Nov. 7, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens its 2013-14 season against Oakland on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Hoosiers and Golden Grizzlies will tip at 8 p.m. ET inside of Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM after the conclusion of the IU football postgame show. Jeremy Gray will be on the call. The contest will also be available on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) as a live web broadcast on BTN.com. Anyone who brings an IU vs. Illinois football ticket stub from Saturday afternoon's game will receive FREE admission to the Indiana women's basketball game that evening.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana University is beginning its 43rd season of women's basketball.
IU head coach Curt Miller begins his second season at the helm of the Hoosier program in 2013-14. Prior to Indiana, Miller spent 11 seasons at Bowling Green State University where he won at least a share of the MAC regular season title in each of his last eight seasons, reaching the postseason in each of those years as well as five MAC Tournament championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Indiana's roster in 2013-14 will consist of eight players who have yet to play a single minute at the collegiate level and nine players suiting up for the first time in a Hoosier uniform.
Six Indiana games are guaranteed to air on BTN this season, Jan. 6 at Purdue, Jan. 11 vs. Ohio State, Jan. 25 at Iowa, Feb. 8 vs. Wisconsin, Feb. 16 at Nebraska and Feb. 22 vs. Illinois. IU's final two regular season games at Minnesota on Feb. 27 and at Michigan State on March 2 will be designated for BTN or BTDN during the season.
Indiana lost 64 percent of its scoring from a year ago with losing its top three scorers. IU returns 36 percent of the total points scored last season, the second lowest returning total in the Big Ten.
Curt Miller's first true recruiting class at Indiana ranked as one of the nation's best as the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked it 27th in the country. Blue Star Basketball ranked IU's freshman class as the third best in the Big Ten.
Career Record: 269-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 11-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 0-0 (1st year)
Oakland Record: 0-0 (1st year)
OAKLAND AT A GLANCE
Oakland University is located in Rochester, Mich. The Golden Grizzlies are part of the Horizon League. Jeff Tungate is in his first year as head coach for the program. Last year, Oakland finished with a 9-20 record and returns its two leading scorers from a year ago. Sophomores Olivia Nash and Elena Popkey led the Grizzlies on the offensive end as freshmen in 2012-13. Nash averaged 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. Popkey contributed 11.4 points and 5.2 boards per game and shot a team-best 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Oakland looked to score from long distance quite a bit last year as they averaged nearly 8.5 3-point field goals made per contest.
YEAR TWO OF Curt Miller ERA BEGINS
Head coach Curt Miller will begin his second season at the helm of the Indiana women's basketball program in 2013-14. It marks his 13th season overall as a head coach. Here are some #iuwbb milestones from year one of the Miller era:
Indiana won its most games in three years and nearly doubled the program's win total from the year prior to Miller's arrival.
IU went 9-4 in non-conference play, the program's most wins in non-Big Ten play since the 2006-07 season and it was just the third time since 2000 a Hoosier team had won nine or more non-league games.
The Hoosiers doubled their Big Ten win total from the year prior to Miller's arrival, including an upset of No. 21 Purdue on Feb. 20 when Jasmine McGhee hit a last second shot to take down the Boilermakers.
The Hoosier defense held five straight opponents to under 50 points last November, a program first since the 1973-74 season.
Indiana had a winning record at home last season for the first time since 2009-10.
At Iowa last February, IU set a school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single game with 13 makes from beyond the arc against the Hawkeyes.
Under Miller's direction, senior Aulani Sinclair set the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single season with 72.
NEW HOOSIERS SHINE IN EXHIBITION
Indiana defeated Georgetown College, 79-55, in its exhibition game on Nov. 9. Of the 79 points scored, 62 of those points came from first year players within the program. Eleven Hoosiers found the scoring column and six players had five or more rebounds.
The Hoosiers had just seven turnovers in the game while forcing 21 Georgetown College miscues on the defensive end, including 11 steals. Indiana outrebounded the Tigers by a plus-17 margin, 57-40. The Hoosiers tallied 22 assists as a team with just the seven turnovers.
Kaila Hulls accomplished a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three steals. Larryn Brooks tied for the team lead with 13 points with seven boards, four assists and a steal. Taylor Agler filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, nine assists, four steals and two rebounds while shooting 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. In her first action as a Hoosier, Tabitha Gerardot tallied eight points, six boards, three assists and three steals. Karlee McBride was the point leader off the bench, tallying eight points with a pair of 3-point field goals.
NEW KIDS ON THE COURT
Heading into 2013-14, the active Indiana women's basketball roster features eight players who have yet to play a single minute at the collegiate level and nine players who will suit up in an IU uniform for the first time. The Hoosiers welcome six scholarship freshmen (Taylor Agler, Jenn Anderson, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion, Lyndsay Leikem, Karlee McBride), a walk-on freshman (Lizzy Pedigo), a redshirt sophomore who missed two years due to injury (Kaila Hulls) and a senior transfer from Valparaiso (Tabitha Gerardot).
WHAT WAS LOST
Indiana lost 64 percent of its total points scored last season. The Hoosiers return 596 total points from last year (36 percent). That total is the second-lowest point total returning in all of the Big Ten behind Michigan (230 points, 11.6 percent). The remaining 10 schools in the conference all return 52.3 percent or more of their scoring from a year ago.
MILLER'S FIRST TRUE RECRUITING CLASS RANKS AS ONE OF NATION'S BEST
In their first true recruiting class, Coach Miller and his staff brought in a top 30 class for the 2013-14 season. The six scholarship freshmen were ranked as high as 27th in the country by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and were rated as high as third in the Big Ten by Blue Star Basketball.
CHAPLIN GRANTED SIXTH YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY
Indiana redshirt senior Sasha Chaplin was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA last spring and will play her final season in a Hoosier uniform in 2013-14. Chaplin was plagued with injuries early in her IU career as she missed 24 games as a freshman in 2008-09, had to sit out 10 games in 2009-10 and made an appearance in just two games midway through the 2010-11 season before going down with another injury. However, in the last two seasons, Chaplin has appeared in 59 of Indiana's 60 contests.
This last season, Chaplin was second on the team in field goal percentage as she shot 45.2 percent from the floor while averaging 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. For her career, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native has averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 boards per contest while shooting 46.1 percent from the field in 89 career games.
Chaplin is currently working on getting her graduate degree through the School of Informatics in Human Computer Interaction and Design.
ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE
In Miller's first season at the helm of the Hoosier program, attendance began to climb. There was a nearly 20 percent increase in attendance per game in 2012-13 compared to the year prior.
THE HOOSIERS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
The Indiana women's basketball team will play a guaranteed six games live on BTN and an additional two contests will be decided upon later in the season for a national telecast. The majority of IU's remaining games will be available online through the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN). The Hoosiers will make their BTN debut against in-state rival Purdue on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. ET in West Lafayette. Later that week, IU will host Ohio State in Assembly Hall for a 4:30 p.m. tip on BTN. The next televised game for Indiana will be at Iowa on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. IU's other BTN games include Wisconsin (Feb. 8 at 1 p.m.), at Nebraska (Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.) and Illinois (Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m.). BTDN streamed games are available at BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/allaccess.
2013-14 SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
The Hoosiers will play host to 15 home games in 2013-14. IU will match up against five teams from within the state of Indiana including Indiana State, IPFW, Butler, IUPUI and Purdue. Indiana will once again host the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game in Assembly Hall vs. Virginia Tech on Dec. 4, which caps a five game home stand for the Cream and Crimson. IU will open its 16-game Big Ten schedule at home against Iowa on Jan. 2. The Hoosiers will play against rival Purdue only once this season with that game taking place in West Lafayette on Jan. 6. The Big Ten Tournament will once again return to Indianapolis on March 6-9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
HOOSIERS WELCOME TRANSFER Tabitha Gerardot
During the offseason, Indiana added transfer Tabitha Gerardot to the 2013-14 roster. 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 and will be eligible to play right away for the Hoosiers in her final year of eligibility. 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 the 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.
As a prep player at Canterbury High School, Gerardot led the Cavaliers to three state championships and was named the state tournament's Most Valuable Player in 2008 and 2010. She finished third in the Indiana Miss Basketball voting as a senior in 2010 and was an Indiana All Star while being a First Team All-State selection that season. Gerardot finished her four years of high school with 1,944 career points and graduated as the school's career leader in rebounds with 1,157 boards.
HULLS AT FULL STRENGTH DURING PRESEASON
Redshirt Sophomore and Bloomington native Kaila Hulls will make her collegiate debut in 2013-14 after missing two years due to ACL injuries. Hulls has participated at full strength in all of the team's preseason workouts and practices. Hulls transferred to Indiana in the summer of 2012 after one year at Bowling Green State University with head coach Curt Miller. She had her first ACL injury at BGSU in her first practice with the team and then tore that ACL again prior to the 2012-13 season at Indiana.
A 2011 Bloomington South graduate, Hulls averaged 20 points and 11.7 rebounds a senior for the Panthers and was named an Indiana All Star. Her brother Jordan, a former guard on IU's men's basketball team, graduated from Indiana in May of 2013. He appeared in more career games than anyone else in program history. Her grandfather, John, also has deep ties to IU as he served on former men's basketball coach Bob Knight's coaching staff in the early 1970s.
JAKUBICEK OUT FOR 2013-14 DUE TO INJURY
Indiana redshirt sophomore Claire Jakubicek will miss the 2013-14 women's basketball season due to an ACL tear in her right knee. Jakubicek also sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules and would have been eligible to play this season. She transferred to Indiana in the summer of 2012 from Northern Illinois University where she was named Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year after the 2011-12 season. She paced NIU that year in scoring with 11.0 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and a team-leading 95.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cary, Ill., native also grabbed 5.1 rebounds per contest, the second-best mark for the Huskies.