Spotlight: Brooklyn Snodgrass
This post is to salute one of my students this semester, Broolyn Snodgrass. It is always thrilling to see someone you know win. Like her sister swimmers, and all athletes I have had in my class, Brooklyn is a fine young person. I am so happy and blessed to teach her and her brother and sister IU athletes Thanks for contributing to IU, Brooklyn. I look forward to your future victories.
This Week in IU Athletics
So much to report and celebrate here for our wonderful IU athletes! Let's get started.
Hoosier Baseball Men Beat Ohio State
Well done gentlemen!! You beat Ohio State in three games this weekend. Oh well done!!! Plus your 42 base knocks are the most in a series since Indiana accumulated 46 at Iowa late last March. Huzzah! Read more about it here: Hoosiers Roll In Series Sweep at Ohio State.
Hoosiers Make a Clean Sweep of Michigan
Rivals No. 14 Indiana and No. 17 Michigan battled it out on Saturday, March 29 with IU taking home the victory. Keep going, ladies!
Hoosier Men 10th in NCAA Swimming
Well done! A pair of second-place finishes and a third top-eight showing propelled the Indiana Men's Swimming and Diving team to a 10th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Very happy for you gentlemen!
Hoosier W. Rowing Bring Home A Win
Indiana Rowing opened the spring schedule with a sweep of Dayton and Duquesne. Well done team!!! Read more about it here: Indiana Rowing Sweeps Dayton, Duquesne.
IUWBB - Elite 8
Our Hoosier Women ended their amazing season with Elite 8 status in the 2014 WNIT. Well done, women, well done!! We are all so very very proud of you and can't wait to celebrate you at your banquet and next year. After all, It's Miller's Time!!!
Wow! I am at home now after watching and amazing victory by our #IUWBB. Wow! We won by one point at the end. This means the #IUWBB now move on to the rank of Elite 8! Huzzah Hoosier Women! And Huzzah to the great coaching staff! Huzzah also to the crowd. I am glad to see the crowds growing for the IUWBB and cheering for our Hoosier Women. It is all good.
Triple B member Suzi W. made a poster saluting Coach Miller. "It's Miller's Time!"
We all hope that the next game will be here in Bloomington on Saturday! Fingers crossed and well done Elite 8 winners!
Go Hoosier Women!
Dear Hoosier Women: The Behind the Bench Bunch are going to root you in tonight! We are proud of you and all you have accomplished this year. Know what the sound of love is? Our cheers from behind you! Go Hoosiers go! #IUWBB, @indianawbb
The below article was copied from IUHoosiers.com - Miller Named Finalist for Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year. Yup, I liked it so much I had to copy and post it here. Go Hoosier Women! Go Coach Miller!
Miller Named Finalist for Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year
Head coach Curt Miller is one of eight finalists for Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year after being named Region 6 Coach of the Year
March 26, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller has been named the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year for Region 6 as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Wednesday. With the regional recognition, Miller becomes one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year.
Miller earns his fifth WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honor as he also earned the recognition during his head coaching tenure at Bowling Green State University in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012.
All regional winners are finalists for the inaugural Pat Summit Trophy that will be presented to the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year. Other region winners in 2014 include Geno Auriemma of Connecticut (Region 1), Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame (Region 2), Dawn Staley of South Carolina (Region 3), Jennifer Roos of Bowling Green (Region 4), Kim Mulkey of Baylor (Region 5), Ryun Williams of Colorado State (Region 7) and Scott Rueck of Oregon State (Region 8).
The 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year will be announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel's Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.
Miller is in his second season at the helm of the Indiana program and in just two years has changed the culture of IU women's basketball. With a roster consisting of nine first-year players including seven freshmen, the Hoosiers have won 20 games so far this season, marking just the sixth time in program history an IU team has won 20 or more games. Indiana sits just one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a single season. Those 20 wins are also significant because Miller inherited a program that won just six games the year prior to his arrival and 15 total wins in the two years combined before he moved to Bloomington.
In 10 of his last 11 years as a head coach, Miller has won 20 or more games. During that 11-year stretch, his teams have averaged 24 wins per season. Indiana earned its first postseason berth since 2009 this year and will play in the round of 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday vs. Northwestern. Miller has now made nine postseason appearances (NCAA/WNIT), all within the last 10 seasons.
In 2013-14, Miller's first true recruiting class of freshmen have combined to score more points than any other freshman class in the Big Ten. First-year players brought in by Miller this season (freshmen/redshirts/transfers) have combined to score 76.2 percent of Indiana's points so far this year.
Miller's offense this year also set a school record for most 3-pointers made in a single season and currently Indiana has hit 240 this year. That total ranks third all-time in Big Ten history for most 3-point field goals made in a season. It is just the second time in program history an IU team has connected on more the 200 3-pointers in a single year.
Under Miller's guidance, point guard Larryn Brooks is having one of the best freshman seasons in Indiana history. Brooks owns IU freshman single season records for points (511) and free throws made (119) while also setting single-game marks in points (37), assists (10, twice) and 3-pointers made (7). She ranks second among Hoosier freshmen all-time in 3-pointers made (60) and assists (146). Brooks is the first IU freshman to ever score 500 or more points in a season. Brooks earned Second Team All-Big Ten honor and was named to the conference's All-Freshman Team this year.
Russell Athletic and the WBCA present the national coach of the year award annually in each of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 32nd year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented this honor to an NCAA Division I head coach.
This Weekend in IU Sports!
For the WNIT!
The Hoosier Women - #IUWBB - won their second round in the WNIT on Saturday. Now our Hoosier Women will take on Northwestern this Thursday in the IU Assembly Hall at 7 pm. Indiana To Host Northwestern Thursday in WNIT. You bet we will be there!!
Huzzah to the Swimmers!
IU can herald another victory for IU today. Brooklyn Snodgrass won the NCAA 200 backstroke! Read more about it here: NCAA CHAMPION: Brooklynn Snodgrass Wins the 200 Backstroke.
And yes, Brooklyn is a student of mine.
Wrestling & NCAA Hardware
Taylor Walsh of the IU Wrestling team received a plaque commemorating 22 D-I pins (26 overall). Taylor Walsh Leads NCAA in Total Falls.
Check out the IU Hoosiers Website for more information about IU Athletics.
Because We're Happy
Wow! So today #IUWBB fans saw our Hoosier Women win their second WNIT game! HOORAY!! What a game! Check out the video below of the game highlights. Also check out the IUWBB Twitter feed @IndianaWBB.
Oh and I would like to salute the crowd today at Assembly Hall!! Finally we got the entire crowd standing and cheering for our Hoosier Women. They deserved it. It was good to rock the hall for them.
Such a wonderful day for IU Women's Basketball. Such a great day for IU.
What a game!! Wow! Tonight #IUWBB beat Belmont by 1 point!! Wow my heart stopped several times during the game especially at the end. Great steal Ms. Taylor which pulled the ball out of Belmont's hands at the last minute. Whew! We are now on to the second round. Come join Triple B Saturday night, 7 pm at Assembly Hall where our women take on Marquette.
The "Mother of Women's Basketball," Senda Berenson Abbot, was born on this date in 1868. While teaching physical education at Smith College, she organized and officiated the first women's basketball game ever to be played. After meeting with the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, she wrote an official rulebook for women's college basketball, and its popularity grew with hundreds of teams cropping up nationwide within a few short years. In 1985, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. - Ms. Magazine, Facebook
I look forward to celebrating Ms. Abbot's legacy by watching the #IUWBB play tonight! See you soon!
OMG and Hooray!!! IU is hosting the first round of the WNIT. The IUWBB will be playing Belmont this Thursday, March 20th, starting at 7 pm, at IU Assembly Hall. Yes, many of us in Triple B have our tickets. We will be there to root in our women!!!
You can read more here: Indiana Earns WNIT Bid, Hosts Belmont Thursday.
Also enjoy the Happy Postseason video from IUWBB!
Well huzzah! Larryn Brooks earns an all Big Ten honors. Hooray!
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Triple B Blog or, What My Students Tell Me
The below blog posts usually come from Ms. Lion's student athletes. She likes it when they keep her informed.