University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today the hiring of Marlene Stollings as the 11th head coach in the history of the Golden Gopher women's basketball program. Stollings comes to Minnesota after two successful years at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she led the Rams to a 33-29 record and one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2013-14. Prior to her stint at VCU, Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12, where the Eagles posted just their second winning season in the last 26 years of the program.
"Marlene Stollings is one of the most respected young coaches in the country and we are thrilled to have her leading the Minnesota women's basketball program," Teague said. "Her up-tempo style, ability to recruit the nation's best talent and successful track record are undeniable. I am excited for our student-athletes and fans, as Marlene will bring an energetic style of basketball to Williams Arena."
"I am extremely proud to be named the head coach at the University of Minnesota," Stollings said. "I want to thank President Eric Kaler and Director of Athletics Norwood Teague for believing in my vision for the future of this storied program and for giving me this opportunity. Minnesota has great tradition and I cannot wait to be part of it. I am looking forward to meeting the team and great fans of Gopher basketball."
For the full Minnesota release, click HERE.
During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Michigan.
Carl Hagelin (2011, hockey)
Before opening a successful career with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League over the past two seasons, Hagelin stood out both on the ice and in the classroom in Ann Arbor. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2011, the same year that he was named a second-team All-America selection. Hagelin was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while pursuing a degree in sport management. He recently earned a silver medal with Sweden at the Sochi Olympic Games.
Beth Wymer (1995, gymnastics)
A 1995 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wymer was a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and became the first female gymnast inducted into her university's Hall of Honor. She won four conference titles in the all-around, leading the Wolverines to team championships each year, and three NCAA titles on uneven bars. She earned a master's degree in kinesiology and has counseled clients in nutrition, lifestyle and personal training.
Paul Goebel (1923, football)
Goebel, a 1923 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, was the first to wear jersey No. 1 for the Wolverines. He was a captain of the 1922 Michigan team that won the Big Ten Championship and earned the honor of scoring the first Wolverine points in Ohio Stadium when he kicked a field goal on Oct. 21, 1922. He was a lieutenant commander on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in World War II, ran a sporting goods store, officiated Big Ten football and served as mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich. He was also influential in the political career of President Gerald Ford.
Alison Noble (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Noble was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan. She led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Championship in 1981, where she was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. Noble was a two-time AIAW All-Region honoree in 1980 and 1981 and an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1983. The computer engineering major graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the M-Women Academic Hall of Fame in 1985.
Andrea Williams (1985, volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1985, Williams was the first Michigan female student-athlete to play a varsity sport while attending graduate school. The Scarborough, Ontario, native completed a Ph.D. program in world politics while competing for the Wolverines in 1984 and 1985. Williams led Michigan in assists, hitting percentage, kills and solo blocks in both seasons she competed, along with being named an Academic All-Big Ten selection. In 1985, she was named honorable mention All-Big Ten, while also leading the Wolverines in digs, total blocks and sets played. Prior to her time at Michigan, Williams competed for the Canadian national team.
Jon Jansen (1999, football)
Winner of the 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Jansen was a two-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan and helped lead the Wolverines to a national title in 1997. Serving as captain during his junior and senior seasons, Jansen earned All-America status as a senior, while also garnering Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1997 and 1998. Following his collegiate career, Jansen was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and became a model of consistency during his 10-year career. He started 125 of the 137 games in which he played and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2005.
On Sunday's Big Ten softball slate, Iowa topped Northwestern, Michigan swept a doubleheader versus Ohio State and Wisconsin salvaged a doubleheader split versus Minnesota.
Sunday, April 6
#20/20 Nebraska 12, Illinois 3 (5 innings)
Iowa 4, rv/#23 Northwestern 3
#5/5 Michigan 10, Ohio State 0 (5 innings)
#5/5 Michigan 9, Ohio State 1 (6 innings)
Penn State 6, Michigan State 0
Wisconsin 2, #14/14 Minnesota 1
#14/14 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 0
Indiana 5, Purdue 2
All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Indiana 14, Iowa 3
Indiana's offense once again proved to be too much for Iowa, as the Hoosiers(17-10, 7-1 Big Ten) scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a 14-3 victory at Duane Banks Field. Dustin DeMuth went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored while also extending his hit streak to 16 games. On the mound, Christian Morris got the start and allowed one earned run (three runs) over the first 3.1 innings before Luke Harrison came on in relief. It would be Harrison that ended an Iowa threat in the fourth and then cruised through the next four innings to pick up his first win of the season (1-0). He gave up just one hit over his 4.2 innings while walking one and fanning seven. Jake Kelzer pitched the ninth inning and recorded three strikeouts. RECAP
Minnesota 3, Michigan 1
The University of Minnesota (17-10, 5-4 Big Ten) baseball team beat Michigan 3-1 Sunday in Ann Arbor to win the series 2-1. A few timely hits and key defensive plays gave the Golden Gophers the edge over the Wolverines (14-17-1, 4-5 Big Ten) in the series finale. Sawyer pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season. Meyer, who pitched 7 1/3 innings, got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year. He gave up six hits and one walk and struck out three batters. Szkutnik (0-4) took the loss after giving up all three runs (two earned) and seven hits. He struck out five and walked two. RECAP
Nebraska 2, Ohio State 1
It was quite the weekend for the Nebraska baseball team (19-13, 4-2 Big Ten) as the Huskers completed their Big Ten-opening homestand on Sunday with another dramatic walk-off victory. For the second straight day the Huskers plated the winning run with two outs in the ninth, with Tanner Lubach playing hero on Sunday after Michael Pritchard picked up a walk-off single on Saturday. NU defeated Ohio State by a score of 2-1 to complete the series sweep without using one single pitch from its bullpen, as all three starters in the weekend rotation threw complete games. Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, it looked like the game was set for extra innings until back-to-back two-out singles from Blake Headley and Ben Miller put the game-winning run in scoring position at second base. Following an OSU mound visit, the Buckeyes stuck with starter Jake Post against Lubach. The Lincoln native jumped on the first pitch he saw from Post and drove it into right-center field to easily score Headley from second base. RECAP
Illinois 1, Northwestern 0
Junior John Kravetz tossed a career-high eight scoreless innings and senior Ronnie Muck closed the 1-0 victory and series sweep of Northwestern on Sunday at Rocky Miller Park. Sophomore Jason Goldstein knocked in junior David Kerian with an RBI single for the only run in the fourth, which proved to be enough behind the third stellar pitching performance of the weekend. The Illini won their fifth consecutive game and ninth in their last 10 to improve to 17-11 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten. "John threw a great game and we got the timely hit when we needed it to get the sweep," associate head coach Eric Snider. "Ronnie came in and shut the door. Our pitching staff was excellent all weekend, so credit to Drew Dickinson on the job he has done with them." Kravetz equaled a career-high seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk, which was the theme of the weekend for Illini pitchers. UI hurlers recorded 30 strikeouts and only two walks in the three-game sweep. RECAP
Purdue 4, Penn State 0
Purdue baseball scored three two-out runs early in the game and Brett Haan worked the first five scoreless innings in a combined-shutout effort, as the Boilermakers salvaged the finale of the Penn State series with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. Purdue (6-21, 2-4 Big Ten) posted its first shutout since blanking Illinois-Chicago at Alexander Field on April 20 of last season. It was the Boilers' first shutout of a Big Ten opponent since defeating Indiana, 3-0, in the winner's bracket final at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Brandon Krieg and Kyle Wood each had a pair of hits and an RBI to extend streaks. Krieg has hit safely in a career-best 12 straight games, matching Sean McHugh's streak this year for the longest by a Boiler since 2011. Wood has reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. McHugh recorded the first of three consecutive two-outs singles in the bottom of the first to push his reached safely streak to 17 straight games. RECAP
Michigan State 5, Siena 1
All 12 Big Ten softball teams will be in action on Sunday, with Michigan and Minnesota hosting doubleheaders.
Sunday, April 6
Indiana at Purdue, Noon
#20/20 Nebraska at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan (DH), 1 p.m.
Penn State at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
rv/#23 Northwestern at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin at #14/14 Minnesota (DH), 3 p.m.
All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Big Ten Individual Champions
At least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers. Two men's cross country runners were victorious each year they competed - Illinois' Craig Virgin (1977) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1998), while Iowa's Ed Banach (1983) took home four straight wrestling crowns. Wisconsin's Kathy Butler (1997) was a 16-time Big Ten Champion in track & field, while Michigan's Carl Johnson (1920) was an eight-time winner in his day. Indiana swimmer Gary Hall (1973) won 10 conference titles and Michigan gymnast Beth Wymer (1995) earned 15 crowns.
Four Big Ten women's gymnastics teams earned berths to the NCAA Championships, as Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all advanced to the national meet, which will be held April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala. The Fighting Illini will make their second consecutive appearance and fourth overall. The Wolverines will make their 21st appearance in program history, while the Cornhuskers advanced for the 22nd time in school history. The Nittany Lions will be making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2009.
Penn State Release
Purdue and Northwestern both recorded doubleheader sweeps on Saturday to highlight the Big Ten softball slate.
Saturday, April 5
Illinois 11, #20/20 Nebraska 4 (Game 1)
#20/20 Nebraska 9, Illinois 5 (Game 2)
Purdue 4, Indiana 1 (Game 1)
Purdue 4, Indiana 1 (Game 2)
Penn State 7, Michigan State 3
rv/#23 Northwestern 6, Iowa 4
rv/#23 Northwestern 4, Iowa 1
#5/5 Michigan 1, Ohio State 0
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
Indiana 6, Iowa 3
The Indiana baseball team hit four home runs - including a pair from Sam Travis - on their way to a 6-3 win at Iowa on Saturday. IU senior pitcher Joey DeNato recorded his sixth win of the season and 30th of his career, tying the IU career record for wins by a pitcher. The Hoosiers pounded out 13 hits in the game, the fifth straight game of 10-plus hits with four of those coming in Big Ten play. The top four in the IU batting order - Casey Rodrigue, Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Scott Donley - combined to go 10-for-20 at the plate with five RBI and five runs scored. Dustin DeMuth went 1-for-3 with a double, extending his hit streak to 15 games and his consecutive games reaching base safely streak to 23 games. DeNato (6-1) went 6.0 innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts, increasing his IU career strikeout record to 253. RECAP
Michigan 8, Minnesota 1
Sophomore Evan Hill pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and the University of Michigan baseball team got to Minnesota pitching early as the Wolverines defeated the Golden Gophers, 8-1, Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Hill struck out four and allowed five hits in the start. He pitched around a little trouble in the first two innings and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a fielder's choice and a groundout. Freshman Keith Lehmann went the final 2.1 innings, striking out a batter and allowing three hits and a run. RECAP
Nebraska 4, Ohio State 3
After going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in his first four trips to the plate, Michael Pritchard produced a bases loaded, two-out, two-RBI walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nebraska baseball team back-to-back come-from-behind victories over the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,871 fans at Hawks Field. After reliever Travis Lakins retired Ryan Boldt to start the ninth, the 6-1 OSU freshman walked Blake Headley and gave up a single to Christian Cox that put the tying run on base. Lakins struck out Austin Christensen for the second out of the ninth, but then issued consecutive walks to Ty Kildow and Jake Placzek, forcing in pinch runner Quinn McGill to make it a 3-2 game. With the tying run 90 feet away and the winning run at second base, the Buckeyes went to Trace Dempsey, who got ahead of Pritchard 1-2, before the senior left fielder from Omaha blistered an offering back up the middle that scored Kildow and Cox for the Huskers' third walk-off winner of 2014. RECAP
Illinois 6, Northwestern 2 (10)
Illinois won its fourth straight game on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over Northwestern in 10 innings, which also marked its eighth win in the last nine games. The Illini scored four runs in the 10th inning and capitalized on three Northwestern errors in the game. The Illini improved to 16-11 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, as sophomore Tyler Jay picked up his first win this season following two scoreless innings in relief of starter Ryan Castellanos. "We kept on grinding and found a way to win in the end," associate head coach Eric Snider said. "Will and David each put good swings on a pitch they could handle. Ryan threw really well and Tyler and Nick finished off a strong pitching performance." RECAP
Penn State 2, Purdue 1 (Game 1), Penn State 6, Purdue 5 (Game 2)
The Penn State Nittany Lions kept their hot streak of play alive on Saturday afternoon, taking both games in the doubleheader to remain perfect in the Big Ten. The 4-0 conference record is the Blue and White's best start in program history. With the two victories the Nittany Lions won the season series against the Boilermakers for the first time since May of 2007 and will try to sweep Purdue for the first time in program history in tomorrow's final game of the series. Penn State has now won six-straight games and 10 of its last 11 contests. RECAPS
Michigan State 4, Siena 0
Michigan State 6, Siena 1
NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR
No. 8 Kentucky 74, No. 2 WISCONSIN 73
Four Badgers scored in double figures, and Wisconsin shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half, but Kentucky's Aaron Harrison drilled a go-ahead three-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining to lead the Wildcats past the Badgers, 74-73, on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. Kentucky will take on UConn in Monday's national championship game.
The Badgers' Ben Brust and Sam Dekker both scored a team-high 15 points, and were joined in double figures by Traevon Jackson and Bronson Koenig. Kentucky's James Young scored a game-high 17 points. The Wildcats shot 50 percent for the game, but made just two three-pointers.
Wisconsin's senior class includes Brust and Zach Bohannon. The Badgers are scheduled to return starters Dekker, Jackson, Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky next season.