March 21, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts Marquette in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Saturday, March 20 in Assembly Hall 7 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana is making its seventh WNIT appearance in program history and its first since 2009.
IU's win over Belmont in the first round of the WNIT is Indiana's first postseason victory since a 75-67 win over Bowling Green on March 26, 2009.
The Hoosiers won their 19th game of the season last time out, marking the 11th time in school history an IU team has won 19 or more games and it is the program's most wins since 2008-09.
Since the NCAA Tournament began play in 1983, this year marks IU's 11th appearance in a national postseason tournament, including four NCAA Tournament appearances (1983, 1994, 1995, 2002), seven WNIT appearances (1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014) and one NWIT appearance (1991). Prior to the NCAA Tournament, IU appeared in an AIAW Final Four (1973) and two AIAW Elite Eights (1972, 1974).
This season marks the 17th year for the WNIT as the first tournament was played in 1998 with 16 teams and has since expanded to 64 teams.
The Hoosiers own an 9-6 record all-time in WNIT games, playing in the semifinals once (1998) and playing into the quarterfinals twice (2006, 2009).
Indiana has hosted seven WNIT contests in Assembly Hall and are 6-1 in those games.
This year marks head coach Curt Miller's ninth national postseason tournament appearance as a head coach and his first at Indiana. Miller earned five NCAA Tournament berths at Bowling Green (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and had three WNIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2012).
IU had just seven turnovers in the win over Belmont on Thursday, marking Indiana's ninth game this year with less than 10 miscues. The Hoosiers are 7-2 in those contests.
Indiana added to its school record and has now totaled 231 3-point field goals on the season. That total ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history for most 3-point field goals made in a single season.
Career Record: 288-123 (13th year)
Indiana record: 30-31 (2nd year)
Career Record: 348-214 (18th year)
Belmont Record: 348-214 (18th year)
MARQUETTE AT A GLANCE
Marquette and Indiana meet for the first time since March 24, 2006 when the Golden Eagles defeated the Hoosiers in the WNIT that year, 57-54. Marquette is second in the country in rebounding margin as MU outrebounds opponents by a plus-13.3 margin as the team averages 45.7 rpg. The Golden Eagles finished BIG EAST play with an 11-7 record for a fifth place finish. Katherine Plouffe leads Marquette averaging a double-double with 17.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Senior guard Katie Young adds 12.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Junior guard Arlesia Morse leads MU from long distance as she paces the team in 3-point field goals made and 3-point percentage while averaging 11.4 ppg. Brooklyn Pumroy runs the point for Marquette and she dishes for a team-best 5.2 apg while also scoring 9.0 ppg.
FIRST POSTSEASON WIN SINCE 2009
With Indiana's 48-47 win over Belmont in the first round of the WNIT on Thursday night, it marked IU's first postseason national tournament win since March 26, 2009, when the Hoosiers upended Bowling Green in the WNIT, 75-67. The matchup took place in the third round of the WNIT with a field of 48 teams.
INDIANA IN THE POSTSEASON
Indiana women's basketball returns to postseason play for the first time since 2009. Since the NCAA began its tournament in 1983, the Hoosiers have made 11 postseason appearances playing in four NCAA Tournaments (1983, 1994, 1995, 2002), one NWIT (1991) and is now in its seventh WNIT (1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014). IU also played in an AIAW Final Four in 1973 and made it to two AIAW Elite Eights (1972, 1974). The Hoosiers own an 9-6 record all-time in WNIT games and are 6-1 at home in WNIT play.
MILLER IN THE POSTSEASON
Indiana head coach Curt Miller is making his ninth postseason appearance as a head coach and his first since taking over the helm of the IU program. Prior to arriving in Bloomington, Miller led Bowling Green State University to eight postseason tournaments, including five NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and three WNIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2012). His 2006-07 team beat Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament to become the first-ever MAC women's team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the national tourney.
CHAPLIN RETURNS TO POSTSEASON PLAY
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin is the only player on the Indiana active roster who has been a part of postseason tournament play. Chaplin was a freshman in 2009 when the Hoosiers participated in their last WNIT, however she did not play in any of the tournament games due to injury.
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 30 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 19-12 this season.
CLOSE CALLS HAVE BEEN KIND
With Indiana's 48-47 triumph over Belmont in the opening round of the WNIT on March 20, IU improved to 5-1 in games this year that were decided by five points or less. The Hoosiers defeated IPFW on Nov. 12 (85-80), Indiana State on Nov. 15 (57-54), No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2 (86-84) and Minnesota on Jan. 19 (83-78 OT) with the only setback in those close games coming at Wisconsin on Jan 15 (65-60).
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.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF 19
The Hoosiers currently have an 19-12 record this season. Including this year's team, only 11 times in program history has an IU team won 19 or more games in a season and this year's 19 wins ties for the third highest total of wins for a single year in program history. Indiana needs two more wins to tie the school record for most victories in a single season.
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 231 3-pointers this year. That total ranks fourth 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 (7.5). Ten times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. In Big Ten games only, the Hoosiers hit 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.
BEST FRESHMEN SCORERS IN THE BIG TEN
Indiana's freshman class has combined to score 1,303 points so far this season which leads all Big Ten freshman classes in 2013-14. IU rookies have accounted for 60.1 percent of the total points scored so far this year, the best percentage for a group of freshmen in the conference
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.
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 478 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 114. She is second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 56 makes from beyond the arc and is now second in assists by an IU freshman with 142.
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.
IU's 19 victories ties for the third 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).
This year's team is the 11th in program history to win 19 or more games in a single season.
The 19 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-09 campaign (21-11) and is eight 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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Over her last 10 games, freshman Alexis Gassion averaged 11.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. During that span she scored in double figures six times, hit three or more 3-point field goals five times, had three or more steals three times, collected nine or more rebounds four times and had at least a block in seven of those games.
Last time out vs. Belmont, Gassion led the Hoosiers with 10 boards, he fourth game this year with double digit rebounds. At Minnesota on Feb. 27, Gassion achieved her first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds. She scored a career-best 22 points at Illinois on Feb. 2. For the season, she is averaging 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures 10 times.
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 9.0 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.
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.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and has been a key part to IU's success the entire year. She has scored in double figure points in eight games this year, including five during Big Ten play. She has connected on 44 3-point field goals this year, which ranks her third among IU freshman for a single season behind teammate Larryn Brooks. She has hit three or more 3-point field goals six times in 2013-14.
Agler has twice scored 20 or more points this year as 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. For the year, Agler is averaging 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game and is shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range.
Senior Simone Deloach has been key down the stretch for IU. In her last 12 games she is averaging 8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 51.1 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 vs. Belmont, Deloach just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine boards in the win to go along with two blocks. Against Illinois on Feb. 22, 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 6.2 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.2 points per game, both career highs in those categories. In Big Ten games only, the Round Rock, Texas, native averaged 7.0 points per game and finished ninth in the conference with 7.1 boards per contest during league play.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and in the top 30 nationally in fewest turnovers per game, averaging just 12.6 miscues each contest. Seven times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and the Hoosiers are 7-2 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.