Jan. 29, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana returns home to take on Northwestern in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 30. This game begins a stretch where IU will play five of its next seven games in Bloomington. The game can be heard on IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. It is also available as a live web broadcast via the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana head coach Curt Miller coached in his 400th career game at Iowa last time out. Miller has a career head coaching record of 284-116 (.710).
• Indiana's 15 wins this season marks the most for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
• The Hoosiers started five freshmen in each of the last three games in Jenn Anderson, Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem.
• First year players have accounted for 75.1 percent of IU's total points scored this season.
• As a team, the Hoosier shot a season best 55.6 percent from 3-point range at Iowa last time out.
• Indiana has hit 151 3-point field goals this season which ranks 10th in IU history for most 3-point field goals made by a Hoosier team in a single season.
• The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game with 7.6 each contest and has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times this year.
• IU has scored 80 or more points in 10 games this season, a program first since the 1974-75 season.
• Indiana ranks 10th in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.7).
• The Hoosiers are limiting opponents to shoot just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc this season to lead the Big Ten.
• In conference games only, freshman Taylor Agler is second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage shooting 48.6 percent while averaging 10.4 points per game in conference games.
• Larryn Brooks holds freshmen records for most free throws made in a single season (93), most points in a single game (37), most 3-pointers made in a single game (7) and assists in a single game (10) while she is tied for second for most 3-pointers made by a freshman in a single season (42).
Career Record: 284-116 (13th year)
Indiana record: 26-24 (2nd year)
Career Record: 593-266 (28th year)
Northwestern Record: 84-92 (6th year)
NORTHWESTERN AT A GLANCE
Northwestern arrives in Bloomington winning two of its last three games, including a 63-59 win over then-No. 21/18 Nebraska on Jan. 26. The Wildcats get it done defensively as they rank first in the Big Ten in blocks per game (7.3), second in field goal percentage defense (.355), steals per game (9.6) and turnovers forced (19.3). NU also shares the ball well ranking second in the conference in assists (17.2). Four Northwestern players (two freshmen and two sophomores) score in double figures each game. Freshman Nia Coffey leads the team with 16.1 ppg and 8.3 rpg. Her classmate Christen Inman tallies 13.0 ppg while shooting 52.4 percent from the field. Sophomores Maggie Lyon (13.0 ppg) and Lauren Douglas (11.0 ppg) also score in double digits.
A SIGNIFICANT START
• Indiana currently sits at 15-5 on the season, the last time IU won 15 times in its first 20 games was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers were 15-5 through 20 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 2008-09 season (21-11) and is four more wins than IU had a year ago.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot a season best 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from beyond the arc at Iowa last time out. IU leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.6). Seven times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the Hoosiers have hit eight or more in 12 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 151 3-point field goals as a team, which ranks 10th in IU history for most 3-point field goals made by a Hoosier team in a single season.
In Big Ten games only, the Hoosiers are hitting 8.4 3-point field goals per game while shooting 36.4 percent as a team. In seven conference games, IU has hit 17 more total 3-pointers than its opponent, nearly four more per game than its Big Ten opponents are hitting.
2 X 2
The Hoosiers rank 20th among all Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 27.0 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. Indiana is second in the conference in fewest 3-point field goals allowed per game (5.2).
HOOSIER HIGH FIVE
In each of Indiana's last three games, the Hoosiers have started five freshmen in Jenn Anderson, Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem. IU is the only team in the Big Ten to start five rookies this season.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging 12.7 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 Brookshas had a stellar start to her Indiana career and has twice been named B1G Freshman of the Week. She ranks among the top freshmen nationally in total points (5th), free throw percentage (5th), points per game (7th), 3-point field goal percentage (7th), assists (9th), assist-turnover ratio (19th) and 3-point field goals made per game (21st). She is fourth in the Big Ten overall in scoring at 17.4 points per game, tied for seventh in assists at 4.3 per contest, eighth in 3-pointers made per game at 2.1, ninth in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.6 percent and in free throw percentage at 84.5 percent and 12th in assist-turnover ratio at 1.3.
Brooks has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 93 from the charity stripe this year. She is also now tied for second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 42 makes from beyond the arc.
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 Aglerhas started every game of her young Hoosier career and has been key to the Hoosier offense during Big Ten Play. In conference games only, Agler is averaging 10.4 points per game while shooting 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the field and is second in the Big Ten in shooting 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from beyond the arc. She has twice scored 20 or more points in league play. She tallied a career high 21 points at Iowa on Jan. 25 while nailing a career best 6-of-8 3-point field goals to go along with three assists and a steal. In the overtime win against Minnesota on Jan. 19, Agler scored 20 points with seven rebounds and hit four 3-pointers.
For the season, Agler is averaging 8.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.3 spg). She has scored in double figures six times and is shooting 48.2 percent overall and 42.4 percent from long distance, which ranks her seventh in the Big Ten.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
• Indiana is averaging 73.9 points per game, which is 18.7 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.
• Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.6).
• The Hoosiers have hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in seven games this year and has hit eight or more 12 times.
• IU has shot 50 percent or better from the field four times this year, a feat last accomplished during the 2008-09 season.
• 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.
• 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.
• The Hoosiers rank 10th nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.7).