Feb. 18, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which is available at IUHoosiers.com/All Access.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 17 wins this season marks the most victories for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
First year players in the program have accounted for 76.2 percent of Indiana's total points scored so far this season.
IU has hit 191 3-point field goals this year, the most in the Big Ten this season. That total ranks second for most 3-point field goals made by an IU team in a single season in program history. The record is 204 3-point field goals made during the 1997-98 season.
In the last two games vs. nationally-ranked teams in Penn State and Nebraska, Indiana's bench has outscored its opponent's bench 32-6 in those two contests combined.
The Hoosiers have won 10 home games this season, the most home victories for the program since the 2007-08 campaign.
In seven games this year, Indiana has committed less than 10 turnovers and IU is 6-1 in those contests.
Larryn Brooks is making her mark among IU freshman records as she has already broke the freshman record for most free throws made in a season (107), is second in 3-point field goals made (49) and is fourth in points scored in a season (418) and assists in a season (108). She also holds Indiana freshman single game records in scoring (37), assists (10) and 3-pointers made (7).
Freshman Alexis Gassion has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and during that stretch has averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field.
Career Record: 286-119 (13th year)
Indiana record: 28-27 (2nd year)
Kim Barnes Arico
Career Record: 308-227 (18th year)
Michigan Record: 38-21 (2nd year)
MICHIGAN AT A GLANCE
The Wolverines defeated Indiana three times last season with a senior led group. Michigan defeated Illinois on Sunday on the road, 70-63. Michigan leads the conference in rebounding margin (+8.3) and shoots the ball at 44.5 percent as a team. Four Michigan players score in double figures led by junior guard Shannon Smith's 13.6 points per game as well as freshman Siera Thompson tallying 13.6 points per contest. Thompson paces the team from long distance hitting 45.9 percent of her 3-point attempts. Cyesha Goree averages a near double-double down low with 12.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding and is the top field goal percentage shooter in the league at 56.6 percent. Nicole Emblad adds 11.9 points per game and leads the team in assists.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 25 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 28-27 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 17-8 this season
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
IU has hit a Big Ten leading 191 3-point field goals this season, which ranks second all-time at Indiana for most 3-pointers in a single season by a Hoosier team. 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 (7.6). Nine 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 12 conference games, IU has hit 40 more total 3-pointers than its opponent, 3.4 more per game than its Big Ten opponents are hitting.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and 15th nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.6 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.
Indiana currently sits at 17-8 on the season, the last time IU won 17 times in its first 25 games was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers were 17-8 through 25 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 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.
DEFENDING THE ARC
The Hoosiers rank in the top 25 among Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 27.5 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 (5.2).
TOUCHING UP THE PAINT
In the win over Wisconsin on Feb. 8, Indiana outscored the Badgers 40-28 in the paint. In six games this year, IU has scored 40 or more points inside the lane and are 6-0 in those contests. The Hoosiers have won the points in the paint battle 14 times and are 12-2 in those games.
Senior Simone Deloach has came on as of late. In her last six games she is averaging 9.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. During that stretch, she has had two double-doiubles and for the year has achieved four double-doubles. Against Penn State on Feb. 13, 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 5.8 points per game, both career highs in those categories. In Big Ten games only, the Round Rock, Texas, native is averaging 6.7 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 (.823, 6th), total points (418, 8th), assists (4.3, 8th), points per game (16.7, 10th), assist-turnover ratio (1.32, T-16th) and 3-point field goals made per game (1.96, 24th). 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, 12th in assist-turnover ratio and tied for 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (.366). In Big Ten games only, Brooks is averaging 5.3 assists per game.
Brooks has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 107 from the charity stripe this year. She is also second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 49 makes from beyond the arc and is ranked fourth in assists by an IU freshman with 108.
Brooks is just the fifth freshman in program history to surpass 400 points in a rookie season and the first since 1998-99. She ranks fourth among all IU freshman for most points in a single season with 418.
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
Freshman Alexis Gassion has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and during that stretch has averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Last time out at Nebraska, Gassion tallied 19 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the field with three 3-point field goals. Against Penn State on Feb. 13, 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.