Tied at 33 midway through the second half, Illinois went on a 12-0 run that was too much for the Indiana women’s basketball team to overcome. It was one of those days for the Hoosiers (14-4, 7-2), who shot a dreadful 28.6 percent from the field in the game. Illinois matched that in the first half, but hit nearly 58 percent in the second half to pull away.
The Illini got 24 points and 15 rebounds from 6-foot-3 center Jenna Smith, while Jori Davis led IU with 14 points. Amber Jackson was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 10.
While people are jumping on the Indiana women’s basketball bandwagon, the Hoosiers are building a “Win Wagon” for the Ohio State game. From IU media relations:
Catch the Win Wagon to Hoosiersâ€™ Matchup at Ohio State Feb. 1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ The Indiana Department of Athletics will be providing the Win Wagon to take supporters of the Indiana womenâ€™s basketball team to Columbus, Ohio, for the Hoosiers battle with the Buckeyes on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET.
The bus will leave Assembly Hall (North Entrance) at 11 a.m., and will return following the game. Space is limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost will be $20 per person, which includes round-trip transportation, ticket to the game, and a postgame meal.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please email Jeana Finlinson at [email protected]
Win Wagon Schedule of Events â€“ Sunday, Feb. 1
11 a.m. – Bus departs Assembly Hall (North Entrance)
11:15 a.m. – Highlight video and message from IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack
11:30 a.m. – Message from the IU Varsity Club: Facility Update
11:45 a.m. – Message from the IU Department of Athletics Student Services
Noon – Inspirational movie
3 p.m. – Arrive at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio
3:15 p.m. – Scouting report from IU Associate Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
4 p.m. – Tip-off â€“ Indiana at Ohio State
6 p.m. – Bus departs Value City Arena
10 p.m. – Return to Assembly Hall
From IU athletic media relations:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University head football coach Bill Lynch announced Friday afternoon that cornerback Cortez Smith and offensive lineman Dennis Zeigler will not return to the team. Additionally, defensive lineman Jeff Boyd will not return to pursue other options.
Smith did not see any action and redshirted the 2008 season, while Zeigler played in four games during his redshirt freshman campaign. Boyd played in seven games as a redshirt freshman last year.
The background here, of course, is that Smith and Zeigler have both been charged with two felonies (robbery resulting in bodily injury and burglary) for their involvement in a home invasion and robbery in Bloomington on Dec. 17.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Zeigler was inside an apartment on Muller Parkway when Smith and an accomplice, Lazelle McClellon, knocked on the door and one of them punched the person who answered. They then proceeded to steal an XBox, an IPod, some cash, wallets and about a quarter ounce of marijuana.
Zeigler, meanwhile, crawled to the door and closed it, which tipped off to the victims, who he knew previously, that he was involved.
Indiana now has three more scholarships to use for its 2009 recruiting class, which currently numbers 16 players. They will be able to sign letters of intent Feb. 4.
The Indiana women’s basketball team remained in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 60-50 win at Michigan Thursday night. The Hoosiers recorded nine first-half steals in racing to a 36-19 halftime lead, then held off the pesky Wolverines in the second half. Michigan got as close as 10 with just under three minutes to go, but Indiana closed out the win.
Amber Jackson led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Jamie Braun added 16 points for the Hoosiers (14-3, 7-1 Big Ten).
Another Fred Glass move: Bring back the old posters that were printed prior to each home game back in the 1980s and hung in the windows of dorms and local businesses, such as the one above.
About 400 of these will be delivered to IU businesses tomorrow, and they’ll also be spread around on campus.
If you’d like to get one, you can call the IU athletics marketing department at 812-856-0145.
On the inauguration:
“My staff and I got together and watched (the inauguration) in my office. What a moment, what a moment â€¦ what a speech, what a vision of hope (Obama) exudes. Even if you are Republican, Democrat, liberal, whatever, you have to be moved by his commitment to give us the hope we need right now. They try to say our America is in crisis. Well, you know what? We feel like we can fix it. Why? Because we all can pull up our sleeves and do some work because he gave us permission to help.”
On seeing so many people lining streets:
“To me, it exuded unity. It didnâ€™t exude a black president or a white president. It exuded unity that we are so ready for somebody to say, â€˜I give you permission to come as one whomever it might be, a woman, a man, black, white. We are just so ready to drop our guards and be from the inside in judgement. He came at the right time because we were absolutely ready for this.”