Dec. 18, 2008
Northwestern Wildcats (3-7) at Indiana Hoosiers (7-2) | Game Notes
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 | 5 p.m. ET
Assemby Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Streamed Live: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens Big Ten action on Saturday, Dec. 20 when the Hoosiers host Northwestern at 5 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers match-up against the Wildcats will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the action from Branch McCracken Court.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern enters Saturday's game 3-7 following the non-conference slate, with wins against Houston Baptist (68-60), Western Illinois (71-54) and Texas Southern (68-51).
The Wildcats has two players averaging double-digit points in Amy Jaeschke at 16.4 and Kristin Cartwright at 11.3. Jaeschke is also registering double-digit boards per game with 10.6 and has 32 blocked shots on the season, while Cartwright leads the team in steals with 17 in 10 games. Northwestern is shooting 43.7 percent (221-of-506) from the field and averaging 61.5 points per outing. The Wildcats are also clocking 34.4 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots per game.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will then travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State after the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 29, for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off at the Breslin Center.
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 (Jan. 11) 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 98-94 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 two wins from reaching her 100th career victory, and reached her 40th win as the Hoosier mentor against Radford on Nov. 29, 2008.
Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown enters his first season at Northwestern with a career record of 512-181 in 22 years. He spent 19 season at George Washington University where he was the winningest coach in school and in Atlantic 10 history.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Saturday's meeting marks the 60th all-time between the Hoosiers and Wildcats, with IU leading the series, 31-28.
IU enters Saturday's game on a six game win streak.
Saturday's game also marks just the fourth game the Hoosiers have played in Assembly Hall this season.
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is 36 points shy of reaching 1,000 points scored at Indiana.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is just two wins shy of her 100th career victory.
Indiana is 10-16 in Big Ten openers.
Indiana enters the 2008-09 Big Ten season a 5-1 mark away from Assembly Hall, including a five game win streak outside of the Bloomington city limits. The Hoosiers have knocked off opponents from the Big 12, ACC and BIG EAST. IU leads the Big Ten with five total wins either on the road or on a neutral court.
HOOSIERS AMONG BIG TEN LEADERS
The Hoosiers rank among the top four in the Big Ten in several categories so far this season. IU ranks second in rebounding offense (42.6), 3-point field goal percentage (29.3) and in offensive rebounds (14.44), third in rebounding margin (+6.4), steals (9.67) and field goal percentage (44.4), and fourth in scoring offense (69.8), scoring defense (58.6), scoring margin (+11.2) and in defensive rebounds (28.11).
LAST SEASON VS. NORTHWESTERN
The Hoosiers were 3-0 against the Wildcats last season. IU opened up league competition with an 84-53 win over NU in Evanston on Dec. 31. Jamie Braun led the Hoosiers with 20 points, while Whitney Thomas added seven boards. On Feb. 7, Indiana defeated Northwestern, 74-58, in Bloomington as Braun led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Hoosiers opened the Big Ten Tournament against the Wildcats for their final meeting and won, 74-52. Amber Jackson netted 15 points, while Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 36 points and 113 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 210 assists and 201 steals. Her steals mark ties her with Tisha Hill for second all-time in the IU record book. She is 20 steals from the record held by Jenny DeMuth of 230.