Wednesday began with the Hoosiers learning they have been picked as the Big Ten favorite by the league’s coaches and media. It continued with Ali Patberg and Grace Berger claiming spots on the Preseason All-Big Ten Team, and it ended with IU signing three players to its next recruiting class.
It’s been a very good day on the women’s basketball side of Cook Hall.
Follow along after the jump for a closer look at each news item.
Hoosiers named Big Ten frontrunners
Big Ten coaches and media members are in agreement: Indiana is the team to beat this season. That’s no minor footnote, either. Wednesday marks the first time in program history that the Hoosiers are picked to win the conference in both preseason polls.
“It is a nice honor to be picked at the top of the Big Ten preseason rankings,” IU coach Teri Moren said. “It is a tribute to what these young women accomplished last season. We know, however, that these rankings won’t matter when the games begin this year. We need to continue to do the work every day to get better and prepare for an exciting season. The Big Ten is such a talented and deep conference and every game is a challenge.”
The Big Ten only ranks the top five teams on its preseason lists, which can be seen below:
Patberg, Berger named Preseason All-Big Ten
The individual honors continue to roll in for the Hoosiers. Both Patberg and Berger are coming off seasons in which they earned All-Big Ten First Team recognition. Patberg led IU in scoring (15.6 points per game) and assists (5.3 per game), while averaging 4.6 rebounds and shooting 49 percent from the field. Earlier this week, she was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List as one of 20 guards vying for the title of nation’s best point guard.
Berger was a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American honorable mention pick as a sophomore last season after posting 13.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a team-high 1.4 steals per game. She scored in double figures 21 times, and her scoring output shot up by an average of eight points per game. Wednesday also saw Berger receive a place on the watch list for the Cheryl Miller Award, which recognizes the country’s top small forward.
The rest of the All-Big Ten teams shook out like this:
IU signs 3 for 2025
Teri Moren inked a trio of guards on Wednesday, receiving signed National Letters of Intent from Georgia’s Keyarah Berry, Alabama’s Kaitlin Peterson and Australia native Paige Price.
Berry averaged 32.1 points and 9.3 rebounds as a junior at Rockmart High School last season. She’s considered the No. 79 recruit nationally by All Star Girls Report and No. 142 by Prospects Nation.
Moren: “Keyarah is a player that has a lot of upside. She has scored a lot during her high school career. She has the ability to score at all 3 levels with deep 3-point range, good elevation on her mid-range, and an explosion to the rim. With her athleticism, we believe that Keyarah will develop into a very good defender for us as well.”
Peterson is a three-time Alabama Sports Writers Association all-state pick, who scored 23.7 points and added 7.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as a junior last season. ASGR rates her as the No. 41 overall prospect in the class, while Prospects Nation ranks her No. 54.
Moren: “The first thing you notice when watching Kaitlin is her speed. She is as fast with the basketball as any player in the country. As we continued to get to know Kaitlin, her competitiveness and desire to win really stuck out. Kaitlin really loves to play basketball. We are looking forward to being able to coach her and help take her game to another level.”
The 6-foot-2 Price averaged 13.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists, while shooting 51 percent from the field during Team Australia’s run in the 2019 Oceania Championships. Aussie Basketball USA Pathways considers her the No. 1 prospect in the country, while Premier Basketball Report calls Price the No. 3 available international player. ASGR ranks her No. 55 overall in the class.
Moren: “Paige is a player who we have been recruiting for a couple of years. She is a big guard who plays with a unique toughness. Paige has the ability to score the basketball. She can really shoot the ball, but she also knows how to get to the rim to score. She plays really hard. Paige’s ability to play multiple positions is going to be very valuable for us.”