Feb. 15, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana takes to the road to battle No. 21/19 Nebraska in Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Vera Jones announcing and can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has won 17 of its first 24 games for the first time since the 1993-94 season when IU started that year 17-7 as well.
Indiana's 17 wins this season marks the most for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
WIth her 16 points vs. Penn State, Larryn Brooks became just the fifth freshman player in IU history to eclipse 400 points (the first since 1998-99) in a season as she now has 408 on the year which ranks fourth among Indiana freshmen all-time.
Indiana outscored Penn State 17-4 in second chance points and has outscored opponents 58-13 in second chance points in the last four games. IU has a 61-34 edge in offensive rebounds over that stretch.
In seven games this year, Indiana has had less than 10 turnovers and IU is 6-1 in those contests.
Indiana has hit 181 3-point field goals this year, which ranks fifth in IU history for most 3-point field goals made by a Hoosier team in a single season.
The Hoosiers outscored Wisconsin 40-28 in the paint on Feb. 8, marking the sixth time this year Indiana has tallied 40 or more points in the paint. IU is 6-0 in those games.
Simone Deloach was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll this week. She accomplished a double-double in each of the last two games and in her last five contests she is averaging 11.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
Over her last four games, freshman Lyndsay Leikem has averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Career Record: 286-118 (13th year)
Indiana record: 28-26 (2nd year)
Career Record: 428-280 (24th year)
Nebraska Record: 233-140 (12th year)
NEBRASKA AT A GLANCE
Nebraska enters Sunday's game having won five straight games, including three of those games on the road. The Huskers lead the Big Ten in holding opponents to 62.0 ppg while scoring 75.3 ppg on the offensive end to lead the conference in scoring margin (+13.3). As a team, Nebraska shoots 44.8 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The top two leading Husker scorers average near double-doubles as Jordan Hooper averages 19.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg as she paces the team in 3-point field goals made. Emily Cady tallies 13.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg and leads her squad in shooting 52.7 percent from the field. Rachel Theriot scores 12.6 ppg, but also averages 6.5 apg. Tear'a Laudermill is NU's fourth player to average double figure points with 11.1 ppg.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 24 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 28-26 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 17-7 this season.
Indiana currently sits at 17-7 on the season, the last time IU won 17 times in its first 24 games was during the 1993-94 season when the Hoosiers were 17-7 through 24 contests that year.
The 17 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-09 campaign (21-11) and is six more wins than IU had a year ago.
Indiana has already doubled its Big Ten win total from a year ago.
IU's four Big Ten wins are the most for the program in a single year since the 2009-10 season.
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.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.5 miscues each contest. Seven times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and the Hoosiers are 6-1 in those games. Nine times this season IU has had 10 or fewer turnovers, including a season low of four against Butler on Nov. 23.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
In three games this season, 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 (7.5). 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 8.1 3-point field goals per game. Through 11 conference games, IU has hit 38 more total 3-pointers than its opponent, 3.5 more per game than its Big Ten opponents are hitting.
DEFENDING THE ARC
The Hoosiers rank in the top 15 among Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 26.9 percent from beyond the arc. In 15 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 four times in Big Ten play. Indiana is third in the conference in fewest 3-point field goals allowed per game (5.1).
Senior Simone Deloach has came on as of late. In her last five games she is averaging 11.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. She has achieved four double-doubles this season, including in each of the last two games. Last time out against Penn State, Deloach finished with 13 points and had a career-high tying 15 rebounds with two blocks and a steal. In the win over Wisconsin on Feb. 8, Deloach tied her career high with 14 points to go along with 14 rebounds and a career-best tying four assists.
For the year, Deloach leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.0 points per game, both career highs in those categories. In Big Ten games only, the Round Rock, Texas, native is averaging 7.1 points per game and is ninth in the conference with 7.8 boards per contest during league play.
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 free throw percentage (.825, 5th), total points (408, T-6th), assists (4.4, 7th), 3-point field goal percentage (.372, 8th), points per game (17.0, 8th), assist-turnover ratio (1.33, 15th) and 3-point field goals per game (2.00, 23rd). Brooks ranks fifth overall in the Big Ten in scoring, seventh in assists, 10th in 3-point field goals made per game and free throw percentage, 13th in assist-turnover ratio and 14th in 3-point field goal percentage. In Big Ten games only, Brooks is averaging 5.5 assists per game.
Brooks has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 104 from the charity stripe this year. She is also second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 48 makes from beyond the arc and is ranked fourth in assists by an IU freshman with 105.
With her 16 points against Penn State, Brooks became just the fifth freshman in program history to surpass 400 points in a rookie season. She ranks fourth among all IU freshman for most points in a single season with 408.
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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
In her last three games, freshman Alexis Gassion is averaging 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Last time out vs. Penn State, she skied for nine rebounds to go along with a career high four steals with six points and a block. In the win over Wisconsin on Feb. 8, Gassion scored 14 points with six rebounds and three assists while playing all 40 minutes. She had a career game at Illinois on Feb. 2. She tallied a career high 22 points while shooting 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. She also added five rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal against the Illini. For the season, Gassion is averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per 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 nearly 10 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent 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 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.1 spg). In Big Ten play, the freshman has played 40 or more minutes in five games.
LIGHTNING Lyndsay Leikem
Freshman Lyndsay Leikem has turned the corner during Big Ten play. She has scored in double figures in three games during conference play. Over her last four games, Leikem has averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from long distance. She hit a career high three 3-pointers vs. Penn State last time out to finish with nine points. At Illinois on Feb. 2, 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.