Dec. 8, 2008
Butler Bulldogs (3-4) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-2) | Game Notes
Tuesday, Dec. 9 | Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Internet Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana plays its final non-conference game in Assembly Hall when it hosts the Butler Bulldogs on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers battle against the Bulldogs will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and aired on the IU Radio Network as Jeremy Gray, the Voice if IU Women's Basketball, calls the action from Branch McCracken Court. Indiana leads the all-time series with Butler, 3-0.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Butler enters Tuesday's game with a 3-4 mark after defeating Coastal Carolina, 78-48, on Dec. 6.
The Bulldogs are averaging 61.3 points and 40.3 rebounds per game as a team, and shooting 35.6 percent (154-of-433) from the field, 26.3 percent (36-of-137) from the 3-point line and 64.9 percent (85-of-131) from the free throw line.
Butler is led by two in double-digit points as Melanie Thornton is averaging 13.6 points per game. She is closely followed by Lade Akande with 13.1 points per outing. Thornton also leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 9.9 per game.
The Bulldogs are 0-1 against the Big Ten so far this season after falling at Ohio State, 75-56, in the season opener.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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. Following IU's game against Iowa, the Hoosiers will travel to Minnesota (Jan. 8) and Penn State (2 p.m.) before returning home to face Wisconsin on Jan. 15.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 96-94 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 four wins from reaching her 100th career victory, and reached her 40th win as the Hoosier mentor against Radford on Nov. 29, 2008.
Butler head coach Beth Couture is in her seventh season as the head coach of the Bulldogs. She owns a career mark of 346-212 overall and a record of 88-95 at Butler.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Tuesday's meeting with Butler marks the first between IU the Bulldogs since the 2001-02 season.
Tuesday also marks IU's first home since Nov. 16 and will be the Hoosiers last non-conference home game.
Indiana's win on Friday, Dec. 5 evened its series with Miami to 1-1.
The Hoosiers have posted at least three players in double-digits in six of their seven games on the season.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is just four wins shy of her 100th career victory.
HOOSIERS TOP HURRICANES IN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Three Hoosiers netted double-digit points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Miami, 69-54, on Friday, Dec. 5 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Coral Gables.
Senior Amber Jackson recorded her sixth career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Kim Roberson added 15 points, while junior Jamie Braun scored 10 points in the win.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 50-39, and forced UM into committing 15 turnovers on the game. IU shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the floor, and held Miami to 32.8 percent (21-of-64) shooting.
Williams led the Hurricanes with 11 points, and Barnes added 10 points in the effort.
HOOSIERS AMONG BIG TEN LEADERS
The Hoosiers rank among the top five in the Big Ten in several categories so far this season. IU ranks second in steals (10.14), third in offensive (14.57) and defensive rebounds (28.14), rebounding margin (+5.9), and rebounding offense (42.7), fourth in scoring offense (69.7), scoring margin (+10.7), field goal percentage (44.2), and fifth in scoring defense (59.0).
LAST TIME VS. BUTLER
Jill Chapman recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 97-72 win over Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 27, 2001.
The Hoosiers set the tone early by pounding the ball inside to Chapman, who did her damage in both the half court offense and by getting easy putbacks. Chapman scored 13 of Indiana's first 27 points and helped IU open up a 19 point lead at one point in the half. Jenny DeMuth recorded her first double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Indiana put the game away with a 19-6 run to start the second half. The Hoosiers led by as many as 32 points in the second half.
Four IU players scored in double-figures, led by Chapman's 27, Tara Jones added 15, DeMuth 13 and Heather Cassady scored 11 in the win.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 56 points and 130 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 207 assists and 196 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third all-time in the IU record book.