Jan. 10, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
The No. 22 Indiana Hoosiers host the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Assembly Hall with a tip time of 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Lee and Stephanie White calling the action. The contest can also be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana is ranked No. 22 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll and it is just the second time in program history that the Hoosiers have been ranked in the AP Poll.
The No. 22 ranking is the highest ranking ever in program history.
IU's 14-0 record to begin the season is the best start in program history and the 14-game winning streak is the longest ever in Indiana women's basketball history.
Indiana is just one of four remaining undefeated teams in the country and the only Big Ten team without a loss this season.
The Hoosiers also received votes in this week's USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll and sit just two spots shy of breaking into the top 25.
IU is No. 16 in this week's NCAA Women's Basketball RPI Rankings, the second highest ranking in the Big Ten.
First year players have accounted for 73 percent of Indiana's scoring so far this season.
The Hoosiers are fifth in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (11.9).
IU is ranked eighth in the nation and first in the conference in 3-point field goal defense (.252).
Larryn Brooks was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 6 for the second time this season after scoring 20 points with a career-high nine assists in the win over No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2.
Simone Deloach was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll after achieving her second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 boards against the Hawkeyes.
Career Record: 283-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 25-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 266-106 (12th year)
Ohio State Record: 11-7 (1st year)
OHIO STATE AT A GLANCE
Ohio State arrives in Bloomington after winning four of its last five games, including a victory over then-No. 17/19 Purdue on Jan. 2. Saturday's game is OSU's first road game since Dec. 15 and first Big Ten road contest of the season. Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston leads the Buckeyes in scoring (16.3 ppg), assists (2.4 apg) and steals (1.3 spg). Center Darryce Moore tallies 9.9 ppg and leads OSU with 6.8 rpg while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. Sophomore Caite Craft will look to score from the perimeter as the guard is shooting 37.3 percent form long distance while scoring 9.8 ppg. Senior Martina Ellerbe averages 9.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Senior Ashley Adams paces the team in blocks with 1.7 per game.
14 STRAIGHT WINS
Indiana's 14-0 record to begin the 2013-14 season is the best start ever in program history.
IU's 14-game winning streak is the longest ever in school history.
The Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team without a loss so far this season.
Indiana is just one of four teams nationally without a loss this season.
The 14 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2009-10 season (14-16) and is three more wins than IU had a year ago.
HOOSIERS RANKED FOR FIRST TIME IN 21 YEARS
Indiana is ranked No. 22 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll, marking just the second time in program history that the Hoosiers have appeared in the AP Top 25 and the first time since Jan. 19, 1993. The No. 22 ranking in the highest ranking ever in program history.
In this week's NCAA Women's Basketball RPI Rankings, the Hoosiers are No. 16 nationally. IU is the second highest ranked Big Ten team and one of 11 conference teams ranked in the top 80.
The Hoosiers also received votes in this week's USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll and sit just two spots shy of cracking the top 25.
BROOKS AND DELOACH EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY ACCOLADES
Larryn Brooks was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Jan. 6 after leading Indiana with 20 points in IU's win over No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2 in the team's conference opener. The Richmond, Ky., native made seven free throws in the final minute of the game to seal the 86-84 win over the Hawkeyes and dished for a career-best nine assists. She also nailed three 3-point field goals.
Simone Deloach was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll this week. Deloach came off the bench against Iowa to tally her second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, tying her season best in scoring and setting a season mark in rebounds. She also tied career marks with three blocks and three steals against the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM B1G OPENER VS. NO. 22/23 IOWA
Indiana's win over No. 22/23 Iowa in the Big Ten opener marked IU's first victory in a conference opener since Dec. 30, 2010 when IU topped Northwestern, 71-69.
IU's win over the Hawkeyes ended a five-year drought since the Hoosiers last topped Iowa. Indiana's last win over Iowa came in a 76-54 victory at home on Jan. 4, 2009.
Indiana tallied 86 points in the triumph, marking IU's most points scored in a conference game since scoring 86 against Wisconsin in Assembly Hall on Jan. 31, 2008.
The Hoosiers dished for 19 assists in the game, IU's most assists in a Big Ten game since Feb. 27, 2011 when IU had 19 assists against Iowa.
Iowa came into the game hitting nearly eight 3-pointers per game, IU limited the Hawkeyes to shoot 3-of-17 from long distance (17.6 percent).
Indiana shot its best percentage of the year from 3-point range against the Hawkeyes, going 47.8 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-23). The 11 3-point makes are the second-most 3-point field goals made by IU this season in a single game.
For the second time this season, five IU players tallied double-figure points with Larryn Brooks scoring 20 points, Tabitha Gerardot added 11 points, Karlee McBride scored 14 points, Taylor Agler tallied 13 points and Simone Deloach finished with 10 points.
Two Indiana players achieved double-doubles in the win, Gerardot had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Deloach scored 10 points and grabbed 14 boards.
INDIANA NAMED NCAA TEAM OF THE WEEK
The NCAA named Indiana its women's basketball Team of the Week on Jan. 8. A week that saw IU defeat then-No. 22/23 Iowa in its Big Ten opener to improve to 14-0, get ranked for the second time in school history and the first time in 21 years and Larryn Brooks named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 14 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 25-19 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 14-0 this season.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been key to early success in 2013-14:
Indiana is averaging 78.9 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in nine games this year, the last time an IU team scored 80-plus points in nine games during an entire season was in 1997-98.
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 tied for first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.4).
Indiana has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in five games this year, and has hit eight or more nine times.
The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten in assist to turnover ratio (1.2).
IU is first in the conference and ranks 26th nationally in scoring margin (+17.3).
Indiana ranks fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (11.9).
PERFECT IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Indiana finished non-conference play with a perfect 13-0 record. The 13 victories set 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 improved to 6-0 on the road this season with the win at Xavier on Dec. 29. 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).
The Indiana defense has came to play in the first 14 games to begin the year:
Indiana has held seven opponents under 60 points so far this season.
IU ranks eighth among all NCAA Division I schools and tops in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to shoot only 25.2 percent from beyond the arc.
In 11 games this year, the Hoosiers have limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and five 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.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP (UPDATE WITH NCAA THURSDAY STATS)
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career. Coming into the week, she ranked second among freshmen nationally and fourth overall in the Big Ten in points per game with 18.8 ppg and third among all freshmen in the country in total points with 263. She ranks eighth in the conference in free throw percentage shooting 85.6 percent (9th among freshman nationally), 3-point field goal percentage at 43.5 percent (8th) and 3-point field goals made per game with 2.1 per game (16th), she's 10th in the Big Ten in assists at 3.8 per game (18th) and sits 12th in assist-turnover ratio at 1.2.
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 school 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 fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 11.9 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 one of four Big Ten teams averaging over seven made 3-point field goals per game (7.4), tying for first in the conference. Five times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the Hoosiers have hit eight or more in nine games. The last time an Indiana team hit eight or more 3-point field goals nine 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 11.6 points per game and leads IU in rebounding (7.0 rpg). She has scored in double-figures in 10 games this year, including in five of the last six. Three times this season, she has tallied a season-best 19 points and last time out had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards vs. Iowa. In her last three games, Gerardot is averaging 18.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range.
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.
Senior Simone Deloach has been a huge factor off the bench for the Hoosiers all season, but in the last two games has been spectacular with back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Xavier and Iowa. Last time out in the Big Ten opener, Deloach tied a season high with 10 points and skied for a season-best 14 rebounds to go along with career-tying marks of three blocks and three steals. At Xavier on Dec. 29, she tallied 10 points and 10 boards. Deloach now has three career double-doubles. In her last two games, the Round Rock, Texas, native is averaging 10.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the field. On the season, Deloach is second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 54.7 percent overall while tying for the team lead in blocks.
MCBRIDE MICROWAVES THE OFFENSE
Freshman Karlee McBride was a spark when Indiana needed it against then-No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2 as the Erie, Pa., native came off the bench on fire nailing her first three 3-point field goal attempts on her way to a career high 14 points. She shot 4-of-5 from long distance in the game and added three rebounds in the win.
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 4.6 rebounds per game. At Cleveland State on Dec. 21, Gassion dished for a career-high six assists to go along with seven points and three boards. On the road at Xavier on Dec. 29, she skied for a career-best 10 rebounds with six points and a pair of steals. Gassion tallied eight points in her Big Ten debut vs. Iowa with three boards.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.5 spg). In her Big Ten debut against Iowa, Agler scored 13 points, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. She has now tallied double digit points in four games this year.