#27 Indiana Women's Basketball 2019-2020 Preview

Indiana Hoosiers
Overall Rank: #27
Conference Rank: #4 Big Ten
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Indiana returns four starters to a team that won a game in the NCAA Tournament. The expectations are getting higher now. Coach Teri Moren has led her team to at least 21 victories in each of the last four seasons and now the Hoosiers are hoping to take the next step and seriously compete for a Big Ten title and maybe even push for a spot in the second weekend of the tournament.
2018-19 Record: 21-13, 8-10
2018-19 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Teri Moren
Coach Record: 103-66 at Indiana, 303-197 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Kym Royster, Forward, 6.2 ppg
Linsey Marchese, Center, 1.4 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Ali Patberg, Junior, Guard, 15.8 ppg
Jaelynn Penn, Junior, Guard, 13.9 ppg
Brenna Wise, Senior, Forward, 12.0 ppg
Bendu Yeaney, Junior, Guard, 9.7 ppg
Grace Berger, Sophomore, Guard, 5.5 ppg
Aleksa Gulbe, Sophomore, Forward, 5.1 ppg
Keyanna Warthen, Junior, Guard, 1.4 ppg
Alexis Johnson, Junior, Forward, DNP last season
Key New Players
Jorie Allen, Freshman, Forward
Shaila Beeler, Freshman, Guard
Mackenzie Holmes, Freshman, Forward
Hannah Noveroske, Freshman, Center
Grace Waggoner, Freshman, Guard
Chanel Wilson, RS Freshman, Guard
Arielle Wisne, Freshman, Center
Danielle Patterson, Junior, Guard/Forward, Transfer from Notre Dame, not eligible
Ali Patberg led the way with 15.8 points in her first season with the Hoosiers after transferring in from Notre Dame. Patberg also dished out 4.8 assists and ranked third on the team with 5.0 rebounds. She will again be joined by Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney in the backcourt. Penn was the most prolific three-point shooter on the team and was second on the squad with 13.9 points per game. Yeaney, a 5-10 junior, added 9.7 points per game last season. She is not a shooter, but Yeaney is a capable scorer inside the arc. The other returning starter is Brenna Wise. The 6-0 senior forward is not a traditional post player and actually shot an amazing 41.3 percent from beyond the arc. With Wise stretching the defense and adding another dimension to the offense, it opens up looks for the rest of the team. Aleksa Gulbe is the most experienced candidate to replace Kym Royster in the paint. As a freshman last year, the 6-3 forward averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. The Hoosiers will have more depth all over the floor thanks to the addition of seven freshmen. Mackenzie Holmes and Jorie Allen are the most likely to make an immediate impact in the frontcourt. The top recruit of the class is point guard Shaila Beeler and she is ready to play a large role right away if Coach Moren can find her minutes. But after a season where depth was an issue, Indiana will gladly have the problem of not having enough minutes to go around.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.1 (97th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.5 (202, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.9 (61, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.3 (196, 9)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.3 (226, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.9 (55, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.4 (42, 2)
Rebound Margin: 1.1 (157, 10)
Assists Per Game: 12.0 (248, 14)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.1 (131, 9)
Madness 2019 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#21 Shaila Beeler
#57 MacKenzie Holmes
#70 Jorie Allen