Another transfer for IU women

A week after Kaila Hulls made her move from Bowling Green to IU official, it appears that new women’s basketball coach Curt Miller has landed another notable transfer from his former stomping grounds in the Mid-American Conference.

Northern Illinois’ Claire Jakubicek, who was named the MAC Freshman of the Year this past season while playing for former Indiana coach Kathi Bennett, will transfer from the Huskies to Hoosiers, according to NIU student newspaper, the Northern Star, which also cited Jakubicek as posting “Officially going to Indiana University! #HoosierBasketball.” on her Facebook page.

“I just know that it’s the right university for me, so I’m excited to go play for them next year,” Jakubicek told the Northern Star in a phone interview on Sunday.

The 6-foot forward from Cary, Ill., averaged 11 points and 5.1 rebounds per game during her freshman season, which was cut short when she broke her foot against Ball State on Feb. 16.

Jakubicek contributed four points and five rebounds on just 2-of-11 shooting in NIU’s 60-59 win over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall last December. But on the season, she shot 46.3 percent from the field and 95.9 percent at the free-throw line.

Jakubicek will have to sit out the 2012-13 season as a transfer and will have three years of eligibility remaining.


  1. Looks like Miller is turning the women’s program around. Good for him! GO HOOSIERS!

  2. Coach Miller recruits like Coach Crean and is amassing his own Movement to the women’s program.

  3. As I have stated many times since his hiring, coach Miller will get this program turned around! It is quite obvious that over the last few weeks he has worked very hard to bring quality players to Indiana including two from the hoosier state. What is not to like! Have patience Women’s hoosier fans, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

  4. Net positive right away. Quallity players from the state, which is a nice change of pace from what we have been seeing. It will still take years to undo the damage that was done but you get the feeling things are already turning in the right direction.

  5. I like the transfers, but I’m worried about how many bodies will be on the team next year?? Both recruits are gone…Georgie Jones’ status…

    I haven’t seen any hiring of assistants….

  6. Steve, the cubbard is not bare, there are 9 returning players amoung them; 6’6″ Quaneisha McCurty, 6’4′ Sasha Chaplin, 6’3″ Linda Rubene, 6’3″ Simone DeLoach and the top 2 scorers from this past year’s team, 6’1″ Aulana Sinclair and 5’11’ Jasmine McGhee. The first 4 players I mentioned had individual big games this year, they simply weren’t consistant. Maybe coach Miller can do something to insure consistant play from those 4 players? Also point guard Andrea Newbaur will return. Although we lost both commits for this upcoming year, I think coach Miller has a decent core to work with. He is certainly not use to having that much hieght at Bowling Green. I am certain that he will be able to “coach-them-up” as it were.

    And of course, although we can’t count on it, it would help if the NCAA would alow Hulls to play this coming year. I think with the talent returning and a coach who knows how to coach winning basketball, we will be in pretty good shape. And of course you know coach <iller is still recruiting for next year's team, maybe somebody overlooked a good player out there, you never know.

  7. Wow!! Coach Miller is really getting the IU Women’s Basketball program going. Great first steps. You have to have players, these first three are exactly what “the doctor ordered”: great players, great student-athletes, strong Hoosier backgrounds (the Chicago suburbs, including Cary, are Hoosier strongholds).

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