Curt Miller Era Begins as Hoosiers head to Valparaiso Friday
November 7, 2012Richmond High School
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens the 2012-13 season with a trip to Valparaiso to take on the Crusaders on Friday, Nov. 9. The game will tip at 6 p.m. ET at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC) in Valparaiso, Ind. Jeremy Gray will be on the radio call as the game can be heard on the flagship station for IU women's basketball, WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana University is beginning its 42nd season of women's basketball.
• Indiana head coach Curt Miller will begin his first season with the Hoosiers in 2012-13. Miller comes to Bloomington after 11 successful years at Bowling Green State University where he won at least a share of the MAC regular season title in each of the last eight seasons, reaching the postseason in each of those years as well as five MAC Tournament championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Hoosiers lead the overall series against Valpo, 6-1. The two teams last squared off six years ago on Nov. 15, 2006 in Bloomington, IU won that contest, 85-51.
• Friday's game will mark IU's first visit to Valparaiso since Dec. 7, 1999.
• IU welcomes back its two leading scorers from a year ago in seniors Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair. McGhee appeared in 26 games and averaged 12.6 ppg to lead the team. Sinclair appeared in all 30 games, scoring 12.4 ppg and led the team in 3-point field goals made (52) while connecting on 90.7 percent of her free throw attempts.
• Five games are guaranteed to air on BTN this season, Jan. 10 vs. Nebraska, Jan. 28 at Northwestern, Jan. 31 at Purdue, Feb. 7 vs. Penn State and Feb. 23 at Illinois. IU's final two games of the regular season, Feb. 28 at Iowa and March 3 vs. Minnesota, will be designated to BTN or BTN.com in February.
• IU will take on six opponents from within the state of Indiana, including Valparaiso, Indiana State, IUPUI, IPFW, Butler and Purdue.
Career Record: 258-92 (12th year)
Indiana record: 0-0 (1st year)
Career Record: 232-163 (15th year)
Valparaiso Record: 0-0 (1st year)
VALPARAISO AT A GLANCE
Valparaiso finished with a 10-21 record last season. The Crusaders welcome back its leading scorer from a year ago in junior forward Tabitha Garardot who averaged 13.0 points per game. Garardot also grabbed 6.8 boards per contest. Another major contributor returning this season is senior Gina Lange. Lange tallied 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest in 2011-12. As a team, Valpo had some success on the defensive end last year holding opponents to just 57.4 points per game. Valpo also welcomes a new head coach this season in Tracey Dorow. Dorow spent that last 14 seasons at Ferris State where she compiled a record of 232-163 (.587).
THE Curt Miller ERA BEGINS IN 2012-13
The 2012-13 season ushers in a new era of Indiana women's basketball. Curt Miller was named the program's ninth head coach on March 28, 2012 and will begin his first season with the cream and crimson on Friday, Nov. 9 at Valparaiso. Miller has been a head coach for 11 years, all at Bowling Green State University where he compiled an overall record of 258-92. He currently ranks 13th among all active Division I women's basketball coaches with his .737 winning percentage. Miller's full bio can be found later in this notes packet.
GETTING THINGS STARTED ON THE ROAD...AGAIN
With Indiana's matchup against Valpo on the road to open 2012-13, it will mark the fourth consecutive year that Indiana has opened the season away from Bloomington. In IU's previous three season opening contests on the road, the Hoosiers are 2-1. Indiana won at Memphis, 78-74, on Nov. 13, 2009 and then defeated Ball State in Muncie, 81-66, on Nov. 12, 2010. Indiana fell short at Central Arkansas to open last year's campaign on Nov. 11, 58-46.
HOOSIER EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
In Indiana's 77-34 win over Kentucky State on Oct. 30, the Hoosier defense was stellar. IU held KSU to just 21.4 percent shooting from the floor for the game, including holding the Thoroughbrettes to just two field goals (2-for-25, .008) for the entire first half, giving up only nine points in the opening stanza. The Hoosiers also caused 22 Kentucky State turnovers, as six different Hoosiers accounted for at least one steal in the game.
IU had three players score in double-figures, led by Aulani Sinclair's 15 points. Indiana committed only seven turnovers and outrebounded KSU, 55-50. Simone Deloach paced the team with nine boards as six Hoosiers accounted for five or more rebounds on the night.
AYE, AYE CAPTAIN
Sasha Chaplin, Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair will serve as team captains this season as chosen by the players and coaching staff. These three players are IU's top three returning scorers from a year ago as Chaplin and Sinclair appeared in all 30 games in 2011-12, with McGhee appearing in 26 before missing the final four contests due to injury.
HOME SWEET HOME
Indiana will play in the friendly confines of Assembly Hall 17 times this season. Nine of IU's 13 non-conference contests will take place in Bloomington, including eight games over a nine-game stretch from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. IU will also host eight Big Ten games with Northwestern (Jan. 6), Nebraska (Jan. 10), Michigan State (Jan. 20), Michigan (Jan. 24), Ohio State (Feb. 3), Penn State (Feb. 7) and Purdue (Feb. 20) all making appearances on Branch McCracken Court.
TAKING ON THE STATE
The Hoosiers will battle six opponents from within the state of Indiana in 2012-13. It begins with the season opener at Valparaiso on Nov. 9. A week later, IU will host Indiana State on Nov. 16. The Hoosiers will then play IUPUI and IPFW in back-to-back games on Nov. 23 and Nov. 26, respectively. On Dec. 9, Indiana will head to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on Butler. IU's final in-state opponent will be Purdue, as the Hoosiers and Boilermakers will square off in West Lafayette on Jan. 31, then again in Bloomington on Feb. 20.
THEY ARE BACK
Indiana returns nine players from a year ago, including the team's two leading scorers from last year in seniors Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair. McGhee appeared in 26 games in 2011-12, averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Sinclair played in all 30 games last season, pouring in 12.4 points per game, while shooting 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 90.7 percent from the free throw line. Sinclair led IU with 52 3-point field goals made.
Two other starters returning include Sasha Chaplin, who led IU with 6.5 rebounds per game, and Andrea Newbauer, who dished for a team best 4.0 assists per contest. Indiana also returns senior Linda Rubene, juniors Simone Deloach and Milika Taufa, and sophomores Quaneisha McCurty and Candyce Ussery.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
The 2012-13 roster features seven new faces for the Hoosiers, making up over 43 percent of the roster. Two transfers joined Indiana in the offseason in sophomore Claire Jakubicek (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) and redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South). Jakubicek played at Northern Illinois last season and was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year after leading NIU in scoring with 11.0 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Hulls came to IU from Bowling Green State University where she was under the direction of Indiana head coach Curt Miller. Hulls missed the 2011-12 season due to an ACL injury.
Other newcomers include freshmen Nicole Bell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) and Jocelyn Mousty (Fredericksburg, Ind./Eastern Pekin), and three walk-ons in freshmen Brionna Arnold (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) and Carmela Roeschlein (Clay City, Ind./Clay City) and sophomore Andrea Mize (Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland).
ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE GAME BACK IN BTOWN
Indiana will host Clemson as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 28, marking the first time IU has hosted the annual challenge game in three years. The last time the Hoosiers played in the challenge in Bloomington was on Dec. 3, 2009 against Florida State. IU defeated Clemson on the road in the yearly event two years ago, 65-51, on Dec. 2, 2010.
THE HOOSIERS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
The Indiana women's basketball team will play on national television five guaranteed times in 2012-13. IU's final two games of the season are considered wildcard matchups and will be designated for television in February. The five guaranteed TV games are Jan. 10 vs. Nebraska, Jan. 28 at Northwestern, Jan. 31 at Purdue, Feb. 7 vs. Penn State and Feb. 23 at Illinois. Indiana will have 17 games streamed live on BTN.com throughout the season.
HOOSIER ROSTER BOASTS FOUR FORMER INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL ALL STARS
The 2012-13 Indiana roster includes four players that were part of the Indiana high school all star team when they graduated. Senior Aulani Sinclair, junior Andrea Newbauer, redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls and freshman Jocelyn Mousty all earned all star honors as seniors in high school. Sinclair played in the annual Indiana/Kentucky all star series in 2009, Newbauer participated in 2010, Hulls in 2011 and Mousty last summer in 2012.
With Kaila Hulls now on the roster after transferring from Bowling Green, Indiana is just one of five schools in all of Division I basketball that has a brother/sister combination on the rosters of both men's and women's basketball teams at the same school. Jordan Hulls, Kaila's brother, is a senior guard on IU's men's basketball team. Below is a complete list of all brother/sister combos playing for the same school.
Indiana (Big Ten): Jordan Hulls (Sr.) and Kaila Hulls (RS-Fr.)
Ohio State (Big Ten): Aaron Craft (Jr.) and Caite Craft (Fr.)
Virginia (ACC): Taylor Barnette (Fr.) and Sarah Beth Barnette (RS-So.)
Air Force (Mountain West): Marshall Leipprandt (Fr.) and Alicia Leipprandt (Sr.)
Colorado (Pac-12): Andre Roberson (Jr.) and Arielle Roberson (RS-Fr.)
JAKUBICEK WILL SIT OUT 2012-13
Sophomore Claire Jakubicek will sit out the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules. Jakubicek joined the Hoosiers during the offseason after a stellar freshman campaign at Northern Illinois. She led the Huskies in scoring with 11.0 points per game and shot 46.3 percent from the field. Jakubicek was named MAC Freshman of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
HULLS WILL MISS THE 2012-13 SEASON DUE TO INJURY
Redshirt freshman Kaila Hulls will miss the 2012-13 women's basketball season due to an ACL tear in her right knee during preseason conditioning. Hulls suffered the same injury to the same knee in October 2011 and was forced to sit out the entire 2011-12 season at BGSU. Hulls averaged 20 points and 11.7 rebounds a senior at Bloomington South High School.