IU women wrap: Central Arkansas

WHAT HAPPENED: Six players scored at least eight points, the bench accounted for 46 percent of the offense and Indiana won its fourth consecutive game with an 80-53 victory over Central Arkansas.

It’s the program’s best start since the 2006-07 season and the first time since the 1999-00 season that the Hoosiers have scored 80 or more points in three of their first four games. They shot 46 percent from the field, 47 percent from 3-point range and finished with 14 assists to seven turnovers.

WHO MADE IT HAPPEN: Larryn Brooks scored a team-high 15 points and has led IU in scoring in each of her first four college games. But Monday belonged to the bench. Indiana’s reserves scored 37 points, led by Nicole Bell’s 11. Bell provided instant offense for the Hoosiers, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers with less than nine minutes to play in the first half. That quick run helped spark Indiana’s offense on the way to a 39-25 halftime lead.

Karlee McBride also flashed some scoring ability, pouring in eight points, while Simone Deloach and Milika Taufa combined for 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in 33 minutes off the bench.

KEY STAT: 37 points off the bench.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Nicole is obviously a kid that started a lot of Big Ten games last year. Despite being a sophomore, she’s very experienced in terms of minutes. A lot of kids in that role, who play 38 minutes a game last year would be hanging their head that she’s now sitting behind a freshman. Not Nicole Bell. She’s a great leader for us, and a captain for us as voted by her teammates, as a sophomore. She can provide instant offense and she provides a clamness out there to run the program and know what we want. I’m really proud of her preparation leading up to this game. A lot of kids couldn’t have done what she did to stay positive in the role she’s in.”
— IU coach Curt Miller on Nicole Bell’s performance.

MIKE’S “WHAT THE HECK” MOMENT: Indiana played a team called the Sugar Bears. I’m told this was, at one time, the mascot for a brand of cereal. I’m so confused.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN: Curt Miller showed he can and will dip into his bench this season. It must be nice for the second-year Indiana coach, who had only seven scholarship players during a stretch late last season. Monday’s game shows that Nicole Bell still has a role on this team despite getting pushed from the starting lineup to more of a sixth or seventh player spot. They’ll look to her to provide a steady hand at the point in spurts, but also to provide offense from the bench. Despite her size, she’s still one of the team’s best options as a long-distance threat. Miller has also made a point to establish Sasha Chaplin early in games. She is, Miller says, in the best shape of her life and she needs to be a factor if Indiana is going to contend with teams down low. So far, so good for Chaplin and company. Their next game comes Saturday afternoon against a 1-3 Butler team that’s coming off a four-point loss at home to Bowling Green Monday. The Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big East.

NOTABLE:

  • Indiana’s seven turnovers are its fewest since committing seven against Iowa on Feb. 11, 2010.
  • IU did not allow a single second-chance point Monday, despite 11 Sugar Bears offensive rebounds.
  • Tabitha Gerardot was one point and one rebound shy of a double=double.
  • The Hoosiers held the Sugar Bears to only two 3-pointers on 15 attempts (13 percent). IU has held all four opponents this season to 17 percent from 3-point range.
  • On the other end, Indiana hit a season-high 10 3-pointers.

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3 comments

  1. Another impressive game for the young Hoosiers! The depth of this team is very good. When the starters are struggling, coach Miller simply brings in more freshmen and they produce. This is a luxury coach Miller didn’t have last year. Very disappointed in the crowd last night, probably the smallest of the season. This team deserves better! Fans need to get out and support this team. They are undefeated just like the men, Women’s tickets are not that expensive, come out and watch an exciting team that is worthy of you presence. Go Hoosiers!

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