Dec. 3, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. The contest is available as a live web broadcast via the Big Ten Digital Network (BTN.com) and can also be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling the action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 7-0 record to begin the season is the program's first perfect start through seven games since the beginning of the 2000-01 season and it marks just the seventh time in program history that IU has began a season 7-0.
The Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team with an unblemished record and one of just 23 teams nationally.
IU has scored 80 or more points in six of its seven games, marking the first time an Indiana team has recorded 80-plus points in six of the its first seven games.
The last time IU scored 80-plus points six times during the course of entire season was in 2006-07.
The Hoosiers are averaging 80.4 points per contest which ranks them third in the Big Ten and 34th nationally.
IU is 13th in the country in field goal percentage, shooting 47.7 percent.
Indiana leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th nationally in 3-point field goal defense (21.4 percent).
Indiana had five players score in double-figures in the win over USC Upstate, a feat last accomplished in Nov. 2010.
Freshman Larryn Brooks has scored in double-figures in every game this season and leads IU with 17.4 ppg and 4.4 apg. She ranks ninth among freshmen nationally in scoring.
Freshman Taylor Agler led IU with 16 points vs. Upstate, going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field with two 3-pointers and added five rebounds and two assists.
Sasha Chaplin has scored the first points in each of the last four games and currently is shooting 67.4 percent from the field and averaging 10.6 ppg.
Kaila Hulls buried four 3-point field goals last time out, scoring 12 points to go along with two steals.
Career Record: 276-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 18-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 23-44 (3rd year)
Virginia Tech Record: 23-44 (3rd year)
VIRGINIA TECH AT A GLANCE
Virginia Tech arrives in Bloomington scoring 71.9 ppg as a team and outscoring opponents by a plus-19.0 margin. The Hokies are limiting opponents to just 52.9 ppg while holding foes to 30.9 percent shooting from the field. VT is also getting it done on the boards, skying for 48.4 rpg, 12.4 rebounds more than its opponents this season. Senior forward Uju Ugoka is averaging a double-double with 16.6 ppg and 10.6 rpg and is shooting 51.1 percent from the field. Freshman Vanessa Panousis scores 12.9 ppg and leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting. Senior Monet Tellier tallies 10.4 ppg and leads the team in assists and is tied for the team lead in steals.
BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
The 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge marks the seventh installment of the annual event for women's basketball. The Hoosiers hold a 3-3 record in the challenge and won last year's game vs. Clemson, 52-49, in Assembly Hall. IU has won its challenge game in two of the last years.
FIRST 7-0 START SINCE 2000
Indiana improved to 7-0 with its 87-38 win over USC Upstate on Dec. 1, marking the program's best start to a season since the beginning of the 2000-01 campaign when IU started 7-0. It is just the seventh time in school history that an IU team has began a season with a perfect 7-0 record. Indiana is the lone Big Ten with an undefeated record and one of just 23 nationally.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been clicking on all cylinders through the first seven games:
The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in six of the seven contests this season, including in each of the last four games. Indiana has never started a season scoring 80 or more points in six of its first seven games.
The last time an IU team scored 80-plus points in six games during an entire season was 2006-07.
Indiana last scored 80 or more in four-straight games in 1996-97.
The Hoosiers are averaging 80.4 points per game, which ties for third in the Big Ten and 34th nationally.
Last time out against USC Upstate, IU put up 87 points, the most points scored since Nov. 19, 2006, when Indiana tallied 98 points vs. Dayton.
IU ranks 13th nationally and is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (47.7 percent).
The Hoosiers have shot 42.2 percent or better from the field in each game this year. IU last shot 40 percent or better in seven straight games in 2009-10 to begin the year.
Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.7).
Indiana has opened each of the last two games scoring 51 first-half points in each contest. Prior to this year, the last time IU scored over 50 points in a half was in the second half vs. Virginia on Nov. 26, 2009 (55 points).
Indiana has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in three of the last four games, and has hit eight or more five times.
With Indiana's 87-38 win over USC Upstate on Sunday, it marked IU's largest margin of victory (+49) since topping Wofford, 90-34 (+56), on Nov. 22, 2002. IU currently leads the Big Ten and ranks 24th nationally in scoring margin (+20.7). The Hoosiers have defeated five teams this year by 15 or more points and three times this year have won by 27 or more points. The last time an Indiana team won three games by 25-plus points in the same season was during the 2006-07 campaign.
The Indiana defense has came to play in the first seven games to begin the year:
IU leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense by holding opponents to 21.4 percent (13th nationally) and is fourth in the Big Ten in overall field goal percentage defense limiting opponents to 35.1 percent shooting (49th).
The Hoosiers have defended opponents to shoot 33.3 percent or lower in four games this season.
In every game but one, Indiana has limited opponents to 27.8 percent or lower shooting from beyond the arc and four times have held opponents under 20.0 percent.
Last time out against USC Upstate, the Hoosiers held the Spartans to 37 points, the lowest defensive point total since IU defended Belmont to just 26 points on Nov. 27, 2004. It is the first time Indiana has held an opponent under 40 points since Dec. 21, 2011, when IU limited Colorado State to 39 points.
Indiana defended Upstate to shoot just 20.0 percent (11-of-55) for the game and 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from 3-point range.
PULL DOWN THAT REBOUND
With outrebounding USC Upstate 53-33, it marked the second time this year that IU has had 50 or more team rebounds in a game and the second time with a plus-20 rebounding margin. The last time IU had two games of 50 or more rebounds came during the 2011-12 season. IU last had a game with a plus-20 rebound margin prior to this year on Nov. 26, 2002 (+22 vs. Kentucky) and the last time the Hoosiers had two games with a plus-20 margin in the same season was in 2001-02.
BROOKS AMONG TOP FRESHMEN SCORERS NATIONALLY
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her college career as she has led the Hoosiers in scoring five times and in assists every game. She is currently averaging 17.4 points (7th in Big Ten), 4.4 assists (8th) and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 49.4 percent (8th) from the field, 40.0 percent (15th) from 3-point range and 82.9 percent (13th) from the free throw line.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings (games through Dec. 1) among all Division I programs, Brooks ranked ninth (17.4 ppg) in scoring among all freshmen nationally and fifth among freshmen in BCS conferences. She also ranks in the top 10 nationally among freshmen in assists (4.4 apg, 8th) and field goal percentage (49.4 percent, 8th).
She has tallied 14 or more points in each contest. 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.
BIG SASH MAKING BIG SPLASH
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin has had a big start to her final season. With her first field goal against Saint Louis on Nov. 25, it ended a streak of 13 made field goals in a row over a four-game stretch. On the season, Chaplin is shooting 67.4 percent from the field to lead the Big Ten, while averaging 10.6 points per game.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has scored in double-figures in five games this year, including 10 points vs. USC Upstate on Dec. 1. She shot 4-of-7 from the field in that game and had six boards. In two games this year, Chaplin has shot a perfect 100 percent going 5-for-5 from the field en route to 10 points vs. Central Arkansas and 6-for-6 against Butler on her way to 14 points. 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 games.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 11.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in five games this year. Gerardot skied for a season-high 10 rebounds against USC Upstate last time out. On Nov. 25 vs. Saint Louis, the Ft. Wayne, Ind., native scored a season-best 19 points, shooting 6-of-10 overall, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line to go along with five boards and two assists.
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 is averaging 8.0 points per game while leading the team in steals. Last time out against USC Upstate, she scored a season-high 16 points, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and added five rebounds and two assists. She has scored in double-figures in two games this season.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman guard Alexis Gassion has made five starts in her rookie season and last time out tied her season high with 10 points against USC Upstate. She also added three boards, an assist and a steal. Gassion is currently averaging 7.3 points per game and is second on the team with 4.7 rebounds per contest.
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. She caught fire last time out in IU's win over USC Upstate as the Bloomington native buried four 3-point field goals on her way to 12 points, her first career double-figure scoring game. On the year, Hulls is shooting 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc.
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.
In four games this season, the Indiana bench has tallied 33 or more points, including last time out against USC Upstate (33 points). The Hoosier reserves scored a season-best 37 points in the win over Central Arkansas on Nov. 18, the most by the IU bench since 2011 (44 vs. Belmont, 11/16/11). IU reserves also scored 34 points in the season opener vs. Oakland on Nov. 9 and against Saint Louis on Nov. 25.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
In three games this season, IU has committed 10 or fewer turnovers and against Butler on Nov. 23, Indiana had a season-low four miscues as a team. Indiana has not went an entire season with three games of 10 or few turnovers since the 2009-10 campaign. The Hoosier currently rank third in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio at a 1.14 clip (41st nationally).