IUWBB: Hoosiers to face Miami in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Indiana women’s basketball has drawn a Dec. 4 road trip to Miami as part of this upcoming season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge slate.

The Hoosiers and Hurricanes are both coming off of NCAA tournament appearances, and both won their opening-round contests. Miami (25-9) was 12-4 in ACC play before they beat Florida Gulf Coast in the Round of 64. The Hurricanes’ season ended versus No. 22 Arizona State, 57-55.

Miami’s marquee player remains 6-foot-4 forward Beatrice Mompremier, a soon-to-be redshirt senior who decided not to enter the WNBA draft after producing 16.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in 2018-19. Mompremier, a transfer from Baylor, was one of five finalists for the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award.

The Hurricanes are also slated to return 5-4 guard Mykea Gray, who averaged 12.6 points per game and hit 49 percent of her shots as a sophomore.

IU and Miami last met on Dec. 20, 2015, at the Florida Sunshine Classic, and the Hurricanes won that matchup, 89-75. Miami holds a 2-1 lead in the series, with its lone loss to IU coming in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in 2008. IU won on Miami’s floor, 69-54.

IU is on a run of four straight seasons with 20-plus wins, a program record. The Hoosiers’ top three scorers, Ali Patberg, Jaelynn Penn, and Brenna Wise, all return.

The Miami game is now the fourth matchup known for IU’s ’19-20 non-conference season. The Hoosiers are already scheduled to play perennial women’s basketball powers Baylor and South Carolina, as well as Washington State, at the Paradise Jam tournament on Nov. 28-29 in the Virgin Islands.

The entire 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge slate

Wednesday, December 4

Clemson at Iowa               

Indiana at Miami

Duke at Nebraska

Boston College at Northwestern

Minnesota at Notre Dame                                                

Thursday, December 5 

Michigan State at Florida State

Wisconsin at Georgia Tech

Syracuse at Michigan

Illinois at North Carolina

Maryland at North Carolina State

Louisville at Ohio State

Pittsburgh at Penn State

Virginia at Rutgers

Purdue at Virginia Tech

8 comments

  1. Incredibly rough schedule.
    Absolute baptism by fire for the three freshmen Indiana AllStars coming in.
    Next season is going to be very interesting, to say the least.

  2. Not only those 3 all-stars lets not forget Mackenzie Holmes and Grace Waggoner both career scoring leaders at their respective schools and also Michele Wilson coming off her ACL.

  3. Yes, the schedule is tough but, this is the type of schedule a quality program needs to get to the Big Dance every year. The SEC and Pac10 play these types of schedules every year due to the strength of their conference. We just need to compete at the highest level and prove our worth!! Go Hoosiers!!

  4. Up until now Moren has been reluctant to throw her team into the ring with the lions. Knowing the kind of teams that were in the Paradise Jam tells you how she feels about her team plus the incoming group and what they can become, hopefully they will be ready for this kind of tough schedule. Im sure she didnt expect to get matched up with Baylor , but its the roll of the dice. That game may be a blowout but will have to be a great measure of the team.

    1. This is the kind of schedule that will be a great benefit when it comes to NCAA seedings in March. I believe that this team can compete for a top 16 seed and hosting the first 2 rounds of the tournament. I can envision 15,000 fans at the Hall. Can’t wait!

  5. T Moren has always been consistent in her comments and actions to grow IU ladies basketball program to a higher level that would be a championship program. She has steadily implemented a calculated pace/method of doing this. Not overnight success because of state IU ladies basketball use to be in before T Moren’s arrival, but just continued improving strength in; trust, team relationships including coaching, recruiting, strength of schedule, style of play thus creating an IU ladies basketball program Image.

  6. scwartzie– Im right there with you , expecting big things from this team. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them preseason ranked top 25, maybe #25. Creme had them at #27 that was before the mich. city girl came on board. I too cant wait.

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