Nov. 11, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
The Indiana women's basketball team will take to the road for the first time in 2013-14 to battle IPFW in Ft. Wayne, Ind. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET. The contest can be heard via live radio stream on IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. IU topped the Mastodons last season in Assembly Hall, 64-47, on Nov. 26, 2012.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 85 points in the season opening win over Oakland were the program's most points scored in a game since Feb. 19, 2009, when the Hoosiers scored 85 points at Northwestern and the most points in a season opening game since IU topped Wofford, 90-34, to begin the 2002-03 season.
Four of the five starters in IU's game vs. Oakland were first year players in the program (Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Tabitha Gerardot, Kaila Hulls) and three of those players were making their collegiate debut (Agler, Brooks, Hulls).
Nine IU players made their Hoosier debut against Oakland and eight players made their collegiate debut on Saturday.
The IU defense held Oakland to just 28.6 percent shooting in the second half on Saturday night and contested the Golden Grizzlies to go 0-of-10 from beyond the arc.
Freshman Larryn Brooks had a stellar debut against Oakland, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block.
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot tallied 14 points to go along with seven boards in the win.
Redshirt sophomore Kaila Hulls played in her first collegiate game and her first basketball game since high school in 2011. She tallied nine points and shared the team lead with seven boards.
IU head coach Curt Miller is in 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.
Career Record: 270-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 12-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 94-137 (9th year)
IPFW Record: 94-137 (9th year)
IPFW AT A GLANCE
IPFW opened the 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 8 and fell on the road at Wichita State, 69-46. The Mastodons struggled offensively in their first game out, but had three players score in double figures led by Amanda Hyde's 13 points. Haley Seibert and Rachel Rinehart added 10 points apiece for IPFW. Stephanie Mauk led the team in rebounds with eight in the game. Hyde led the team in scoring a year ago, averaging 18.6 points per game and started every contest for the Mastodons. She shot 36.8 percent from long distance in 2012-13. IPFW went 13-17 last season and went 8-8 in conference play.
HOT START FOR HOOSIER OFFENSE
Indiana opened up the 2013-14 season in spectacular fashion with an 85-55 win over Oakland in Assembly Hall on Nov. 9. IU's 85 points were the most points scored by a Hoosier team since Feb. 19, 2009, when Indiana tallied 85 points at Northwestern. It was the most points for an IU team in a season opening game since the start of the 2002-03 season when IU downed Wofford, 90-34. The 30-point win was the largest margin of the victory since Dec. 9, 2009, when Indiana topped UT Martin, 80-46.
IU scored 48 first half points, the most points Indiana has scored in a half in the Curt Miller era. It was the most points scored by a Hoosier team in a half since IU scored 55 second-half points vs. Virginia on Nov. 26, 2009.
IU's defense on opening night vs. Oakland held strong, especially in the second half en route to a win. The Hoosiers held the Golden Grizzlies 0-of-10 from the 3-point range in the second stanza and just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) overall in the final 20 minutes. For the game, Indiana held Oakland to just 33.3 percent (19-of-57) shooting from the field and 16.0 percent (4-of-25) from beyond the arc.
BROOKS' DYNAMITE DEBUT
Freshman Larryn Brooks had a college debut to remember against Oakland on opening night. Brooks led all scorers with 19 points while shooting 6-of-10 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also led the team with four assists and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and added a block.
WELCOME HOME GERARDOT
Senior Tabitha Gerardot returns to her hometown of Ft. Wayne, Ind., as IU takes on IPFW on Nov. 12. She made her IU debut on Nov. 9 vs. Oakland and her presence felt right away for the Hoosiers as she scored 14 points with six boards and a pair of assists in her first game and start in Assembly Hall. Gerardot shot 5-of-11 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
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 is 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.
PULL DOWN THAT REBOUND
Indiana controlled the boards against Oakland on Saturday night outrebounding the Golden Grizzlies, 50-30. The plus-20 rebounding margin is the biggest margin for the Hoosiers in the Curt Miller era.
FIRST YEAR, FIRST GAME IMPACTS
In Indiana's first game of 2013-14 against Oakland, four of Indiana's five starters were first year players in the program (Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Tabitha Gerardot, Kaila Hulls), including three making their collegiate debuts (Agler, Brooks, Hulls). Of the 85 points scored by the Hoosiers, 62 of those came from first year players for IU. Nine total players made their Hoosier debut against Oakland and eight players made their first appearance in a collegiate game.
HULLS ON THE FLOOR FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS
Redshirt sophomore Kaila Hulls made her collegiate debut vs. Oakland on Nov. 9, playing in her first game since the Indiana-Kentucky High School All-Star Game in the summer of 2011. Hulls scored nine points and tied for the team lead with nine boards against Oakland. She also added three assists.
Hulls missed two years of basketball due to back-to-back ACL injuries in each of the last two seasons. She 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.
YEAR TWO OF Curt Miller ERA
Head coach Curt Miller is in 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 KIDS ON THE COURT
Heading into 2013-14, the active Indiana women's basketball roster features eight players who are playing their first season 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.