Next Stop for #IUWBB: Morehead State
December 8, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will play four of its final five non-conference games on the road beginning at Morehead State on Sunday, Dec. 8. The game is scheduled to tip at 2 p.m. ET from Johnson Arena. The contest can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call and can been watched via live web stream by the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Digital Network that can be accessed through MSUEagles.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana's 8-0 record to begin the season is the program's first perfect start through eight games since the beginning of the 1994-95 season and it marks just the fourth time in program history that IU has began a season 8-0.
• The Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team with an unblemished record.
• With IU's win over Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, it marks the first time Indiana has won its inter-conference challenge game in back-to-back season since the event began in 2007.
• Larryn Brooks set an IU freshman scoring record with 37 points against the Hokies on Dec. 4 and tied for the fifth best total all time in a single game in program history.
• Brooks ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring with 19.9 points per game and in the last NCAA statistical rankings (games through Dec. 1), she was ninth in scoring among freshman nationally.
• IU has scored 80 or more points in six games this year, all in the first seven games, marking the first time an Indiana team had ever 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 79.2 points per contest which ranks second in the Big Ten.
• IU is the best in the conference in giving up just 11.4 turnovers per game.
• Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense (21.6 percent).
• Sasha Chaplin is shooting a Big Ten-leading 63.5 percent from the field while averaging 10.0 ppg and 4.3 rpg.
• Nicole Bell (T-6th, .462), Kaila Hulls (8th, .450) and Brooks (T-10th, .400) all rank in the top 10 in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage in games played through Dec. 6.
Career Record: 277-111 (13th year)
Indiana record: 19-19 (2nd year)
Career Record: 44-56 (4th year)
Morehead State Record: 44-56 (4th year)
MOREHEAD STATE AT A GLANCE
Morehead State is part of the Ohio Valley Conference. MSU and Indiana are meeting for the first time since Dec. 1993. The Eagles will try to correct a four game losing skid on Sunday vs. the Hoosiers as MSU has played its last three games on the road. Morehead State is led by senior guard Terrice Robinson who is lighting it up by averaging 19.9 points per game and also leads the team in 3-point shooting (26-of-30, .383), free throw percentage (.759) and steals (16). Her backcourt mate, Almesha Jones, also scores in double figures with 10.7 points per game and paces the team in assists (4.8 apg). Jones is second on the team in rebounds (4.7 rpg) and steals (16).
FIRST 8-0 START SINCE 1994
Indiana improved to 8-0 with its 71-65 win over Virginia Tech on Dec. 4, marking the program's best start to a season since the beginning of the 1994-95 campaign when IU started 10-0. It is just the fourth time in program history an Indiana team has began a year with eight straight wins. The Hoosiers are the lone Big Ten team with an undefeated record.
IU downed Virginia Tech last time out 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.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been clicking on all cylinders through the first eight games:
• The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in six games, all taking place during IU's first seven contests. Indiana had 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 scored 80 or more in four-consecutive games, a program first since 1996-97.
• The Hoosiers are averaging 79.2 points per game, which is second in the Big Ten.
• Against USC Upstate on Dec. 1, IU put up 87 points, the most points scored since Nov. 19, 2006, when Indiana tallied 98 points vs. Dayton.
• The Hoosiers shot 42.2 percent or better from the field in each of the first seven games this year. IU last shot 40 percent or better in seven straight games in 2009-10 to begin that season.
• Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.6).
• Indiana has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in three games this year, and has hit eight or more five times.
With Indiana's 87-38 win over USC Upstate on Dec. 1, 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 in scoring margin (+18.9). 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 eight games to begin the year:
• The Hoosiers are giving up 60.4 points per game which ranks third best in the Big Ten.
• IU leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense by holding opponents to 21.6 percent from long distance and heading into play this week ranked 13th in that category nationally.
• Indiana is fourth in the Big Ten in overall field goal percentage defense limiting opponents to 35.6 percent shooting.
• 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.
• 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 is 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.
BROOKS SETS FRESHMAN SINGLE GAME SCORING RECORD
Larryn Brooks set an IU freshman single game scoring record with 37 points in the win over Virginia Tech last time out. 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 when 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 and the best output since Cindy Kerns scored 37 in 1999.
Brooks has led the Hoosiers in scoring six times and in assists seven times. She is currently averaging 19.9 points (4th in Big Ten), 4.1 assists (9th) and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent (T-10th) from 3-point range, 86.5 percent (9th) from the free throw line and is hitting 2.0 3-point field goals per game (T-7th). Her 37 points vs. the Hokies are the most points scored by a Big Ten player so far this season.
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 ranked in the top 10 nationally among freshmen in assists (4.4 apg, 8th) and field goal percentage (49.4 percent, 8th).
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
In four games this season, IU has committed 10 or fewer turnovers, including three contests under 10. Indiana gave up just six turnovers against Virginia Tech last time out and against Butler on Nov. 23, had a season-low four miscues as a team, the lowest since Feb. 10, 2008 (3 at Illinois). IU also protected the ball well against Central Arkansas, finishing with only seven miscues. Indiana has not went an entire season with four games of 10 or few turnovers since the 2008-09 campaign and 2007-08 was the last time an IU team went three games with under 10 miscues. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (11.4) and the next closest team is Wisconsin (13.0).
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 a four-game stretch. On the season, Chaplin is shooting 63.5 percent from the field to lead the Big Ten, while averaging 10.0 points per game.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has scored in double-figures in four games this year. 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 Gerardothas been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 10.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while leading the Big Ten in offensive rebounds per game (3.4) She has scored in double-figures in five games this year. Gerardot skied for a season-high 10 rebounds against USC Upstate Dec. 1. 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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Freshman guard Alexis Gassion has scored in double digits in three of the last four games. Last time out against Viriginia Tech, Gassion tied her season high with 10 points to go along with six rebounds and a pair of assists. She is currently averaging 7.6 points per game and is second on the team with 4.9 rebounds per contest.