IUWBB: Moren faces Versyp, but not really

One storyline heading into Indiana’s game with Purdue Sunday could be the matchup between Teri Moren and Sharon Versyp.

Just don’t tell Moren that.

Moren, who just picked up her first Big Ten win Wednesday against Michigan State, will go for her second against her former Purdue teammate and current Boilermaker head coach Sharon Versyp. But, as Moren did prior to a non-conference matchup with Indiana State — the team she left this summer to coach Indiana — the first-year Hoosiers’ coach downplayed any significance in a sideline reunion.

They did face each other once before — in a closed scrimmage while Moren was at Indiana State.

“She has done a tremendous job at Purdue. Good friend. But at the end of the day, it’s still two competitors that are just trying to put their teams in a position to be successful,” Moren said.

After coaching one year at Indiana in 2005-06, Versyp has since become the second-winningest coach in Purdue history, with a 191-93 record. The formula to her success is one she is trying to establish at Indiana.

“They are post-oriented,” Moren said. “Like us, her philosophy is that everything starts from the inside.”

While Indiana might lack the depth in the post to overshadow its compliment of scoring guards, Moren saw a template for success in the post touches forward Jenn Anderson garnered during Wednesday’s win over No. 24 Michigan State.

Moren may doubt that Anderson can score 19 points every night, but working the ball inside for underneath baskets, as well as kick-out 3-pointers, is something Moren values. The Hoosiers’ forwards, including Anderson and Amanda Cahill, and pseudo-forward Alexis Gassion, will be important in bodying up Boilermaker seniors Liza Clemons and Whitney Bays.

Defensively, Moren believes her posts have shown improvement. The Hoosiers’ rebounding effort in a zone defense against Michigan State was also encouraging to Moren — her guards were holding their box-outs and not letting the Hoosiers’ post players do all the dirty work — but look for IU to try and man-up on Purdue.

“We really believe we can guard them man to man,” Moren said. “They have a couple of great shooters on the perimeters. They are not a super deep from a bench standpoint, but they have pieces that can hurt the if you are not in-tune with their tendencies and what they like to do.”

Fast starts

The Hoosiers played a near flawless game, not giving Moren’s critical eye much to dissect on New Year’s Eve.

But after a couple days of thinking, she did find one: Better starts.

IU got behind to Michigan State 7-2 in the early minutes of the game.

“We got off to a slow start. That’s the only thing that worries me — getting off to better starts and not getting a six-point hole or a four-point hole,” Moren said. “Get the tip and get a good look at the basket and not turn it over the way we did the first couple of possessions.”

How deep will IU go?

While the Hoosiers have been known to play about nine players this season, Moren utilized eight in their last game against the Spartans. Forward Lyndsay Leikem, who averages 19 minutes per game, did not see the floor.

Moren was sure to talk about the sophomore forward’s value, however, when asked about the Hoosiers’ rotation Friday.

“It wasn’t anything she did wrong; it was the course of the game and how it was being played and what we were doing was working,” Moren said, “and we felt like we really had to take advantage of Jenn’s mindset and the dominance she had in the paint.”

While the guard rotation is near set, Moren said she still expects Leikem, who offers a shooting touch from the post and improving defense, to get about 10-15 minutes a night.

“That’s not a position (minutes-wise) where she will stay,” Moren said. “Lyndsay, like Jess Walter, is gong to have to be ready when her number is called and be productive but defend and rebound.”

2 comments

  1. Purdue is a very tough place to play! It will take a very concentrated effert to win there. A win in West Lafayette would be huge for this young team’s confidence! Continuing to try to emphasize Anderson inside will bode well for possible success for our girls. This opens up our perimeter even more than usual. Keeping the turn overs down and rebounding as we did against the Spartans would give us a win in a place where we don’t win often. Go Hoosiers!

  2. Good thought, but forget it. This program has a ways to go. IU women’s BB fans need to put expectations in perspective. I think success will come. T. Moren and lady Hoosiers need to get the same amount of time as KW has been given to build a successful solid program. 3 or 4 recruiting classes needed beginning next year as Moren got a late start this year. Ladies will win a few this year. May make tournament…better chance @ NIT which would be good for this year.

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