Oct. 29, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts its lone exhibition game of 2012-13 on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as Kentucky State arrives in Assembly Hall to take on the Hoosiers. The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET and can be heard through a live radio stream at IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. IU will begin regular season play on Friday, Nov. 9 at Valparaiso. Indiana's first home regular season contest will be on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET against Indiana State.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana University is beginning its 42nd season of women's basketball.
Indiana head coach Curt Miller will begin his first season with the Hoosiers in 2012-13. Miller comes to Bloomington after 11 successful years at Bowling Green State University where he won at least a share of the MAC regular season title in each of the last eight seasons, reaching the postseason in each of those years as well as five MAC Tournament championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
IU welcomes back its two leading scorers from a year ago in seniors Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair. McGhee appeared in 26 games and averaged 12.6 ppg to lead the team. Sinclair appeared in all 30 games, scoring 12.4 ppg and led the team in 3-point field goals made (52) while connecting on 90.7 percent of her free throw attempts.
Five games are guaranteed to air on BTN this season, Jan. 10 vs. Nebraska, Jan. 28 at Northwestern, Jan. 31 at Purdue, Feb. 7 vs. Penn State and Feb. 23 at Illinois. IU's final two games of the regular season, Feb. 28 at Iowa and March 3 vs. Minnesota, will be designated to BTN or BTN.com in February.
The Hoosiers will play 17 home games this season, including nine in non-conference. IU will take on six opponents from within the state of Indiana, including Valparaiso, Indiana State, IUPUI, IPFW, Butler and Purdue.
THE Curt Miller ERA BEGINS IN 2012-13
The 2012-13 season ushers in a new era of Indiana women's basketball. Curt Miller was named the program's ninth head coach on March 28, 2012 and will begin his first season with the cream and crimson on Friday, Nov. 9 at Valparaiso. Miller has been a head coach for 11 years, all at Bowling Green State University where he compiled an overall record of 258-92. He currently ranks 13th among all active Division I women's basketball coaches with his .737 winning percentage. Miller's full bio can be found later in this packet.
THE HOOSIERS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
The Indiana women's basketball team will play on national television five guaranteed times in 2012-13. IU's final two games of the season are considered wildcard matchups and will be designated for television in February. The five guaranteed TV games are Jan. 10 vs. Nebraska, Jan. 28 at Northwestern, Jan. 31 at Purdue, Feb. 7 vs. Penn State and Feb. 23 at Illinois. Indiana will have 17 games streamed live on BTN.com throughout the season.
SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2012-13
Indiana will play 17 home games this season, including nine of the 13 non-conference matchups. The schedule also puts the Hoosiers against six in-state opponents in 2012-13 with matchups against Valparaiso, Indiana State, IUPUI, IPFW, Butler and Purdue. IU's 16-game Big Ten slate will begin at Michigan on Jan. 3 and IU will welcome eight conference foes to Assembly Hall. Four of Indiana's opponents this year appear in the preseason AP Top-25 Poll with another three receiving votes in that poll.
THEY ARE BACK
Indiana returns nine players from a year ago, including the team's two leading scorers from last year in seniors Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair. McGhee appeared in 26 games in 2011-12, averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Sinclair played in all 30 games last season, pouring in 12.4 points per game, while shooting 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 90.7 percent from the free throw line. Sinclair led IU with 52 3-point field goals made.
Two other starters returning include Sasha Chaplin, who led IU with 6.5 rebounds per game, and Andrew Newbauer, who dished for a team best 4.0 assists per contest. Indiana also returns senior Linda Rubene, juniors Simone Deloach and Milika Taufa, and sophomores Quaneisha McCurty and Candyce Ussery.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
The 2012-13 roster features seven new faces for the Hoosiers, making up over 43 percent of the roster. Two tranfers joined Indiana in the offseason in sophomore Claire Jakubicek (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) and redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South). Jakubicek played at Northern Illinois last season and was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year after leading NIU in scoring with 11.0 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Due to transfer rules, she will have to sit out this season. Hulls came to IU from Bowling Green State University where she was under the direction of Indiana head coach Curt Miller. Hulls missed the 2011-12 due to an ACL injury.
Other newcomers include freshmen Nicole Bell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) and Jocelyn Mousty (Fredericksburg, Ind./Eastern Pekin), and three walk-ons in freshman Brionna Arnold (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis), sophomore Andrea Mize (Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland) and Carmela Roeschlein (Clay City, Ind./Clay City).
THE COACHING STAFF
After being hired as head coach, Curt Miller assembled a stellar coaching staff at Indiana. Chris Day serves as associate head coach as Brandi Poole and Kevin Eckert are assistant coaches.
Chris Day, Associate Head Coach
Day joins the Hoosiers after seven seasons as an assistant coach for the women's basketball program at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The Hawks finished the 2011-12 season with 22 wins and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. During his tenure at SJU, Day helped guide the Hawks to a 128-94 record in his seven years, including three consecutive postseason appearances (2010, 2011, 2012), while notching 20 or more wins in each of the last two seasons. Prior to SJU, Day spent the 2004-05 season at La Salle as an assistant. He also had a stop in Duquesne as an assistant and was vital to building a successful Division III women's basketball at Widener University where he was an assistant in 1999-00 before being promoted to head coach from 2000-03.
Brandi Poole, Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator
Brandi Poole arrives in Bloomington after spending the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, working alongside Curt Miller for his entire tenure at BGSU. Poole helped lead the Falcons to at least a MAC division title in each of the last eight seasons, where BGSU made postseason appearances in each of those years, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Under her watch, BGSU collected five MAC Tournament championships, won 21-or-more games in the last nine seasons and compiled 28-or-more victories in a single season four times. Prior to her stint at Bowling Green, Poole spent the 2000-01 season as an assistant at West Virginia. Before her time at WVU, she served as the director of basketball operations for the Portland Fire of the WNBA. She also was an assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan College. As a player for the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., Poole was a three-time all-conference honoree and a three-year co-captain. She still ranks among the school's top 10 in career points and rebounds.
Kevin Eckert, Assistant Coach
Kevin Eckert joins the Indiana women's basketball program after serving on Curt Miller's Bowling Green staff for the last 10 years an assistant coach. Along with Miller and Poole, Eckert helped lead the Falcons to at least a MAC division title in each of the last eight seasons, where BGSU made postseason appearances in each of those years, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his watch, BGSU collected five MAC Tournament championships, won 21-or-more games in the last nine seasons and compiled 28-or-more victories in a single season four times. Eckert came to BGSU after spending four seasons on staff with the University of Buffalo's women's basketball program. Prior to his stop in Buffalo, Eckert spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on the men's basketball staff at Ohio University, which was also where he attended college as an undergraduate.
HOOSIER ROSTER BOASTS FOUR FORMER INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL ALL STARS
The 2012-13 Indiana roster includes four players that were part of the Indiana high school all star team when they graduated. Senior Aulani Sinclair, junior Andrea Newbauer, redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls and freshman Jocelyn Mousty all earned all star honors as seniors in high school. Sinclair played in the annual Indiana/Kentucky all star series in 2009, Newbauer participated in 2010, Hulls in 2011 and Mousty last summer in 2012.
With Kaila Hulls now on the roster after transferring from Bowling Green, Indiana is just one of five schools in all of Division I basketball that has a brother/sister combination on the rosters of both men's and women's basketball teams at the same school. Jordan Hulls, Kaila's brother, is a senior guard on IU's men's basketball team. Below is a complete list of all brother/sister combos playing for the same school.
Indiana (Big Ten): Jordan Hulls (Sr.) and Kaila Hulls (RS-Fr.)
Ohio State (Big Ten): Aaron Craft (Jr.) and Caite Craft (Fr.)
Virginia (ACC): Taylor Barnette (Fr.) and Sarah Beth Barnette (RS-So.)
Air Force (Mountain West): Marshall Leipprandt (Fr.) and Alicia Leipprandt (Sr.)
Colorado (Pac-12): Andre Roberson (Jr.) and Arielle Roberson (RS-Fr.)
JAKUBICEK WILL SIT OUT 2012-13
Sophomore Claire Jakubicek will sit out the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules. Jakubicek joined the Hoosiers during the offseason after a stellar freshman campaign at Northern Illinois. She led the Huskies in scoring with 11.0 points per game and shot 46.3 percent from the field. Jakubicek was named MAC Freshman of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
HULLS WILL MISS THE 2012-13 SEASON DUE TO INJURY
Redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls will miss the 2012-13 women's basketball season due to an ACL tear in her right knee during preseason conditioning. Hulls suffered the same injury to the same knee in October 2011 and was forced to sit out the entire 2011-12 season at BGSU. Hulls averaged 20 points and 11.7 rebounds a senior at Bloomington South High School.