Championship Game Notes
March 6, 2006
With the 8,669 fans in attendance for the championship game, the Big Ten Conference established a new tournament record with a total of 38,638. The mark shatters the previous tournament record of 37,635 set in 2004. The 8,669 for the fifth session was the third-highest final session in Big Ten Tournament history and the fifth-best single session total in the 12-year history of the event.
Ohio State ups its record to 1-2 in Big Ten title games, while Purdue falls to 5-3 in title tilts.
Tonight's game marked the first time in the 12-year history of the Big Ten Tournament that a No. 1 seed defeated a No. 2 seed to take home the championship.
With the Ohio State win, No. 1 seeds are 20-10 overall with three titles, while No. 2 seeds fell to 20-8.
Ohio State won its first Big Ten Tournament in modern history in its third appearance in the title game. The 2005 Tournament champion, Michigan State, went on to play in the national championship game. Ohio State became the sixth different program in the 12-year history to win the Big Ten Tournament.
The 2006 All-Tournament Team includes: Cyndi Valentin (Indiana), Liz Shimek (Michigan State), Jessica Davenport (Ohio State), Katie Gearlds (Purdue), Erin Lawless (Purdue), and Most Outstanding Player Brandie Hoskins (Ohio State). Gearlds earned her second all-tournament honor, with the first coming in 2004. Hoskins also earned her second, making the team in 2005. Hoskins also became the first Buckeye to earn Most Outstanding Player honors.
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series against Purdue 31-23, and won two of three meetings in 2005-06. The Boilermakers, however, hold a 4-2 advantage over OSU in Big Ten Tournament games. Ohio State has now won four of the last five games between the two teams.
The last No. 1 seed to win the Big Ten Tournament was Purdue in 1999. The top-seeded Boilermakers knocked off No. 3 Illinois, 80-76.
Ohio State junior Jessica Davenport took over the career blocks record in the Big Ten Tournament in the semifinals Sunday. She tallied two more swats against Purdue, putting her atop the list with 21 career blocks in the event. She finished the 2006 tournament with eight blocks, which ranks sixth on the single tournament list.
The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to 19 games, last losing at Purdue on Jan. 1. The program record is 20 consecutive wins set in the 1984-85. Ohio State also equaled the second-best win total of 28 in school history, a mark also set by the 1984-85 team. The school record for wins in a season is 30 set by the 2004-05 team.
Since 2001, the Big Ten Tournament title game has been decided by six points or less, including three or fewer in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Over the 12-year history of the event, the average margin of victory in the championship game has been 4.75 points
Ohio State is 8-2 against ranked opponents this season, while Purdue is 5-3 vs. ranked foes.
Ohio State senior Kim Wilburn had one steal against the Boilermakers to move her into a tie for first place with 26 career steals in the Big Ten Tournament. Former Purdue All-American Katie Douglas tallied 26 steals from 1998-2001.
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster is 7-3 with the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue head coach Kristy Curry is 14-4 in the event.
The Buckeyes shot 70 percent from the 3-point line, hitting 7-of-10 shots against the Boilers. That percentage ranks second all-time in Big Ten Tournament games. Northwestern shot .733 percent in 1996.
Ohio State shot 50 percent from the field (27-of-54) against Purdue, and improves to 16-0 when shooting 50 percent of better from the field.
Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton moved into third on the Purdue single-season blocks list with 59. She moved past Stacey Lovelace, who had 58 in 1993-94.
Wisdom-Hylton finished the 2006 Big Ten Tournament with seven blocks. The number tops the Purdue Big Ten Tournament record of five previously held by Shereka Wright set during both the 2001 and 2002 tournaments. The mark also tied for seventh on the Big Ten single tournament list.
With her 14 points, Purdue's Katie Gearlds moved into 14th on the school's career scoring list. Her 1,232 moved past Erika Valek (2001-04) who had 1,219 (2001-04). Kelly Komara sits in 13th on the list with 1,266 from 1999-02.
Purdue's Erin Lawless notched her second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the title game. She was only one point off her season-high for points of 18 scored against Centenary on Dec. 19, 2005. Lawless also recorded a double-double against Notre Dame (12/7/05) earlier this season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Lawless moved into the top 25 on Purdue's career scoring list. Her 17 points pushed her career total to 958 points, which moved past Cindy Lamping, who had 942 from 1992-95. Lawless trailed No. 24 Laura Newcomb's 973 from 1978-81.
Lawless finished the title game 6-of-9 from field goal range. The 66.7 percent from the floor was the fourth-best single-game Big Ten Tournament mark in Purdue history.
Purdue's Sharika Webb equaled a career high with a trio of three-point field goals against the Buckeyes. She also hit three three-point field goals at Ohio State on Feb. 23, 2006.
Webb attempted 10 three-point field goals in the championship game. The total ties for the most attempted by a Purdue player in a single game at the Big Ten Tournament. Kelly Komara attempted 10 for Purdue against Michigan during the 2000 tournament.
Purdue's Aya Traore tied a career high with six assists against Ohio State. She also had six assists against Northwestern (1/29/06) and Valparaiso (12/11/05).
With its 8-of-21shooting from three-point range in the championship game, Purdue finished the tournament 17-of-44 from behind the arc. The 17 three-point field goals ranks as the eighth most in a single Big Ten Tournament and the 44 attempts ties Indiana's mark of 44 this tournament for ninth on the single tournament list.
Purdue finished the 2006 Big Ten Tournament with 15 team blocks. The number ranks fifth on the Big Ten single tournament list. The last team to record 15 blocks in a Big Ten Tournament was Ohio State in the 2004 tournament.
The Boilermakers finished with 28 steals in the three games of the Big Ten Tournament, which ties for 10th on the Big Ten single tournament list.
For the second straight game, Ohio State's Jessica Davenport record 14 rebounds. The total ties for ninth on the single game tournament list. She finished with 33 boards over the three games. The 33 rebounds were the fifth highest single tournament total in Big Ten Tournament history.
OSU hit 17 three-point field goals over the 2006 Big Ten Tournament. The number ties for the eighth best single tournament total in Big Ten history.