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Indiana University

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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.

smorrison@jg.net

– Sean Morrison, The Journal Gazette

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