Indiana's all-time record in the All-Stars series fell to 36-30 with two straight losses to Kentucky this past week, including a 101-62 loss on Sunday. The last time that Kentucky swept the games was in 1991, including a two-game sweep prior to that in 1990. From 1992 to 2007, Indiana has dominated the series 25-6.
Miss Basketball Brittany Rayburn led Indiana with 12 points, all in the second half, while Carmel's Danielle Havel came through with 11 points to go with four rebounds and two of Indiana's eight assists to lead that category for the Hoosiers. Indiana was out played in every category of the game, most notably in shooting percentage (IN 26.9%, KY 49.2%) and rebounding (IN 33, KY 51). Kentucky was also stellar from 3-point land, hitting 9 of 14 for 64.2%, while Indiana struggled at 5 for 22 for 22.7%.
Although this is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouth of this year's All-Star team, many of them will go on to the college ranks to become major contributors at the next level. Rayburn (Purdue), Emily Phillips of South Bend Washington (Penn State), Alex Guyton of Bloomington North (Purdue) and Lindsay Enterline of Heritage (Indiana) will all be playing in the Big Ten next season, while Havel (DePaul) will be making her debut in the Big East next fall. Briana Bass, who unfortunately was unable to play and who would have matched up well against Kentucky's quicker guards, will be suiting up in Tennessee's orange and white this coming season.
Betsey Adams (Valparaiso), Maggie Boyer (Miami), Lisa Samplawski (Loyola), Deja Mattox (ISU) and Kayley May (Butler), could all see significant floor time as early as next year for their respective colleges, and they all have much to look forward to in the future. Photo from kentucky.com.
Some All-Stars series history:
- Since 1976, the first year Indiana girls were acknowledged as All-Stars, Indiana has swept Kentucky 11 times, while Kentucky has doubled up on the Hoosiers eight times.
- Indiana had a five-year sweep going from 1993 to 1997, while Kentucky's longest sweep run was three years from 1977 to 1979.
- Prior to Sunday's 39-point loss to Kentucky, the largest margin of defeat for Indiana was 24 points in 1991. Kentucky's greatest margin of loss was by 62 points in 1993 on their home floor, followed by another 41-point loss that same year in the second game. Abby Conklin (right) of Charlestown was Miss Basketball that year. Kentucky also suffered a 53-point loss in 2003.
- Kentucky has only hit the century scoring mark once (Sunday's game) in the entire history of the All-Stars series, while Indiana has surpassed the century mark six times, with the highest point total reached in 1993 at 113 points. Photo from the Indianapolis Star.