Hoosier women topple Wildcats

Jamie Braun continues to impress, netting 16 points in Indiana’s 74-58 win over Northwestern. The sophomore has adjusted well to her position change from a wing or shooting guard that took place prior to this season.

“She didn’t want to be a point guard,” said Hoosier head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “But myself and the assistant coaches knew she could be a great point guard, and she’s proving us right.”

The seventh win in Big Ten play improves upon last year’s 6-10 mark, though two extra league games will be played before 2007-08 is through.

I can’t get over the fact that at one point in this game, all five of the active freshmen (Jori Davis is still out with a stress fracture in her foot) were on the floor at once, almost as if Legette-Jack was trying to showcase the eventual core of the team if only for a brief moment, and if only for the announced attendance of 670.

Haylie Linn posted 10 points in the game, Ebony Jackson hit a pair of 3s for six points, Andrea McGuirt got four, Georgia Follmer got two rebounds and a block, and Whitney Lindsay had two assists and two steals.

“They get along so well off the court, they really are Hoosier sisters,” added Legette-Jack. “Truly and truly the fights are for real, the love is for real, and the push is really for real. They get out there and they want to play for each other.”

Nadia Bibbs, the Wildcats’ senior point guard, got herself a double-double in this game with 11 points and 12 boards, mostly overshadowed by teammate Amy Jaeschke’s 26 points and Hoosier forward Whitney Thomas’ 20th career double-double, her 10th this season.

Other stats of note are the 23-9 advantage that IU enjoyed over the visitors on points off turnovers, and the 20-8 mark by which the Hoosier bench outscored Northwestern’s. Indiana got 14 steals in this game to boost its Big Ten-leading average and forced another nine Wildcat turnovers.