Indiana Wins Fifth Straight Downing Butler, 84-69
Nov. 23, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team moved to 5-0 by defeating the Butler Bulldogs 84-69 at Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon. The 5-0 start is the best start for Indiana since 2006-07.
Four Hoosiers scored in double-digits led by freshman standout Larryn Brooks, who posted 19 points and matched a career-high six assists. Sasha Chaplin netted 14 while Tabitha Gerardot and Alexis Gassion had 10 apiece.
Chaplin was a perfect 6-6 from the field, and has connected on her last 12 field goal attempts. Chaplin is currently shooting 70.3 percent from the field for the year.
For the second time in two games, senior Chaplin scored the opening basket of the night. Indiana and Butler (1-4) battled for several minutes, each answering the other's scoring efforts, before the Hoosiers began to pull away in the 12th minute thanks in large part to offensive rebounding and 3-point baskets.
Back-to-back three point shots from Taylor Agler and Gerardot helped IU to connecting on six first-half 3-point field goals.
Indiana (5-0) was able to stretch the lead to as many as 13 point with just over four minutes to go in the first half before Butler began to put together a run of their own. BU's Daress McClung ignited the Bulldog offense by scoring 11 first half points before both teams headed to the locker room with Indiana leading, 40-35.
Butler's run continued into the opening minutes of the second half, bringing the Bulldogs within two before the Hoosiers offense bounced back into rhythm and pulled ahead for the remainder of the game, never allowing the Bulldogs within five points for the final 12 minutes.
Freshman Alexis Gassion had a career best 10 points and five rebounds.
The Hoosiers' subs were also productive, accounting for 22 points. The senior duo of Milika Taufa and Simone Deloach each came in and matched each other with seven points, two rebounds, and an assist off the bench.
The 84-69 final score marks the fourth time in five game this year that Indiana has scored 80-plus points, a feat last accomplished to begin the 1996-97 season.
The Hoosiers will face Sr. Louis in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 25.
IU has scored 80 or more points in four of the first five games, a feat last accomplished to begin the 1996-97 season.
Four players scored in double figures for Indiana for the second time this season, a feat only accomplished once in 2012-13.
The Hoosiers passed for a season high 18 assists in the game and committed just four turnovers. Indiana has had 10 or few turnovers in three games this season.
Indiana scored 15 points off of 13 Butler turnovers.
IU limited Butler to just 5-of-18 shooting from 3-point range in the game and on the year is holding opponents to only 19.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Freshman Larryn Brooks led IU in both scoring and assists for the fifth-straight game with 19 points and six assists. She shot 7-of-15 from the field and added four rebounds and a steal.
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin tallied 14 points, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. Chaplin has connected on 12 straight field goals going back to the second half at Indiana State on Nov. 15.
Freshman Alexis Gassion scored in double-figures for the first time in her career, tallying 10 points and added five rebounds.
Senior Tabitha Gerardot finished with 10 points, marking her fourth double-figure scoring game of the season. She led the team with eight rebounds to go along with two steals and two assists.
Freshman Taylor Agler scored nine points and had five rebounds , three assists and two steals.
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