The Indiana women's basketball team faces Belmont Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET at Assembly Hall in the opening round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Indiana (18-12) is making its seventh WNIT appearance in program history and the first since 2009. The Hoosiers are 8-6 all-time in the WNIT including a 5-1 record in games played at home. IU's last WNIT home game was in 2009 when the Hoosiers beat Dayton 59-57.
Indiana and Belmont have a family connection in this one. Belmont first year coach Cameron Newbauer is the older brother of Indiana senior guard Andrea Newbauer.
Belmont, which is located in Nashville, Tenn., finished first in the East Division of the Ohio Valley Conference this season and is led in scoring by junior Jordan Luffman who averages 14.3 points per game.
Indiana is led by freshman Larryn Brooks, a second team All-Big Ten selection and a member of the conference's all-freshman team. Brooks has scored 467 points in her freshman season, breaking a program record that had been in place for 34 years.
Indiana opened the season 14-0, and its 18 wins tied for the fourth highest total in the program's history.
Another player to keep an eye on for the Hoosiers beginning tonight is freshman Alexis Gassion. Gassion averaged 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals over the last nine games. During that span she hit double figures six times and have five games where she made at least three of more 3-point field goals.
The WNIT features 64 teams in a single-elimination format. Thirty-two of those teams earned an automatic berth and 32 teams were chosen at-large.
Tonight's game can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest will also be available as a live web broadcast on the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed at IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.