Feb. 26, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will take on Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. at Williams Arena on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on IUHoosiers.com with Greg Murray on the call and can also be seen on the Big Ten Digital Network, which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 18 wins this season marks the most victories for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
IU has won 18 or more games in a season 14 times and this year's 18 wins ties for the fourth highest total of wins in a single year in program history.
This year's Indiana team set a new school record for most 3-point field goals made in a season as IU has hit 206 this year, surpassing the previous record of 204 (1997-98) during the Illinois game on Feb. 22.
Indiana's freshmen have combined to score 1,155 points so far this season which makes up 59.4 percent of IU's total points scored this year. Both of those totals rank better than any other Big Ten freshman class.
First year players (freshmen, transfers, redshirt players) in the program have accounted for 75.9 percent of Indiana's total points scored so far this season.
With Indiana's win over Illinois last time out, it gave IU 11 wins at home this season, the program's most home victories in a single year since 2007-08.
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 (111), is second in 3-point field goals made (54) and points scored in a season (447) and fourth in assists in a season (122). She also holds Indiana freshman single game records in scoring (37), assists (10) and 3-pointers made (7).
In her last six games, freshman Alexis Gassion is averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 91.7 percent from the free throw line and has had three games where she has hit three or more 3-point field goals and three contests with three or more steals.
Career Record: 287-120 (13th year)
Indiana record: 29-28 (2nd year)
Career Record: 300-196 (16th year)
Minnesota Record: 231-150 (12th year)
MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE
Minnesota sits one game ahead of Indiana in the Big Ten standings in seventh place. Thursday's game has seeding implications for the Big Ten Tournament which begins on March 6. The Golden Gophers have fell in their last two games, both to ranked teams in Purdue and Michigan State. Rachel Banham leads the team and the Big Ten with 22.3 ppg while shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. She also paces the team in assists with 3.5 apg. Freshman Amanda Zahui controls the paint for Minnesota as she averages a double-double with 14.7 ppg and 10.8 rpg (leads the Big Ten). She shoot 54.0 percent from the field (4th in B1G). The Gophers have four other players who average 6.6 points or more. In the first meeting between the two schools, Kayla Hirt tallied 14 points for Minnesota.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 27 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went just 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a 29-28 record 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 18-9 this season.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF 18
The Hoosiers currently have an 18-9 record on the season. Including this year's team, only 14 times in program history has an IU team won 18 or more games in a season and this year's 18 wins ties for the fourth highest total of wins for a single year in program history. Indiana needs three more wins to tie the school record for most wins in a single season.
Indiana currently sits at 18-9 on the season, the last time IU won 18 times in its first 27 games was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers were 18-9 through 27 contests that year.
IU's 18 victories ties for the fourth highest total number of wins in program history as the school record for most wins is 21 (1978-79, 1980-81, 1997-98, 2008-09).
The 18 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-09 campaign (21-11) and is seven more wins than IU had a year ago.
Indiana has more than doubled it Big Ten win total from a year ago.
IU's five 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.
BEST FRESHMEN SCORERS IN THE BIG TEN
Indiana's freshman class has combined to score 1,155 points so far this season, which leads all Big Ten freshman classes in 2013-14. IU's rookies have accounted for 59.4 percent of the total points scored so far this year, the best percentage for a group of freshmen in the conference. Indiana's freshmen rank among the top three freshmen groups nationally in points scored this year.
MOST 3-POINTERS MADE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With a Brooks 3-point field goal at the 7:27 mark of the second half against Illinois on Feb. 22, Indiana broke the program single season record for most 3-point field goals made in a season as IU has hit 206 this year. It marks just the second time in school history that an Indiana team has hit more than 200 3-pointers in a season and it breaks the previous record of 204 made 3-point field goals in 1997-98.
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 14 conference games, IU has hit 47 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 12.7 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.
HOME SWEET HOME
With Indiana's 79-61 win over Illinois on Feb. 22, the Hoosiers will finish the regular season with an 11-4 record in Assembly Hall, the program's most home regular season wins since the 2007-08 season. In IU's 15 home games this year, the Hoosiers outscored their opponents by 149 total points for a plus-9.9 scoring margin while averaging 75.1 points per game inside of Assembly Hall.
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 27.4 percent from beyond the arc. In 16 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).
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Over her last six games, freshman Alexis Gassion averaged 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. She shot 91.7 percent from the free throw line during that stretch. Also during that span, in three of those games she hit three or more 3-point field goals, three times she collected three or more steals and also had at least one block in every one of those games.
Last time out against Illinois, Gassion tallied 17 points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying four steals, two blocks and two assists. Against Michigan on Feb. 19, 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 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
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 (5th), 3-point field goal percentage (5th), assists (7th), points per game (10th), total points (10th), assist-turnover ratio (16th) and 3-point field goals made per game (22nd). Brooks ranks fifth overall in the Big Ten in scoring (16.6), sixth in assists (4.5), 11th in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0) and assist-turnover ratio (1.3) and 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (.383) and free throw percentage (.816), . In Big Ten games only, Brooks is averaging 5.6 assists per game.
Brooks has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 111 from the charity stripe this year. She is also second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 54 makes from beyond the arc and is ranked fourth in assists by an IU freshman with 122.
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 second among all IU freshman for most points in a single season with 447, seven shy of tying the record.
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.
With the 77-58 win at Illinois on Feb. 2, the Hoosiers now have seven true road wins on the season. Those seven wins away from Bloomington are the most by an IU team since 2008-09. Indiana will play 14 true road games during the 2013-14 regular season, more than any other Big Ten team.
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 5.7 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in 12 games this year, including a season high 22 points vs. Michigan on Feb. 22 to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Senior Simone Deloach has came on as of late. In her last seven games she is averaging 9.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while shooting 55.0 percent from the field. During that stretch, she has had two double-doubles and for the year has achieved four double-doubles. Last time out against Illinois, Deloach tied her career high of 14 points to go along with eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal while shooting 6-of-8 from the field. 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 6.1 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 7.6 boards per contest during league play.
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. Last time out against Illinois, Agler finished with 13 points while shooting 4-of-6 from the field with three 3-point field goals. 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 eight games this year, including five during Big Ten play. She has also connected on three or more 3-point field goals six times with five of those coming in conference play. For the season, Agler is averaging 8.0 points and is shooting 39.0 percent from beyond the arc while leading the team in steals. In Big Ten play, the freshman has played 40 or more minutes in five games.