Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Close Year and Open Big Ten Slate at Northwestern on Monday

    Go Hoosiers! Jamie Braun, the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, and the Hoosiers open the league slate at Northwestern on Dec. 31.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jamie Braun, the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, and the Hoosiers open the league slate at Northwestern on Dec. 31.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 29, 2007

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    Indiana (7-5, 0-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern (4-9, 0-1 Big Ten)
    Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 • 3 p.m. ET
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117) • Evanston, Ill.

    Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM - Jeremy Gray
    TV: Big Ten Network - Mark Neely, play-by-play and Theresa Grentz, analyst

    The Hoosiers open Big Ten action and close 2007 with a New Year's Eve match-up at Northwestern on Dec. 31. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 3 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers battle against Northwestern will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and on WHCC 105.1 FM.

    The Indiana women's basketball team knocked off the No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers, 79-66, ending WVU's seven-game winning streak and extending their current win streak to three games.

    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.

    IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her second year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 80-82 over six seasons. She led the Hoosiers to the third round of the 2007 WNIT and to a 19-14 overall mark last season.

    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.

    • Monday's game marks the 57th meeting all-time between Indiana and Northwestern.

    • 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.

    Northwestern opened the Big Ten slate with a 58-44 loss to Illinois in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Dec. 27. The Wildcats were led by Amy Jaeschke and Nadia Bibbs who scored 10 points apiece. Jaeschke also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds as the Wildcats outrebounded the Fighting Illini, 40-36. Northwestern was outshot 40.4 (23-of-57) percent to 32.1 (18-of-56) percent.

    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.

    Five scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team closed its home season with an 83-59 win over Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Assembly Hall.

    Sarah McKay led all players with 21 points, while Jamie Braun netted 14 and Kim Roberson scored 13 off the bench. Whitney Thomas added 12 points and Nikki Smith scored 11 points.

    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.

    Indiana owns a mark of 14-17 in Big Ten openers. The Hoosiers opened the last league slate with a 49-74 loss at Michigan State on Dec. 28, 2006. The last time IU opened the Big Ten season with a win was on Dec. 29, 2005 when the Hoosiers defeated Iowa, 65-53, in Bloomington.

    The Hoosiers have posted at least one double-double in each of their games during the month of December.

    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.

    Senior Nikki Smith recovered from a four-game slump to score 43 points off the bench IU's three wins over Bowling Green, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

    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.

    In IU's first nine games, sophomore Jamie Braun has proven that she belongs in a starting role. After earning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year in 2007, Braun has led the Hoosiers in scoring with 13.7 points per game and assists with 3.5 per game.

    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.

    The Hoosiers are ranked second the Big Ten in steals per game with 9.25 takes per game. IU has tallied double-digit steals in six games so far this season, with 13 recorded against Wake Forest on Nov. 22. The Hoosiers have also recorded 12 steals in four games.

    Despite missing the 2006-07 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, Amber Jackson hasn't lost her touch when it comes to scoring.

    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.

    Inside IU Women's Basketball With Felisha Legette-Jack returns to the air on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, with a taped show featuring Coach Jack and host Jeremy Gray. Due to the holiday season, the show will no air Dec. 24 or Dec. 31. The Jan. 7 show will be a taped show following Inside IU Basketball With Kelvin Sampson from 7-8 p.m. on the IU Radio Network.




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