Jan. 1, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens Big Ten play against No. 22/23 Iowa in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2. The two top-scoring teams in the conference will tip at 7 p.m. ET in Bloomington. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which is available at IUHoosiers.com/allaccess or BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 13-0 record to begin the season is the best start in program history and the 13-game winning streak is the longest ever in IU women's basketball history.
IU is the only Big Ten team to end regular season non-conference play without a loss.
The Hoosiers received votes the Associated Press Top 25 Poll this week, marking the third-straight week IU has received votes in the AP Poll.
IU's 13-0 record in non-conference play marks the fourth time ever that an Indiana women's basketball team has finished regular season non-Big Ten play without a loss.
Indiana's 13 non-conference regular season victories are the most ever in program history.
The Hoosiers are 6-0 in true road games this season, the program's most road wins in a single season since the 2008-09 campaign.
IU will be the only Big Ten team to achieve six true road wins in non-conference play as Indiana is the only conference team that played at least six true road games in non-Big Ten play.
Indiana ranks sixth in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game with only 12.0 per contest.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten and rank 18th nationally in 3-point field goal defense, limiting opponents to just 25.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Larryn Brooks ranks second among freshmen nationally in total points scored (243) and third among all NCAA Division I freshmen in points per game (18.7 ppg).
Career Record: 282-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 24-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 619-301 (30th year)
Iowa Record: 263-159 (14th year)
IOWA AT A GLANCE
Iowa comes into Thursday's game averaging 82.6 points per game to lead the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes share the ball well as they lead the conference and rank seventh nationally in assists (19.7 apg). Five Iowa players average double-figure points and four players sky for five boards or more per game. Iowa paces the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game (7.7). Melissa Dixon leads the team in scoring by averaging 15.2 ppg and she is connecting on over three 3-pointers per game and has hit 43 on the year. Guard Samantha Logic paces the Big Ten in assists (6.9 apg) while scoring 14.2 ppg and leading Iowa with 6.4 rpg. Down low, Bethany Doolittle controls the paint for the Hawkeyes as she tallies 13.4 ppg and shoots a team high 56.3 percent from the field.
Indiana's 13-0 record to begin the 2013-14 season is the best start ever in program history.
IU's 13-game winning streak is the longest ever in school history.
The Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team to end non-conference regular season play without a loss this season.
Indiana's 13 non-conference victories this season sets a program record for most non-Big Ten regular season wins.
IU's 13-0 record to end non-conference play marks the fourth time ever that an Indiana women's basketball team has finished regular season non-Big Ten play without a loss (9-0 in 1992-93, 9-0 in 1993-94, 10-0 in 1994-95).
Indiana is just one of seven teams nationally without a loss this season.
The 13 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2009-10 season (14-16) and is two more wins than IU had a year ago.
Indiana received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll (12/30) this week for the third-consecutive time. Last week, IU received votes in both polls. Prior to this season, the last time Indiana received votes in both polls in the same year was during the 2008-09 season.
Indiana improved to 6-0 on the road this season with the win at Xavier last time out. Those six road wins are the most regular season true road victories for an IU team since the 2008-09 campaign.
IU is the only Big Ten team to achieve six true road wins in non-conference play as Indiana is the only conference team that played at least six true road games in non-Big Ten play. By the end of the regular season, Indiana will have played more true road games than any other team in the conference (14) and the Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team to have played three-consecutive true road games this year (at IUPUI on Dec. 15, at Cleveland State on Dec. 21, at Xavier on Dec. 29).
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been key to early success in 2013-14:
Indiana is averaging 78.3 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in eight games this year, the last time an IU team scored 80-plus points in eight games during an entire season was in 1998-99.
IU has scored 87 or more points three times this season. The last time an Indiana team scored 87 or more three times in a season was in 2002-03.
Indiana scored 80 or more in four-consecutive games between Nov. 18 and Dec. 1, a program first since 1996-97.
Indiana's 107 points at Cleveland State on Dec. 21 were the second-most points ever scored in program history and marked IU's first 100-plus point game since Nov. 2002 and most points scored in a game since March 1992.
IU has shot 50 percent or better three times this year, a feat last accomplished during the 2008-09 season.
The Hoosiers shot 42.2 percent or better from the field in seven straight games to start the year. IU last shot 40 percent or better in seven straight games in 2009-10.
Indiana is third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.1).
Indiana has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in four games this year, and has hit eight or more eight times.
The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten in assist to turnover ratio (1.2).
IU leads the conference and ranks 23rd nationally in scoring margin (+18.5).
Indiana ranks sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.0).
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 13 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 24-19 since he became head coach at IU. The Hoosiers went 6-24 in 2011-12 and 9-20 in 2010-11. Under Miller, IU won 11 games last year and is currently 13-0 this season.
The Indiana defense has came to play in the first 13 games to begin the year:
The Hoosiers are giving up 59.8 points per game, which ties for third in the Big Ten.
Indiana has held seven opponents under 60 points so far this season.
IU ranks 18th among all NCAA Division I schools and tops in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to shoot only 25.6 percent from beyond the arc.
In 10 games this year, the Hoosiers have limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and four times have held opponents under 20.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Six times this year Indiana has limited its opponent to shoot 33.3 percent or lower overall, including four games holding foes to shoot less than 30 percent.
Against USC Upstate on Dec. 1, the Hoosiers held the Spartans to 38 points, the lowest defensive point total since IU defended Belmont to just 26 points on Nov. 27, 2004. It was the first time Indiana had held an opponent under 40 points since Dec. 21, 2011, when IU limited Colorado State to 39 points.
Indiana defended Upstate to shoot just 20.0 percent (11-of-55) for the game and 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from 3-point range.
HOOSIER PUT ON A CLINIC AT CLEVELAND STATE
Points: Indiana tallied 107 points in the win at CSU, the second-most points ever scored in a single game in program history. It was the most points scored in a game by an IU team since March 21, 1992 when Indiana tallied a school record 110 points vs. UAB. The Hoosiers last scored over 100 points on Nov. 23, 2002 vs. Ball State (103).
Assists: The Hoosiers had 27 assists against the Vikings (37 FG made), tying for the third-most assists ever in a single game in IU history. It was the most assists in a game since Indiana tied the school record with 29 vs. Ball State on Nov. 23, 2002.
Shooting: IU shot 58.7 percent (37-of-63) at Cleveland State, Indiana's best shooting percentage since Nov. 19, 2006 vs. Dayton (62.3 percent). It marked the third time this year IU has shot over 50 percent in a game, marking the first time the Hoosiers have shot 50 percent or better three times in the same season since 2008-09. IU's 37 made field goals are the most since that Dayton game in Nov. 2006. The Hoosier shot 67.7 percent (21-of-31) in the second half alone and tallied 61 second-half points at CSU.
Owning the paint: Indiana outscored CSU 54-30 in the paint, IU's most points in the paint this season.
Rebounding: The Hoosiers skied for 51 rebounds in the game and outrebounded CSU, 51-20.
Bench Production: IU's reserves outscored CSU's bench, 49-17, Indiana's biggest bench scoring total of the season.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career. Coming into the week, she ranked second among freshmen nationally in total points scored with 243 points and third among all freshmen in the country in points per game and fifth overall in the Big Ten with 18.7 ppg. Brooks ranks seventh in the conference in free throw percentage at 87.5 percent (5th among freshmen nationally), tied for seventh in 3-pointers made with 2.1 per game (20th), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.9 percent (7th), and 15th in assists at 3.4 per game and assist to turnover ratio at 1.1. She is also among the top 20 freshmen nationally in field goal percentage, ranking 17th while shooting 42.7 percent.
The Richmond, Ky., native has set two IU freshman records this season. The first being her 37 points in the win over Virginia Tech on Dec. 4. Brooks shot 11-of-23 from the field, with four 3-point field goals and went 11-of-11 from the free throw line. She shattered a freshman record which stood for over 32 years and was held by Indiana's all-time career leading scorer, Denise Jackson, as she tallied 32 points against Michigan State on Feb. 13, 1981. The 37 points ties for the fifth best scoring game overall in IU history, the best output since Cindy Kerns scored 37 in 1999 and is the most points scored by any Big Ten player this season. She also set a freshman mark hitting 7-of-9 3-point field goals against Milwaukee on Dec. 11, which also ties for the third-most made all-time in a single game at Indiana. She finished with 27 points in that game.
Brooks sits first (37 vs. Virginia Tech), is tied for ninth (27 vs. Milwaukee) and is 12th (25 at IPFW) in most points scored by a freshman in Indiana history. She has scored in double figures in every game but one this season.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.0 miscues each contest. Four times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and six times have committed 10 or less. Earlier this year the Hoosiers had a season-low four against Butler. The last time an Indiana team had less than 10 turnovers in four games during an entire season was in 2004-05.
LONG DISTANCE DEDICATION
Indiana is just one of three Big Ten teams averaging over seven made 3-point field goals per game (7.1). Four times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the Hoosiers have hit eight or more in eight games. The last time an Indiana team hit eight or more 3-point field goals eight times in a season came during the 2009-10 campaign.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 11.3 points per game and leads IU in rebounding (6.8 rpg). She has scored in double-figures in nine games this year, including in four of the last five. Three times this season, she has tallied a season-best 19 points, including in each of the last two games. In IU's last two contests, Gerardot is averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent (12-of-20) from the field, 50 percent (2-of-4) from 3-point range and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line.
Gerardot enrolled at Indiana after spending the last three seasons at Valparaiso University. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native earned her undergraduate degree from Valpo in three years. She is working on her master's degree in linguistics after earning undergraduate degrees in French and Spanish. Gerardot is fluent in five languages.
The 6-1 Gerardot led the Crusaders in scoring in each of her last two seasons and averaged a near double-double last year with 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She shot 47.4 percent during her junior season from the field and over 34 percent from beyond the arc on her way to earning Second Team All-Horizon League honors. Over her three years at Valpo, Gerardot appeared in every single game for the Crusaders and started in 91 of 93 contests to compile 1,215 career points while bringing in 723 career rebounds.
SIMONE SAVES THE DAY
At Xavier on Dec. 29, Simone Deloach was a major factor in IU's win over the Musketeers. The senior accomplished her second career double-double, tallying season highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 5-of-8 from the field with a block and a steal. Deloach has been vital off the bench this year for Indiana as she is shooting 53.2 percent from the field and averaging 4.9 rebounds per game. Deloach has shot 50 percent or better in eight games this year, including five games of shooting 62.5 percent or better.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman Alexis Gassion is becoming a force on the defensive end and has been steady for the Hoosiers on offense as well this year. The Fairborn, Ohio, native has scored in double figures three times this season and is averaging 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. In her last two games, Gassion has set career marks in a couple of categories. At Cleveland State, she dished for a career-high six assists to go along with seven points and three boards. Last time out at Cleveland State, Gassion skied for a career-best 10 rebounds with six points and pair of steals.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.5 spg). Last time out at Xavier, Agler tied her career high with four steals while scoring nine points in the game, shooting 4-of-6 from the field. She has tallied double digit points three times this year, including most recently at Morehead State when she tied for the team lead with 12 points while shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc with four rebounds, two assists and a block.
BIG SASH MAKING BIG SPLASH
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin has had a big start to her final season as she is currently shooting 61.3 percent from the field (second in Big Ten). In seven games this year, Chaplin has shot 60.0 percent or better from the field, including three games at 100 percent and one of 85.7 percent. Chaplin is averaging 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures five times.
Against Milwaukee on Dec. 11, Chaplin tallied 16 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Chaplin went 5-for-5 from the field en route to 10 points vs. Central Arkansas on Nov. 18 and 6-for-6 against Butler on Nov. 23 on her way to 14 points. At IPFW on Nov. 15, Chaplin scored 21 points, one point shy of her career high, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line to go along with seven boards.