Jan. 16, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana heads to West Lafayette to take on in-state rival Purdue on Friday, Jan. 17. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from Mackey Arena. The Hoosiers are in the midst of playing three games in five days as the date with the Boilermakers is the second in that stretch. The contest can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call and is also available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Barn Burner Trophy is on the line in Friday's game as IU won it last season in Bloomington. The rivalry trophy game between Indiana and Purdue is alternated between venues each year, so the matchup in Mackey Arena is this year's game.
IU's 14-game winning streak to start the season was the longest in school history and the 14-0 record to begin the year was the best start ever to a season in program history.
The Hoosiers were one of the final four remaining undefeated teams in the country.
IU ranks seventh in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.1).
Prior to Curt Miller's arrival at Indiana, the Hoosiers went 15-44 in the two years before to his arrival, but in the one year and 16 games Miller has been at the helm, the Hoosiers are 25-21.
Indiana's 14 wins this year are the most wins for an entire season since the 2009-10 campaign when IU won 14 games that season.
IU has scored 80 or more points in nine games this season, more than any other Big Ten team, marking the first time since 1997-98 that an Indiana team has scored 80 or more points nine times in a single season.
First year players have accounted for 73.7 percent of IU's total points so far this season.
Freshman Alexis Gassion tallied a career high 13 points at Wisconsin on Wednesday night and added eight rebounds in the effort with a block and a steal.
Career Record: 283-113 (13th year)
Indiana record: 25-21 (2nd year)
Career Record: 283-147 (14th year)
Purdue Record: 166-82 (8th year)
PURDUE AT A GLANCE
Purdue is coming off a tough home loss to Michigan as Indiana arrives. The Boilermakers have a very balanced attack on offense as five players average nine or more points per game. KK Houser gets things going from the guard position as she leads Purdue with 15.1 ppg and 5.1 apg. Her running mate Courtney Moses scores 14.9 ppg and is the team's best shooter as she hits 45.6 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts and nearly 90 percent of her free throws while leading the team in steals. Whitney Bays controls the paint for the Boilermakers as she averages 10.4 ppg and paces the team with 6.0 rpg. IU will have to guard the arc as Purdue leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game (7.1). The Boilers will also look to get to the line as they shoot 77.1 percent.
A SIGNIFICANT START
Indiana currently sits at 14-2 on the season, the last time IU won at least 14 times in its first 16 games was during the 1974-75 season when the Hoosiers were 15-1 in to start that year.
The 14-0 record to begin the 2013-14 season was the best start ever in program history.
IU's 14-game winning streak was the longest ever in school history.
The Hoosiers were one of the last four remaining undefeated teams in the country and was the final Big Ten team with an unblemished record.
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.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 16 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 25-21 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 14-2 this season.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been key to early success in 2013-14:
Indiana is averaging 75.9 points per game, which ranks fourth 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 third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.0).
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 third in the Big Ten in assist to turnover ratio (1.1).
Indiana ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.1).
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.1 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 three Big Ten teams averaging over seven made 3-point field goals per game (7.0), ranking third 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.
The Indiana defense has came to play in the first 16 games to begin the year:
Indiana has held seven opponents under 60 points so far this season.
IU ranks fifth among all NCAA Division I schools and tops in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to shoot only 25.3 percent from beyond the arc.
In 12 games this year, the Hoosiers have limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and six 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.
HOOSIERS EARNED FIRST AP TOP 25 RANKING IN 21 YEARS
Indiana was ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll on Jan. 6, marking just the second time in program history that the Hoosiers had appeared in the AP Top 25 and the first time since Jan. 19, 1993. The No. 22 ranking was the highest ranking ever in program history.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career. Coming into the week, she ranked fifth among freshmen nationally in points per game now with 18.0 ppg (4th overall in Big Ten). She ranks eighth in the conference in assists with 4.1 per game, ninth in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.7 percent, 11th in free throw percentage at 84.4 percent and 3-point field goals made at 1.9 per game and she ranks 12th in assist-turnover ratio at a clip of 1.3.
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.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 11.0 points per game and leads IU in rebounding (7.0 rpg). She has scored in double-figures in 10 games this year. Three times this season, she has tallied a season-best 19 points and in four of her last five games has skied for eight or more rebounds including a pair of games with 10 boards in Big Ten play.
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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman Alexis Gassion keeps improving as the season goes along. Last time out at Wisconsin, Gassion tallied a career high 13 points and led IU with eight rebounds to go along with a block and a steal. The Fairborn, Ohio, native has scored in double figures four times this season and is averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 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.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.4 spg) and is shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. In the win over Iowa on Jan. 2, Agler scored 13 points, nailing 3-of-5 3-point field goals and added four boards, three assists and a steal. Against Ohio State on Jan. 11, she had nine points, shooting 3-of-5 from the field with a pair of treys with three boards and a steal.