The Indiana women’s basketball team will hold an open practice this Friday to urge fans to March through March with the Hoosiers as they get ready to begin play in the 2009 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
Friday’s open practice at Assembly Hall will be from 2-4 p.m. with a scrimmage from 3-4 p.m. followed by an autograph session. IU opens WNIT play Sunday at 2 p.m.
Apparently, Indiana football coach Bill Lynch has been continuing to recruit for this fall’s incoming class.
Jordan Marquette, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman from Fullerton (Calif.) Community College, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Hoosiers, according to a press release from the IU Athletics office.
Marquette redshirted in 2006 and lettered the last two seasons, giving him two years of eligibility remaining.
Rivals has him listed in their database, but did not reward any stars. Scout does not have Marquette listed as a prospect.
Official release after the jump:
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I have a story on HoosiersHQ.com today about the life of former Indiana basketball player Mike LaFave, who died at age 46Â of a heart attack in January.
You have to be a subscriber to read the story, but there is also a very nice audio slideshow by photographer Chris Howell that is free to everyone. The slideshow has members of LaFave’s family talking about Mike, who played onÂ IU’s 1981 NCAA championship team, and shows pictures of some of the memorabilia from Mike’s basketball career, including his playbooks where he took notesÂ from all of Bob Knight’s talks with the Hoosiers.
You can watch and listen toÂ the audio side show by clicking here.
The Indiana women’s basketball team received a first-round WNIT bye and will host a second-round game Sunday at Assembly Hall. Game time is to be announced.
The Hoosiers will face the Dayton-Oakland (Mich.) winner. The other side of IU’s draw features Bowling Green, the MAC champions who were upset by Ball State in the conference tournament as well as Canisius and Syracuse, IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s alma mater. Complete details at www.womensnit.com.
TUESDAY UPDATE: The Hoosiers will host Sunday’s game at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children and IU students.
I’ll update shortly with the WNIT details, but IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack was glad for the strong show of support the Hoosiers received at Coaches Monday night, despite the disappointment.
“Iâ€™m just one of those people that believe youâ€™ve got to put your dreams out there,” she said. “Youâ€™ve got to put them out there for all to see.
“Weâ€™re not ever going to apologize for making this a public display because I think itâ€™s important that our kids understand that you donâ€™t have to dream in the privacy of your room anymore. Itâ€™s OK as a woman to be able to say this is what I want to become and I stand before you and share that. Maybe we fall short, but how short will you have fallen if you never let anybody know?”
Final at-large spots go to Temple (21-9) as a 9 seed and Georgia (18-13) as an 11 seed. Minnesota gets a 10 seed, giving the Big Ten five bids. It’s the WNIT for the Hoosiers.
Michigan State gets a 9 seed and will face 8 seed Middle Tennessee, a team that edged IU in the preseason WNIT. Ball State is a 12 seed and gets Tennessee in the first round.
Mississippi State (22-9) is another bubble team in as an 11 seed, while Big Ten champ Ohio State is the 3 seed. San Diego State is the third team out of the Mountain West to make it, the Aztecs are a 10 seed. Only 16 spots left to be announced.
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Iowa gets an 8 seed, the first Big Ten team announced. Purdue gets the 6 seed and will play Charlotte, the Atlantic 10 Tournament winner.
VCU (26-6) gets an at-large bid out of the Colonial Athletic Association as a 12 seed, another bubble team gets a spot. That’s 32 down, 32 to go.
TCU as a 10 seed out of the Mountain West is the lone bubble team to get an at-large bid in this region. The Horned Frogs (20-10) had a non-conference win over Maryland in their back pocket.
I’m at Coaches Bar & Grill in downtown Bloomington for the Women’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show, due to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Hoosiers are on the bubble, and hoping to hear their names called tonight. If you’re watching at home, keep an eye on the 10, 11 and 12 seeds in each region. Those will largely be the last at-large teams that make the field. I’ll provide observations as each region is announced and let you know if Indiana makes it in.
Time to wrap it up.
Crean’s appreciative of the fans, he says. It’s been a great place to live and work. And walking out into Assembly Hall, with all of those fans, still gets to him.
Fischer says he speaks for everyone who cares about IU basketball when he says: Thank you for everything you’ve done for Indiana basketball.
Next question: Will Crean redshirt players next year, specifically any from this year?
Crean says it’s not just up to the coach. The player and his parents have to be involved int the decision, too.
Tom Crean literally is signing autographs while he speaks. He is unstoppable. He’s also had 34 Cokes in the last four minutes.
Oh, right. Question: Which freshmen (from this year, so sophomores-to-be) are you excited about?
Crean, as he usually does, stays way from pointing to just one player. He’s excited about all of them, and about the competition getting better and helping them all develop.
Former Bloomington North grad Kiley Jarrett helped the Ball State women’s basketball team to the MAC Tournament title Sunday with a 55-51 upset of Bowling Green. The Cardinals earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, but Jarrett may have pushed former Cougar teammates Whitney Thomas and Lydia Serfling of IU out of the field of 64 in the process.
Indiana is on the bubble heading into Monday night’s 7 p.m. selection sho, and Bowling Green is also now a bubble team. The good news is Ball State’s win makes the Hoosiers’ season-opening 84-68 win over the Cardinals look even better.