With Michigan State's win Sunday, the championship game will feature two teams ranked in the nation's top 15 by the Associated Press for the fourth time in Tournament history. No. 8 Michigan State will face No. 15 Minnesota at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Prior to this year, No. 6 Purdue defeated No. 4 Penn State, 59-58, in the 2004 finals, and was ranked 13th when the Boilermakers defeated No. 7 Penn State, 71-63, in the 2000 title game. In 1996, No. 9 Penn State topped No. 14 Purdue, 71-69.
Penn State leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 21-4, and holds a 2-1 edge over the Spartans in Big Ten Tournament action.
The No. 3 seed holds a 3-2 advantage when facing the No. 2 seed in the Tournament semifinals.
Tomorrow's contest will be the second between the No. 2 seed and No. 4 seed in Tournament history. The No. 2 seed holds a 1-0 advantage. Penn State defeated No. 4 Purdue, 71-69, in 1996.
Tomorrow's game will mark the first-ever matchup between Minnesota and Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Spartans hold a 27-14 advantage in the series against the Gophers, and have won the last five matchups against Minnesota.
MICHIGAN STATE (14-2 Big Ten, 27-3 Overall)
The Spartans will be making their first appearance in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan State posted a school-record 11th-consecutive win tonight over Penn State. The Spartans won 10 straight games during the 1977 season.
The Spartans are 7-10 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
Junior guard Lindsay Bowen went 3-of-5 from the 3-point arc against Penn State. She is 10 treys short of Michigan State's all-time record for most 3-point field goals in a career.
Michigan State went 28-of-50 from the field, marking the fifth time this season the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the field. The Spartans are 5-0 in those games.
Senior Kristin Haynie was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line against Penn State.
PENN STATE (13-3 Big Ten, 19-10 Overall)
The Lady Lions hold a 19-9 record in Big Ten Tournament action.
Jennifer Braden scored a career-high 24 points, besting her previous high by nine points. Braden hit 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, which marks a career-high and the most by a Lady Lion this season. Braden also tied a career high with four assists.
With 12 points in today's contest, Tanisha Wright brings her career total to 1,976. She is on pace to become the fourth Lady Lion and 11th player in Big Ten history to reach the 2,000-point plateau.
Wright has scored 559 points this season, which is the 10th-highest single-season tally in Penn State annals.
Penn State falls to 13-2 on the season when the Lady Lions score at least 70 points.
Today's defeat marks the first of the season when four Lady Lions have scored in double digits.