Hoosiers Close Year and Open Big Ten Slate at Northwestern on Monday
Dec. 29, 2007
Indiana (7-5, 0-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern (4-9, 0-1 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers got off to a slow start as it got on the board at the 19:08 mark with a pair of free throws by Jamie Braun to take a 2-0 lead. IU never looked back as they held at least a one-point advantage until stringing together a 26-17 run to close the first stanza with a 35-23 lead over the Mountaineers.
West Virginia came out of the break, outscoring the Hoosiers, 9-0, cutting the deficit to three, 35-32, with 15:47 on the clock. But a jumper by Braun ignited a 23-10 IU run that increased its lead to 14, 56-42, with 6:46 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers held at least a seven-point advantage en route to a 79-66 win.
Indiana sank 22-of-45 from the floor to shoot 48.9 percent on the game. The Hoosiers also netted nine 3-pointers and shot 89.7 (26-of-29) percent from the free throw line.
The Hoosiers were led by Braun and Kim Roberson, who each tallied 17 points. Braun also added a career-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Amber Jackson scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and Nikki Smith added 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the 3-point line. Indiana outrebounding the Mountaineers, 37-28.
Northwestern head coach Beth Combs holds a career coaching mark of 67-123 over seven seasons. She enters her fourth season at Northwestern with a mark of 23-78 at the helm of the Wildcat program.
NOTES OF INTEREST
The game also marks the first time the Hoosiers have faced the Wildcats in Evanston since Jan. 12, 2006.
IU is currently on a five game winning streak against Northwestern. Two of those five wins came at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.
The Hoosiers closed out the 2006-07 regular season against the Wildcats on Feb. 22 with a convincing 83-59 win.
Indiana's win over No. 13 West Virginia on Dec. 22 was the second victory over a top-15 opponent since head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's arrival in Bloomington. Last season, the Hoosiers upset No. 15 Kentucky, 54-51, on Nov. 12, 2006 in Lexington.
The Dec. 22 win was also Legette-Jack's 80th career win as a head coach. She holds an overall mark of 80-82 over six seasons.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats are currently led by Jaeschke who is averaging 14.0 points per game. Bibbs is leading NU on the boards with 7.3 per game, while also averaging 9.5 points per contest. Northwestern is averaging 55.1 points and 38.2 rebounds per game as a team and is shooting 37.0 (275-of-744) percent from the floor on the season.
LAST TIME VS. NORTHWESTERN
The Hoosiers darted out to an 8-0 lead, only to see the Wildcats (8-21, 2-14) respond with 10 unanswered points to take the 10-8 advantage. However, the Hoosiers bounced back immediately, outscoring Northwestern, 37-12, to take a 49-22 lead into the break.
McKay and Braun combined for 22 points in the first stanza, while Braun grabbed six boards.
The Wildcats used a 21-8 run in the second half to cut Indiana's lead to 14, but a 3-pointer from Kim Roberson sparked a 10-0 Hoosier run that increased its lead to 25, 68-43, with 10:13 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers never looked back, maintaining at least a 21-point lead en route to an 83-59 victory.
Indiana shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from downtown. The Hoosiers also won the battle on the boards, 39-31, and tallied 11 steals off of 21 Northwestern miscues.
McKay sank 7-of-13 from the field and hit a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Roberson and Smith combined for all six of IU's 3-pointers. Braun registered a game-high nine rebounds, six of which were off the offensive glass, and Roberson came away with five steals.
Northwestern had four players reach double figures and were led by A.J. Glasauer with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.
HOOSIERS HISTORY IN BIG TEN OPENERS
Junior Whitney Thomas posted three double-doubles during December against Dayton, Kansas and Cincinnati (21 pts., 14 reb. on 12/5; 13 pts., 12 reb. on 12/9; 13 pts., 19 reb. on 12/20). Classmate Amber Jackson recorded one against Bowling Green on Dec. 16 as she registered 17 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double as a Hoosier. Most recently, sophomore Jamie Braun posted her second double-double of the season as the Hoosiers upset No. 13 West Virginia on Dec. 22. She scored 17 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds.
BREAKING OUT OF A SLUMP
Smith sank 4-of-9 from the field, including three treys, and grabbed three boards and a steal in the win against the Falcons on Dec. 16 and sank 5-of-9 from the 3-point line and nailed a pair of free throws for a team-high 17 points at Cincinnati on Dec. 20.
She netted 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe for her 15 points against the Mountaineers on Dec. 22.
Her effort against the Falcons was her first double-digit outing since she scored 16 points against Wichita State on Nov. 23.
WHAT BRAUN CAN DO FOR IU
She ranks eighth in the Big Ten in steals (1.92) and in assists per game, and ninth in scoring. Braun has led IU in scoring in six games this season, including a 24-point outing against Ball State on Nov. 17.
JACKSON ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADERS
After ranking second in the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore at San Jose State, Jackson ranked 13th nationally with a 58.6 (65-of-111) shooting percentage from the floor. Jackson is averaging 12.1 points per game with a season-high of 22 points in the Hoosiers' season-opener against Albany. She has netted double-digit points nine of IU's 12 games this year.
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