Dec. 11, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (6-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1) | Game Notes | Vote For Whitney
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 | 2 p.m. ET
WVU Coliseum (14,000) | Morgantown, W.Va.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana plays its final non-conference game of the season when it travels to West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 13. The Hoosiers will battle the Mountaineers at 2 p.m. ET at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. Saturday's game can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington as Jeremy Gray calls the action. IU leads the all-time series, 2-1, winning in Bloomington last year, 79-66.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia enters Saturday's game with a 7-1 overall mark and a 5-1 record at home. The Mountaineers are on a six game win streak after defeating Duquesne, 59-41, on Dec. 7.
The Mountaineers are averaging 68.6 points per game, holding their opponents to just 44.2 points and a 32.5 shooting percentage from the floor. WVU is also averaging 46.1 boards per game, outrebounding its foes by 14.6 rebounds per game. West Virginia is led by Liz Repella, who is registering 15.4 points, to go along with 9.1 rebounds per game. She is followed by Takisha Granberry with 14.3 points per game and a team-best 9.3 boards per game. She is shooting a team-best 40.0 percent (16-of-40) from the 3-point line.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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 97-94 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 three wins from reaching her 100th career victory, and reached her 40th win as the Hoosier mentor against Radford on Nov. 29, 2008.
West Virginia head coach Mike Carey is in his eighth season with the Mountaineers with a mark of 139-87. He owns a career record of 427-189 over 22 years.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Saturday's meeting marks the third between Indiana and West Virginia with the Hoosiers leading, 2-1.
Saturday's contest will be IU's final non-conference game of the season.
The Hoosiers outscored Butler, 13-0, on second chance points in Tuesday night's game.
The Hoosiers have posted at least three players in double-digits in seven of their eight games on the season.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is just three wins shy of her 100th career victory.
HOOSIERS DOMINATE BUTLER
Three Hoosiers scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team extended its current win streak to five games with a 63-41 win over Butler, in its final non-conference contest in Assembly Hall.
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 26th career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. She added two steals, two blocked shots and one assist. Senior Amber Jackson led all players with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, while senior Kim Roberson added 15 points in the win.
The Hoosiers shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the floor and won the battle of the boards, 40-32. Indiana held Butler to just 28.8 percent (17-of-57) shooting from the field and 9.5 percent (2-of-21) shooting from beyond the arc.
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 third in steals (9.63), offensive (14.00) and defensive rebounds (28.38), rebounding margin (+6.1), 3-point percentage defense (30.5), scoring defense (56.8), field goal percentage (44.6) and in scoring margin (+12.1), fourth in field goal percentage defense (35.1), and fifth in scoring offense (68.9).
LAST TIME VS. WEST VIRGINIA
Indiana shot 48.9 percent (22-of-45) from the floor en route to an 79-66 upset over then-No. 13 West Virginia on Dec. 22, 2007 in Assembly Hall.
Jamie Braun collected a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with two assists. Kim Roberson also scored 17 points and added three boards, two steals and an assist. Nikki Smith netted 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The Hoosiers outrebounded the Mountaineers, 37-28, and held them to just 22.7 percent (5-of-22) shooting from the 3-point line. Chakhia Cole and Meg Bulger led WVU with 19 points a piece in the effort.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 43 points and 118 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 208 assists and 198 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 totalled 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 1,458 points and 754 rebounds, sinking 58.9 percent (628-of-1066) of her shots from the floor. Jackson also earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor on Dec. 2. She leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage on the season, shooting 63.8 and ranks ninth nationally.
INSIDE IU BASKETBALL WITH COACH JACK MOVES TO COACHES BAR & GRILL
Inside IU Basketball with Coach Jack has moved to Coaches Bar & Grill at Bloomington's downtown Hilton on Monday night's. Jeremy Gray, voice of Indiana Women's Basketball, will host the weekly show that airs live from 6:30-7 p.m. on the IU Radio Network.