Hoosiers Welcome Ball State Monday Night
Dec. 17, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will continue their stretch of home games when they host Ball State on Monday, Dec. 18, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers (9-2) recorded their fourth straight win at home when they defeated Southern Illinois, 73-66, in Assembly Hall on Dec. 16. Junior Nikki Smith scored a career-high 24 points, including the final nine points that gave the Hoosiers the victory. Sophomore Whitney Thomas added 10 points and a team best nine rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
Indiana was outshot by the Salukis, 47.4 percent (27-of-57) to 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the field, but dominated the boards, outrebounding SIU, 38-29. The Hoosiers grabbed 15 offensive swipes to the Saluki's eight. The Hoosiers battle against Southern Illinois was in front of 1,513 Hoosier faithful, the largest non-conference crowd at Branch McCracken Court since the Hoosiers faced then-No. 5/6 Baylor on Nov. 19, 2005. The Baylor Bears-Indiana Hoosiers match-up attracted 2,059 fans.
For the fifth time this season, Indiana will face another in-state foe in the Ball State Cardinals. IU is currently 4-0 vs. Hoosier State opponents, defeating Valparaiso, 85-51, on Nov. 15, Evansville, 83-80, on Dec. 30, Notre Dame, 54-51, on Dec. 3, and IPFW, 69-68, on Dec. 10.
After losing their first game of the season at Illinois State, Ball State (6-1) bounced back in a big way with a 68-59 come-from-behind win against Valparaiso in the opening game of the Hoopla: `Celebrating Women in Basketball' showcase at IPFW on Dec. 10. The Cardinals used a 20-4 run in the final six minutes of the game to close out the win over the Crusaders. Porchia Green led all players with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She hit 5-of-10 from the field, including four three-pointers, and sank 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Kelsey Corbin added 15 points and Audrey McDonald scored 11 points in the victory.
Julie DeMuth, sister of IU's own Jenny DeMuth, is currently leading Ball State with 15.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The Cardinals are averaging 77.0 points per game and shooting 47.5 percent (180-of-379) from the floor.
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ball State, 24-3, winning the last 16 meetings. IU defeated the Cardinals, 71-62, in Muncie on Dec. 31, 2003. The Hoosiers are 14-0 against Ball State in Assembly Hall. The two teams last meeting in Bloomington resulted in a 103-95 Indiana win on Nov. 23, 2002.
Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Cardinals on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tipoff against Ball State is at 7:05 p.m. (EST).
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