#44 Indiana Women's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Indiana Hoosiers
Overall Rank: #44
Conference Rank: #7 Big Ten
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Indiana missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. But once again Coach Teri Moren’s team made a deep run in the WNIT. This time the Hoosiers outlasted 63 other teams and won the WNIT championship. Of course the goal will be to get back to the NCAAs in 2019, but getting all of that tournament experience will provide IU with some nice momentum heading into the season.
2017-18 Record: 23-14, 9-7
2017-18 Postseason: WNIT
Coach: Teri Moren
Coach Record: 82-53 at Indiana, 281-183 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Tyra Buss, Guard, 20.6 ppg
Amanda Cahill, Forward, 15.2 ppg
Bre Wickware, Forward, 1.7 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Jaelynn Penn, Sophomore, Guard, 10.8 ppg
Kym Royster, Senior, Forward, 10.2 ppg
Bendu Yeaney, Sophomore, Guard, 8.4 ppg
Keyanna Warthen, Sophomore, Guard, 2.5 ppg
Linsey Marchese, Sophomore, Center, 1.6 ppg
Alexis Johnson, Sophomore, Forward, 0.3 ppg
Key New Players
Grace Berger, Freshman, Guard
Aleksa Gulbe, Freshman, Forward
Ali Patberg, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Notre Dame
Chanel Wilson, Freshman, Guard
Brenna Wise, Junior, Forward, Transfer from Pitt
Forward Kym Royster will be the new senior leader of the team. She averaged 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds last season. Pittsburgh transfer Brenna Wise will be a more than capable replacement for Amanda Cahill. As both a freshman and sophomore at Pitt, Wise led the team in points and rebounds. Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney were regular starters on the perimeter as freshmen and should emerge as leaders on the floor. Penn is a more dynamic and prolific scorer, but she does need to get more consistent with her outside shot. Coach Moren does not have too much proven depth on this team, but there are options. Notre Dame transfer Ali Patberg joins a trio of freshmen who could make an impact right away. There are also three more sophomores on the roster in Keyanna Warthen, Lindsey Marchese and Alexis Johnson who all earned at least a little bit of experience last season. Indiana has a nice core to build around with Penn, Yeaney, Royster and Wise, but they do need to find some quality depth if they hope to end up on the right side of the bubble.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.1 (76th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.7 (211, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.7 (34, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.1 (283, 12)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.5 (109, 5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.6 (31, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.8 (156, 10)
Rebound Margin: -0.3 (189, 11)
Assists Per Game: 13.2 (163, 11)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.2 (136, 8)
Madness 2018 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#54 Grace Berger