Indiana Lands Tennessee Transfer Karoline Striplin

Coach Teri Moren reinforced Indiana's front court with the addition of Tennessee transfer Karoline Striplin, who averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Volunteers in 2023-24.
Mar 4, 2023; Greenville, SC, USA; Tennessee Lady Vols forward Karoline Striplin (11).
Mar 4, 2023; Greenville, SC, USA; Tennessee Lady Vols forward Karoline Striplin (11). / David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Tennessee forward Karoline Striplin announced Thursday she's transferring to Indiana for the 2024-25 season.

Striplin is a 6-foot-3 forward who started 39 games and played in 91 total games over the last three seasons at Tennessee. Now she joins coach Teri Moren's Hoosiers with one year of remaining eligibility.

"Karoline is a tough post player who can score inside and out while also establishing herself as a great post defender," Moren said in a release. "She is a player who we've faced a couple of times and have been familiar with since high school, so we know her skill set and work ethic will be the perfect fit for us. We are excited for Karolina and her family to be Hoosiers."

As a junior in 2023-24, Striplin averaged 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 turnovers, 0.7 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.3 steals per game. She made 11 starts and played in all 33 games, averaging 14.4 minutes per game. The 20-13 Volunteers reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 as a No. 6 seed under coach Kellie Harper, who was fired on April 1 after five seasons.

Striplin did most of her scoring around the basket, shooting an efficient 58.3% on 3.5 2-point attempts per game. But she can also stretch the floor, shooting 31% on 58 3-point attempts. On 63 attempts, Striplin shot 76.2% from the free throw line during the 2023-24 season.

She started her junior season strong, scoring 10-plus points in seven of her first 12 games. That run included scoring a career-high 29 points against Middle Tennessee, as she shot 11-for-20 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point range.

Striplin posted the lone double-double of her career on Nov. 19, 2023, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds against Troy. But after a strong start to the year, Striplin's minutes decreased during SEC play.

Though Striplin started 28 games as a sophomore in 2022-23, she played fewer minutes at 13.7 per game. She averaged 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 50% from the field, 38.7% from 3-point range and 56.3% from the free throw line.

Striplin played sparingly for Tennessee as a freshman, logging 6.9 minutes per game across 25 games. She originally committed to Tennessee out of Geneva County High School in Hartford, Ala. In the espnW 100 rankings, Striplin was considered a four-star recruit, ranked No. 45 overall and No. 9 among forwards.

Striplin represents Indiana's first transfer portal addition of the offseason. Indiana lost all-time leading scorer Mackenzie Holmes after the 2023-24 season, so the addition of Striplin helps reinforce the front court.

As it currently stands, Indiana has 12 players on its 2024-25 roster out of 15 available scholarships: Lexus Bargesser, Lenee Beaumont, Yarden Garzon, Julianna LaMendola, Henna Sandvik, Chloe Moore-McNeil, Sharnecce Currie-Jelks, Sydney Parrish, Lilly Meister, Sydney Fenn, Faith Wiseman and Karoline Striplin.


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Jack Ankony

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