Dec. 27, 2008
INDIANA HOOSIERS (8-2, 1-0) at MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (8-4, 1-0) | Game Notes
Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 | 7 p.m.
Breslin Center (14,759) | East Lansing, Mich.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana closes 2008 with its first Big Ten road game on Monday, Dec. 29 at Michigan State. The Hoosiers and Spartans tip-off at the Breslin Center at 7 p.m. ET. Monday's game will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and will be aired live on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the action.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State enters Monday's game with an 8-4 overall mark and a 1-0 record in Big Ten action after winning at Penn State, 67-60, on Dec. 21.
The Spartans are led by Aisha Jefferson with 13.8 points per game. She is shooting 50.8 percent (64-of-126) from the field and 70.0 percent (35-of-50) from the free throw line. Allyssa DeHaan is averaing 9.8 points per game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per contest and 46 blocked shots on the season. Michigan State is averaging 72.8 points per game and holding its opponents to 55.9 points per game. The Spartans are also averaging 44.4 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per game. MSU is shooting 45.4 percent (318-of-700) from the field, 70.7 percent (181-of-256) from the free throw line and 32.9 percent (57-of-173) from beyond the arc.
WHAT'S COMING UP
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.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Monday's meeting marks the 58th all-time between the Hoosiers and Spartans, with MSU leading the series, 35-22.
IU enters Monday's game on a seven game win streak. Seven straight wins is the longest win streak since the 2000-01 season.
Indiana and Michigan State split last year's series with IU winning in East Lansing, 70-56, and MSU winning in Bloomington, 72-68.
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is 16 points shy of reaching 1,000 points scored at Indiana.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is just one win shy of her 100th career victory.
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 (42.4), 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.0), offensive rebounds (14.40) and in rebounding margin (+6.4), third in steals (9.80) and field goal percentage (44.7), scoring defense (58.4) and scoring margin (+12.5), and fourth in scoring offense (70.9) and in defensive rebounds (28.00).
LAST SEASON VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Indiana split the series a year ago with Michigan State, winning in East Lansing, 70-56, on Jan. 20, before falling in Bloomington, 72-68, on Feb. 14. The Hoosiers' win on Jan. 20 was it's first over the Spartans since Jan. 20, 2002, and the first IU road victory over MSU since Dec. 30, 2001.
Whitney Thomas recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the win, while Amber Jackson netted 21 points and added eight boards, Jamie Braun scored 18 points and handed out five assists, and Kim Roberson scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to go along with five assists. In the second meeting, Braun led IU with 15 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line. She also recorded a team-high six boards and four assists. Jackson scored 13 points, Nikki Smith added 12 off the bench and Roberson scored 11 in the effort.
THOMAS NEARING 1,000-1,000
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas is nearing 1,000 in two categories. She is 16 points and 105 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 213 assists and 205 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 25 steals from the record held by Jenny DeMuth of 230.
BRAUN ALSO NEARING MILESTONE
Junior Jamie Braun is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone as she is just 88 points away from the mark, after eclipsing the 900-point mark when she scored 14 points at West Virginia on Dec. 13. Braun has averaged 12.2 points per game, totalling 912 over 75 career games.
JACKSON CONTINUES STELLAR CAREER
Senior Amber Jackson enters her final season on the court after an impressive career between two schools. Jackson started her career at San Jose State, where she totalled 921 points and 519 rebounds between 2004-06, earning First Team All-WAC honors her sophomore season. After a year away from the game, Jackson made the transition to Indiana where she scored a total of 425 points and grabbed 200 rebounds in her first season as a Hoosier.
For her entire collegiate career, Jackson has recorded 1,500 points and 773 rebounds, sinking 59.0 percent (645-of-1093) of her shots from the floor. Jackson also earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor on Dec. 2. She leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage on the season, shooting 63.6 and ranks fifth nationally.
A THIEF AMONG US
One of the Big Ten's top defenders has returned to the hardwood for the Hoosiers. Senior Kim Roberson owns 195 career steals, ranking fourth all-time and 35 from tying Jenny DeMuth as the all-time leader with 230 steals.