Badgers in town to face IU Women

Jolene Anderson.
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.

“We’re just playing our regular defense,” said Hoosier senior Nikki Smith. “I don’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 can’t keep a senior down,” said IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “You can have all kinds of stuff going on with your body, but when you know you’ve got six weeks to showcase your self and play this game that you love, you don’t feel pain.”

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: “She’s not playing like a sophomore. She’s playing like a veteran.”