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IUWBB '19-'20 Pre-Season News

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Regular season opens on Nov. 7, at home against Mount St. Mary's.  


Indiana women’s basketball coach Teri Moren, along with freshman Jorie Allen and redshirt junior Ali Patberg, met with the media for the first time this season on Monday, just six days before hosting an exhibition game against McKendree (Nov. 3). Following are some quick notes from that session:

• Bendu on the mend
Junior guard Bendu Yeaney continues her rehab from the torn Achilles suffered in the NCAA Tournament. Moren said Yeaney was cleared on Monday to begin 5-on-5 halfcourt work and if all goes well, could be going fullcourt in a couple of weeks. Yeaney remains on schedule for an early January return.

In other injury news, Patberg continues to build up her strength and stamina after offseason shoulder surgery, while Jaelynn Penn is now battling plantar fasciitis in both feet despite taking the summer off. According to Moren, Penn is “day-to-day.”

• Berger a beast
Without playing a game, sophomore Grace Berger has already stamped herself as IU’s most improved player. “I think Grace Berger is going to emerge from the beginning,” Moren said. “I’ve never seen a kid that has been more dedicated about getting better than Grace has been this summer. Her body looks different. Just the dedication that she’s had in the weight room, the things she’s putting in her body, she looks completely different. She’s playing with a tremendous a mount of confidence that she wasn’t a year ago, and I just think that has to do with experience.”

• Post play?
The biggest question surrounding the 2019-20 Hoosiers revolves around the center position, where undersized starter Kym Royster graduated and backup Linsey Marchese transferred. Moren says right now IU is looking at the trio of 6-foot-3 sophomore Aleksa Gulbe, 6-3 freshman Mackenzie Holmes and 6-5 freshman Hannah Noveroske. It’s possible 6-1 freshman Jorie Allen could see spot duty. “We can move Aleksa Gulbe to the 5, she played there a little bit last year,” Moren said. “She’ll probably start there for us at the beginning of the season. I think everybody’s going to be impressed with Mackenzie, I do. Then Hannah is a kid that —— we just have to get her in shape. The biggest adjustment these freshmen have to make is pace, because we want to play downhill.” Holmes saw time at center in a closed scrimmage with IUPUI, which Moren said exposed her a bit on the defensive end of the floor, although Holmes has shown soft hands and a great feel for the game, particularly on offense.

• AP off the ball?
With Yeaney sidelined for the first half of the season, one wrinkle for the Hoosiers may include Ali Patberg at shooting guard with redshirt freshman Chanel Wilson or junior Keyanna Warthen running the point. Wilson, in particular, has caught the eye of the coaching staff for her ability to shoot and distribute.  “We’re hopeful we can play AP off the ball a little bit, which would give us another wing until we can get all of our pieces back,” Moren said. “I like where we are, I like our pieces as of today and the fact that we can shift them around a little bit gives us a luxury we didn’t have a year ago.”

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First time #iuwbb has been in the preseason AP Top 25 since 2016.   It's also just the second time in program history that we've been ranked in a preseason poll.  The Hoosiers have an exhibition game on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 (free admission) against McKendree and start the regular season Thursday, 11/7, against Mount St. Mary's.



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Exhibition game against McKendree and the Lady Hoosiers absolutely crushed the Bearcats 109-43 so there's not a lot you can take away from a game like this.  Aleksa Gulbe our leading scorer with 20 pts. and 8 reb. in 29 minutes.  7 Hoosiers in double figures including freshman Jorie Allen with 15 pts. and 7 reb. in 22 min.  Hannah Noveroske looks to be a 'project' as she only played 8 minutes and picked up 4 fouls

Season opener next Thursday against Mount St. Mary's.

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 Indiana redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg has been named a candidate to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30.
Patberg returns as the program's leader in assists last season with 4.8 per game while also returning as the team's leading scorer from the 2018-19 season. She played and started in 31 games in her first season at IU, as she helped guide Indiana to a NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance in Eugene that featured a win over Texas. The All-Big Ten Second Team selection averaged 15.8 points per game as she scored in double figures 24 times.
The Columbus, Ind. native also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game as she also shot 80.4 percent from the free throw line. She set a career-high 13 assists against Missouri State last season and dished out multiple assists in 29 games. This preseason, Patberg has picked up honors as an All-Big Ten preseason honoree and one of 20 point guards on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award Women's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy's during the ESPN College Basketball Awards on Friday, April 10, 2020

About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college
basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Kevin Durant ('07), Candace Parker ('07; '08), Maya Moore ('09; '11), Chiney Ogwumike ('14), and last year's recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Zion Williamson of Duke.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
For up-to-date information on the Wooden Award, please go to www.woodenaward.com and follow the Wooden Award on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodenaward and @WoodenAward on Twitter and Instagram. 

John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's
 2019-20 Preseason Top 30 

Name School Conference Height Class Position
Bella Alarie Princeton Ivy League 6-4 Sr. G/F
DiJonai Carrington Stanford Pac-12 5-11 Sr. G
Chennedy Carter Texas A&M SEC 5-7 Jr. G
Kaila Charles Maryland Big Ten 6-1 Sr. G
Lauren Cox Baylor Big 12 6-4 Sr. F
Crystal Dangerfield Connecticut American 5-5 Sr. G
Rennia Davis Tennessee SEC 6-2 Jr. G/F
Chelsea Dungee Arkansas SEC 5-11 Jr. G
Dana Evans Louisville ACC 5-6 Jr. G
Kiah Gillespie Florida State ACC 6-2 Jr. F
Haley Gorecki Duke ACC 6-0 Sr. G
Tyasha Harris South Carolina SEC 5-10 Sr. G
Ruthy Hebard Oregon Pac-12 6-4 Sr. F
Becca Hittner Drake Missouri Valley 6-0 Sr. G
Rhyne Howard Kentucky SEC 6-2 So. G
Sabrina Ionescu# Oregon Pac-12 5-11 Sr. G
Juicy Landrum Baylor Big 12 5-8 Sr. G
Aari McDonald Arizona Pac-12 5-6 Jr. G
Ayana Mitchell LSU SEC 6-0 Sr. F
Beatrice Mompremier Miami ACC 6-4 Sr. F
Erica Ogwumike Rice Conference USA 5-9 Sr. G
Michaela Onyenwere UCLA Pac-12 6-0 Jr. F
Ali Patberg Indiana Big Ten 5-11 Jr. G
Mikayla Pivec Oregon State Pac-12 5-10 Sr. G
DiDi Richards Baylor Big 12 6-1 Jr. G
Satou Sabally Oregon Pac-12 6-4 Jr. F
Destiny Slocum Oregon State Pac-12 5-7 Jr. G
Christyn Williams Connecticut American 5-11 So. G
Kiana Williams Stanford Pac-12 5-8 Jr. G
Peyton Williams Kansas State Big 12 6-4 Sr. F

# indicates player selected as the 2019 Wooden Award Player of the Year

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