Jan. 21, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana takes to the road to battle No. 13/13 Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a tip time of 7 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The game 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?
Indiana's 15 wins this season marks the most for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
Of the 83 points scored by Indiana in the overtime win over Minnesota last time out, 74 of those points were scored by freshmen.
The Hoosiers started five freshmen against Minnesota on Jan. 19 in Jenn Anderson, Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem.
IU has score 80 or more points in 10 games this season, a program first since the 1974-75 season.
Indiana has hit 132 3-point field goals this season which is just 16 shy of breaking into the top 10 for most team 3-point field goals made in a single season in school history.
First year players have accounted for 75.4 percent of IU's total points scored this season.
IU ranks sixth in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.2).
Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game (7.3).
By going 7-of-8 from the free throw line against Minnesota, Larryn Brooks set a new IU freshman record for most free throws made in a single season now with 88 on the year.
Brooks also set a single game freshman record with her 10 assists in the win over the Gophers.
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.
Career Record: 284-114 (13th year)
Indiana record: 26-22 (2nd year)
Career Record: 131-77 (7th year)
Penn State Record: 131-77 (7th year)
PENN STATE AT A GLANCE
Penn State enters Wednesday's game having won seven of its last eight games, including victories in each of the last two contests. The Lady Lion offense flows through senior Maggie Lucas who scores 20.9 ppg while leading the team in 3-point shooting. Lucas ranks first in the country in free throw shooting, hitting 97.2 percent of her attempts. Ariel Edwards averages 13.9 ppg and shoots 44.6 percent from the field. Dara Taylor is 12th in the country in steals with 3.0 per game and scores 12.3 ppg. Taylor also paces PSU in assists (4.3 apg). Down low, Talia East and Tori Waldner control the paint as they are the team's top two rebounders and shot blockers.
A SIGNIFICANT START
Indiana currently sits at 15-3 on the season, the last time IU won 15 times in its first 18 games was during the 1974-75 season when the Hoosiers were 16-2 through 18 contests 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 15 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-9 season (21-11) and is four more wins than IU had a year ago.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 18 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 26-22 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 15-3 this season. The Hoosiers are showing improvement in many areas under Miller in his second season.
HOOSIER HIGH FIVE
In Indiana's overtime win against Minnesota on Jan. 19, the Hoosiers started five freshmen in Jenn Anderson, Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem. IU is the only team in the Big Ten this season to start five rookies. Of Indiana's 83 points scored, 74 were scored by freshmen, including the five starters and Karlee McBride off the bench.
PULL DOWN THAT REBOUND
Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in 13 games this season, which eclipses last year's total of 12 games of outboarding opponents. Last time out against Minnesota, the Hoosier controlled the offensive glass, topping the Gophers in offensive rebounds, 20-7. It marked the first time since Feb. 12, 2012 that IU has skied for 20 or more offensive boards.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana is averaging 75.1 points per game, which is 19.9 more points per game than last season.
The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in 10 games this year, the last time an IU team scored 80-plus points in 10 games during an entire season was in 1974-75 when IU hit 80 in 11 contests.
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 leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.3).
IU has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in six games this year, and has hit eight or more 11 times.
The Hoosiers rank sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.2).
CONNECTING FROM AND DEFENDING THE ARC
The Hoosiers rank 16th among all Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 26.3 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 leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.3). Six times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the Hoosiers have hit eight or more in 11 games. Twice this season, the Hoosiers have nailed 12 3-point field goals in a game (Saint Louis on 11/25/13, Minnesota on 1/19/14), which ties for the second most 3-pointers made in a single game in program history. So far this season, IU has hit 132 3-point field goals as a team, which is just 16 shy of breaking into the top 10 all-time for a single season in program history.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.2 miscues each contest. Five times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and seven times have committed 10 or less. Earlier this year the Hoosiers had a season-low four against Butler.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career and has twice been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She ranks among the top freshmen nationally in points per game (5th), total points (5th), free throw percentage (6th), assists (7th), 3-point field goal percentage (7th), assist-turnover ratio (17th) and 3-point field goals made per game (21st). She is fourth in the Big Ten overall in scoring at 17.8 points per game, sixth in assists at 4.3 per contest, eighth in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.6 percent, ninth in 3-pointers made per game at 2.1 and 10th in free throw percentage at 84.6 percent.
With going 7-of-8 from the free throw line against Minnesota last time out, she has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 88 from the charity stripe this year. She also cracked the top five in most 3-pointers made by a freshman as her 37 makes from beyond the arc ranks fourth among IU rookies all-time for a single season.
The Richmond, Ky., native has also set three IU freshman single game 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 dished for 10 assists against Minnesota on Jan. 19, which sets a freshman record for most assists in a single game.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.3 spg). She is shooting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, which ties her for the ninth-best mark in the Big Ten.
Last time out vs. Minnesota, Agler hit timely shots the entire game to finish with a career high 20 points while grabbing seven boards. She shot 7-of-14 from the field and nailed a career-best four 3-point field goals. Five times this year she has scored in double figures.
In Big Ten games only, Agler is averaging 10.4 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent (11-of-14) from beyond the arc and 48.6 percent (18-of-37) overall.
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 Jan. 17, 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. 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.
The Fairborn, Ohio, native has scored in double figures four times this season and is averaging 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 10.2 points per game and leads IU in rebounding (6.4 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 10 rebounds (not all in same games).
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.
MCBRIDE MICROWAVES THE OFFENSE
Freshman Karlee McBride has been a spark off the bench for the Hoosiers during Big Ten play. Against then-No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2, 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. Against Ohio State on Jan. 11, McBride finished with nine points to lead the IU reserves. She had five points in the win over Minnesota with a timely 3-pointer down the stretch.
MINNESOTA OVERTIME WIN HIGHLIGHTS
Indiana's win over Minnesota on Jan. 19 gave IU its second Big Ten victory of the season, tying the team's entire conference win total from a season ago.
The Hoosiers started a lineup of all freshmen (Lyndsay Leikem, Jenn Anderson, Larryn Brooks, Taylor Agler and Alexis Gassion).
Six IU freshmen (the starting five plus Karlee McBride) accounted for 74 of Indiana's 83 points.
The game went back and fourth down the stretch with a total of five ties and 18 lead changes.
The Hoosiers connected on 12 3-pointers, tying for the second-most made in a single game in program history.
Minnesota came into the game ranked No. 2 in the nation in 3-point percentage at 43.3 percent and Indiana held the Gophers to 4-for-11 (36.4 percent).
The Hoosiers committed just nine turnovers, their fifth game of the season with single digit turnovers.
Indiana outrebounded Minnesota 48-37, including a 20-7 margin on the offensive glass, leading to the Hoosiers outscoring the Gophers 20-8 in second chance points. It marked the first time this season IU had collected 20 offensive boards in a game this year.