IU women: The day after Purdue

If you saw the Indiana women’s basketball team practice Tuesday afternoon, you would never have known that less than 24 hours earlier they beat arch-rival Purdue for first in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers looked to have tired legs here and there, but coach Felisha Legette-Jack wasn’t having any of it. They did one of their daily shooting drills three times, or as Legette-Jack said, “until we reach our goal.”

“It’s a good in-state rivalry and we are excited that we won. But this is something you think about in July when you’re out in the summer and say, ‘Remember when?’ Right now our focus has got to be the now and the present,” Legette-Jack said.

A few other follow-up notes:

  • This was the first time that IU beat Purdue at Assembly Hall since 1998. The Hoosiers did win in West Lafayette last season.
  • Indiana is off to its best start in Big Ten play (6-1) since the 1982-83 season, the year the Hoosiers won their lone regular-season Big Ten title.

7 comments

  1. It is strange. I was sure that the team who won the game would break into the top 25. The poll must have been before the game monday night. We got several votes but it will take a while to gain respect as PU got more votes. Keep on winning!

  2. Ranked or not, ESPN is currently projecting the Hoosiers as an 8 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, that projection would put IU in line for a second-round game against No. 1 seed North Carolina, but that’s a long way off.

  3. Thanks for the info Jeremy. I would say they get at least a 6 seed or better if they stay the course or improve!

  4. Legette Jack looks to be a great coach, both smart and inspirational.
    IU also had a win at Purdue 2 years ago under Versyp, and a good one under Bennet during the Big 10 tournament a few years ago, but most years it’s been pretty bad. Maybe now we’ll be able to recruit better instate.
    Purdue is now 1-3 instate, with losses to ND, Valpo and IU, and the one win against IUPUI. But they did have a good win against Texas.

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