Indiana women’s basketball picked to finish second in Big Ten by media
The Indiana women’s basketball program was selected to finish second in the Big Ten by a preseason media panel, the conference announced Wednesday.
Mackenzie Holmes was also named preseason All-Big Ten.
Here’s the full release from IU Athletics:
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes was named to the 2023-24 preseason all-Big Ten teams while the Indiana Hoosiers were picked to finish second by the media and third by the coaches in the annual preseason honors on Wednesday.
A three-time first team All-American last season, Holmes was a unanimous preseason all-Big Ten honoree from the coaches and was also selected by the media vote, enters her fifth and final season with the Hoosiers in 2023-24. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous selection for All-Big Ten first teams in 2022-23, the Gorham, Maine native averaged 22.3 points (second in B1G), a team-high 7.8 rebounds and shot a NCAA second-best 68.0 percent from the floor.
Holmes led the Hoosiers in scoring on 25 occasions as a senior while posting double figures in 31 games, scoring 20 points 19 times and three 30-point scoring efforts. Her nine double-doubles led the team, as six of her double-doubles occurred in conference play which ranks eighth all-time in a single season. She also led the league in blocks (58) and blocks per game (1.9) and averages 1.1 steals (35) per game. Holmes is now in the top five in scoring in school history (1,897) and second in all-time blocks (208).
Indiana was selected to finish second amongst the league’s media while third in the coaches’ vote. The 2023-24 Hoosier roster will feature four returners from a team that finished 28-4 overall and 16-2 in Big Ten play. The program won the Big Ten regular season championship outright for the first time in 40 years on its way to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to Holmes, Indiana’s roster for the upcoming season is highlighted by five other All-Big Ten selections from last season in senior guards Chloe Moore-McNeil, Sydney Parrish and Sara Scalia along with sophomore guard Yarden Garzon.
B1G Preseason rankings are in. ??
— Indiana Women’s Basketball (@IndianaWBB) October 4, 2023