Feb. 7, 2014
|INDIANA (16-6, 3-6) vs. WISCONSIN (10-12, 3-7)
||Feb. 8, 2014
||1 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
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Kevin Lee, Debbie Antonelli
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||It's THINK PINK day as IU athletics continues to raise awareness about cancer. Wear pink and get in for $2 and the first 500 fans to enter receive a special pink IU 24 sports, 1 cause t-shirt.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will welcome Wisconsin to Assembly Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1 for the annual THINK PINK game with a tip time of 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Lee and Debbie Antonelli on the call. It can also be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray announcing.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 16 wins this season marks the most for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
IU's 16-6 record is the program's best record through 22 games played since the 1993-94 season when the Hoosiers started 16-6 that year.
The Hoosier win at Illinois on Feb. 2 gave IU its first road Big Ten victory since Feb. 10, 2011.
Indiana had 21 assists on 28 made field goals at Illinois, IU's most assists in a Big Ten game since Feb. 19, 2009 when the Hoosiers dished for 22 assists at Northwestern.
Four freshmen scored in double figures at Illinois and accounted for 61 of Indiana's 77 points.
Indiana's seven true road wins this season are tied for the most in the Big Ten this season and are the program's most regular season true road victories since the 2008-09 season when IU had nine regular season true road wins.
First year players have accounted for 76.2 percent of IU's total points scored this season.
Indiana has hit 167 3-point field goals this season which ranks eighth in IU history for most 3-point field.
goals made by a Hoosier team in a single season.
IU hit 12 3-pointers at Illinois for the third time this year, tying for the second most made in a single game in school history. Prior to this year, only three times in school history had Indiana hit 12 or more 3-point field goals in a game.
Alexis Gassion scored a career high 22 points at Illinois, shooting 8-of-10 overall and 4-of-5 from 3-point range to go along with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Larryn Brooks and Lyndsay Leikem each accomplished double-doubles at Illinois as Brooks finished with 16 points and career-high tying 10 assists and Leikem tallied 10 points and a career best 10 boards.
Career Record: 285-117 (13th year)
Indiana record: 27-25 (2nd year)
Career Record: 30-51 (3rd year)
Wisconsin Record: 30-51 (3rd year)
WISCONSIN AT A GLANCE
Wisconsin arrives in Bloomington having played very well in its last three games which included a tough four-point loss at Michigan State, an 82-71 win over Ohio State and another close loss in overtime to Nebraska. Michala Johnson leads the way for the Badgers with 16.7 ppg to go along with 7.4 rpg. She is shooting 55.1 percent from the field, including shooting over 57 percent in Big Ten play. Morgan Paige scores 12.5 ppg and is shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line. Taylor Wurtz leads Wisconsin in 3-point field goals made and scores 12.2 ppg while averaging a team best 8.0 rpg. When the Hoosiers and Badgers met earlier this year on Jan. 15, Jacki Gulczynski tallied 23 points with 13 rebounds while hitting four 3-point field goals. On the season, Gulczynski is averaging 8.5 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 22 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 27-25 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 16-6 this season.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
In three games this season, including last time out at Illinois, the Hoosiers have connected on 12 3-point field goals which ties for the second most 3-pointers made in a single game in school history. Prior to this season, only three times ever in the history of the program had an IU team hit 12 or more 3-pointers in a game. Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.6). Eight times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game.
In Big Ten games only, the Hoosiers are hitting 8.3 3-point field goals per game. Through nine conference games, IU has hit 36 more total 3-pointers than its opponent, 4.0 more per game than its Big Ten opponents are hitting.
With the 77-58 win at Illinois on Feb. 2, the Hoosiers are now 7-4 in true road games this season. The seven true road victories ties for the most among all Big Ten teams. Indiana will play 14 true road games during the 2013-14 regular season, more than any other Big Ten team.
DEFENDING THE ARC
The Hoosiers rank in the top 10 among Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 26.0 percent from beyond the arc. In 14 games this year, IU has limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and eight times have held opponents under 20.0 percent from long distance, including in each of the last two games vs. Northwestern and at Iowa. Indiana is tied for second in the conference in fewest 3-point field goals allowed per game (5.0).
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and in the top 20 nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging 12.9 miscues each contest. Six times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and eight times have committed 10 or less. Earlier this year the Hoosiers had a season-low four against Butler.
A SIGNIFICANT START
Indiana currently sits at 16-6 on the season, the last time IU won 16 times in its first 22 games was during the 1993-94 season when the Hoosiers were 16-6 through 22 contests that year.
The 16 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-09 campaign. (21-11) and is five more wins than IU had a year ago.
Indiana already has more Big Ten victories this season than a year ago with seven games to play.
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.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROAD WIN OVER ILLINOIS
Indiana's 77-58 win at Illinois on Feb. 2 gave IU its first Big Ten road win since Feb. 10, 2011 (also at Illinois).
Indiana shot 47.5 percent from the field, it's second highest shooting percentage in Big Ten play.
IU tied a season high by hitting 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Hoosiers dished for 21 assists in the game leading to 28 made field goals. It marked the second time this year IU had over 20 assists in a game and the first time in Big Ten play and it is the program's most assists in a conference game since Feb. 19, 2009 when IU had 22 assists at Northwestern.
Indiana owned the glass, outrebounding Illinois 45-26, which led to IU topping the Illini in second chance points, 16-4.
Four freshmen scored in double-figures against the Illini combining for 61 of IU's 77 points.
Indiana held Illinois under 40 percent shooting and 16.7 percent (4-of-24) from beyond the arc.
The Hoosiers had two players achieve double-doubles in Larryn Brooks and Lyndsay Leikem. Brooks scored 16 points and tied a career high with 10 assists as Leikem tallied 10 points and grabbed a career high 10 boards.
HOOSIER HIGH FIVE
In three games this season, 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.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has 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, 370), free throw percentage (.829, 5th), assists (4.4, 6th), 3-point field goal percentage (.388, 7th), points per game (16.8, 8th), assist-turnover ratio (1.37, 15th) and 3-point field goals per game (2.05, 22nd). Brooks ranks fifth overall in the Big Ten in scoring, seventh in assists, 10th in 3-point field goals made, 11th in free throw percentage and 12th in 3-point field goal percentage and assist-turnover ratio. In Big Ten games only, Brooks is averaging 5.9 assists per game.
Brooks has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 97 from the charity stripe this year. She is also now second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 45 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 two times against Minnesota on Jan. 19 and at Illinois on Feb. 2, which set 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 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 45.8 percent (33-of-72) from the field and 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from beyond the arc. She has twice scored 20 or more points in conference 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.
She has tallied double figure points in seven games this year, including four during Big Ten play. She has also connected on three or more 3-point field goals five times with four of those coming in conference play. For the season, Agler is averaging 8.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.2 spg). In Big Ten play, the freshman has played 40 or more minutes in five games and has been on the floor for over 94 percent of the time.
LIGHTNING Lyndsay Leikem
Freshman Lyndsay Leikem has turned the corner during Big Ten play. She has scored in double figures in three of the last five games. Last time out at Illinois, Leikem achieved her first career double-double with 10 points and a career high 10 rebounds while shooting 4-of-7 from the field with a pair of treys. Against Northwestern on Jan. 30, she scored a career high 18 points while shooting 7-of-12 from the field with a pair of treys. She also had eight boards and set a career mark with three assists.
Leikem has scored eight or more points in five of the last six games. In her last five contests, she is averaging 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc during that span.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman Alexis Gassion had a career game at Illinois last time out. She tallied a career high 22 points while shooting 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Her field goals made (8) and 3-point field goals made (4) also set career marks. She also added five rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal. For the season, Gassion is averaging 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Senior Simone Deloach has started in each of the last two games and has just missed double-doubles in each of those contests. At Illinois, Deloach had nine points and nine rebounds in the win. She had similar numbers vs. Northwestern on Jan. 30 as she tallied nine points with eight boards to go along with three assists, two blocks and a steal. For the year, Deloach is second on the team in rebounds (5.5 rpg) and she is shooting 46.9 percent from the field. In her last three games, she is averaging 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.