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    Hoosiers Take On Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Friday

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers battle Miami in the second ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Friday, Dec. 5.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers battle Miami in the second ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Friday, Dec. 5.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 3, 2008

    Indiana Hoosiers (4-2) at Miami Hurricanes (5-2) | ACC/Big Ten Challenge | Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader
    Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 | BankUnited Center (7,000) | Coral Gables, Fla.
    Radio: WHCC 105.1 (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Vote For Whitney

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana concludes its five-game road swing in Coral Gables, Fla., when it takes on the University of Miami on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the BankUnited Center.

    The Hoosiers are 0-1 against the Hurricanes, falling at Miami, 79-70, on Nov. 25, 2006 in the Miami Holiday Tournament.

    SCOUTING THE HURRICANES
    Miami enters Friday's game with a 5-2 record and on a four-game win streak with wins over Florida International (66-49), Austin Peay State (64-51), Santa Clara (60-44) and Florida A&M (83-69).

    The Hurricanes boast two players averaging double-digits as Shenise Johnson is registering 14.1 points per game and LaToya Cunningham is averaging 12.4 points per contest. Johnson is also averaging a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game.

    Miami is averaging 69.9 points and 44.9 rebounds per game as a team. UM is shooting 41.9 percent (190-of-453) from the floor, 29.7 percent (35-of-118) from beyond the arc and 60.2 percent (74-of-123) from the free throw line. The Hurricanes have also registered 13.0 steals and 4.1 blocked shots per outing, while holding their opponents to 55.4 points per game and a shooting percentage of 35.5 (139-391).

    WHAT'S COMING UP
    Indiana will return home to take on in-state rival Butler on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers' battle with the Bulldogs will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com.

    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.

    Indiana opens the new year in Bloomington on Jan. 4 when it hosts Iowa, the 2008 Co-Big Ten Champs, at 4 p.m. in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers' contest against the Hawkeyes will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

    THE COACHES
    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 95-94 over seven seasons. She led the Hoosiers to back-to-back postseason berths in the WNIT and an 18-15 mark in 2007-08. Legette-Jack is just five wins from reaching her 100th career victory, and reached her 40th win as the Hoosier mentor against Radford on Nov. 29, 2008.

    Miami head coach Katie Meier enters her fourth season with the Hurricanes, owning a mark of 42-55 mark at the U. Meier has been a head coach overall for seven seasons with a record of 118-100.

    NOTES OF INTEREST
    • Friday's meeting marks the second between Indiana and Miami.
    • Friday will also be the Hoosiers fifth consecutive game outside of Assembly Hall.
    • The Hoosiers have only met Miami once, during the 2006-07 season in the UM Thanksgiving Tournament. IU fell to the Hurricanes in the championship game of their tournament, 79-70, on Nov. 25.
    • Three Hoosiers are averaging double-digit points after six games. Amber Jackson leads the way with 15.7 points, with Whitney Thomas (11.7) and Jori Davis closely behind (11.3). Kim Roberson is near the double-digit mark, averaging 9.2 points per game.

    COAST-TO-COAST
    The Hoosiers are quickly acquiring some frequent flier miles, traveling from coast-to-coast over the last two weeks.

    Indiana traveled from B-Town to San Francisco, with a pit stop in Columbia, Mo., to rack up 1,931 miles. Four days after returning home, the Hoosiers will head the opposite direction and travel 1,185 miles to Miami. In a matter of two weeks (Nov. 24-Dec. 6), the Indiana women's basketball team will have compiled 3,116 miles.

    CHAPLIN MAKING AN IMPACT
    Speaking of coast-to-coast, freshman Sasha Chaplin has shown that she has the ability to have a presence on both sides of the floor.

    In the Hoosiers win over Missouri on Nov. 25, Chaplin blocked a jumper by the Tigers' Shakara Jones and six seconds later, put in a fastbreak layup off of a pass from teammate Jori Davis on the same sequence. Chaplin is averaging 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 15.0 minutes per game off the bench for IU.

    DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
    During the week that led tp the Hoosiers' Hilton Concord Classic Championship, IU held its three opponents to 55 points per game and an average shooting percentage of 34.1 percent from the floor. Indiana also averaged 10.7 steals per game on the week, with four players that collected five or more.

    ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE HISTORY
    Last season, Indiana battled Florida State in the inaugural event in Assembly Hall but fell to the Seminoles, 85-78, on Nov. 30.

    Jamie Braun recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort. She added six assists and three steals. Haylie Linn netted a career-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jori Davis also scored in double-figures for the Hoosiers as she netted 10 points. The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 40-35, but were outscored from the floor, 53.8 (28-of-52) percent to 45.3 (29-64) percent.

    SOMETHING FROM THE MIX TAPE
    Freshman Ashlee Mells has picked up a new nickname from Jeremy Gray, the Voice of IU Women's Basketball. With her speed and unique ways of passing the ball, she has become Ashlee "Mix Tape" Mells.

    In her last outing, Mells recorded five points, five boards, four steals and three assists in 17 minutes on the floor for a career night. But it was her assist to Kim Roberson that earned the nickname. With 4:08 remaining in the first half of Indiana's game against Saint Mary's on Nov. 29, Mells pulled down a rebound off of a missed Gael 3-pointer, drove the ball down court, got mixed up with a player from Saint Mary's to nearly lose the ball out of bounds before she was able to recover it enough to hook the ball around an opposing player for Roberson to make a layup.

    Needless to say, it was a highlight of the mix tape variety. Perhaps the nickname will stick.

    THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
    Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 62 points and 139 rebounds away from reaching the millennium 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 205 assists and 195 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third all-time in the IU record book.

    JACKSON CONTINUES STELLAR CAREER
    Senior Amber Jackson enters her final season on the court after an impressive career between two schools.

    Jackson started her career at San Jose State, where she totaled 921 points and 519 rebounds between 2004-06, earning First Team All-WAC honors her sophomore season. After a year away from the game, Jackson made the transition to Indiana where she scored a total of 425 points and grabbed 200 rebounds in her first season as a Hoosier.

    For her entire collegiate career, Jackson has recorded 1,423 points and 737 rebounds, sinking 58.7 percent (612-of-1042) of her shots from the floor.

     

     

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