THE OPENING TIP
Indiana heads north to West Lafayette to take on Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 4 in Mackey Arena at 2 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Greg Murray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast on BTN Plus.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Indiana’s 70-51 triumph over No. 24 Michigan State on Dec. 31 was the program’s largest margin of victory of a ranked opponent since defeating No. 2 Iowa on Jan, 21, 1994, 82-58.
• The Hoosiers have knocked off ranked foes in three consecutive seasons, a program first since IU topped ranked opponents in three consecutive years in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08.
• The win gave head coach Teri Moren her first career victory over a ranked opponent as a head coach in NCAA Division I.
• IU outrebounded Michigan State 49-34 in the New Year’s Eve win. MSU came into the game leading the Big Ten in rebounding (46.7 rpg) and rebounding margin (+11.8).
• Indiana’s 49 rebounds against the Spartans were the most by an IU team in a Big Ten game since Feb. 5, 2012 when the Hoosiers had 49 boards vs. Iowa that year.
• The Cream and Crimson had only nine turnovers in the win over MSU, marking the second time this season that Indiana has had less than 10 miscues in a game.
• Indiana has scored 80 or more points in eight games this season and is averaging 80.9 points per game, ranking 14th nationally.
• The Hoosiers ended non-conference play with a 10-1 record, marking the fifth time in program history that IU has won 10 or more non-Big Ten regular season games in a single year.
• With those 10 non-conference victories, it marked the first time in program history that Indiana has won 10 or more non-Big Ten regular season games in back-to-back years.
• Freshman Amanda Cahill achieved her fifth double-double of the year with 13 points and 13 rebounds against MSU. Her five double-double are the most for an IU player since 2008-09 (Whitney Thomas, 10). For the season, Cahill is averaging 11.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
• Freshman Tyra Buss achieved her first double-double of her career against the Spartans with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Buss leads IU in scoring (13.5 ppg) and steals (3.2 spg).
• Buss leads all freshmen nationally in steals and ranks 14th overall.
Career Record: 210-132 (12th year)
Indiana record: 11-2 (1st year)
Career Record: 308-158 (15th year)
Purdue Record: 191-93 (9th year)
PURDUE AT A GLANCE
Purdue welcomes IU to West Lafayette after a tough home loss to Minnesota on Jan. 1, 81-68, but the Boilermakers had won five-straight games prior to that setback. Purdue is led by senior forward Whitney Bays who is averaging a double-double with 13.7 points 10.5 rebounds to game while also pacing the team in steals with 2.6 spg. Sophomore guard Ashley Morrissette is the team’s go-to player from the perimeter as she averages 10.4 ppg and paces the team in 3-point field goals made. Point guard April Wilson is Purdue’s main distributor with 4.4 apg as she also tallied 9.8 ppg.
NOTING THE WIN OVER NO. 24 MICHIGAN STATE
• Indiana’s 70-51 win over No. 24 Michigan State was the program’s largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent since IU defeated No. 2 Iowa, 82-54, on Jan. 21, 1994.
• The win marks the third-straight season in which Indiana has defeated a ranked opponent in Assembly Hall.
• IU’s victory gave Teri Moren her first career win over ranked opponent as a NCAA Division I head coach.
• Indiana outrebounded the Spartans, 49-34. Michigan State came into the game averaging a Big Ten-leading 46.7 rebounds per game with a +11.8 rebounding margin.
• Indiana’s 49 rebounds were the most in a Big Ten game for an IU team since Feb. 5, 2012 when the Hoosiers had 49 boards vs. Iowa.
• IU had only nine turnovers in the game, marking the second time this season Indiana had less than 10 miscues in a game (eight turnovers vs. Morehead State on Nov. 21).
• The Hoosiers used a 16-0 run over a 4:39 span beginning at the 16:28 mark of the first half to take an 18-7 lead. IU never relinquished the lead the rest of the game and held MSU scoreless for over a 6:37 span around that run.
• Indiana later used a 15-1 run over a 6:03 span at the end of the first half and into the second to build an 18-point lead. IU held MSU without a field goal for the final 4:59 of the first half and first 2:31 of the second half, 7:30 total.
• The Hoosiers outscored the Spartans in the paint, 42-20.
• IU’s bench outscored Michigan State’s 16-2. It marked the ninth time this year that Indiana’s reserves have outscored an opponent’s.
Indiana hits the road for the first time in Big Ten play with the Purdue game at Mackey Arena on Sunday. So far this year, the Hoosiers are 3-0 in road games with wins at Boston College, Milwaukee and Oakland.
• Indiana has scored 80 or more points in eight games this year and is averaging 80.9 points per game to rank 14th nationally and third in the Big Ten in scoring offense
• Indiana shot 54.5 percent in the win at Oakland on Dec. 20. Four times this year the Hoosiers have shot over 50 percent from the field. For the season, the Hoosiers are shooting 46.7 percent as a team to rank 14th nationally.
• Three times this year IU has scored 97 or more points, marking the first time in program history an Indiana team has tallied 97 or more points three times in the same season. Only five times prior to this year has a Hoosier team scored 90 or more on three occasions in the same year.
• In five games this year, IU has had five or more players score in double figures, including two contests where six players tallied double digits. The last time Indiana had five games of five or more double-figure scorers came during the 2006-07 season. Prior to this season, the last time Indiana had six players score in double-figures in the same game was Nov. 14, 2008 vs. Ball State.
CLIMBING TO THE CA-HILL TOP
Freshman Amanda Cahill has recorded five double-doubles this year, the most by an Indiana player in a single year since 2008-09 (Whitney Thomas, 10). Against No. 24 Michigan State on Dec. 31, Cahill finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 6-of-7 from the field in that game.
For the year, Cahill is averaging 11.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Cahill has scored in double figures in 10 games this year and has collected 10 rebounds or more in seven contests to become the first player with seven games of 10+ rebounds in the same season since Thomas in 2008-09.
NATIONAL STATISTICS RANKINGS
As a team, Indiana ranks in the top 25 nationally in seven statistic categories in games played through Jan. 1.
Category NCAA Rank Total
3FG Defense 8 .234
Scoring Margin 11 +24.3
Scoring Offense 14 80.9
Field Goal Percentage 14 .467
Assist-Turnover Ratio 20 1.23
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 20 30.0
Assists Per Game 24 17.1
THE BUSS IS ROLLING
Freshman Tyra Buss has scored in double-figures in every game but three this season and currently leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and steals (3.2 spg), while adding 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Buss ranks leads all freshman nationally in steals and is 14th overall. Buss has had three or more steals in seven games and has totaled 42 steals so far this year. Her 42 thefts are the most by an Indiana player since 2010-11 (Jori Davis, 52).
Last time out vs. No. 24 Michigan State, Buss achieved her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Twice this year, Buss has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors (Nov. 17, Nov. 24). She became the first IU player to ever receive Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on consecutive occasions and the second Hoosier to earn the award twice in the same season (Larryn Brooks, 2013-14). Buss became the first Indiana player to earn conference weekly laurels in back-to-back weeks since Cyndi Valentin was named Big Ten Player of the Week two straight times in 2005-06.
LARRYN LIGHTING IT UP
Indiana sophomore Larryn Brooks continues to improve her game. For the year, Brooks has scored in double figures in all but three games this year and is averaging 12.9 points, 4.6 assists (7th in B1G), 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Brooks has hit three or more 3-point field goals in five games this year. In the Big Ten opener vs. Rutgers, Brooks scored 13 points to lead the Hoosiers and against No. 24 Michigan State dished for a team-high seven assists.
Brooks had one of the most productive seasons by any freshman in the history of the program last year. She broke the IU freshman scoring record, tallying 554 points (7th on school single season list), breaking a 34-year-old freshman record held by Dorothy Reffel who scored 454 points in 1979-80. She was the first freshman in program history to ever eclipse 500 points in a season. Brooks also set freshman marks for 3-pointers made with 67 (T-4th), assists with 154 (3rd) and free throws made with 129. Brooks led the Hoosiers in scoring (16.3 ppg), field goals made (179), 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage (.379), free throws made, free throw percentage (.832) and assists.
Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors last season. She was the first Hoosier to earn second team all-conference honors since 2011 (Jori Davis) and just the fifth freshman ever at IU to be named to the conference’s all-freshman squad and the first since 2006 (Whitney Thomas).
STRONG NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
Indiana finished its non-conference schedule with a 10-1 record, marking the second straight year that the Hoosiers won at least 10 non-Big Ten regular season contests. The last two years are the first time in program history that IU has won 10 or more non-conference regular season games in back-to-back seasons as the Hoosiers won a school-record 13 non-league games a year ago.
PASSING THE PUMPKIN
Twice this season, Indiana has dished for a season-high 25 assists. In six games in 2014-15, IU has dished for 20 or more assists. The last time an IU team had 20 or more assists that many times in a season was in 2005-06 when Indiana dished for 20+ dimes seven times that year.
The Hoosiers are tied for third in the Big Ten and is 24th nationally with 17.1 assists per game.
THE BENCH PRESS
In nine games this year, the Indiana bench has outscored its opponent’s in nine contest, including a 16-2 edge against No. 24 Michigan State last time out. Hoosier reserves are averaging 27.2 points per game as Karlee McBride leads IU’s bench scoring with 7.9 points per game.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Land phone lines are thing of the past, but the Hoosiers are still dialing long distance in 2014-15. IU has hit 100 3-point field goals through 13 games this year, ahead of last year’s record-setting pace when Indiana hit a program record 259 3-point field goals (2nd highest total in Big Ten history). Last year through 13 games, IU hit 92 3-pointers. The Hoosiers are connecting on 7.7 3-point field goals per game (2nd in B1G). In three games this year, IU has connected on 10 or more 3-pointers.
PROTECTING THE PUMPKIN
The Hoosiers have taken care of the basketball much of this season as IU leads the Big Ten and is 20th nationally in assist-turnover ratio (1.2). Indiana is also third in the conference in fewest turnovers per game (13.8) and holds a turnover margin of +4.92.
As a team, IU is limiting opponents to shoot just 35.8 percent from the field. Seven times this year, the Indiana defense has held opponents to less than 35 percent from the field. By comparison, IU held seven opponents under 35 percent shooting last year.
Indiana’s defense has held opponents to shoot 25 percent or less from 3-point range in nine games this year, including three contests of 12 percent or lower. For the year, IU opponents are shooting only 23.4 percent from 3-point range, that total leads the Big Ten and ranks in the top 10 nationally in that category.
BEWARE OF STEALERS
IU has had 10 or more steals in seven games this season, including 18 steals in each of the first two games of the year, marking the first time in program history an IU team had 18 or more steals in back-to-back games. The 18 steals tied for the fourth-most steals in a single game in program history. Prior to this season, the last time an Indiana team had 18 steals in a game was Dec. 5, 2007 vs. Dayton (18).
Indiana is averaging 9.9 steals per game. The last time an IU team had seven games of 10 or more steals in the same year came during the 2011-12 season.
JENN BECOMING A GEM
Sophomore Jenn Anderson has started in each game this year and has made her presence known so far in 2014-15. Last time out against No. 24 Michigan State, Anderson led Indiana with 19 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also took three charges in the game.
Anderson is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage as she is shooting 61.1 percent while averaging 10.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She has scored in double-figures in seven games this year.
WALTER IS GOING ON?
Freshman Jess Walter continues to improve as her rookie year progresses. Walter is shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range this season while averaging 6.5 points per game off the bench for the Hoosiers. She has scored in double figures three times this season, including a career-high 16 points in her home state at Oakland on Dec. 20 when she shot 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range with four rebounds and two steals.
PRESS THE GASSION PEDAL
Sophomore Alexis Gassion has been a major contributor as a reserve for Indiana this season averaging 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Gassion has scored in double figures three times this season and has skied for five or more boards in nine contests.
Sophomore Karlee McBride has stepped up her game in 2014-15 as she leads Indiana’s bench in scoring with 7.9 points per game. McBride is shooting 48 percent from the floor this year and 35.3 percent from long distance and five times has scored in double figures, including two games of a career-high 15 points. Four times this season, she has hit multiple 3-point field goals in a game and against IPFW on Dec. 10 set new career highs in rebounds (7) and assists (4).