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WBB: Tournament Tidbits

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ConsecoInterior5.JPGOK, here are the "Need to Knows" about Sunday's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Championship final.

The top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes will face the No. 3 seed Iowa Hawkeyes at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Ohio State is in the tournament final for the sixth time (1995, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009), having won in both 2006 and 2009.  Iowa makes its third appearance in the finals and has captured both the 1997 and 2001 titles.

Iowa and Ohio State have met twice in Big Ten Tournament play with each team sharing a win.  The No. 1 Hawkeyes captured a 72-54 victory over the eighth-seeded Buckeyes in the 1998 quarterfinals, while top-seeded OSU scored a 72-56 win over No. 4 Iowa in last year's semifinal round.

As for the 2009-10 regular season, Ohio State earned an 86-82 home victory over Iowa in its lone meeting on Feb. 4. 

WBB: Behind the Scenes

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ESPN2 is set to televise today's Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Championship final between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Iowa at 4:30 p.m. ET.

BigTenNetwork1.JPGThe Big Ten Network, however, has been broadcasting the tournament's first nine games for the past three years. 

BigTenNetwork2.JPGDuring the semifinal action on Saturday, toured the Big Ten Network production trucks and took a few snapshots of the crew preparing for the studio show, which was located just off the Conseco Fieldhouse hardwood and hosted by Mike Hall and Stephanie White.


WBB: Buckeyes Best Badgers

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OSU.JPGCongratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes on reaching the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament final for the second straight season and fourth time in five years. 

The top-seeded Buckeyes, winners of the outright regular season conference title, topped No. 4 seed Wisconsin 82-73 this evening.

OSU is now 11-2 in its last 13 Big Ten Tournament games.

Among the highlights from tonight's second semifinal matchup:

  • The Buckeyes set a Big Ten Tournament record with their 34 made free throws. The previous record was 29 by Indiana against Illinois during the 2002 tournament.
  • Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 29 points. Prahalis converted 11-of-11 free throws, which ties a tournament record for free throw percentage. She shares the record with Penn State's Tanisha Wright (10-of-10, 2002 tournament) and Purdue's Shereka Wright (10-of-10, 2004 tournament).
  • Jantel Lavender finished with 27 points and has now scored in double figures in all 99 career games, the longest active streak in Division I.
  • Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis combined to score 56 of Ohio State's 82 points. It is the highest point total for two players in all games played by Big Ten teams this year.
  • Saturday was the fourth meeting between Ohio State and Wisconsin at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are 4-0 against the Badgers in the tournament.

WBB: More "Think Pink" Pics

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The Big Ten celebrated its "Think Pink Day" during Saturday's semifinal contests.  Here are four more pictures from the Conseco Fieldhouse concourse, which include the Pink Ribbon Connection table, a table that included information on several Breast Cancer Awareness 5K and greater-distance events in the Indianapolis area, as well as a host of Michigan State fans showing that pink does in fact look good with green!



WBB: Class is in Session

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Prior to Saturday's semifinals at the 2010 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten and the Indiana Sports Corporation held its annual Girls Basketball Clinic on both the practice court and main court at Conseco Fieldhouse.
BigTen Womens Bball 2010 1287.jpgAn estimated 110 young girls from 4th through 8th grade participated in the clinic, which was led by Jennifer Jacoby, a former Indiana Miss Basketball, Purdue University standout and former basketball coach for Indiana University, Miami of Ohio and Illinois.

BigTen Womens Bball 2010 1299.jpgThe clinic took place from 1-3 p.m. prior to this evening's first semifinal contest.  Following the clinic, each participant received a complimentary ticket to the semifinal games as well as a pink clinic T-shirt.

BigTen Womens Bball 2010 1356.jpgPhotos courtesy of Peter Bick

WBB: A Good Place To Be

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Congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes, who have advanced to the 2010 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament final for the third time and the first since 2001.  The third-seeded Hawkeyes captured a 59-54 victory over No. 2 Michigan State and will vie Sunday for their third Big Ten Tournament title.  So far so good for Iowa.  The Hawkeyes were finalists in both 1997 and 2001 and captured the championship in each year.  They'll attempt to keep the perfect record intact tomorrow, but first comes Semifinal #2 against Ohio State and Wisconsin!

WBB: Hoops Hoodies

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Do you have your authentic Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament hoodie???

WBB: Fill the Buckets for a Cause

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As mentioned in a previous post, Saturday is "Think Pink Day" at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

Throughout the evening, volunteers are stationed on the Conseco Fieldhouse concourse accepting generous donations for the Pink Ribbon Connection of Indianapolis.

If you are in town, stop by, take in some Big Ten women's hoops and help the conference connect with a cure for cancer.



WBB: The Hawkeyes Have Arrived

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The Iowa Hawkeyes arrived 20 minutes ago and have made their way to the court for warm-ups of the first semifinal contest of the 2010 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  Second-seeded Michigan State is also here and we are ready to get going at 5 p.m. ET!

WBB: Semifinal Saturday

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ConsecoInterior3.JPGIt's Semifinal Saturday at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, with tonight's first tip scheduled at 5 p.m. ET.  No. 2 seed Michigan State will battle No. 3 Iowa, while top-seeded Ohio State will face No. 4 Wisconsin.

This year's semifinals mark just the third time in the 16-year history of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament that the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals. 

In 2005, No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 Minnesota all advanced, while in 2000, top-seed Penn State, followed by Michigan, Purdue and Illinois advanced to semifinal play.

Both Iowa and Wisconsin are hoping to find their first Big Ten Tournament victory over Michigan State and Ohio State, respectively.  In two wins, the Spartans have defeated the Hawkeyes by a combined 46 points, while Ohio State has outscored the Badgers 212-165 in three tournament wins.

Here is a brief look at the semifinal matchups on Saturday and the history the teams have with one another at the Big Ten Tournament.

Game 8:  No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Iowa (5 p.m. ET)
Michigan State leads the Big Ten Tournament series vs. Iowa, 2-0

2004, Q, No. 5 Michigan State def. No. 4 Iowa, 81-54
2006, Q, No. 4 Michigan State def. No. 5 Iowa, 79-58

Game 9:  No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (Approx. 7:30 p.m. ET)
Ohio State leads the Big Ten Tournament series vs. Wisconsin, 3-0

1996, Q, No. 6 Ohio State def. No. 3 Wisconsin, 72-58
1999, Q, No. 5 Ohio State def. No. 4 Wisconsin, 70-61
2005, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Wisconsin, 70-46