Jan. 18, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana returns home for the last of a stretch of three games in five days to welcome Minnesota to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. ET. It is the annual Head to the Hall game where all tickets are only $1. IU will also be celebrating the greatest era of Indiana women's basketball commemorating teams from the early 1970s that went to an AIAW Final Four (1973) and two Elite Eights (1972, 1974). A banner hanging ceremony for the Final Four team will take place a halftime. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call and can be seen as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
IU ranks sixth in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.4).
Indiana is just one of three Big Ten teams that connect on seven or more 3-point field goals per game, ranking second in the conference in that category (7.1).
Four Indiana players rank in the top 12 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage in Larryn Brooks (.407, 8th), Taylor Agler (.391, 10th), Kaila Hulls (.385, 11th) and Karlee McBride (.385, 12th).
First year players have accounted for 74.1 percent of IU's total points so far this season.
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.
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 have won 25 games.
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, marking the first time since 1997-98 that an Indiana team has scored 80 or more points nine times in a single season.
In the last month, freshman Alexis Gassion has set career marks in points (13 at Wisconsin), rebounds (10 at Xavier), assists (6 at Cleveland State) and blocks (4 at Purdue).
Career Record: 283-114 (13th year)
Indiana record: 25-22 (2nd year)
Career Record: 295-191 (16th year)
Minnesota Record: 225-145 (12th year)
MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE
Minnesota arrives in Bloomington after a tough overtime 88-85 loss at Nebraska on Thursday night. The Gophers will look to light it up from outside as they are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.433) and rank 13th overall in shooting from the field (.467). Sophomore guard Rachel Banham leads the way with 22.5 ppg (14th nationally) while shooting 47.2 percent (8th) from beyond the arc and has already hit 50 3-pointers this season. Down low, freshman Amanda Zahui rules the paint averaging 14.4 ppg and 11.2 rpg (15th) while blocking 3.1 shots each game (9th). Sari Noga will also look to connect from deep as she connects on 41.0 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts.
A SIGNIFICANT START
Indiana currently sits at 14-3 on the season, the last time IU won 14 times in its first 17 games was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers were 14-3 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 17 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 25-22 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 14-3 this season. The Hoosiers are showing improvement in many areas under Miller in his second season.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana is averaging 74.6 points per game, which is 19.4 more points per game than last season.
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 second 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 five games this year, and has hit eight or more 10 times.
Indiana ranks sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.4).
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.4 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.
CONNECTING FROM AND DEFENDING THE ARC
The Hoosiers rank sixth among all Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. In 12 games this year, IU has limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and six times have held opponents under 20.0 percent from long distance.
On the offensive side, Indiana is one of three Big Ten teams averaging over seven made 3-point field goals per game (7.1), ranking second 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 10 games. Four Hoosiers rank in the top 12 in the conferece in 3-point shooting in Larryn Brooks (.407, 8th), Taylor Agler (.391, 10th), Kaila Hulls (.385, 11th) and Karlee McBride (.385, 12th).
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career. In games played through Jan. 16, she ranked fifth among freshmen nationally in points per game now with 17.4 ppg (4th overall in Big Ten) and was fifth among all freshmen in the country in total points, now with 296. She ranks eighth overall in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.407), ninth in assists (4.0), 11th in free throw percentage (.844), tied for 11th in 3-point field goals made per game (1.9) and 12th in assist-turnover ratio (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 two this season.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 7.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.4 spg) and is shooting 39.1 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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman Alexis Gassion keeps improving as the season goes along and has achieved numerous statistical career highs throughout the last month. At Purdue on Friday, Gassion had eight points and five boards with three assists and a career high four blocks. At Wisconsin on Jan. 15, she tallied a career best 13 points and led IU with eight boards. 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.