 season. The Hoosiers return just two starters and five letterwinners to a roster that features six new players, including five players 6-0 or taller. The returnees include Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection Jill Chapman and sophomore Heather Cassady. Last season, Chapman averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the Coaches All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Redshirts Rachael Honegger and Tara Jones also return.

    INTRODUCTIONS PLEASE - IU's six newcomers, which were rated sixth-best nationally by All-Star Girls Report, includes Indiana All-Star performer Jill Hartman, a 5-11 forward from Evansville, and junior college transfer Rainey Alting. Hartman averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a senior while setting the school and city of Evansville record for scoring with 1,926 points. The 5-5 Alting was named to the NJCAA All-America second-team last season at Vincennes University, finishing the year ranked seventh in the nation for assists, averaging 6.7 per game. Six-foot-five Erika Christenson of Fairborn, Ohio, along with 6-footers Jamie Gathing of Kankakee, Ill., and Allison Skapin of Beavercreek, Ohio will be used with 6-5 Jill Chapman for one of the Hoosiers' tallest ever front lines. Erin McGinnis, a 6-1 forward from Oak Ridge, Tenn., will have to sit out the season after transferring from Auburn University.

    CAPTAINS NAMED - Sophomores Heather Cassady and Jill Chapman will be the squad's co-captains for the 1999-2000 season.

    CLASS OF 2003 - Indiana welcomes a freshmen class that should vie for playing time immediately beginning in the fall of 2000. Indiana native Anna Waugh averaged 18.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season while playing at Franklin Community High School. She is joined by newcomers Charliss Ridley and Nicole Motto. Ridley averaged 21.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior at Wheaton-Warrenville South in Wheaton, Ill., while Motto averaged 19.1 points and five assists per game last season at Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio. Last year Motto was named in AAU All-American after her leading her team to a second-place national finish.

    HOOSIERS ON THE TUBE - Five of Indiana's games will be televised live this season, starting with the Jan. 6 game against Michigan on WTIU-TV. The local broadcast will also televise IU's games vs. Northwestern Jan. 16 (2 p.m.), Iowa (Feb. 3/8 p.m.) and Illinois (Feb. 27). The Hoosiers' intrastate rival game vs. Purdue will be broadcast by Fox Sports Chicago Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

    MEDIA INFORMATION - IU Assistant Media Relations Director Shelli Stewart handles all requests regarding the Hoosier coaches and players. Interview requests should be made through Stewart who can be reached courtside during Indiana games, or at the IU Media Relations office (812) 855-4770. Interview requests during the week must be made 24 hours in advance.

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