Hoosiers End 2006 with Michigan in Assembly Hall
Dec. 30, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will close out 2006 when it hosts the Michigan Wolverines on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Dec. 31.
The Hoosiers (11-3, 0-1) will look to improve to a perfect 7-0 in Assembly Hall when they host the Wolverines on Sunday. Indiana went undefeated during the non-conference portion of the schedule at home with wins over Valparaiso (11/15, 85-51), Dayton (11/19, 98-71), Evansville (11/30, 83-80), Southern Illinois (12/16, 73-66), Ball State (12/18, 67-56) and Kansas (12/21 63-48).
Three players scored in double figures as Indiana fell at No. 20/21 Michigan State, 74-49, in its Big Ten opener on Dec. 28. Sophomore Kim Roberson and junior Nikki Smith each scored 12 points, while senior Leah Enterline tallied 10 points on the night. Sophomore Whitney Thomas led all players with 13 rebounds. Roberson also added a game-high five steals.
The Hoosiers recorded 17 steals while forcing the Spartans into committing 26 turnovers, but Michigan State held IU to 25 percent shooting on the game and outrebounded the Hoosiers, 49-37. IU's 17 thefts at MSU ranks fourth all-time among Indiana's single-game team records. The Hoosiers tallied 24 steals vs. Ball State in 1991 to set the school record.
Michigan (7-7, 0-1) opened the Big Ten season with a 79-35 loss at Purdue on Dec. 28. The Wolverines shot 24.2 percent (16-of-66) from the field and committed 22 turnovers vs. the Boilermakers. However, Michigan held the advantage in the rebounds column, grabbing 42 boards to Purdue's 41. Kelly Helvey led Michigan with nine points, while Krista Phillips posted nine rebounds off the bench.
Janelle Cooper is currently leading the Wolverines in scoring with 9.1 points per game. Phillips leads Michigan on the boards with 4.9 caroms per game and is closely followed by Stephany Skrba with 4.8 rebounds per game. The Wolverines are shooting 39.5 percent (304-of-770) from the field and 29.1 percent (59-of-203) from the 3-point line on the season. They are averaging 38.5 rebounds per game as a team and 3.6 blocked shots per contest.
Sunday's game marks the 51st meeting between Indiana and Michigan with the Hoosiers leading the all-time series, 36-14. The Hoosiers hold a two-game win streak against Michigan, but are 4-6 in the two teams last 10 meetings.
IU swept the Wolverines last season, winning the first meeting in Bloomington, 69-44, on Jan. 2. Three scored in double figures as former Hoosier Cyndi Valentin led all players with 22 points. The Hoosiers faced Michigan in their first game of the Big Ten Tournament and knocked the Wolverines out with a 68-52 victory on March 2 in Indianapolis. Valentin led the Hoosiers again with 19 points, while Jenny DeMuth scored 17 in the victory.
Catch all the action from Assembly Hall as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Wolverines on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tipoff against Michigan is at 2:05 p.m. (EST).
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