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IU women's basketball assistant coach Brandi Poole recently spoke with IUHoosiers.com.
Brandi Poole arrived in Bloomington prior to the 2012-13 season after spending 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, working alongside Curt Miller for his entire tenure at BGSU. Poole also serves as recruiting coordinator for the Hoosiers.
In her second season in Bloomington, Poole helped lead Indiana to tying the school record for wins with a 21-13 mark in 2013-14. The Hoosiers made a postseason appearance for the first time in five years and played into the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). IU's three postseason victories in the WNIT over Belmont, Marquette and Northwestern were the most ever in a single year in program history.
The 2013-14 Hoosiers began the year with the best start in school history with a 14-0 mark. That earned Indiana its highest ever national ranking at No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll on Jan. 6, 2014 and it was just the second time that IU had ever been ranked in the AP Poll (last was 1993).
Along with tying the program record for wins, Indiana hit other major milestones in 2013-14. IU finished non-conference play with a perfect 13-0 record, marking the most non-Big Ten regular season wins in program history and just the fourth Hoosier team to finish non-conference play without a loss. Indiana shattered the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single year as IU nailed 259 3-pointers, surpassing the previous record of 204 (1997-98). The 259 makes from beyond the arc ranks as the second highest total in Big Ten history for most 3-pointers made in a single year.
As recruiting coordniator, Poole helped Miller assemble a top 30 class heading into 2013-14. That first true recruiting class at Indiana did not disappoint in her second season. The group of six scholarship freshmen scored more points (1,466) than any other freshman class in the Big Ten and ranked in the top five nationally in point production among freshman classes. Indiana's freshmen accounted for 61.9 percent of IU's point production in 2013-14.
Freshman Larryn Brooks to Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors last year. Brooks became the first freshman in Indiana history score over 500 points in a single year. She set IU freshman records for scoring (554 points), 3-pointers made (67), assists (154) and free throws made (129). Her scoring total ranks seventh overall at IU for a single season as she is tied for fourth in 3-point field goals made and ranks third in assists.
In 2012-13, Poole helped guide Indiana to its most wins in three years, nearly doubling the program's win total from the year prior to the new coaching staff's arrival. In non-conference play, IU compiled a 9-4 record, marking just the third time since 2000 and the first time since 2006-07 that an Indiana team had won nine or more non-Big Ten games in a single season.
In Big Ten play, Poole helped in doubling Indiana's win total in conference games from the year prior to his arrival, including the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2010 when IU upended No. 21 Purdue.
Prior to Indiana, Poole helped lead Bowling Green to at least a Mid-American Conference (MAC) division title in each of her last eight seasons, where BGSU made postseason appearances in each of those years, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Under her watch, BGSU collected five MAC Tournament championships, won 21-or-more games in the last nine seasons and compiled 28-or-more victories in a single season four times.
In 2006-07, BGSU had the finest year in MAC women's basketball history, winning 31 games. The Falcons topped Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament to become the first ever MAC women's team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
During her time at Bowling Green, Poole played a role in developing four players who earned All-America honors in Lauren Prochaska (2010, 2011), Tracy Pontius (2009), Kate Achter (2008) and Ali Mann (2006, 2007). Prochaska was a two-time MAC Player of the Year, while Achter and Mann also earned the conference's top playing honor in their careers.
Prior to her stint at Bowling Green, Poole, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., spent the 2000-01 season as an assistant at West Virginia. Before her time at WVU, she served as the director of basketball operations for the Portland Fire of the WNBA. She also was an assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Poole worked briefly with the Colorado Xplosion of the now-defunct ABL, where she was a season ticket account executive and the team's director of group sales.
Poole is a 1997 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where she earned a degree in mathematics. Poole received her degree in business administration from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2000. As a player at the University of the South, Poole was a three-time all-conference honoree and a three-year co-captain. She still ranks among the school's top 10 in career points and rebounds.
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