INDIANA (13-8, 6-3) trounces WISCONSIN (10-10, 3-7), 86-62
A decisive win for IU at home over a team that was picked to finish second in the Big Ten before losing six of it’s first seven league games.
Wisconsin, Jolene Anderson, 23 points (all in second half), 6 rebounds, Mariah Dunham, 9 points, 6 rebounds
Indiana, Whitney Thomas, 16 points, 7 assists (career high), 3 steals, Kim Roberson, 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists, Jamie Braun, 12 points, 9 rebounds, Amber Jackson, 15 points, 2 blocks, Haylie Linn, 15 points
Indiana 48, Wisconsin 25: Whitney Thomas knocks down a pair of free throws with just under 17 minutes to go in the game.
Indiana 52, Wisconsin 28: Timeout with 15;33 to play. Amber Jackson gets a layup to fall for the Hoosiers and freshman Lin Zastrow of the Badgers is whistled for traveling at the other end. That makes 20 turnovers for Wisconsin in this game.
Indiana 54, Wisconsin 30: Jolene Anderson, averaging 19.9 points per outing, scores her first two points on a soft one-handed jumper…14:42 to go
Indiana 56, Wisconsin 36: Anderson makes two quick buckets to bring the Badgers back within 20. She now has six points, all in the second half…13:38 remains
Indiana 63, Wisconsin 39: Nikki Smith’s 3!!! ties her with Cyndi Valentin for third on the Hoosiers’ all-time career list (172).
Indiana 63, Wisconsin 44: Anderson all of a sudden scores on two straight Badger possessions, one a nifty little jump stop shot in the right of the lane and then a nothing but net 3!!! Anderson has 11 points now, all in the second half.
Indiana 69, Wisconsin 49: It’s Anderson again with a deep 3!!!. Anderson has 16 points. Whitney Thomas responds with a jumper from the left corner of the key. Thomas has 16 points as well.
Indiana 78, Wisconsin 55: There’s 3:20 to go in this one and IU has a safe lead. Five Hoosiers have hit double digits in the scoring column.
Hoosier walkon Lydia Serfling checked into the game with just over 2 minutes to go in the ballgame. She gets a warm welcome from the crowd. It sure is a good thing the Hoosiers shut down Jolene Anderson in the first half of this game. The Badger senior has scored 23 points, all after the break.
Indiana 9, Wisconsin 4: Jamie Braun fires a 3!!! for the Hoosiers to give them a slight cushion with 15:44 to go in the first half. Whitney Thomas has two early buckets underneath and leads the floor with four points.
Indiana 16, Wisconsin 9: The Badgers’ Janese Banks, from Indianapolis Ben Davis, nails a 3!!! but Kim Roberson answers on the IU end by banking a 3 in off the backboard.
Indiana 21, Wisconsin 12: Haylie Linn steals an errant pass from the Badgers after a Hoosier miss and feeds Kim Roberson for an easy layup. The Badgers have turned the ball over seven times in the first nine minutes of the game.
Indiana 24, Wisconsin 14: Linn buries a 3!!! after Roberson snags a Banks pass on the Badger end. Roberson, who played at Cathedral in Indy, seems to have an eye out for Banks, ripping the ball out of midair while guarding her one-on-one.
Indiana 30, Wisconsin 18: Braun knocks down a 3!!! to builf the Hoosier lead. The Badgers have 11 turnovers with 6:57 left in the first, including four steals by Roberson. Jolene Anderson, the Big Ten’s scoring leader, has zero points on 0-for-1 shooting.
Indiana 33, Wisconsin 20: The unshakable Linn hits another 3!!! and leads the Hoosiers with 11 points.
Indiana 33, Wisconsin 22: Timeout with 3:29 to go in half one. The Badgers are struggling to get any rhythm and cannot keep a secure handle on the basketball.
Indiana 36, Wisconsin 25: Linn again with a 3!!!, pushing her points total to 14, but this time Wisonsin answers with a freshman of their own, Alyssa Karel.
Indiana 42, Wisconsin 25: Thomas finds Braun on a give-and-go and Braun delivers a layup with just one second to spare in the half.
Halftime Stats: Indiana 42, Wisconsin 25:The Badgers have 15 turnovers through one half of play, and Anderson has not scored. A fine defensive effort for the Hoosiers in the game’s first 20 minutes.
Wisconsin, Janese Banks, 5 points, 4 rebounds, Danielle Ward, 2 blocks
Indiana, Haylie Linn, 14 points, Kim Roberson, 11 points, 4 steals, 2 assists, Jamie Braun, 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
We entered an area where we couldn’t get good wireless card reception (OK, we went to eat at the Beef House) and this final thought came into our chat.
I’ve noticed Kelvin Sampson has turned the Indiana program around in the snap of a finger. He has put together a good team (not a great team) this year, but you can’t expect a national championship caliber team in his second year. He inherited an NIT caliber team last year and made the an NCAA Tournament competitor. I’ve never seen a bigger group of whiners than IU fans. You’re 17-2 and 6-0 in the conference, and some of you whine all the time. Your offense is very efficient and scores a lot of points compared to the number of possessions you have in a game. If anything, it’s been break downs on the defensive end of the floor that have caused you to lose your two games. And give up the bashing of Kelvin’s offensive philosophy. My goodness. It’s the exact same philosophy as Tom Izzo. Set offenses are designed to put your best players in position to succeed. If you want your precious motion offense, go cheer for Bobby Knight down in Lubbock. I think he’s winning about half his games down there. Observer, Norman, OK
Maybe your mind is consumed with thoughts about treacherous roads or shoveling your driveway.
No need to let that ruin your day.
Just log on Thursday at 11 a.m. and talk with Doug, AKA Mr. Sunshine, and I about Indiana sports. We’ll be on our way to Madison to cover the No. 11 Hoosiers vs. the No. 13 Badgers.
The Hoosiers meet one of the best players in the women’s game on Thursday as they battle Wisconsin at Assembly Hall.
Badger senior guard Jolene Anderson is now the school’s all-time leading scorer since a 42-point outing against Iowa on Jan. 13. Anderson’s 19.9 ppg is tops in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation. Plus, she’s a mid-season candidate for the Naismith Award (player of the year) and on the watch list for the Wooden Award (most outstanding player). And, her 2,092 career points ranks her 10th all-time in the conference.
“Weâ€™re just playing our regular defense,” said Hoosier senior Nikki Smith. “I donâ€™t think that we alter things that much for her. Obviously we have to be more aware of her than anyone else on the floor.”
Smith was rumored to have broken a finger on her shooting hand just before IU’s last game at Michigan. She only played 11 minutes and missed the only shot she took in the 65-54 loss. Though she would not specify in practice on Wednesday if the finger was fractured or just severely jammed, she did say she’ll play out the year without any advanced treatment because her playing days are numbered. Smith has drained 171 3-pointers in her IU career and is one away from tying Cyndi Valentin (2003-06) for third place and three from tying Heather Cassady (1999-02) for second on the all-time list.
“You canâ€™t keep a senior down,â€ said IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack. â€œYou can have all kinds of stuff going on with your body, but when you know youâ€™ve got six weeks to showcase your self and play this game that you love, you donâ€™t feel pain.â€
Sophomore Jamie Braun is Indiana’s leading scorer (14.9 ppg) and is listed as “Making A Buzz” for the Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation’s best point guard. She and Hoosier freshman Haylie Linn are Wisconsin natives.
Said Badger coach Lisa Stone on Braun’s continued improvements in her early career: “Sheâ€™s not playing like a sophomore. Sheâ€™s playing like a veteran.”
Eric Gordon did injure his left wrist in practice, as rumors have been suggesting since last night, but he will play against Wisconsin, Gordon’s father told Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star this morning.
Gordon came down hard on his wrist after going for a rebound in practice Tuesday, according to Rabjohn’s story, and will wear protective padding on the wrist, which is apparently sore but not swollen. To read Rabjohns’ story, click here.
With a spokesman for the basketball program saying within the past hour that he still didn’t know if Gordon was hurt, the news from Gordon’s dad (who hasn’t as of yet returned our phone calls) saves us from having to stake out the Assembly Hall parking lot before basketball practice this afternoon, which is a huge disappointment. I was getting the walkie-talkies and camouflage ready to go.
Here’s a letter from IUHoosiers.com.
To Our Great Fans:
When I became the basketball coach at Indiana two years ago, it quickly became apparent to me that the amazing fan support our team receives is a big part of our home court advantage. Before our recent game against UConn at Assembly Hall, we had won 29 games in a row at home – and your cheering and rooting for our team was a huge factor in that streak.
We’re going to keep winning at home with you behind us – and, our team needs not only your loyal support, but also your commitment to good sportsmanship. The atmosphere in Assembly Hall on game day is the best in college basketball, and I know that will never change. But, we should always remember to treat opposing teams and game officials with dignity and class. Root for the Hoosiers, not against the other team, and please don’t use profanity – make Assembly Hall shake with noise and enthusiasm like only you can!
Down the stretch we will need every ounce of your support to win the Big Ten Championship – every game is very important. Help us reach this goal with fan spirit that we can all be proud of, and that represents the greatness of Indiana University!
If you’ve been paying attention to the most popular Indiana message boards — and you pay to be a premium member of those sites — you’ve read reports saying that Eric Gordon has injured his left, non-shooting wrist.
But an athletic department spokesman said minutes ago he wasn’t aware of an injury to the star freshman. He also said he did not go to practice today and wouldn’t know whether Gordon practiced or not.
We’ll get an update on this from official sources as soon as we can.