Hoosiers Open Big Ten Slate at No. 20/21 Michigan State
Dec. 27, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will open the Big Ten slate when they travel to No. 20/21 Michigan State on Thursday, Dec. 28.
Indiana recorded its sixth straight win in Assembly Hall when it defeated Kansas, 63-48, on Dec. 21, improving to 11-2 overall. The Hoosiers outrebounded Kansas, 43-33, and held the Jayhawks to 33.9 percent (20-of-59) shooting from the field. IU also held the advantage in the paint, outscoring KU, 40-26.
Senior Carrie Smith scored a team-high 13 points. Seniors Sarah McKay and Leah Enterline each netted 12 points and freshman Jamie Braun added 11 points in the win. Sophomore Kim Roberson led all players with a career-high nine rebounds. Junior Nikki Smith extended her consecutive free throws streak to 28 as she hit 2-of-2 from the line. The win put IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack at 65-65 overall and 11-2 since her arrival in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers will face their first ranked opponent since playing at then-No. 22 Bowling Green on Dec. 6, when they visit Michigan State. After IU faces the Spartans again on Jan. 4, they will battle 13th-ranked Purdue on Jan. 14 and on Jan. 21, and will visit No. 7/8 Ohio State on Jan. 25.
Legette-Jack is a former assistant coach to MSU leader Joanne P. McCallie. The IU mentor was the Spartan's recruiting coordinator during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons and helped form the squad that sent Michigan State to the 2005 NCAA Championship title game.
Michigan State (9-2) opens Big Ten action on a two-game win streak. The Spartans defeated UC-Santa Barbara, 69-45, on Dec. 20, and Cal State Northridge, 73-69 in overtime, on Dec. 22. Allyssa DeHaan led the Spartans at UC Santa Barbara with 17 points after she sank 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She added nine rebounds and a game-high eight blocked shots in the win. On Dec. 22, Mia Johnson led MSU with 19 points as she shot 5-of-8 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. DeHaan led all players with 19 boards and added three rejections in the win.
Victoria Lucas-Perry currently leads Michigan State with 14.3 points per game, while DeHaan is right behind her with 13.4 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game. Aisha Jefferson is also averaging in double figures with 11.5 points and Rene Haynes is currently averaging 11.2 points per contest.
McCallie is in her 15th year overall and seventh season at Michigan State. She is 134-68 with the Spartans after leading them to a 24-10 mark last season.
Catch all the action from the Breslin Center as Mike Hensinger calls the battle between the Hoosiers and Spartans on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tipoff against Michigan State is at 7 p.m. (EST).
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