Indiana Hosts USC Upstate on Sunday
December 1, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes the USC Upstate Spartans to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Dec. 1. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET. 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 6-0 record to begin the season is the program's first perfect start through six games since the beginning of the 2000-01 season and it marks just the eighth time in program history that IU has began a season 6-0.
• Indiana has scored 80 or more points in five of its first six games, a feat last accomplished to begin the 1993-94 season.
• The last time IU scored 80 or more points five times during the course of an entire season was during the 2008-09 campaign.
• IU tallied 51 first-half points in the win over Saint Louis last time out, marking the first time an Indiana team had scored 50-plus points in a half since November 2009.
• The Hoosiers connected on 12 3-point field goals against SLU on Nov. 25, tying the second-best mark in school history for team 3-point field goals made in a single game.
• In three games this season, including the Saint Louis game, the IU bench has scored 34 or more points, a feat never accomplished last season.
• Senior Tabitha Gerardot scored a season-high 19 points against Saint Louis and has tallied 10 or more points in five games this year to average 12.2 ppg to go along with 6.3 rpg.
• Freshman Larryn Brooks has scored in double-figures in every game this season and leads IU with 18.0 ppg and 4.5 apg.
• Sasha Chaplin has scored the first points in each of the last three games and connected on 13 consecutive field goals before the streak was snapped against SLU. For the year, Chaplin is shooting 69.2 percent from the field and averaging 10.7 ppg.
Career Record: 275-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 17-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 149-157 (11th year)
USC Upstate Record: 106-136 (9th year)
USC UPSTATE AT A GLANCE
The University of South Carolina Upstate is located in Spartanburg, S.C. The Spartans are a part of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Sophomore center Brittany Starling leads Upstate in scoring and rebounding as she averages 12.3 points and 7.1 boards per game while shooting 53.2 percent from the field. Junior guard Sharmayn Edwards also scores in double-figures with 11.7 points per contest. She is also the team leader in 3-point field goals made (10) and steals (10). After starting the year 2-0, the Spartans are looking to get back on track after dropping three of their last four games.
FIRST 6-0 START SINCE 2000
Indiana improved to 6-0 with its 85-69 win over Saint Louis on Nov. 25, 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 eighth time in school history that an IU team has began a season with a perfect 6-0 record.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
The Hoosiers have scored 80 or more points in five of the six games played to begin the 2013-14 campaign. The last time an IU team scored 80-plus point in five games during an entire season was in 2008-09. Indiana has not scored at least 80 points in five of its first six games since the start of the 1993-94 season.
Indiana has tallied at least 80 points in each of the last three games, a program first since Dec. 1998. 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.
Last time out against Saint Louis, the Hoosiers poured in 51 first-half points, the most points in a half for Indiana since scoring 55 second-half points against Virginia on Nov. 26, 2009. Against the Billikens, IU shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field in the win. Indiana last shot over 50 percent a year ago against IPFW (11/26/12).
BROOKS AMONG TOP FRESHMEN SCORERS NATIONALLY
Freshman Larryn Brookshas 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 18.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the free throw line.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings (games through Nov. 24) among all Division I programs, Brooks ranked eighth (18.8 ppg) in scoring among all freshmen nationally and fourth among freshmen in BCS conferences.
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 Chaplinhas 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 the course of IU's last four games. On the season, Chaplin is shooting 69.2 percent from the field, 83.3 percent from the free throw line, all while averaging 10.7 points per game.
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 six games.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardothas been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 12.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in five games this year. Gerardot was stellar last time out against SLU as she scored 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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman guard Alexis Gassionhas made four 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 6.8 points and is second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Aglerhas started every game of her young Hoosier career and has been a steady player in the Hoosier backcourt and currently leads the team in steals. She has committed just seven turnovers in six games while being on the floor 80.0 percent of the time, playing 32.0 minutes each game (192 total). Agler is averaging 6.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Freshman Karlee McBridecame off the bench scorching against Saint Louis on Nov. 25. She scored nine points in 10 minutes of play, shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. In four games this season she scored nearly as many points as minutes played. Against Central Arkansas on Nov. 18, McBride tallied eight points in eight minutes, shooting 3-of-4 overall and 2-of-2 from long distance. At Indiana State, she nailed a clutch 3-pointer late in the game in four minutes of play and in the season opener tallied five points in four minutes of action.
HULLS ON THE FLOOR FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS
Redshirt sophomore Kaila Hullsmade 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 four games this year with two starts, 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.
In three games this season, the Indiana bench has tallied 34 or more points, including last time out against Saint Louis (34 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 also scored 34 points in the season opener vs. Oakland on Nov. 9.
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 Indiana defense is keeping opposing outside shooting in check as opponents are shooting just 23.1 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks second among all Big Ten Teams. The opposition has shot under 27.8 percent from long distance in five contests this year including three games where IU held opponents to 19.0 percent or lower from 3-point range.
FIRST YEAR IMPACTS
In each of Indiana's games so far in 2013-14, four of Indiana's five starters have been first year players in the program. Of the 85 points scored by the Hoosiers in the season opener vs. Oakland, 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.
Last time out against SLU, first year players in the program accounted for 66 of the 85 points scored (77.6 percent) and on Nov. 15 at Indiana State, 48 of the 57 total points scored by IU were by first year players (84.2 percent). For the year, Indiana's first-year players have scored 68.9 percent of the team's total points.