Oakland at IU women’s basketball

FINAL
Indiana finishes with a flourish as Alexis Gassion hits two 3s and Karlee McBride another in a season-opening win. Larryn Brooks leads the way with 19 points, Tabitha Gerardot adds 14 as the only Hoosiers in double figures. Indiana shot 50 percent in the second half and 49.3 percent for the game. IU also won the rebounding battle, 50-30. HOOSIERS 85, GRIZZLIES 55

SECOND HALF
7:23: The lead is 19 as Indiana’s ability to score easy baskets has kept the margin a comfortable one. Simone Deloach a nice lift off the bench in the last few minutes with four points and five rebounds. HOOSIERS 65, GRIZZLIES 46

11:35: Indiana has led by as many as 18 this half, but Oakland just sort of hanging around the last few minutes. Larryn Brooks continues to impress, up to 15 points, six rebounds and four assists now, the latest a dime to the cutting Kaila Hulls for a layup. HOOSIERS 59, GRIZZLIES 43

HALFTIME
Well, as first halves of the first game of the season go, that was a pretty good one for the Hoosiers, who posted their highest scoring half of the Curt Miller era. And they did it with a balanced attack as eight players scored. Tabitha Gerardot, the grad student transfer from Valparaiso, and freshman Larryn Brooks shared high honors with 10 points apiece. Milika Taufa came off the bench to score eight, while Bloomington native Kaila Hulls had seven and Sasha Chapling six — the first six points of the game. Indiana shot 48.6 percent from the field, 4-of-12 from 3 and 8-of-12 on free throws. Oakland got off to a dreadful shooting start but rebounding to finish at 37.9 percent, 4-of-15 from 3 and 9-of-12 at the line. HOOSIERS 48, GRIZZLIES 35

FIRST HALF
3:03: Both teams knocking down shots at an impressive clip lately, but Indiana still firmly in control. freshman Taylor Agler having a real nice debut with 3 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Really reads the game well. HOOSIERS 43, GRIZZLIES 29

6:51: Indiana steadily pulling away as it’s scoring on nearly every possession with offensive rebounding, 3s and some solid post work by Milika Taufa. Tabitha Gerardot now with nine to lead IU. HOOSIERS 34, GRIZZLIES 22

12:16: Solid start for Indiana out of the gate. Super senior Sasha Chaplin with the first six points, freshman Larryn Brooks with six recently as the Hoosiers boost the lead to nine. Taylor Agler’s been good defensively. IU shooting 50 percent from the field. HOOSIERS 20, GRIZZLIES 11

PREGAME
The Indiana women’s basketball hosts Oakland (Mich.) at Assembly Hall tonight. The Hoosiers are starting their second season under coach Curt Miller with seven freshmen on the roster plus a pair of first year transfers in Kaila Hulls and Tabitha Gerardot. We’ll see how this deeper, and potentially better shooting IU team looks in the opener tonight, and we’ll see if they can match the men’s 55 free throw attempts from Friday night. Starters tonight are Larryn Brooks, Taylor Agler, Kaila Hulls, Tabitha Gerardot and Sasha Chaplin. Updates here and via Twitter.

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  1. Last night the ladies played very well in their first game of the year! As in the exhibition game played last week, they showed a very good shooting touch from the field and the free throw line. This team appears to be very deep and talented. There seems to be a really good balance between inside scoring and the perimeter. They went inside time and time again scoring successfully. Larryn Brooks is the real deal and incredibly talented at the point. She is very quick and very hard to guard! IU fans are going to love watching this team play. They are very unselfish and multiple players can really shoot the ball. Things are looking up! Come out and watch this very entertaining team play. Go Hoosiers!

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