Notes from IU women’s practice

After two seasons lost to ACL tears, Kaila Hulls had another scare Tuesday night at IPFW.

Indiana coach Curt Miller said Hulls tweaked her right knee — the same knee that’s been surgically repaired twice — in Indiana’s 85-80 win over the Mastodons. Miller said that although it happened sometime before halftime, Hulls was able to continue playing into the second half.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Indiana was awaiting the results of an MRI, but a source close to Hulls said that she’s dealing with a bone bruise.

“Sometimes you do MRIs just for peace of mind,” Miller said. “So, she’s day-to-day until we know more.”

In other women’s news, Indiana has now posted back-to-back 85-point games after reaching the 80-point mark only once last season. It’s a tribute to the uptempo style that’s been made possible through the additions of freshmen Taylor Agler and Larryn Brooks among others. While Indiana is ahead offensively, Miller has been trying to get his group up to speed on the other side of the ball.

“Because we’re so young, we don’t know how hard to dig in defensively each and every possession,” Miller said. “We take some possessions off and, like most young teams, we’re not as good off the ball and we relax. The biggest disappointment is our fundamentals defensively. We need to continue to be a better close-out team and we have to be more active off the ball to provide help and get through screens. Our defense is behind and we have to continue to work on that and get better and better.”

Miller has repeatedly lamented the loss of freshman forward Jenn Anderson to an avulsion fracture. She had surgery over the weekend after suffering the injury in IU’s exhibition win against Georgetown College two weeks ago.

“(She’s) a big loss for us,” Miller said. “She plugs up the middle and is a tremendous helpside defender, tremendous at charges and we miss her defensively in the middle. It’s a more significant loss than people realize than just losing a freshman who hadn’t played in any games yet.”

In recruiting news, Indiana expected to receive signed letters of intent Wednesday from its four verbal commits for the 2014 class — Tyra Buss, Maura Muensterman, Jess Walter and Amanda Cahill. An IU spokesman said the program wouldn’t make an official announcement until Thursday.

4 comments

  1. Mike, in the article you mention the injury to Anderson but, did not mention if he will return this year? If she is able to return, what is the time frame?

    IU fans, you must get out and watch this team play, they are very entertaining! GO Hoosiers!!

    1. MikeC,
      Anderson had surgery last Friday, and Miller said three weeks before she can get back at it with a protective wrap, and then it was just a matter of when she felt she could tolerate it enough to play.

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