Nov. 24, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts Saint Louis on Monday, Nov. 25. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET inside of Assembly Hall. The game is available as a live web broadcast via the Big Ten Digital Network (BTN.com) and can also be heard for the first hour on IUHoosiers.com and after that on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray calling the action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 5-0 record to begin the season is the program's first perfect start through five games since the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
Indiana has scored 80 or more points in four of its first five games, a feat last accomplished to begin the 1996-97 season.
The last time IU scored 80 or more points four times during the course of an entire season was during the 2008-09 campaign.
In the win over Butler, Indiana dished for a season-high 18 assists and committed just four turnovers.
Four Indiana players scored in double digits against Butler for the second time this season, a feat only accomplished once in 2012-13.
Through five games, Indiana is limiting opponents to shoot just 19.4 percent from 3-point range.
Freshman Larryn Brooks has led the Hoosiers in scoring and assists in each of the first five games and is currently averaging 18.8 points and 4.6 assists per game. Sasha Chaplin has connected on each of her last 12 field goal attempts dating back to the Indiana State game on Nov. 15. For the year, Chaplin is shooting 70.3 percent overall and averaging 11.0 points per game.
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has scored in double-figures in four of IU's first five games and is averaging 10.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Freshman Alexis Gassion scored in double digits for the first time in her career against Butler, tallying 10 points while skying for five boards.
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has logged 166 minutes (33.2 mpg) through five games and has committed only five turnovers.
Career Record: 274-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 16-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 518-259 (28th year)
Saint Louis Record: 14-22 (2nd year)
SAINT LOUIS AT A GLANCE
Saint Louis is making its first appearance in Assembly Hall since topping IU on Nov. 24, 2010. The Billikens are part of the Atlantic 10 Conference. SLU, like IU, is playing on just one day rest and enters Monday's game with a 2-3 record having dropped its last two games, both on the road. Saint Louis is limiting its opponents to shooting just 36.6 percent from the field and under 30.0 percent from long distance. Erin Nelson leads the SLU offense as a freshman forward, she is leading the team with 16.2 ppg. Junior Desirae Bell scores 10.2 ppg and leads the team in steals. Olivia Jakubicek has a connection to the Hoosiers as she is the sister of IU's Claire Jakubicek and has started all five SLU games as a freshman.
FIRST 5-0 START SINCE 2006
Indiana improved to 5-0 with its 84-69 win over Butler on Nov. 23, marking the program's best start to a season since beginning the 2006-07 with a 5-0 mark. It is just the third time since 2000 that an IU team has won each of its first five games.
HOT START FOR HOOSIER OFFENSE
The Hoosiers have scored 80 or more points in four of the first five games to begin the 2013-14 campaign. IU last began a season scoring 80-plus points in four of the first five contests in 1996-97. Indiana last scored 80 or more points four times during an entire season in 2008-09. IU opened the year with back-to-back 85 point scoring nights, the first time IU had scored over 80 points in consecutive games since the 2006-07 season when the Hoosiers tallied 81 points against Illinois (2/18/07) and then 83 points vs. Northwestern (2/22/07). The Hoosiers totaled 170 points in those first two contests, the program's best back-to-back game point total since Nov. 2006 when IU scored 183 points combined in two consecutive games (85 vs. Valparaiso 11/15/06, 98 vs. Dayton 11/19/06). Indiana's 85 points in the season opening win over Oakland were the most points scored by a Hoosier team since Feb. 19, 2009, when IU 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 victory since Dec. 9, 2009, when Indiana topped UT Martin, 80-46.
BIG SASH MAKING BIG SPLASH
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin has had a big start to her final season. She has connected on each of her last 12 field goal attempts during the last three games. For the year, she is shooting 70.3 percent from the field and is averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while connecting on 87.5 percent of her free throws. Chaplin shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field against Butler on Nov. 23, scoring 14 points in the win. Against Central Arkansas on Nov. 18, she tallied 10 points while shooting 5-of-5 overall. At IPFW on Nov. 15, Chaplin scored 21 points, one point shy of her career high, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line to go along with seven boards. She has shot 60.0 percent or better in four of IU's five games this season.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
In three games this season, IU has committed 10 or fewer turnovers and last time out against Butler had just four miscues as a team. The Hoosiers are tied for the top stop in the Big Ten with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio in games played through Nov. 23. Freshman Taylor Agler is the leader in that cause as she is logging 33.2 minutes per game (166 total) and has committed just five turnovers during that span as a freshman guard.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her college career as she has led the Hoosiers in scoring and assists in each of the first five games. She is currently averaging 18.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the free throw line. She has tallied 15 or more points in each contest and last time out against Butler tallied 19 points, connecting on a season-high seven field goals and tied her season mark of six assists. Brooks had her most productive night at IPFW on Nov. 12. In that game, Brooks scored 25 points, the most points scored by a Hoosier freshman since 1999 (Jill Chapman, 31 points), and added six assists and four rebounds. She shot 13-of-15 from the free throw line in that game, including some clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 10.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in four of Indiana's games this year and last time out against Butler scored 10 points and led IU with eight rebounds. 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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman guard Alexis Gassion has made three starts in her rookie season and against Butler on Nov. 23 scored in double-figures for the first time in her career, finishing with 10 points and five boards against the Bulldogs. Gassion is currently averaging 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and has been a steady player in the Hoosier backcourt. Agler leads the team in steals (1.6 spg) and leads all the IU guards in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Her most impressive feat thus far might be that she has committed just five turnovers in five games while being on the floor 83.3 percent of the time playing 33.2 minutes each game (166 total).
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. Hulls has appeared in three games this year, missing two games due to tweaking her knee at IPFW. 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.
The Indiana defense is keeping opposing outside shooting in check as opponents are shooting just 19.4 percent from beyond the arc. The opposition has shot under 27.8 percent from long distance in each contest including three games where IU held opponents to 19.0 percent or lower from 3-point range.