Dec. 4, 2007
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THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers open a two-game road trip on Wednesday night when they visit the Dayton Flyers at 5:15 p.m. ET. IU leads the all-time series with the Flyers, 5-2, after winning a Nov. 19, 2007 meeting, 98-71, in Bloomington. Following the Hoosiers' battle with the Flyers, Indiana will head to the Sunflower State to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. ET. IU leads the all-time series with the Jayhawks, 1-0, after winning a 63-48 on Dec. 21, 2007, in Assembly Hall. Both games will be broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 FM.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Jamie Braun recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 21/22 Florida State, 85-78, in Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 30 in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge.
Braun also tallied six assists and three steals. Freshman Haylie Linn netted a career-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Freshman 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 outshot from the floor, 53.8 (28-of-52) percent to 45.3 (29-64) percent.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 77-80 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season. Dayton head coach Jim Jabir enters his fifth year at Dayton with a mark of 51-74 with the Flyers, and his 20th year overall with a record of 281-297.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton enters Wednesday's game on a six-game winning streak after opening the season 0-2.
The Flyers are coming off an 85-64 win over Akron on Dec. 2. Dayton's Nikki Oakland led all players with a 32 points in the win and added 10 boards, an assist and a block shot in 25 minutes on the floor. She shot 13-of-19 from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She was followed by Kathy Guin, who netted 18 points off the bench on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, three of which were 3-pointers, and 5-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe. The Flyers shot 47.8 (32-of-67) percent from the floor as a team and 41.7 (5-of-12) percent from beyond the arc. They dominated the boards, outrebounding Akron, 44-38, and forced the Zips into committing 20 turnovers.
Dayton is led by Oakland, who is averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Brittany Holterman is also averaging double-figures with 11.6 points per game.
HOOSIERS FACE TOUGH CHALLENGE
The 2007-08 Indiana basketball schedule features some of the toughest competition in the nation. The Hoosiers boasts games against fourtop-25 teams in this year's ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll and five top-25 squads in the preseason AP poll.
IU will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule against No. 13 West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers will also go up against ranked league foes in No. 19 Ohio State (1/10, 2/25) No. 23 Michigan State (1/20, 2/14) this season. (Rankings only reflect the AP poll; Coaches poll was not available.)
WHAT BRAUN CAN DO FOR IU
In IU's first seven 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 15.3 points per game and assists with 3.7 per game.
She ranks third in the Big Ten in steals (2.57), sixth in assists per game, and seventh in scoring. Braun has led IU in scoring in five games this season, including a 24-point outing against Ball State on Nov. 17.
THIEVES AMONG US
Juniors Whitney Thomas and sophomore Jamie Braun rank among the top three in the Big Ten steals per game. Thomas is second in the Big Ten steals with 3.14 per game, while Braun is right behind her in third with 2.57 thefts per contest. The duo has also helped IU top the league standings in the same category as the Hoosiers are averaging 10.57 steals per game.
LINN HAS BIG DAY
Freshman Haylie Linn had quite a night in IU's contest against Florida State. The 5-11 guard was a perfect 5-of-5 from the 3-point line against the Seminoles for a career-high 16 points. Linn is currently shooting 50.0 (6-of-12) percent from beyond the arc.
JACKSON ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADERS
Despite missing the 2006-07 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, Amber Jackson hasn't lost her touch when it comes to scoring. After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson currently ranks 12th nationally with a 60.7 (37-of-61) shooting percentage from the floor, and also ranks fourth among Big Ten leaders. Jackson is averaging 11.9 points per game with a season-high of 22 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener against Albany. She has netted double-digit points five of IU's seven games this year.
CATCH THE HOOSIERS ON TV
Fans will have a chance to see the Indiana women's basketball team on the Big Ten Network and ESPN 360 at least 11 times during the 2007-08 season.
The Hoosiers' tight battle with No. 21/22 Florida State in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge was the first time IU fans were able to catch the Hoosiers on the Big Ten Network. Indiana has two more non-conference contest on the network when it faces NCAA Sweet 16 participant Bowling Green on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m., and West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington. IU will also get its first appearance on ESPN 360 when it visits Kansas on Sunday, Dec. 9.
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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