IUWBB: Hoosiers to play at 2019 Paradise Jam

Indiana has added non-conference games versus two recent NCAA tournament champions as part of the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

The tournament, which runs from Nov. 28-30, includes 16 teams and placed IU in the Reef Division. That pits the Hoosiers up against 2017 title program South Carolina on Nov. 28 and 2019 national champion Baylor on Nov. 29. IU’s third game will be Nov. 30 versus Washington State.

Nightly tip-offs for the Reef Division will be at 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Baylor will have lost 6-foot-7 senior and WNBA first round draft pick Kalani Brown, as well as second-round guard Chloe Jackson. But the rest of the Lady Bears’ roster in 2018-19 was comprised of juniors or younger.  Junior Lauren Cox, a 6-4 forward, was the team’s second-leading scorer (13 ppg), leading rebounder (8.3 rpg), and best shot-blocker (2.6 bpg). A 5-8 junior, Juicy Landrum, is a capable scorer (11 ppg) and 3-point shooter (39 percent).

South Carolina advanced to the Sweet 16 of last year’s NCAA tournament, actually falling at the hands of No. 1 Baylor. Four seniors were on the Gamecocks’ roster, but three of their top four scorers on the season were juniors, including Indiana native Tyasha Harris, a 5-10 guard.

This year’s tournament will mark IU’s third appearance at the Paradise Jam, its first trip since 2007-08.

IU has two previous matchups against Baylor, both losses, in 2004 and 2005. The Hoosiers have dropped three out of four to South Carolina, with the lone win coming in their most recent meeting in 2000. IU won its only contest with Washington State in 2001.

9 comments

  1. Looks like this is a good way to start your season. I would rather play these harder teams early when they are still figuring things out. You can sometimes sneak up on someone and pull off the upset.

  2. This swill certainly add to a higher RPI this coming season which will speak well heading into the post season. This will be a good thing to say the least! Anything that elevates our schedule is great!!

  3. The program is getting notice outside of Indiana in particular and the B1G in general. It’s close to rubbing elbows with recognition. Moren’s leadership is solid.

  4. It appears now that Moren feels she finally has a team that may just compete with the elite. Before now remember when she wouldnt even schedule ND because she knew she didnt have the horses to compete. With the incoming class it seems she feels she has a chance to compete. Im guessing theres no way we will be able to view those games.

  5. Many of the recent articles of late when referring to the incoming class skips one of those players, Im guessing because she is a preferred walk-on. Of course Im talking about Grace Waggoner of the 4.0 GPA who received the Lilly Scholarship for academics and will get a full ride. According to Moren its a unique situation , most walkons will be a tryout but not in this case. Her spot on the team is reserved and a jersey number, no try-out. She will get the same opportunity as any other new team member,, what more can a team member ask. As I recall we now have 3 players coming in who have all broken their respective school record for career pts, but can they play at this level, come Nov. we may begin to find out.

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