March 4, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will open Big Ten Tournament play against Michigan on Thursday, March 7. The Hoosiers are the No. 10 seed as the Wolverines are seeded seventh. The game will be tipped at 6:30 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Staphanie White announcing with Lisa Byington as the sideline reporter. Jeremy Gray will have the call on WHCC 105.1 FM on the radio.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana is 14-18 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and took home the tournament championship in 2002.
IU and Michigan will meet for the fifth time in Big Ten Tournament play as the Hoosiers hold a 3-1 edge in the previous matchups. IU and Michigan met a year ago in the conference tourney as the Wolverines came out on top in that game.
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 holds the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a season as IU has hit 223 this year, surpassing the previous record of 204 (1997-98). IU's 3-point field goal total also cracked the top 10 all time in Big Ten history as the Hoosiers rank ninth for most 3-pointers made in a season.
IU's 131 3-point field goals made in Big Ten games only ranks second all-time in conference history for most 3-pointers made during conference contests only.
Indiana's freshmen have combined to score 1,239 points so far this season which makes up 60.0 percent of IU's total points scored this year. Both of those totals rank better than any other Big Ten freshman class.
Larryn Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors this season. She broke the IU freshman scoring record at Minnesota as she now has 461 points this season. Brooks also holds the freshman season record for most free throws made in a season (113), is second in 3-point field goals made (56) and tied for third in assists in a season (132).
Career Record: 287-122 (13th year)
Indiana record: 29-30 (2nd year)
Kim Barnes Arico
Career Record: 309-228 (18th year)
Michigan Record: 39-23 (2nd year)
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO INDY
The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. in 2014 on March 6-9. The tournament has crowned six different champions, including Indiana in 2002.
All-session ($70) and single-session ($10 for first round) tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000 and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office. Other than the fan blocks for each university's respective games, seating will be general admission.
The tournament will feature six sessions as play will begin on Thursday at Noon ET.
MICHIGAN AT A GLANCE
Indiana and Michigan met once in the regular season as the Wolverines used a second-half surge to defeat the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall on Feb. 19, 70-58. Michigan keeps opponents off the boards as it outrebounds foes by a plus-8.3 margin per game. Shannon Smith leads the Wolverines in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Freshman Siera Thompson scores 13.3 points per game and leads the teams in 3-point shooting at 44.1 percent (67-of-152). Cyesha Goree averages a near double-double with 11.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the field. Nicole Elmblad tallies 11.7 points per game and grabs 7.7 rebounds per game while pacing Michigan in assists. Four Wolverine players have 82 or more assists on the season.
INDIANA IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
The Hoosiers hold a 14-18 record all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. IU won the conference tournament championship on 2002. Indiana was seeded fifth that year, the highest seed in the Big Ten Tournament in program history. The Hoosiers knocked off fourth-seeded Iowa, top-seeded Purdue and second-seeded Penn State en route to the tournament title. This year's Hoosiers will be looking for IU's first win in the tournament since 2009 when Indiana defeated Michigan that year. As a No. 10 seed in this year's tourney, it marks Indiana's highest seeding since 2011 (No. 10 seed).
MEETING MICHIGAN IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
For the second straight year, Indiana will take on Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. IU holds a 3-1 overall edge over Michigan in conference tournament matchups. The fifth-seeded Wolverines topped the 12th-seeded Hoosiers last year in Hoffman Estates, Ill. with a 67-40 triumph over IU. Indiana won the previous three meetings in the tournament over Michigan with all of those matchups taking place in the first round in 1997 (No. 8 Indiana 72, No. 9 Michigan 54), 2006 (No. 6 Indiana 68, No. 11 Michigan 52) and 2009 (No. 6 Indiana 68, No. 11 Michigan 50).
YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE IN BIG TEN TOURNEY
The current Indiana active roster will have mix of experience and youth playing in the Big Ten Tournament as a majority of the roster will be playing in their first conference tourney. Seniors Sasha Chaplin, Simone Deloach, Andrea Newbauer and Milika Taufa will be playing in their fourth Big Ten Tournament as Nicole Bell and Andrea Mize will take part in their second. Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot along with freshmen Taylor Agler, Jenn Anderson, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion, Lyndsay Leikem, Karlee McBride and Lizzy Pedigo will all experience their first Big Ten Tourney.
BROOKS EARNS ALL-BIG TEN AND CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN RECOGNITION
Indiana's Larryn Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as announced by the conference on March 3. Both the coaches and the media voted Brooks to the Second Team All-Big Ten squad as the coaches only select an All-Freshman team. Brooks becomes Indiana's first Second Team All-Big Ten selection since Jori Davis earned second team honors in 2011 and is IU's first conference All-Freshman honoree since Whitney Thomas in 2006. Brooks is just the fifth freshman ever in program history to earn All-Freshman team accolades.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and in the top 20 nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.8 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.
THE MILLER EFFECT
In less than two years, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that won just 15 games in the two years prior to his arrival to 29 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 18-11 this season.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF 18
The Hoosiers currently have an 18-11 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 victories in a single season.
BEST FRESHMEN SCORERS IN THE BIG TEN
Indiana's freshman class has combined to score 1,239 points so far this season which leads all Big Ten freshman classes in 2013-14. IU rookies have accounted for 60.0 percent of the total points scored so far this year, the best percentage for a group of freshmen in the conference. Indiana's freshmen also rank among the top three freshmen groups nationally in points scored this year. Below is a breakdown of the top B1G freshman scoring classes.
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. IU has now hit 223 3-pointers this year. That total also ranks ninth all-time in the Big Ten for most 3-pointers made in a season. 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. Indiana's 131 made 3-point field goals in Big Ten Play only ranks second all-time in conference history for most 3-pointers made in league games only.
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 (7.7). Ten times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. In Big Ten games only, the Hoosiers are hitting 8.2 3-point field goals per game. IU ended the regular season conference schedule hitting a combined 54 more 3-pointers than its Big Ten opponents.
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 more than doubled its 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.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career as she earned Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors. In games played through Feb. 27, she ranks among the top freshmen nationally in free throw percentage (4th), assists (7th), total points (11th), points per game (12th), assist-turnover ratio (14th) and 3-point field goals made per game (22nd). Brooks ranks sixth overall in the Big Ten in scoring (15.9) and assists (4.6), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.379), 11th in assist-turnover ratio (1.4) and 12th in 3-point field goals made per game (1.9) and free throw percentage (.819). In Big Ten games only, Brooks is averaging 5.5 assists per game.
With a free throw with 48 seconds left at Minnesota on Feb. 27, Brooks broke the IU freshman scoring record which was held for 34 years. She now has 461 points this season as she surpassed Dorothy Reffel's 454 points scored as a freshman in 1979-80. Brooks also holds the school freshman record for free throws made in a season with 113. She is second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 56 makes from beyond the arc and is tied for third in assists by an IU freshman with 132. (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)
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.