Indiana Hosts Belmont Thursday in WNIT
March 20, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hosts Belmont in the opening round of the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest will also be available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana is making its seventh WNIT appearance in program history and its first since 2009.
• Since the NCAA Tournament began play in 1983, this year marks IU's 11th appearance in a national postseason tournament, including four NCAA Tournament appearances (1983, 1994, 1995, 2002), seven WNIT appearances (1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014) and one NWIT appearance (1991). Prior to the NCAA Tournament, IU appeared in an AIAW Final Four (1973) and two AIAW Elite Eights (1972, 1974).
• This season marks the 17th year for the WNIT as the first tournament was played in 1998 with 16 teams and has since expanded to 64 teams.
• The Hoosiers own an 8-6 record all-time in WNIT games, playing in the semifinals once (1998) and playing into the quarterfinals twice (2006, 2009).
• Indiana has hosted six WNIT contests in Assembly Hall and are 5-1 in those games. IU last hosted a postseason game on March 22, 2009 and upended Dayton, 59-57.
• This year will mark head coach Curt Miller's ninth national postseason tournament appearance as a head coach and his first at Indiana. Miller earned five NCAA Tournament berths at Bowling Green (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and had three WNIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2012).
• Indiana freshman Larryn Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors for 2013-14. She has set IU freshman records for most points in a season (467), most free throws made in a season (113), most points in a single game (37), most assists in a single game (10) and most 3-point field goals made in a single game (7).
• Belmont's first-year head coach Cameron Newbauer is the older brother of Indiana senior guard Andrea Newbauer.
Career Record: 287-123 (13th year)
Indiana record: 29-31 (2nd year)
Career Record: 14-17 (1st year)
Belmont Record: 14-17 (1st year)
WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
The Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) features 64 teams in a single-elimination championship format. The WNIT began in 1998 and is in its 17th year. The field includes 32 teams that earned an automatic berth, and 32 teams that were chosen at-large. The automatic qualifiers are the best team available in the nation's 32 conferences, after the NCAA Tournament committee makes its picks. The Postseason WNIT will open with first-round games Wednesday through Friday, March 19-21. The event culminates Saturday, April 5 with the championship game, which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. All games are hosted by participating schools.
BELMONT AT A GLANCE
Indiana and Belmont meet for the first time since Dec. 4, 2012 when the Bruins topped IU in Assembly Hall, 58-54. Belmont plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and finished their conference season with a 10-6 record to finish first in the East Division and second overall. Belmont is led in scoring by junior Jordan Luffman who averages 14.3 points per game. She also leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (38.4 percent), grabs 7.1 rebounds per game and shoots 84.7 percent from the free throw line. Five other Bruin players tally 6.2 points per game or more. Junior guard Katie Carroll leads the team in 3-pointers made (54) while scoring 8.8 points per contest. Forward Frankie Joubran leads Belmont in rebounding (7.5 rpg) as Adrienne Tarrence distributes the ball well as she paces the team in assists with 3.8 apg.
INDIANA IN THE POSTSEASON
Indiana women's basketball returns to postseason play for the first time since 2009. Since the NCAA began its tournament in 1983, the Hoosiers have made 11 postseason appearances playing in four NCAA Tournaments (1983, 1994, 1995, 2002), one NWIT (1991) and is now in its seventh WNIT (1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014). IU also played in an AIAW Final Four in 1973 and made it to two AIAW Elite Eights (1972, 1974). The Hoosiers own an 8-6 record all-time in WNIT games and are 5-1 at home in WNIT play. IU's last home postseason game was a 59-57 win over Dayton on March 22, 2009.
MILLER IN THE POSTSEASON
Indiana head coach Curt Miller is making his ninth postseason appearance as a head coach and his first since taking over the helm of the IU program. Prior to arriving in Bloomington, Miller led Bowling Green State University to eight postseason tournaments, including five NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and three WNIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2012). His 2006-07 team beat Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament to become the first-ever MAC women's team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the national tourney.
CHAPLIN RETURNS TO POSTSEASON PLAY
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin is the only player on the Indiana active roster who has been a part of postseason tournament play. Chaplin was a freshman in 2009 when the Hoosiers participated in their last WNIT, however she did not play in any of the tournament games due to injury.
BROOKS EARNS ALL-BIG TEN AND CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN RECOGNITION
Indiana's Larryn Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as announced by the conference on March 3. Both the coaches and the media voted Brooks to the Second Team All-Big Ten squad as the coaches only select an All-Freshman team. Brooks becomes Indiana's first Second Team All-Big Ten selection since Jori Davis earned second team honors in 2011 and is IU's first conference All-Freshman honoree since Whitney Thomas in 2006. Brooks is just the fifth freshman ever in program history to earn All-Freshman team accolades.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF 18
The Hoosiers currently have an 18-12 record on the season. Including this year's team, only 14 times in program history has an IU team won 18 or more games in a season and this year's 18 wins ties for the fourth highest total of wins for a single year in program history. Indiana needs three more wins to tie the school record for most victories in a single season.
MOST 3-POINTERS MADE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With a Brooks 3-point field goal at the 7:27 mark of the second half against Illinois on Feb. 22, Indiana broke the program single season record for most 3-point field goals made in a season. IU has now hit 228 3-pointers this year. That total also ties for fifth all-time in the Big Ten for most 3-pointers made in a season. It marks just the second time in school history that an Indiana team has hit more than 200 3-pointers in a season and it breaks the previous record of 204 made 3-point field goals in 1997-98. Indiana's 131 made 3-point field goals in Big Ten Play only ranks second all-time in conference history for most 3-pointers made in league games only.
In three games this season, the Hoosiers have connected on 12 3-point field goals which ties for the second most 3-pointers made in a single game in school history. Prior to this season, only three times ever in the history of the program had an IU team hit 12 or more 3-pointers in a game. Indiana leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (7.6). Ten times this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. In Big Ten games only, the Hoosiers hit 8.2 3-point field goals per game. IU ended the regular season conference schedule hitting a combined 54 more 3-pointers than its Big Ten opponents.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten and in the top 30 nationally in fewest turnovers per game, averaging just 12.8 miscues each contest. Eight times this year, IU has committed less than 10 turnovers and the Hoosiers are 6-2 in those games. Ten times this season IU has had 10 or fewer turnovers, including a season low of four against Butler on Nov. 23.
BEST FRESHMEN SCORERS IN THE BIG TEN
Indiana's freshman class has combined to score 1,272 points so far this season which leads all Big Ten freshman classes in 2013-14. IU rookies have accounted for 60.0 percent of the total points scored so far this year, the best percentage for a group of freshmen in the conference.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Freshman Larryn Brooks has had a stellar start to her Indiana career as she earned Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors.
With a free throw with 48 seconds left at Minnesota on Feb. 27, Brooks broke the IU freshman scoring record which was held for 34 years. She now has 467 points this season as she surpassed Dorothy Reffel's 454 points scored as a freshman in 1979-80. Brooks also holds the school freshman record for free throws made in a season with 113. She is second among all-time IU freshmen in 3-pointers made with 56 makes from beyond the arc and is third in assists by an IU freshman with 138.
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 two times against Minnesota on Jan. 19 and at Illinois on Feb. 2, which set a freshman record for most assists in a single game.
• IU's 18 victories ties for the fourth highest total number of wins in program history as the school record for most wins is 21 (1978-79, 1980-81, 1997-98, 2008-09).
• The 18 wins this season are the most for the program in a single season since the 2008-09 campaign (21-11) and is seven more wins than IU had a year ago.
• Indiana more than doubled its Big Ten win total from a year ago.
• IU's five Big Ten wins are the most for the program in a single year since the 2009-10 season.
• 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.
HIT THE GASSION PEDAL
Over her last nine games, freshman Alexis Gassion averaged 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. During that span she scored in double figures six times, hit three or more 3-point field goals five times, had three or more steals three times, collected nine or more rebounds three times and had at least a block in seven of those games.
At Minnesota on Feb. 27, Gassion achieved her first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds. She scored a career-best 22 points at Illinois on Feb. 2. For the season, she is averaging 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures 10 times and has skied for double digit rebounds three times.
LET'S GO GERARDOT
Senior transfer Tabitha Gerardot has been a solid contributor in her first year in an IU uniform. She is second on the team averaging 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in 12 games this year, including a season high 22 points vs. Michigan on Feb. 22 to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.
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.
TAYLOR MADE HOOSIER
Freshman guard Taylor Agler has started every game of her young Hoosier career and has been a key part to IU's success the entire year. She has scored in double figure points in eight games this year, including five during Big Ten play. She has connected on 43 3-point field goals this year, which ranks her third among IU freshman for a single season behind teammate Larryn Brooks. She has hit three or more 3-point field goals six times in 2013-14.
Agler has twice scored 20 or more points this year as 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 year, Agler is averaging 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game and is shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range.
Senior Simone Deloach has came on as of late. In her last 10 games she is averaging 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the field. During that stretch, she has had two double-doubles and for the year has achieved four double-doubles. Against Illinois on Feb. 22, Deloach tied her career high of 14 points to go along with eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal while shooting 6-of-8 from the field. Against Penn State on Feb. 13, Deloach finished with 13 points and had a career-high tying 15 rebounds with two blocks and a steal. In the win over Wisconsin on Feb. 8, Deloach tied her career high with 14 points to go along with 14 rebounds and a career-best tying four assists.
For the year, Deloach leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.1 points per game, both career highs in those categories. In Big Ten games only, the Round Rock, Texas, native averaged 7.0 points per game and finished ninth in the conference with 7.1 boards per contest during league play.