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  • Associated Press Indiana coach Teri Moren will be counting on returning guard Tyra Buss for scoring and leadership in her senior season.

Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am

Indiana Women's Breakdown

Schedule

Nov. 6: Gannon, 7 p.m. (exhibition)

Nov. 11: Arkansas St., 2 p.m.

Nov. 14: Southern, 7 p.m.

Nov. 17: W. Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Nov. 20: Chattanooga, 7 p.m.

Nov. 24: vs. UAB, at Saint Mary's, 5 p.m.

Nov. 25: at Saint Mary's, 5 p.m.

Nov. 30: Louisville, 8 p.m.

Dec. 3: Auburn, 2 p.m.

Dec. 5: North Texas, 7 p.m.

Dec. 9: at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Dec. 17: vs. Missouri, at West Palm Beach, noon

Dec. 18: vs. Virginia, atWest Palm Beach, noon

Dec. 21: at Yale, 1 p.m.

Dec. 28: Michigan St., 7 p.m.

Dec. 31: at Ohio State, 2 p.m.

Jan. 3: at Penn State, 7 p.m.

Jan. 6: Purdue, 2 p.m.

Jan. 10: at Michigan, 7 p.m.

Jan. 13: Ohio State, noon

Jan. 16: at Maryland, 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: at Michigan State, 4 p.m.

Jan. 24: Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

Jan. 27: Rutgers, 1 p.m.

Feb. 4: Northwestern, noon

Feb. 8: Illinois, 7 p.m.

Feb. 12: at Purdue, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17: Nebraska, noon

Feb. 20: at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Feb. 24: at Iowa, noon

5 facts

• Teri Moren begins her fourth season coaching the Hoosiers. In her 14-year career, which includes stints with Indianapolis and Indiana State, she is 258-169.

• The Hoosiers are coming off a 20-9 regular season. They lost their opener at the Big Ten tournament to Purdue. They beat Ball State, Saint Louis and SMU in the WNIT before being knocked out by Villanova.

• Indiana returns two starters, including leading scorer Tyra Buss, who started all 34 games and averaged 18.2 points and 4.6 assists. The other is Amanda Cahill, who averaged 14.8 points and 8.9 rebounds.

• Indiana's nonconference schedule includes five opponents (Western Kentucky, Chattanooga, Louisville, Auburn and Missouri) who played in the NCAA tourney a year ago.

• The Hoosiers have five freshmen, two sophomores, three juniors and two seniors among the 12 players on their roster.

4 games of interest

Nov. 11 vs. Arkansas State: The season opener represents fans' first look at this year's Hoosiers.

Nov. 30 vs. Louisville: This game is part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and features a $1 admission.

Dec. 17 vs. Virginia: Fun in the sun? IU faces the Cavaliers at the inaugural West Palm Invitational in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Jan. 6 vs. Purdue: The Hoosiers play host to the rivalry's first of two scheduled meetings this season.

3 key players

Amanda Cahill, Sr., F: The 6-foot-2 Cahill ranks 14th on IU's all-time scoring list (1,321 points) and sixth in career rebounds (820).

Kym Royster, Jr., F: The Ohio native has appeared in 66 games for IU, including six starts, averaging 4.3 points.

Tyra Buss, Sr., G: Buss was an honorable-mention pick for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American team. She thus became IU's first-ever WBCA All-American honoree.

2 points of concern

Depth: Ali Patberg and Brenna Wise, who transferred from Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, respectively, are ineligible to play this season due to NCAA transfer rules. That means freshmen, such as guard Jaelynn Penn, must step up. “Sometimes we sit around and talk about how we have to work hard and prove ourselves because we might get playing time,” Penn said. “We're all going to be a factor on this team.”

Replacing Alexis Gassion: The All-Big Ten defender averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 2016-17 as the top sidekick to Buss and Cahill. Gassion signed a contract to play in Finland, leaving a void in Bloomington that Royster must help fill. “I think her confidence is at a high level,” Moren said. “She knows we're counting on her. We've got to get her touches.”

1 major issue

Returning to the Big Dance: The Hoosiers are coming off a single-season record for wins. Now they are seeking the program's sixth trip to the NCAA tourney after a one-year absence. They need Buss and Cahill to lead the way. “I'll say this probably a dozen times: 'As those two go, we go,' ” Moren said. “They have a tremendous responsibility in terms of our success. I have a tremendous amount of optimism with this group.”

– Chris Goff, The Journal Gazette

cgoff@jg.net