Here’s How Three Transfers Could Change the Rules of Indiana Women’s Basketball – Inside the Hall

After maintaining very similar—if not nearly identical—lineups for the past two seasons, Indiana women’s basketball now has a plethora of potential for a season five start in the 2022-23 season. In addition to the strong freshman class, Hoosiers will also be equipped with three experienced transfers.

Sidney Parrish, Sarah Scalia and Alyssa Geary join Indiana with at least two years of NCAA experience. All three could be Indiana novices, and they all have the potential to make some big changes.

It is worth noting that some of the recent transfers that have achieved historic achievements for the program include Ali Batberg, Nicole Cardanio, and Hillary. By the end of their Hoosier careers, they were both consistently freshmen and some of the most influential players in the program’s history.

It’s safe to say that there are some high expectations for Parrish, Scalia, and Geary. But one of the best things about this transportation category is that they all bring different things to strengthen Indiana as a whole.

Sarah Scalia – guard, Minnesota

Arguably the biggest household name in NCAA women’s basketball last season was, Kaitlyn Clark. Clarke has consistently made headlines for her three-point shoot.

But Sarah Scalia could easily have, and perhaps should have, gotten the same amount of recognition. The oldest had a massive presence outside the arc last season in Minnesota, firing 41.3 percent from downtown to finish fifth in the Big Ten. She made 111 three-pointers for her placing her second in the Big Ten and third overall in the NCAA.

For reference, Clark finished 91 tokens 3, shooting in a 33.2 percent clip. Scalia and Clark had about the same number of attempts from outside the arc as well, Scalia had 269 and Clark had 274. Against Indiana in February, Scalia scored 7 of 12 three-pointers and scored a total of 26 points.

Scalia also fired 91.5 percent from the free throw line and averaged 17.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

There’s no doubt Scalia will add another layer to the Indiana offensive and he’s set to be the three-point shooter the team has been lacking for a while. A “massive pickup,” according to Terry Morin, is expected to be in the starting lineup. One could say she has a lot to prove, but her track record so far speaks for itself.

Sydney Parish – guard, Oregon

Parrish, Basketball of the Year 2020 Ms. Indiana, is a household name among the Indiana basketball community. The Fishers, Indiana, will return to their home state after two years in Oregon, where they started all 32 games and averaged 8.8 points per game in 2021-22.

While Scalia brings a nearly unbeatable shooting range, Parrish’s skills are unforgivable. In 2021-22, she fired 35.4 percent from outside the arc for a total of 52 three-pointers and fired 38.5 percent overall from the field. At 6 feet 2, Parrish is one of Indiana’s tallest rangers. After averaging 3.3 rebounds per game last season, she is expected to perform similarly, if not better, this season.

Both years in Oregon, Parrish was a part of the NCAA Championship teams, including the Sweet Sixteen Tour in 2020-21. These experiences will undoubtedly help her fit in with the Indiana culture, which is heavily focused on winning the Big Ten and reaching the Final Four.

Maureen cited Parrish’s competitiveness and toughness as his standout qualities, and that mindset could help beat Parrish in the starting line-up. She won’t be able to replace Batberg’s intense, unflinching face, but any brave competitiveness this team would welcome.

Alyssa Jerry – Forward, Providence

Jerry is the top transfer player in Indiana, entering as a graduate student after playing four full years in Providence. She started per game in both her junior and senior seasons and averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocking shots per game last season.

Alexa Gulbe’s loss left a hole in the starting point next to Mackenzie Holmes, but expectations are that Jerry will fill that in with relative ease. She is the second tallest Hoosier, 6 feet 4, and the longest running.

With her height and skill, Jerry will need to be a strong under-basket contributor in both attack and defense. While in Providence, Jerry has also shown to be a strong defender and a skilled passerby. Passing near the basket was something the Hoosiers struggled with occasionally last season, so a forward with good passing ability would add another dimension to the Indiana offensive.

The Big Ten is known for being one of the toughest conferences to compete in, but the Big East is arguably one on a similar level. Teams like UConn, Villanova and Creighton reached the NCAA Championship last season and have the gameplay to support it. As such, Jerry knows what it’s like to play against the best software in the big arenas, and it’s an important experience to have when playing in Indiana.

Biggest takeaway

Moren and Indiana have a chance to change strategies and completely reshape the game plan with these three transfers. Some of the changes may be noticeable to the regular fan, and some may be insignificant to anyone outside of the program. But as long as all three players play – and use – to their full potential, it doesn’t really matter what fans pick up, because there’s a good chance they’ll witness victories.

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