Hoosiers Face Bowling Green Wednesday Night
Dec. 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team continues its three-game road trip when it visits Bowling Green on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
In front of nearly 10,000 fans in the Joyce Center, Indiana (7-1) overcame an eight-point deficit to defeat in-state rival Notre Dame, 54-51, on Dec. 3. The win marked the Hoosiers' first triumph over the Fighting Irish in the Joyce Center since Dec. 6, 1990, when IU won, 79-76. Junior Nikki Smith led all players with 18 points. Smith sank a jumper with 35 seconds left in the game that sealed the victory for the Hoosiers. Sophomore Kim Roberson added 12 points in the win.
Indiana has held its opponents to less than 40.0 percent shooting from the field in six of its eight games. Hoosier foes are currently averaging 34.5 percent (162-of-470) from the field.
IU's 7-1 mark is the best start by a Hoosier team since the 2000-01 squad opened the year 7-0 under then first-year head coach Kathi Bennett. The successful start by the Hoosiers has been noticed by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls as IU has been receiving votes in both polls. This week, the Hoosiers have 27 votes in the AP poll. The coaches poll has not been released for this week.
Bowling Green (5-1) recorded its fourth-straight win on Nov. 29, with an 89-58 triumph over Oakland. The Falcons shot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field, 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent (11-of-12) from the line.
Three scored in double-figures for BGSU as Carin Horne led all players 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, including five 3-pointers. Horne also added a game-high seven rebounds to go along with four assists and three steals. Liz Honegger scored 16 points by way of four 3-pointers and Ali Mann added 11 points in the win. Mann leads Bowling Green with 15.2 points per game, while Horne is right behind her with 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
IU leads the all-time series with Bowling Green, 3-1, however, the Falcons won the last meeting 68-50, on Nov. 26, 2005, in Bloomington. Former Hoosiers Cyndi Valentin and Jenny DeMuth led Indiana against BGSU. Valentin scored a game-high 21 points, while DeMuth added 18 points in the effort. Bowling Green had a two-point lead at the half, 28-26, before dominating the second half as it outscored IU, 40-24.
Wednesday's meeting marks IU's first trip to Anderson Arena. The two teams have met previously in Bloomington and at neutral sites.
Catch all the action from Anderson Arena as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Falcons on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tipoff against Bowling Green is at 7 p.m. (EST).
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