Feb. 21, 2014
|INDIANA (17-9, 4-9) vs. ILLINOIS (9-17, 2-11)
||Feb. 22, 2014
||3:30 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
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Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
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Lisa Byington, Stephanie White
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||IU Athletics will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday. Kids aged eighth grade and younger can take part in the IU Varsity Sport Clinic at 1:30 p.m. in Mellencamp Pavilion with registration beginning at 1 p.m. Then a parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. to Assembly Hall. The Family Festival will start at 2 p.m. on the concourse level of Assembly Hall with interactive and informational booths that include community organizations and teams.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will play its final home game of the regular season against Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Assembly Hall at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Stephanie White announcing. The contest can also be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Seniors Sasha Chaplin, Simone Deloach, Tabitha Gerardot, Andrea Newbauer and Milika Taufa will play their final regular season home game in Assembly Hall on Saturday.
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 76.3 percent of Indiana's total points scored so far this season.
IU has hit 197 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 three games, Indiana's bench has outscored its opponent's bench 45-13 in those three contests combined.
The Hoosiers have won 10 home games this season, the most home victories for the program since the 2007-08 campaign.
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 (108), is second in 3-point field goals made (51), is third in points scored in a season (427) and fourth assists in a season (113). She also holds Indiana freshman single game records in scoring (37), assists (10) and 3-pointers made (7).
Senior Tabitha Gerardot scored a season-high 22 points vs. Michigan last time out to go along eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. She is second on the team in scoring and rebounding this season.
Career Record: 286-120 (13th year)
Indiana record: 28-28 (2nd year)
Career Record: 310-86 (18th year)
Illinois Record: 28-31 (2nd year)
ILLINOIS AT A GLANCE
Indiana defeated Illinois in Champaign during their first meeting this year, 77-58, on Feb. 2. Saturday's game will be Illinois' third road game in its last four contests. The Illini continue to cause havoc defensively as they collect 11.2 steals per game while causing opponents to commit 21.1 turnovers per contest. Senior Amber Moore leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game and also paces the team in 3-point field goals made with 76 so far this season. Ivory Crawford adds 14.8 points per contest and paces the team in steals with 2.1 per game. Jacqui Grant scores 13.4 points per game and leads the team in shooting at 45.8 percent from the field. Illinois has four players that have 40 or more steals on the year.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 26 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that won just 15 games in the two years prior to his arrival to 28 wins 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 17-9 this season.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
IU has hit a Big Ten leading 197 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 8.1 3-point field goals per game. Through 13 conference games, IU has hit 43 more total 3-pointers than its opponent.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and in the top 20 nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.5 miscues each contest. Eight times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and the Hoosiers are 6-2 in those games. Ten 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 17-9 on the season, the last time IU won 17 times in its first 26 games was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers were 17-9 through 26 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 (5.1).
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is second on the team averaging 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in 12 games this year, including a season high 22 points vs. Michigan last time out to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.
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.
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 (games through Feb. 16) in free throw percentage (6th), total points (8th), assists (8th), points per game (10th), assist-turnover ratio (T-16th) and 3-point field goals made per game (24th). Brooks ranks sixth overall in the Big Ten in scoring (16.4 ppg), tied for sixth in assists (4.3), tied for 10th in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0), 11th in assist-turnover ratio (1.3), tied for 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (.366) and is 13th in free throw percentage (.818), . 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 108 from the charity stripe this year. She is also second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 51 makes from beyond the arc and is ranked fourth in assists by an IU freshman with 113.
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 third among all IU freshman for most points in a single season with 427.
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 five games and during that stretch has averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. Against Michigan, Gassion skied for a career high 11 rebounds while scoring eight points with three steals and three assists. At Nebraska on Feb. 16, Gassion tallied 19 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the field with three 3-pointers. 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 8.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.