Indiana Heads to Wisconsin on Wednesday
January 15, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IU SPORTS RELEASE
Jan. 14, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hits the road for the first time in Big Ten play to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday, Jan. 15 with a tip time of 8 p.m. ET from the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The game begins a stretch where the Hoosiers play three games in five days this week. The contest can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call and can be watched on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/allaccess or BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana's 14-1 record is the program's best record through 15 games since the 1974-75 season.
• IU's 14-game winning streak to start the season was the longest in school history and the 14-0 record to begin the year was the best ever start to a season in program history.
• The Hoosiers were one of the final four remaining undefeated teams in the country prior to the loss vs. Ohio State.
• Prior to Curt Miller's arrival at Indiana, the Hoosiers went 15-44 in the two years before to his arrival, but in the one year and 15 games Miller has been at the helm, the Hoosiers are 25-20.
• Indiana's 14 wins this year are the most wins for an entire season since the 2009-10 campaign when IU won 14 games that season.
• IU has scored 80 or more points in nine games this season, more than any other Big Ten team, marking the first time since 1997-98 that an Indiana team has scored 80 or more points nine times in a single season.
• First year players have accounted for 73.5 percent of IU's total points so far this season.
• Through two Big Ten games, three freshmen lead the Hoosiers in scoring in conference games only led by Larryn Brooks with 15.5 ppg, Karlee McBride has tallied 11.4 ppg and Taylor Agler is averaging 11.0 ppg.
• In her last three games, Agler shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) from beyond the arc.
Career Record: 283-112 (13th year)
Indiana record: 25-20 (2nd year)
Career Record: 29-46 (3rd year)
Wisconsin Record: 29-46 (3rd year)
WISCONSIN AT A GLANCE
Wisconsin is looking to bounce back from two straight losses to Michigan and Iowa. The Badgers have three players averaging 13.7 points per game or more led by 6-3 redshirt junior Michala Johnson who scores 15.5 ppg and grabs 7.8 rpg while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. Senior guard Morgan Paige tallies 13.9 ppg and connects on 87.0 percent of her free throw attempts. Senior Taylor Wurtz leads the team in rebounding (8.3 rpg), assists (2.6 apg), 3-pointers made (26) and scores 13.7 ppg. Jacki Gulczynski, 6-1 junior forward, is a threat from long distance as she hits 37.3 percent of her 3-point attempts this season while averaging 8.0 ppg and 6.2 rpg.
A SIGNIFICANT START
• Indiana's current 14-1 record is the program's best record through 15 games since the 1974-75 season.
• The 14-0 record prior to loss to Ohio State to begin the 2013-14 season was the best start ever in program history.
• IU's 14-game winning streak was the longest ever in school history.
• The Hoosiers were one of the last four remaining undefeated teams in the country and was the final Big Ten team with an unblemished record.
• The 14 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2009-10 season (14-16) and is three more wins than IU had a year ago.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 15 games, Curt Miller has taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 25-20 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 is currently 14-1 this season.
LIGHT IT UP UP UP
Indiana's offense has been key to early success in 2013-14:
• Indiana is averaging 77.0 points per game, which ranks third in the Big Ten.
• The Hoosiers have tallied 80 or more points in nine games this year, the last time an IU team scored 80-plus points in nine games during an entire season was in 1997-98.
• IU has scored 87 or more points three times this season. The last time an Indiana team scored 87 or more three times 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.
• Indiana's 107 points at Cleveland State on Dec. 21 were the second-most points ever scored in program history and marked IU's first 100-plus point game since Nov. 2002 and most points scored in a game since March 1992.
• IU has shot 50 percent or better three times this year, a feat last accomplished during the 2008-09 season.
• 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.
• Indiana is second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.3).
• Indiana has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in five games this year, and has hit eight or more nine times.
• The Hoosiers are third in the Big Ten in assist to turnover ratio (1.2).
• Indiana ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.1).
INDIANA AT PURDUE GAME RESCHEDULED FOR JAN. 17
The Indiana at Purdue women's basketball game that was postponed on Jan. 6 has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 17. The No. 22 Hoosiers and No. 21 Boilermakers will tip at 7 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena that evening. The game will be available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging just 12.1 miscues each contest. Four times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and six times have committed 10 or less. Earlier this year the Hoosiers 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.
LONG DISTANCE DEDICATION
Indiana is one of three Big Ten teams averaging over seven made 3-point field goals per game (7.3), ranking second in the conference. Five times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the Hoosiers have hit eight or more in nine games. The last time an Indiana team hit eight or more 3-point field goals nine times in a season came during the 2009-10 campaign.
The Indiana defense has came to play in the first 15 games to begin the year:
• Indiana has held seven opponents under 60 points so far this season.
• IU ranks fifth among all NCAA Division I schools and tops in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to shoot only 24.8 percent from beyond the arc.
• In 12 games this year, the Hoosiers have limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and six times have held opponents under 20.0 percent from beyond the arc.
• Six times this year Indiana has limited its opponent to shoot 33.3 percent or lower overall, including four games holding foes to shoot less than 30 percent.
• Against USC Upstate on Dec. 1, the Hoosiers held the Spartans to 38 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.
HOOSIERS EARNED FIRST AP TOP 25 RANKING IN 21 YEARS
Indiana was ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll on Jan. 6, marking just the second time in program history that the Hoosiers had appeared in the AP Top 25 and the first time since Jan. 19, 1993. The No. 22 ranking was the highest ranking ever in program history.
INDIANA NAMED NCAA TEAM OF THE WEEK ON JAN. 8
The NCAA named Indiana its women's basketball Team of the Week on Jan. 8. A week that saw IU defeat then-No. 22/23 Iowa in its Big Ten opener to improve to 14-0, get ranked for the second time in school history and the first time in 21 years and Larryn Brooks named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
BROOKS AND DELOACH EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY ACCOLADES
Larryn Brooks was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Jan. 6 after leading Indiana with 20 points in IU's win over No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2 in the team's conference opener. The Richmond, Ky., native made seven free throws in the final minute of the game to seal the 86-84 win over the Hawkeyes and dished for a career-best nine assists. She also nailed three 3-point field goals.
Simone Deloach was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll this week. Deloach came off the bench against Iowa to tally her second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, tying her season best in scoring and setting a season mark in rebounds. She also tied career marks with three blocks and three steals against the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes.
PERFECT IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Indiana finished non-conference play with a perfect 13-0 record. The 13 victories set a program record for most non-Big Ten regular season wins. IU's 13-0 record to end non-conference play marks the fourth time ever that an Indiana women's basketball team has finished regular season non-Big Ten play without a loss (9-0 in 1992-93, 9-0 in 1993-94, 10-0 in 1994-95).
Indiana improved to 6-0 on the road this season with the win at Xavier on Dec. 29. Those six road wins are the most regular season true road victories for an IU team since the 2008-09 campaign.
IU is the only Big Ten team to achieve six true road wins in non-conference play as Indiana is the only conference team that played at least six true road games in non-Big Ten play. By the end of the regular season, Indiana will have played more true road games than any other team in the conference (14) and the Hoosiers are the only Big Ten team to have played three-consecutive true road games this year (at IUPUI on Dec. 15, at Cleveland State on Dec. 21, at Xavier on Dec. 29).
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career. Coming into the week, she ranked fifth among freshmen nationally in points per game with 18.3 ppg (4th overall in Big Ten) and in total points with 263. She ranks eighth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage shooting 41.9 percent (7th among freshmen nationally), ninth in assists with 4.0 per game (11th) and 3-point field goals made per game at 2.1 (20th), 11th in free throw percentage at 84.9 percent (7th) and 13th in assist-turnover ratio.
The Richmond, Ky., native has set two IU freshman records this season. The first being her 37 points in the win over Virginia Tech on Dec. 4. Brooks 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. She also set a freshman school mark hitting 7-of-9 3-point field goals against Milwaukee on Dec. 11, which also ties for the third-most made all-time in a single game at Indiana. She finished with 27 points in that game.
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. She has scored in double figures in every game but one this season.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is averaging 11.1 points per game and leads IU in rebounding (7.2 rpg). She has scored in double-figures in 10 games this year. Three times this season, she has tallied a season-best 19 points. In three of the last four games Gerardot has scored 16 or more points and in each of last four contests she has skied for eight or more rebounds including 10 in both of IU's Big Ten games.
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.
Senior Simone Deloach has been a huge factor off the bench for the Hoosiers all season, but in two of her last three games she achieved double-doubles in two wins over Xavier and Iowa. In the Big Ten opener against the Hawkeyes on Jan. 2, Deloach tied a season high with 10 points and skied for a season-best 14 rebounds to go along with career-tying marks of three blocks and three steals. At Xavier on Dec. 29, she tallied 10 points and 10 boards. Deloach now has three career double-doubles. On the season, Deloach is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 52.6 percent overall.
MCBRIDE MICROWAVES THE OFFENSE
Freshman Karlee McBride has been a spark off the bench for the Hoosiers during Big Ten play, combining for 23 points in her first two career conference games (11.5 ppg). Against then-No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2, the Erie, Pa., native came off the bench on fire nailing her first three 3-point field goal attempts on her way to a career high 14 points. She shot 4-of-5 from long distance in the game and added three rebounds in the win. Last time out against Ohio State, McBride finished with nine points to lead the IU reserves.
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 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. At Cleveland State on Dec. 21, Gassion dished for a career-high six assists to go along with seven points and three boards. On the road at Xavier on Dec. 29, she skied for a career-best 10 rebounds with six points and a pair of steals. Gassion tallied eight points in her Big Ten debut vs. Iowa with three boards.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and is averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.5 spg) and is shooting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. In her last three games, Agler is averaging 10.3 points and 2.0 steals per game and has shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) from beyond the arc. In the win over Iowa on Jan. 2, Agler scored 13 points, nailing 3-of-5 3-point field goals and added four boards, three assists and a steal. Against Ohio State, she had nine points, shooting 3-of-5 from the field with a pair of treys with three boards and a steal.