IU women’s basketball: Moren wants more defense from Hoosiers

We were at the Indiana women’s basketball team’s practice today. There will be a preview in Sunday’s paper ahead of the Hoosiers’ scrimmage with the University of Indianapolis, but here are quickly a few things we learned Wednesday.

Jakubicek out

Redshirt junior forward Claire Jakubicek, who sat out last season with an ACL injury, will miss the first few weeks of this season because of an arthroscopic procedure on her knee.

Head coach Teri Moren said the 6-footer is scheduled to miss anywhere from four to six week, but Jakubicek assured Moren she is a “quick healer” and maybe she can beat that timetable.

“She is obviously very much a part,” Moren said, “we are waiting for her to get better.”

Moren focusing on improving D

While U of Indy will be the Hoosiers first chance to play in front of the home crowd, they did have a closed scrimmage with Belmont last week. For Moren, who has stressed defense since arriving in Bloomington this summer, she would have liked to see better play on that end.

“Defensively, we are not near where we need to be. We had some great film to show the kids, so you hope that some of the mistakes we made in that closed scrimmage we won’t see Sunday,” Moren said. “I can’t guarantee that won’t happen but we are slowly turning the corner in terms of our defensive principles, working as a group, trusting each other on that end.”

Buss jacked for exhibition

Highly touted freshman Tyra Buss is really, really excited to play in Sunday’s exhibition game. It won’t be too apparent from this quote, but she was downright giddy in-person.

“Hoosier Hysteria was amazing, but putting on the Indiana jersey for the first time and playing in front of the fans will be a great experience,” Buss said, “and I just can’t wait for Sunday to come.”

Cahill impressing

Buss was one of the marquee names coming in as a freshman this year, but Moren has been really satisfied with the play of freshman forward Amanda Cahill. In a not-so-deep frontcourt, she has surprised Moren with her ability to stretch the floor as well as her post game.

“She has tremendous post moves. I’ve said since early on, she’s been a nice surprise. I wasn’t quite sure early on how quickly she would develop and she has really just separated herself,” Moren said. “We do a plus-minus chart on everybody and her numbers are far greater than anybody as far as threes, twos and production, in general. She has been a really nice shot in the arm for us.”

Brooks looking to pass more

Sophomore guard Larryn Brooks is more than aware she could be the center of attention for many opposing teams on defense. With Moren emphasizing driving the ball and attacking the basket for increased free throw attempts, she is looking to find a balance between putting up a contested layup and kicking the ball out to an open teammate.

“Coaches are telling me that I’ll probably be double-teamed a lot of the time in the Big Ten (season) in scouting reports,” Brook said. “I’ll probably have the ball a lot, so just kicking out, it could be really important this season.”



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  1. Can’t wait for the season to start! This could be a real good season if we can rebound. Sorry to hear of Jakubicek’s surgery, was really looking forward to seeing her play. She was really good at Northern Illinois! Hopefully, she will return soon. We will really need her up front. Really excited to see Cahill and Buss perfom. Exciting times for women’s basketball. Go Hoosiers!!

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