Hoosiers Host Jayhawks in Non-Conference Finale
Dec. 20, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will wrap up the non-conference slate when it hosts the Kansas Jayhawks in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Dec. 21.
The Hoosiers (10-2) recorded their fifth straight win at home when they defeated Ball State, 67-56, in Bloomington on Dec. 18. Sophomore Whitney Thomas posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Leah Enterline and freshman Jamie Braun each netted 15 points to lead the Hoosiers, while junior Nikki Smith tallied 11 points. Despite cold shooting throughout the game for both teams, the Hoosiers outshot the Cardinals, 35.7 percent (20-of-56) to 32.1 percent (18-of-56), and held the advantage on the boards, 41-40.
Indiana is currently 5-0 this season against in-state schools, defeating Valparaiso (11/15, 85-81), Evansville (11/30, 83-80), Notre Dame (12/3, 54-51), IPFW (12/10, 69-68) and Ball State (12/18, 67-56). The Hoosiers have just one in-state opponent left in Purdue. IU is set to face the Boilermakers on Jan. 14 in West Lafayette and in Bloomington on Jan. 21.
Smith has sank 26 consecutive free throws, dating back to Evansville (Nov. 30) when she hit the last six of her seven made free throws in the Hoosier's 83-80 win over the Purple Aces. Since then, Smith hit 4-of-4 at Notre Dame (12/03) and at Bowling Green (12/06), and 6-of-6 at IPFW (12/10) and against Southern Illinois (12/16). She is currently leading IU, shooting 85.7 percent (36-of-42) from the line on the season.
Kansas (5-4) rebounded from three straight losses with a 78-68 win over Santa Clara on Dec. 17 in Lawrence. Four scored in double figures for the Jayhawks as Kelly Kohn led the way with 19 points. Marija Zinic scored 13 points, while LaChelda Jacobs and Shaquina Mosley tallied 12 points apiece. Kansas shot 55.8 percent (29-of-52) from the field and grabbed 26 rebounds.
Kohn currently leads the Jayhawks with 10.0 points and 3.0 assists per game. Zinic leads KU on the boards with 5.6 rebounds per game. The Jayhawks are averaging 60.7 points per game and are shooting 40.0 percent (208-of-520) from the field.
Thursday's game will mark the first meeting between Indiana and Kansas.
Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Jayhawks on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tipoff against Kansas is at 7:05 p.m. (EST).
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