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IU Heads to South Dakota State for WNIT Quarterfinals

March 30, 2014


 Date March 30, 2014
 Time 3 p.m. ET
 Location Brookings, S.D. (Frost Arena)
 Live Video GoJacks.com
 Radio WHCC 105.1 FM | Listen Online
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
Game Notes Indiana Notes
 Live Stats GoJacks.com
 Twitter @IndianaWBB | @CurtMillerIUWBB


Indiana will hit the road for the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) to take on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. at Frost Arena on Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. ET. IU and SDSU last met in the 2007 WNIT in Frost Arena with the Jacks topping the Hoosiers in that game. The game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy on the call and watch via live video stream at GoJacks.com.

• Indiana is making its seventh WNIT appearance in program history and its first since 2009.
• With the win over Northwestern, the Hoosiers won their 21st game of the season to tie the school record for most wins in a single year. It is the fifth time in program history an IU team has won 21 games and the first time since 2008-09.
• Head coach Curt Miller has won 20 or more games in 10 of the last 11 seasons and during that stretch has averaged 24 wins per year.
• Miller is one of eight finalists for Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year after being named Regional Coach of the Year for Region 6 on March 26. It is Miller's fifth time to earn WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honors.
• This year marks Miller's ninth national postseason tournament appearance as a head coach and his first at Indiana. All nine appearances have occurred in the last 10 seasons and he holds a 7-8 record in postseason games as a head coach. Miller earned five NCAA Tournament berths at Bowling Green (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011) and now has four WNIT appearances (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014).
• 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).
• The Hoosiers own an 11-6 record all-time in WNIT games, playing in the semifinals once (1998) and now playing into the quarterfinals three times (2006, 2009, 2014).
• Indiana has hosted nine WNIT contests in Assembly Hall and are 8-1 in those games.
• The Hoosiers are now 7-1 in games this year decided by five points or less.
• Indiana freshmen have scored 1,415 which is 61.4 percent of the total points scored by IU this season, more than any other Big Ten freshman class in 2013-14.
• IU owns a 14-4 record this season at home in Assembly Hall, marking the most home wins for an Indiana team since the 1997-98 season.
• The Hoosiers are averaging crowds of 2,708 per game in Assembly Hall so far this season through 18 contests played there. That total is 275 more per game than the school record for attendance per contest.
• Indiana added to its school record and has now totaled 251 3-point field goals on the season. That total ranks second all-time in Big Ten history for most 3-point field goals made in a single season.
Larryn Brooks has tallied 538 points this year to add to her IU freshman record. She is the first Hoosier freshman to ever score over 500 points and her point total ranks seventh all-time at Indiana for most points in a single season. She also holds freshman records for free throws made, assists (T-3rd all-time) and 3-pointers made (T-5th).

Curt Miller
Career Record: 290-123 (13th year)
Indiana record: 32-31 (2nd year)

South Dakota State
Aaron Johnston
Career Record: 340-116 (15th year)
South Dakota State Record: 340-116 (15th year)

South Dakota State owns a perfect 17-0 record at home this season. Like IU, SDSU will look to score from 3-point range as the Jacks have hit 230 3-point field goals this season as a team which equates to 6.7 3-pointers made per game. The Jacks are 2-0 against Big Ten teams this year topping Minnesota in the WNIT on Thursday and earlier this year defeating then-No. 12 Penn State on Dec. 11. Megan Waytashek leads SDSU in scoring with 11.4 ppg and leads the team in 3-point field goals made while shooting 91.9 percent from the free throw line. Steph Paluch scores 10.7 ppg. Mariah Clarin leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 rpg while scoring 8.8 ppg and shooting a team best 45.6 percent from the field.

With Indiana's win over Northwestern, IU improved to 21-12 on the season to tie the school record for most wins in a single year. It is the fifth time in program history a Hoosier team has won 21 games and the first since 2008-09.

With Indiana's three wins in this years WNIT, it gives the Hoosiers their most wins in a single national postseason tournament ever in program history since NCAA Tournament play began in 1983. IU won two WNIT games in a single year three times in 1998, 2006 and 2009.

Indiana women's basketball is in a postseason national tournament 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 now own an 11-6 record all-time in WNIT games and are 8-1 at home in WNIT play.

Indiana head coach Curt Miller won his third WNIT game as head coach of Indiana on March 27. The win ties him for the most national postseason wins ever in IU history since NCAA Tournament play began in 1983, tying him with Jim Izard (3-4) and Felisha Legette-Jack(3-3).

Miller is making his ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years as a head coach and his first since taking over the helm of the IU program. Sunday's game will be Miller's 16th national postseason game as a head coach as he owns a 7-8 record in postseason play. 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.

Curt Millerhas been named the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year for Region 6 as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Wednesday. With the regional recognition, Miller becomes one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year. Miller earns his fifth WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honor as he also earned the recognition during his head coaching tenure at Bowling Green State University in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Other region winners in 2014 include Geno Auriemma of Connecticut (Region 1), Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame (Region 2), Dawn Staley of South Carolina (Region 3), Jennifer Roos of Bowling Green (Region 4), Kim Mulkey of Baylor (Region 5), Ryun Williams of Colorado State (Region 7) and Scott Rueck of Oregon State (Region 8).

With Indiana's 66-65 triumph over Northwestern in the third round of the WNIT on March 27, IU improved to 7-1 in games this year that were decided by five points or less. The Hoosiers defeated IPFW on Nov. 12 (85-80), Indiana State on Nov. 15 (57-54), No. 22/23 Iowa on Jan. 2 (86-84), Minnesota on Jan. 19 (83-78 OT), Belmont on March 20 (48-47) and Marquette on March 22 (72-69) with the only setback in those close games coming at Wisconsin on Jan 15 (65-60).

With Indiana's 21 wins this year, Curt Millerhas won 20 or more contests in 10 of his last 11 seasons as a head coach and during that span has averaged 24 victories per season (269 wins total). In less than two years, Miller has taken an Indiana program that won just 15 games in the two years prior to his arrival to 32 wins 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 20-12 this season.

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 251 3-pointers this year. That total ranks second 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). Eleven 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.

With the win over Northwestern on March 27, the Hoosiers improved to a 14-4 record in Assembly Hall this season, the program's most home wins in a single year since 1997-98. In IU's 18 home games this year, the Hoosiers have outscored their opponents by 154 total points for a plus-8.6 scoring margin while averaging 72.9 points per game inside of Assembly Hall.

Along with the most 3-point field goals made, the 2013-14 Hoosiers are starting to climb the IU record book in other team categories. (LIST AVAILABLE ON THE RIGHT IN GRAY BOX). Indiana's 2,305 points scored so far this year ranks third in program history for most points in a single season as a team. IU's 1,265 rebounds as a team sits fourth all-time in a single year. Indiana's 34.2 3-point field goal percentage would rank as the third-best 3-point percentage as a team in school history. The team's 826 field goals made ranks sixth-most for a single season. Indiana has attempted 734 3-point field goals this year (a program record) and has made 2,026 total field goal attempts which is the second-highest attempts in a season ever.

This year's Hoosiers have also made their mark in a few single game categories in the Indiana record book. IU's 107 points scored at Cleveland State are the second-most points scored ever in a single game in program history. The Hoosiers also had 27 assists in that game which ties for the third most ever at IU for a single game. When Indiana hit 12 3-pointers on three occasions this year (Saint Louis 11/25, Minnesota 1/19, at Illinois 2/2), that total tied for second for most 3-point field goals made in a game.

Indiana's freshman class has combined to score 1,415 points so far this season which leads all Big Ten freshman classes in 2013-14. IU rookies have accounted for 61.4 percent of the total points scored so far this year, the best percentage for a group of freshmen in the conference. Below is a breakdown of the all the B1G freshman classes by points scored.

Freshman Larryn Brookshas 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 538 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 125, 3-pointers made with 65 and assists with 150.

Her season points, 3-pointers made and assists totals have also cracked the top 10 among all IU players for a single season. Brooks is the first freshman to score over 500 points at IU and her 538 points ranks seventh all-time at Indiana for a single season. Her assist total ties for third and her 3-pointers made ties for fifth. (SEE ALL SINGLE SEASON RECORDS IN GRAY BOX TO THE RIGHT)

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 21 victories ties the school record for wins in a season and marks the fifth time IU has ever won 21 contests in a single year. (1978-79, 1980-81, 1997-98, 2008-09, 2013-14).
• The 21 wins this season are 10 more than Indiana had a year ago. It is just the third time in program history IU has won 10 more games than it did the year prior. • 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.

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