Dec. 13, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana begins a three game road trip on Sunday, Dec. 15, at IUPUI. The Hoosiers and Jaguars will tip at 2 p.m. ET from The Jungle in Indianapolis, Ind. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest can also be watched by a live web stream provided by IUPUIJags.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana's 10-0 record to begin the season is the program's first perfect start through 10 games since the beginning of the 1994-95 season and it is the program's longest win streak since that year.
The Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team with an unblemished record.
With winning 10 non-conference games this season, it marks only the fourth time in program history that an IU team has won 10 or more non-Big Ten games in a season.
With the beginning of a three game road trip at IUPUI on Sunday, the Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team that will play three straight true road games in a row this season and IU will play more true road games than any other team in the conference this year.
In the latest NCAA statistics rankings (games through Dec. 8), IU was fifth in the country in fewest turnovers committed per game (10.8), and currently ranks first in that category among Big Ten teams.
With the win over Milwaukee, Curt Miller improved to 21-19 at Indiana since becoming head coach, in the two seasons prior to his arrival, the Hoosiers were just 15-44.
The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 79.8 points per game.
Indiana is hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game, the second most in the conference, and has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals three times and eight or more seven times.
Indiana leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense as IU is limiting opponents to shoot just 24.5 percent from beyond the arc.
First year players have accounted for 71.3 percent of Indiana's total points this season.
Larryn Brooks ranks fourth in the Big Ten and is sixth among freshmen nationally in scoring (in games through Dec. 8), averaging 19.6 points per game and also leads the team with 3.7 assists per game.
Career Record: 279-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 21-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 44-58 (4th year)
IUPUI Record: 44-58 (4th year)
IUPUI AT A GLANCE
IUPUI welcomes Indiana back to the Jungle for the first time since 2011 when IU escaped with a one point win. The Jaguars, part of the Summit League, have won two straight games, including a win over a common opponent with the Hoosiers, defeating Indiana State, 68-64, on the road last time out. IUPUI scores 71.8 ppg and as a team shoots 46.5 percent overall. The Jags get after it defensively as they force opponents into 21.6 turnover per game. A balanced attack, IUPUI has seven players averaging 6.1 ppg or more led by DeAirra Goss with 11.2 ppg. Nevena Markovic also scores in double figures with 10.5 ppg. Dee-Dee Bellamy will be one to watch on the defensive end as she paces the Jaguars with 2.1 steals per contest.
FIRST 10-0 START SINCE 1994
Indiana improved to 10-0 with its 87-68 win over Milwaukee on Dec. 11, marking the program's best start to a season since the beginning of the 1994-95 campaign when IU started 10-0. It is also the program's longest winning streak since that same year. The Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team with an undefeated record.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Indiana's matchup at IUPUI begins a three-game road trip for the Hoosiers with other stops coming at Cleveland State on Dec. 21 and at Xavier on Dec. 29. IU is the only Big Ten team that will play three straight true road games during the 2013-14 regular season. The Hoosiers also play more true road games this year than any other team in the conference. By the end of the month, IU will have played six true road games in non-conference play, more than any Big Ten team.
THE POWER OF 10
With IU winning its 10th non-conference game of the season against Milwaukee, it marks just fourth time in program history that Indiana has won 10 or more non-conference games in a season. The Hoosiers last won 10 or more non-Big Ten games during the 2006-07 campaign (11-2). IU also won 10 or more non-league contests in 1998-99 (11-3) and 1994-95 (10-0).
IU SURPASSES ROAD WIN TOTAL FROM LAST YEAR
With Indiana's win at Morehead State on Dec. 8, going along with road victories at IPFW on Nov. 12 and at Indiana State on Nov. 15, the Hoosiers are 3-0 on the road this year, which is more road wins than Indiana had during the entire 2012-13 season. It marks the program's most road triumphs since the 2010-11 campaign.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and coming into the week was fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 10.8 miscues each contest. Four times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and six times have committed 10 or less. In each of the last three games, Indiana has had 10 or fewer miscues and earlier this year had a season-low four against Butler. The last time an Indiana team had less than 10 turnovers in four games during an entire season was in 2004-05.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been clicking on all cylinders through the first nine games:
Indiana is averaging 79.8 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten and ranked 37th nationally coming into the week.
The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in seven games this year, the last time an IU team scored 80-plus points in seven games during an entire season was in 1998-99.
IU has scored 87 points twice this season. The last time an Indiana team scored 87 or more twice in a season was in 2002-03.
Indiana scored 80 or more in four-consecutive games between Nov. 18 and Dec. 1, a program first since 1996-97.
The Hoosiers shot 42.2 percent or better from the field in seven straight games to start the year. IU last shot 40 percent or better in seven straight games in 2009-10.
As a team, IU is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, the third highest mark in the conference.
Indiana is second in the Big Ten and was 34th nationally coming into the week in 3-point field goals made per game (7.7).
Indiana has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in three games this year, and has hit eight or more seven times.
The Hoosiers are tops in the Big Ten in assist to turnover ratio (1.3).
The Indiana defense has came to play in the first nine games to begin the year:
The Hoosiers are giving up 60.5 points per game, which is the second best mark in the Big Ten.
IU was sixth in the country coming into the week and is first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense by limiting opponents to just 24.5 percent from beyond the arc.
In eight games this year, the Hoosiers have limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and four times have held opponents under 20.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Five times this year Indiana has limited its opponent to shoot 33.3 percent or lower overall.
Against USC Upstate on Dec. 1, 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 was the first time Indiana had 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.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 10 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 21-19 since he became head coach at IU. The Hoosiers went 6-24 in 2011-12 and 9-20 in 2010-11. Under Miller, IU won 11 games last year and are currently 10-0 this season.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career. Coming into the week, she ranked sixth among freshmen nationally in scoring and is currently fourth overall in the Big Ten with 19.6 points per game. She is also averaging 3.7 assists (13th in Big Ten), shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from 3-point range (7th) and shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7th).
Last time out vs. Milwaukee, Brooks set a freshman record and tied for the third best total ever at IU in 3-pointers made in a single game as she connected on 7-of-9 from beyond the arc to finish with 27 points.
Brooks set an IU freshman single game scoring record with 37 points in the win over Virginia Tech on Dec. 4. The Richmond, Ky., native shot 11-of-23 from the field, with four 3-point field goals and went 11-of-11 from the free throw line. She shattered a freshman record which stood for over 32 years and was held by Indiana's all-time career leading scorer, Denise Jackson, as she tallied 32 points against Michigan State on Feb. 13, 1981. The 37 points ties for the fifth best scoring game overall in IU history, the best output since Cindy Kerns scored 37 in 1999 and is the most points scored by any Big Ten player this season.
Just 10 games into her career, Brooks sits first (37 vs. Virginia Tech), is tied for ninth (27 vs. Milwaukee) and is 12th (25 at IPFW) in most points scored by a freshman in Indiana history.
IU downed Virginia Tech on Dec. 4 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, marking the first time the Hoosiers have won the inter-conference challenge game in back-to-back seasons. Indiana defeated Clemson last year, 52-49 (Nov. 28,2012), before taking down the Hokies this year on Dec. 4, 71-65. The Hoosiers are now 4-3 all-time in the event.
BIG SASH MAKING BIG SPLASH
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin has had a big start to her final season as she is currently shooting 63.1 percent from the field (second in Big Ten). In five games this year, Chaplin has shot 60.0 percent or better from the field, including a pair of games at 100 percent and one of 85.7 percent. Chaplin is averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures five times.
Last time out vs. Milwaukee, Chaplin tallied 16 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Chaplin went 5-for-5 from the field en route to 10 points vs. Central Arkansas on Nov. 18 and 6-for-6 against Butler on Nov. 23 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.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is second on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and leads IU in rebounding (6.9 rpg) while leading the Big Ten in offensive rebounds per game (3.6). She has scored in double-figures in seven games this year. Against Milwaukee, Gerardot scored 13 points with seven boards, a career high three blocks and two assists. Gerardot skied for a season-high 10 rebounds against USC Upstate on Dec. 1 and on Nov. 25 vs. Saint Louis, the Ft. Wayne, Ind., native scored a season-best 19 points.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman Alexis Gassion is becoming a force on the defensive end and has been steady for the Hoosiers on offense as well this year. The Fairborn, Ohio, native has scored in double figures three times this season and is averaging 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
At Morehead State on Dec. 8, Gassion led Indiana with three blocks and three assists, adding eight points, three rebounds and a steal. She had the task of guarding MSU's leading scorer, Terrice Robinson, who came into the game averaging 19.9 points per game. Gassion was up to the task as she held Robinson without a field goal (0-of-10) and just three points.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals. She stuffed the staff sheet vs. Milwaukee last time out, scoring eight points with seven rebounds, five assists (career high) and four steals (tied career high).Agler has tallied double digit points three times this year, including most recently at Morehead State when she tied for the team lead with 12 points while shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc with four rebounds, two assists and a block. Agler is currently shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range, which is 11th in the Big Ten.
DECK THE HULLS
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 currently ranks ninth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (44.0 percent). She scored eight points at Morehead State on Dec. 8 with four boards and an assist. The Bloomington native caught fire in IU's win over USC Upstate on Dec. 1 as she buried four 3-point field goals on her way to 12 points, her first career double-figure scoring game.