Jan. 20, 2009
GET TO KNOW HER
Rae Lin D’Alie, Wisconsin
At 5-3, junior Rae Lin D’Alie is one of the nation’s shortest starting point guards. In fact, she is built better for wrestling, which she did through junior high school. D’Alie also played quarterback on an all-boy football team until everyone grew taller than her and she couldn’t see over the line. The Waterford, Wis., native is also proud of her “crazy, intense and passionate” Italian family that includes five other brothers and sisters.
The Amazing Race
With a win over Purdue on Monday, Indiana claimed sole possession of first place in the conference, owning a 6-1 Big Ten record. The conference start is the Hoosiers’ best since opening the 1982-83 conference slate 6-1. That year, Indiana went on to claim a share of the Big Ten title. Monday’s win marked Indiana’s first victory over Purdue in Assembly Hall since Jan. 25, 1998, and was the Hoosiers’ first victory of the Barn Burner series. Monday also marked head coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s 50th victory at Indiana.
Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender and Northwestern’s Amy Jaeschke stand as the only two players in the Big Ten to rank in the conference’s top five in points and rebounds. Both sophomores, Lavender leads the Big Ten with 21.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, while Jaeschke ranks fourth with 15.7 points and 8.9 boards per contest. Lavender remains the only player among the top-six RPI conferences to lead her conference in points and rebounds.
Protecting the Ball
With just five turnovers against Illinois, Wisconsin tied a Kohl Center record on Sunday. Five turnovers is also the lowest total by a Big Ten team this season. Last season’s single-game turnover low was also five, set twice, including once by the Badgers against Penn State on Jan. 24. The last time a Big Ten team turned the ball over just five times came courtesy of Illinois on Feb. 21, 2008.
$45 Tickets for Tournament Still on Sale
On Friday, the Big Ten announced the extension of the $45 for 45 days ticket promotion for the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. The promotion was scheduled to end on Jan. 19, but instead will run through Jan. 31. During this time, fans can buy all-session tickets for just $45, which is a $20 discount from the regular price. Tickets are available at all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. Visit www.BigTen.org for more information.
Join the Club
Indiana junior Jamie Braun became the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points as she netted 16 against Purdue on Monday, putting her career total at exactly 1,000. Braun is one of 10 active Big Ten players with 1,000 or more career points and is the sixth conference player to reach the plateau this season.
No Such Thing as a Free Shot
Minnesota did not allow Michigan to get to the free-throw line in Sunday’s 52-46 contest. The last time a Big Ten team did not attempt a single free throw was on Feb. 14, 2008, when Northwestern did not get to the line in a loss to the Wolverines. Sunday’s contest marked just the third game in the last five seasons that a Big Ten team did not attempt a single shot from the charity stripe.
The One and Only
Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender remains the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in scoring and rebounding. The sophomore is tied for ninth in the nation, averaging 21.1 points per game and is ranked ninth in rebounding with 11.2 boards per contest. Lavender’s teammate, Samantha Prahalis is the only freshman in the nation to rank in the top 10 in any of the three major stat categories (points, rebounds assists) as she owns an average of 6.2 helpers per game, good enough for eighth in all of Division I.
Illinois’ Jenna Smith and Lacey Simpson represent one of the most dangerous tandems in the conference, combining to average 28.6 points and 16.8 rebounds per game. Smith and Simpson boast a combined 10 double-doubles this season and are the only two players from the same team to each own five or more double-doubles. Smith and Simpson have each recorded three double-doubles in Big Ten games, tying for the conference high, and have achieved double-doubles in the same game on three occasions.
Iowa sophomore Kachine Alexander recorded the Big Ten’s first triple-double of the year with a 16-point, 11-rebound, 12-assist performance against Northwestern on Sunday. Alexander’s feat is one of just 11 in the nation this season and the fourth to take place during an intra-conference game. The last time a Big Ten player recorded a triple-double during a conference game came on Feb. 8, 2007 when Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport tallied 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks against Minnesota. The last Big Ten player to record a triple-double in points, rebounds and assists was Michigan State’s Kristin Haynie, who tallied 12 points, 10 boards and 10 helpers vs. Vanderbilt on March 27, 2005. The last triple-double involving points, rebounds and assists to happen during conference play was courtesy of Iowa’s Cara Consuegra (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) on Feb. 3, 2000.
Home Court Advantage
Big Ten teams combined to win seven of 10 home contests last week, including each of the last five. On Sunday and Monday, each conference game was won by the home team, improving the Big Ten’s home record in conference games to 23-16 (.590). Indiana and Minnesota remain undefeated at home during conference play with respective records of 4-0 and 3-0.
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