IU Beats Wisconsin…in the women’s game

Whitney Thomas, Amber Jackson, Haylie Linn, Kim Roberson, and Jamie Braun all hit double digits in points as Indiana rolled to a convincing 86-62 win over the Badgers at Assembly Hall. Thomas’s 16 points led the bunch, and she also dished out seven assists from her forward position, a career high.

“We really don’t care who gets the credit,” said IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “We all want to be in that locker room celebrating about the win.”

Thomas said the assists are a byproduct of new positioning she’s been working on at Legette-Jack’s request. Thomas was doing a reverse pivot move all evening with her back to the basket in the lane, giving her a more comprehensive view of her teammates around the wings.

Wisconsin senior Jolene Anderson led the floor with 23 points, but all of them came in the second half as the Badgers were never really able to claw back from a 17-point halftime deficit.

“She only had two touches in the first half, and that’s not enough for an All-American,” said Anderson’s coach, Lisa Stone.

The Hoosier lead was also aided by 20 Badger turnovers in the game’s first 25 minutes. Indiana scored 28 points off turnovers, and Kim Roberson pitched in her usual defensive effort with five steals. Jackson added two shot blocks.

“I think Kim Roberson was the X-Factor due to her defensive pressure,” Stone added. “Her five steals led directly to something.”

“We just decided to push the tempo a little bit,” said Legette-Jack. “(We) like to run, and I said you can run all day as long as you pass the ball to your teammates.”

The cluttered Big Ten standings got even closer after Thursday’s action, as No. 19 Ohio State lost at Illinois, 68-64. Iowa, a winner at Northwestern, and Purdue, a two-point victor over Minnesota at Mackey Arena, are now tied with the Buckeyes for the conference lead, all sporting 7-3 records. Indiana is alone in second, or fourth depending how you look at it, with a 6-3 mark, and the Gophers fell to 6-4.

Hoosier center Georgia Follmer did not attend Thursday’s game. Coach Jack said the freshman has come down with strep throat and is contagious, but will hopefully be back in the next day or two. Coach also commented on the affable Jori Davis, who watched from the bench in street clothes while missing a sixth straight game with a stress fracture in her left foot. Davis may be in her cast-boot for another 2-3 weeks.

“We certainly miss her energy on the court, but she certainly isn’t out of the game because I think she’s getting on everybody’s nerves consistently off the court. So she’s still bringing her personality around.”

2 comments

  1. Great game and great performance by everyone who stepped on the floor. Too bad 99% of the student body and 98% of Monroe County never saw it.

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