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College basketball preview: IU women

5 facts

•Coach Curt Miller brought in a top-30 recruiting class during his first calendar year of recruiting at Indiana along with Fort Wayne native and Valparaiso graduate Tabitha Gerardot as a graduate transfer.

•The Hoosiers were 2-14 in the Big Ten last season and 11-19 overall.

•Kaila Hulls, younger sister of former IU player Jordan Hulls, is one of the starters for the Hoosiers. She transferred from Bowling Green. .

•Outside its freshman class, there will be many new faces on the court. The Hoosiers have nine players that have yet to play for IU.

•Sasha Chaplin, a 6-foot-4 center, earned a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. She is one of two returning starters for the Hoosiers.

4 games of interest

Nov. 23 vs. Butler: IU lost to the Bulldogs 59-56 last season at Butler.

Dec. 21 at Cleveland State: Cleveland State came to Bloomington and broke up a six-game nonconference winning streak last season.

Jan. 6 at Purdue: Chaplin drained a last-second jumper as the Hoosiers upset the then-No. 21 Boilermakers last season at Assembly Hall.

Feb. 16 at Nebraska: The Cornhuskers are the favorite to win the Big Ten, and this looks like the toughest test on IU’s schedule.

3 key players

Sasha Chaplin, GS, C: Chaplin was fourth on the team in scoring (6.1 points per game) and fifth in rebounding (4.1) despite playing just 15.1 minutes per game. When healthy, she’s a key piece for the Hoosiers.

Kaila Hulls, RS So., G: The 5-11 Bloomington native posted a double-double during the team’s first exhibition game. She is coming off an anterior cruciate ligament tear that prevented her from playing last season.

Larryn Brooks, Fr., G: The 5-5 Brooks averaged 20 points, four assists, four rebounds and four steals during her senior year of high school.

2 points of concern

Perimeter shooting: IU loses Aulani Sinclair, a 1,000-point scorer for the Hoosiers and the team’s leader in three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage. Sophomore guard Nicole Bell should help shore up the shooting woes up.

Injury issues: Chaplin and Hulls have histories of injuries, and they figure to be two of the bigger contributors this season.

1 major concern

Youth movement: Outside of Brooks, IU will expect a lot out of freshmen Taylor Agler, Jenn Anderson, Karlee McBride, Lyndsay Leikem and Alexis Gassion. The development of those young players could be the tipping point for IU this year.

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette