Indiana at Illinois Tips at 2 p.m. ET Sunday
February 2, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hits the road to take on Illinois in Champiagn, Ill. at the State Farm Center on Sunday, Feb. 2. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET and can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Greg Murray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana's 15 wins this season marks the most for an IU team in a single year since the 2008-09 campaign.
• First year players have accounted for 75.7 percent of IU's total points scored this season.
• Indiana has hit 155 3-point field goals this season which ranks 10th in IU history for most 3-point field goals made by a Hoosier team in a single season.
• The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game with 7.4 each contest and has hit 10 or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times this year.
• Indiana ranks 11th in the country and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers per game (12.5) and six times this season has committed less than 10 turnovers in a game.
• IU has scored 80 or more points in 10 games this season, a program first since the 1974-75 campaign.
• The Hoosiers are limiting opponents to shoot just 26.6 percent from beyond the arc this season to lead the Big Ten.
• Freshman Lyndsay Leikem set career marks with 18 points and eight rebounds vs. Northwestern on Jan. 30 and in her last four games has averaged 10.3 points per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc.
• In conference games only, freshman Taylor Agler is fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage shooting 46.2 percent while averaging 10.1 points per game in conference games.
• Larryn Brooks holds freshman records for most free throws made in a single season (94), most points in a single game (37), most 3-pointers made in a single game (7) and assists in a single game (10) while she is tied for second for most 3-pointers made by a freshman in a single season (42).
Career Record: 284-117 (13th year)
Indiana record: 26-25 (2nd year)
Career Record: 310-80 (12th year)
Illinois Record: 28-26 (2nd year)
ILLINOIS AT A GLANCE
Illinois has an identical Big Ten record as the Hoosiers and is looking to correct a two game losing skid. The Fighting Illini get after it defensively as they lead the conference in steals (11.2 per game), turnovers forced (21.1 per game) and turnover margin (+5.6). For the season, Amber Moore leads Illinois in scoring with 15.9 points per game, but Ivory Crawford has came on as of late as she is scoring 17.9 points per game in Big Ten games only. Moore will look to score from the outside as she paces the team in 3-point shooting. Five Illini players have over 25 steals on the year, including three players with 37 or more led by Crawford's 45 (2.1 spg). Jacqui Grant is averaging 13.9 points per game while shooting a team best 46.7 percent from the field.
THE MILLER EFFECT
Through one year and 21 games, Curt Millerhas taken an Indiana program that went 15-44 in the two years prior to his arrival to a record of 26-25 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 15-6 this season.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana shot a season best 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from beyond the arc at Iowa on Jan. 25. IU leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.4). Seven times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the Hoosiers have hit eight or more in 12 games. Twice this season, the Hoosiers have nailed 12 3-point field goals in a game (Saint Louis on 11/25/13, Minnesota on 1/19/14), which ties for the second most 3-pointers made in a single game in program history. So far this season, IU has hit 155 3-point field goals as a team, which ranks 10th in IU history for most 3-point field goals made by a Hoosier team in a single season.
In Big Ten games only, the Hoosiers are hitting 7.9 3-point field goals per game. In seven conference games, IU has hit 28 more total 3-pointers than its opponent, 3.5 more per game than its Big Ten opponents are hitting.
DEFENDING THE ARC
The Hoosiers rank 13th among all Division I teams and first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense limiting opponents to shoot 26.6 percent from beyond the arc. In 13 games this year, IU has limited foes to shoot 27.8 percent or lower from 3-point range and seven times have held opponents under 20.0 percent from long distance. Indiana is second in the conference in fewest 3-point field goals allowed per game (5.0).
HOOSIER HIGH FIVE
In three games this season, the Hoosiers have started five freshmen in Jenn Anderson, Taylor Agler, Larryn Brooks, Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem. IU is the only team in the Big Ten to start five rookies this season.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in fewest turnovers per game, now averaging 12.5 miscues each contest. Six times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and eight times have committed 10 or less. Earlier this year the Hoosiers had a season-low four against Butler.
A SIGNIFICANT START
• Indiana currently sits at 15-6 on the season, the last time IU won 15 times in its first 21 games was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoosiers were 15-6 through 21 contests that year.
• The 15 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-09 season (21-11) and is four more wins than IU had a year ago.
• The 14-0 record 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.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brookshas had a stellar start to her Indiana career and has twice been named B1G Freshman of the Week. She ranks among the top freshmen nationally in total points (6th), free throw percentage (5th), points per game (8th), 3-point field goal percentage (8th), assists (9th), assist-turnover ratio (18th) and 3-point field goals made per game (25th). She is fifth in the Big Ten overall in scoring at 16.9 points per game, tied for eighth in assists at 4.1 per contest, 10th in 3-pointers made per game at 2.0 and in free throw percentage at 83.2 percent, 11th in 3-point field goal percentage at 38.5 percent and 12th in assist-turnover ratio at 1.3.
Brooks has already eclipsed the IU single season freshman record for free throws made as she has now connected on 94 from the charity stripe this year. She is also now tied for second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 42 makes from beyond the arc.
The Richmond, Ky., native has also set three IU freshman single game 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 dished for 10 assists against Minnesota on Jan. 19, which sets a freshman record for most assists in a single game.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Aglerhas started every game of her young Hoosier career and has been key to the Hoosier offense during Big Ten Play. In conference games only, Agler is averaging 10.1 points per game while shooting 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the field and is fourth in the Big Ten in shooting 46.2 percent (18-of-39) from beyond the arc. She has twice scored 20 or more points in league play. She tallied a career high 21 points at Iowa on Jan. 25 while nailing a career best 6-of-8 3-point field goals to go along with three assists and a steal. In the overtime win against Minnesota on Jan. 19, Agler scored 20 points with seven rebounds and hit four 3-pointers.
For the season, Agler is averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals (1.2 spg). She has scored in double figures six times and is shooting 47.5 percent overall and 41.4 percent from long distance, which ranks her eighth in the Big Ten.
LIGHTNING Lyndsay Leikem
Freshman Lyndsay Leikemcarried the Hoosier offense against Northwestern on Jan. 30. She scored a career high 18 points while shooting 7-of-12 from the field with a pair of treys. She also set career marks with eight rebounds and three assists.
Leikem has scored eight or more points in four of the last five games. In her last four contests, she is averaging 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Simone Deloach made her first start of the season vs. Northwestern last time out and just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds in the effort. At Iowa on Jan. 25, Deloach tied her season high with 10 rebounds with six boards while shooting 4-of-6 from the field. For the year, she is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field.