Women's Basketball

    Indiana Travels to Cincinnati for Final Non-Conference Road Contest

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Nikki Smith scored 11 points vs. Bowling Green on Dec. 16.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Nikki Smith scored 11 points vs. Bowling Green on Dec. 16.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 18, 2007

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    Indiana (5-5) at Cincinnati (8-2)
    Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 • 7 p.m. ET
    Fifth Third Arena (13,176) • Cincinnati, Ohio

    The Indiana women's basketball team erased an 11-point deficit in the second half to knock off Bowling Green, 75-67, on Sunday, Dec. 16 in Assembly Hall. The win stopped a four-game losing streak for the Hoosiers.

    Down by 10 with 15:53 remaining in the game, sophomore Jamie Braun's free throw sparked a 10-0 Indiana run that knotted the game at 43-43. A 3-pointer by BGSU's Lauren Prochaska put the Falcons (6-2) back on top, but a 3-pointer by senior Nikki Smith tied the Hoosiers (5-5) back up at 46-46 with 12:59 to go. The two went to tie the game up two more times before a 21-10 Indiana run put the Hoosiers up by 11, 71-60, with 2:09 left in the game. The Hoosiers were able to maintain at least a six-point advantage en route to the 75-67 win.

    The Falcons dominated the first half, building up a 10-point lead, 13-3, within the first four minutes of the game. A free throw by Braun at the 15:47 mark ignited a 14-8 run to cut Bowling Green's lead to just two, 21-19, with nine minutes remaining in the half. However, the Falcons recovered with a 16-9 run to take a 37-26 lead into the break.

    The Hoosiers outshot the Falcons, 46.4 (26-of-56) percent to 35.9 (23-of-64) percent and won the battle of the boards, 43-37. Junior Amber Jackson led IU with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double as a Hoosier. Jackson sank 8-of-12 from the field. Braun netted 15 points by way of 9-of-12 shooting from the free throw line and added four assists. Smith scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc and freshman Jori Davis added 10 points and five boards in the win.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 78-82 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    Cincinnati head coach J. Kelley Hall enters his first season as the leader of the Bearcats program. He holds a career mark of 94-64 and an 8-2 record at Cincinnati.

    • Thursday's meeting between Indiana and Cincinnati marks the eighth meeting all-time and the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 17, 2005.

    • Sunday's win against Bowling Green stopped a four-game losing streak for the Hoosiers, which dated back to Nov. 24 when IU suffered 60-48 loss to No. 10 Texas A&M at the 2007 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    • Thursday's game against Cincinnati will be the first of two against the BIG EAST Conference. The Hoosiers will battle No. 13 West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington.

    Cincinnati enters Thursday's game on a four-game winning streak after defeating Central Michigan, 82-69, on Dec. 17 at Fifth Third Arena. The win improved the Bearcats home record to 7-1 and they are 8-2 overall on the season.

    UC had four players score in double figures, while three posted double-doubles against Central Michigan. Carla Jacobs led the Bearcats in points with 20, while Jill Stephens tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds, Kahla Roudebush recorded 19 points and 11 boards and Tenisha Benson recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds.

    Despite getting outshot, 43.3 (26-of-60) percent to 40.0 (30-of-75) percent from the field, the Bearcats outrebounded CMU, 49-30. UC also sank 11 3-pointers and outscored Central Michigan, 31-7, on second chance points.

    Cincinnati boasts four players averaging double-digit points. Stephens leads UC with 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. She is closely followed by Roudebush, who is averaing 16.3 points per game. Benson is averaging 13.8 points and Carla Jacobs is tallying 11.7 points per contest.

    The Bearcats are averaging 74.3 points per game, outscoring their opponents by 13.1 points, and are registering 45.4 boards per game, a 12.4 advantage over their opponents.

    The Hoosiers suffered a 73-59 loss at Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 2005. Indiana was led by former Hoosier Cyndi Valentin, who scored a team-high 16 points. Whitney Thomas recorded a double-double in the effort with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    The Hoosiers outrebounded the Bearcats, 36-33, but committed 22 turnovers to UC's 13.

    The Hoosiers have posted at least one double-double in each of their games during the month of December.

    Junior Whitney Thomas posted back-to-back double-doubles against Dayton and Kansas (21 pts., 14 reb. on 12/5; 13 pts., 12 reb. on 12/9). Classmate Amber Jackson continued the trend against Bowling Green as she registered 17 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double as a Hoosier.

    Senior Nikki Smith recovered from a four-game slump to score 11 points off the bench for the Hoosiers in their win over Bowling Green.

    Smith sank 4-of-9 from the field, including three treys, and grabbed three boards and a steal in the win. Her effort against the Falcons was her first double-digit outing since she scored 16 points against Wichita State on Nov. 23.

    The 2007-08 Indiana basketball schedule features some of the toughest competition in the nation. The Hoosiers boast 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. 13/13 West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers will also go up against ranked league foes in No. 18/18 Ohio State (1/10, 2/25) No. 24/23 Michigan State (1/20, 2/14) this season.

    In IU's first nine 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 14.2 points per game and assists with 3.6 per game.

    She ranks fifth in the Big Ten in steals (2.10), seventh in assists per game and ninth in scoring. Braun has led IU in scoring in five games this season, including a 24-point outing against Ball State on Nov. 17.

    The Hoosiers currently lead the Big Ten in steals per game with 9.50 takes per game. IU has tallied double-digit steals in six games so far this season, with 13 recorded against Wake Forest on Nov. 22. The Hoosiers have also recorded 12 steals in three games.

    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 ranked 13th nationally with a 60.7 (54-of-89) shooting percentage from the floor. 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 seven of IU's ten games this year.

    Inside IU Women's Basketball With Felisha Legette-Jack returns to the air on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, with a taped show featuring Coach Jack and host Jeremy Gray.

    Due to the holiday season, the show will now air Dec. 24 or Dec. 31. The Jan. 7 show will be a taped show following Inside IU Basketball With Kelvin Sampson from 7-8 p.m. on the IU Radio Network.

    Fans will have a chance to see the Indiana women's basketball team on the Big Ten Network at least eight 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 concluded the non-conference portion of the Big Ten Network schedule with a 75-67 win over Bowling Green on Dec. 16 in Bloomington.

    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.

    The Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of more major men's and women's events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The network is available to all cable and satellite carriers and television distributors nationwide, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.

    Felisha Legette-Jack helped get things going at the kick-off luncheon on Nov. 27 at the Bloomington Convention Center.

    Legette-Jack, along with co-chair Sylvia McNair, led a group of 11 teams in the `Dash for Cash' that raised nearly $20,000. The money raised for the Salvation Army will go to help thousands of local families in need of food, clothing, day care, home visits and Christmas gifts. Teams of `Ringleaders' included IU Hall of Famers Anthony Thompson and Jennifer (Hooker) Brinegar, who raised $1,440.67.

    Indiana head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack has announced the signing of three players for the 2008-09 roster with Danilsa Andujar, Sasha Chaplin and Lindsay Enterline.

    Andujar, a 6-2 forward, comes to IU from Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During her junior season, Andujar averaged 6.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She helped Dillard win a County Big-8 title, and earn runner-up honors at the Peach State Classic, in District 5A at the regional quarterfinal. Andujar earned All-Broward Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore and junior. A native of the Dominican Republic, Andujar was a member of the junior national team in 2006.

    Chaplin, a 6-3 forward from St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., was an all-state first team selection as a junior. She averaged 17.9 points, 14.8 rebounds, three blocks and two steals per game as a junior, earning first team all-Suncoast and first team all-county honors. Chaplin was a co-captain in 2006-07 and named her team's Most Valuable Player after setting a school record with 31 rebounds in the district championship game.

    Enterline, the younger sister of former Hoosier point guard Leah Enterline, is a 6-0 forward from Monroeville, Ind. She averaged 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game at Heritage High School her sophomore year. She was named to the 2007 Indiana Junior All-Star team.




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