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Indiana Defeats No. 22/23 Iowa in B1G Opener

January 3, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana opened Big Ten play with a purpose as the Hoosiers defeated No. 22/23 Iowa on Thursday night in Assembly Hall, 86-84. IU remains unbeaten on the year and adds to the best start in program history with now a 14-0 record to begin 2013-14.

Five Indiana (14-0, 1-0) players scored in double figures, led by freshman Larryn Brooks, whose seven free throws in the final minute of the game helped clinch the Hoosier victory. Senior forward Tabitha Gerardot finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Karlee McBride came off the bench to add 14.

Iowa (12-3, 0-1) took a 5-2 lead in the opening minute, but a Larryn Brookslayup closed the gap, and the Hawkeyes never reclaimed a larger lead.

The conference's top-two scoring teams traded buckets at a rapid pace throughout the night. Iowa was led early on by Bethany Doolittle, who put up 14 points in the first 12 minutes.

A Kaila Hulls 3-pointer, followed by an offensive rebound and a put back by Simone Deloach the very next possession gave the Hoosiers a major momentum swing. McBride checked in off the bench, hit back-to-back triples and the Hoosiers began to pull themselves away with five minutes to go in the first half. Freshman Taylor Aglermade a 3-pointer in IU's final possession of the half. Indiana went into the locker room with a 43-36 lead.

Indiana was able to stay at arm's length the majority of the second half, but with 4:30 left to go, Iowa began to make a comeback.

With 2:40 left on the clock, Iowa cut the lead to three, following a Melissa Dixon triple. Gerbardot snagged an offensive rebound and drew the foul to put the Hoosiers back up four with two minutes left to play with a free throw.

Up two with 1:30 left to play, Larryn Brooksfound Deloach under the basket right as the shot clock was expiring for an easy layup to give IU a 76-72 edge. Brooks set a new career high with nine assists in the game.

A big defensive rebound by Brooks helped her draw the foul, and she hit two free throws to put the Hoosiers up seven, 79-72, with exactly one minute on the clock. Two quick baskets on the other end by Iowa made it a four-point game with 44 seconds left to play.

The teams exchanged free throws after an Iowa foul and an Indiana dead ball technical. Hawkeye Samantha Logic drained a trey as part of five-point possession for the Hawkeyes with the two technical free throws and the Hoosiers found themselves up 83-81 with 29 seconds left. Brooks drew a foul on Indiana's next possession and subsequently made both free throws to boost the Hoosiers lead to four.

Great team defense by Indiana stopped Iowa's next possession, but a sloppy in-bounds pass led to a quick steal by the Hawkeyes. Ally Disterhoft made 1-of-2 free throws for Iowa to make it a 85-82 score with five seconds to play.

After missing the first, Agler made her second free throw on IU's next possession and the Hoosiers were once again up by four, 86-82, with 3.4 seconds left to play. A last-second layup could not save the Hawkeyes, and Indiana finished the game with an 86-84 victory to keep their undefeated season alive.

Deloach accomplished her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 14 boards and tied career marks with three blocks and three steals. Agler tallied 13 points and nailed 3-of-5 3-point field goals.

IU dished for 19 assists in the game while connecting on 28-of-64 (43.8 percent) field goals. The Hoosiers nailed 11-of-23 3-pointers, shooting a season-best 47.8 percent from long distance.

Indiana travels to Purdue Monday night to face No. 17/19 Purdue for the first time since last season's buzzar-beating win. Tip off is at 7:00 pm EST and will air live on BTN and BTN2GO.

Postgame Notes
• Indiana's 14-0 start adds to the best start in program history and is the most wins in single season since the 2009-10 campaign (14-16).

• Indiana tallied 86 points in the win, marking IU's most points in a Big Ten game since scoring 86 against Wisconsin in Assembly Hall on Jan. 31, 2008.

• On the season, IU has scored 80 or more points nine times this year. The last time an Indiana team scored 80 or more points in nine games during an entire season was in 1997-98.

• The Hoosiers win their first Big Ten opener since Dec. 30, 2010, when IU took down Northwestern, 71-69.

• IU defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since Feb. 20, 2012, when Indiana defeated No. 22/21 Purdue, 62-61.

• Indiana's win over Iowa ends a four-year drought since the Hoosiers last topped the Hawkeyes. IU's last win over Iowa came in a 76-54 win at home on Jan. 4, 2009.

• The Hoosiers dished for 19 assists in the game, IU's most assists in a Big Ten game since Feb. 27, 2011 when IU had 19 assists against Iowa.

• Indiana shot its best percentage of the year from 3-point range, going 47.8 percent from beyond arc while connecting on 11-of-23 3-point attempts.

• The Hoosiers shot 50 percent (17-of-34) in the first half, including going 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

• For the second time this season, five Hoosier players scored in double-figures with Larryn Brooks scoring 20 points, Tabitha Gerardot added 11 points, Karlee McBride scored 14 points, Taylor Agler tallied 13 points and Simone Deloachfinished with 10 points.

• For the first time this season, two Indiana players accomplished a double-double in the same game. Gerardot had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Deloach scored 10 points and grabbed 14 boards.

• Indiana bench outscored the Iowa reserves, 47-17, led by McBride's 14 and Delaoch's 10.

• Brooks led Indiana with 20 points and dished for a career-high nine assists with a pair of rebounds. She nailed 3-of-6 3-point field goals and went 7-of-10 from the free throw line.

• Gerardot achieved her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards. She shot 6-of-8 from the field and added an assist. Her 10 rebounds tied her season high. Gerardot has scored in double figures in 10 games this season, including five of the last six games.

• Agler scored in double figures for the fourth time this season, tallying 13 points with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. She shot 4-of-7 from the field, including tying her career high of three 3-point field goals made.

• McBride scored a career-high 14 points while connecting on a career-best 4-of-5 3-pointers to go along with three rebounds and an assist. McBride connected on her first three 3-point field goals consecutively in the first half coming off the bench.

• Deloach accomplished a second-straight double-double and the third of her career with 10 points (ties season high) and a season-best 14 rebounds. The senior shot 4-of-6 from the field and tied career highs with three blocks and three steals.

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