Jan. 22, 2007
Two Teams Remain Unbeaten in Big Ten Play
Through the four three weeks of conference play, a pair of teams remain unbeaten with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings at 7-0, followed by Ohio State one game back at 6-0. The two teams are scheduled to meet only once this season -- a Jan. 29 matchup at Purdue.
Big Ten's Schedule Still the Nation's Strongest
The Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Report (rpiratings.com) as well as collegerpi.com continue to rank the Big Ten's strength of schedule as the toughest in the nation. Currently, the conference is a close second behind the SEC in both reports for RPI, but the NCAA RPI ranks three schools -- No. 4 Purdue, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State -- in the top 10, which is more than any other league in the country.
Four Games to Air on Television This Week
Three Big Ten contests and one non-conference matchup will be broadcast on television this week. On Thursday, Penn State hosts Michigan State on CSTV at 6 p.m. ET, while Comcast SportsNet Chicago will air the Minnesota at Iowa game at 7 p.m. CT. Iowa and Penn State return to the small screen on Sunday as the Lady Lions host the Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. ET on CSN Chicago. Michigan State will travel to Rutgers for a 5 p.m. ET matchup, which will air on ESPN2 on Sunday.
Three Big Ten Teams Ranked in Nation's Top 25
Three conference squads are ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Big Ten is represented by No. 5 Ohio State, No. 12 Purdue and No. 23 Michigan State. The coaches poll is released on Tuesday.
Davenport Reaches 2,000; Now Looks at Top 10
This past weekend, Ohio State's Jessica Davenport became the 11th conference star to eclipse the 2,000 career point mark. The two-time defending Big Ten Player of the Year currently leads the conference in overall scoring with 19.6 points per game. At 2,017 career points, Davenport is just 25 points from passing Minnesota's Laura Coenen for 10th all-time. Below is a list of the conference's all-time leading scorers who have reach the 2,000-point plateau.
1. 2,919 Kelly Mazzante, PSU 2001-04
2. 2,578 Katie Smith, OSU 1992-96
3. 2,405 MaChelle Joseph, PUR 1988-92
4. 2,307 Anucha Browne, NU 1981-85
5. 2,285 Lindsay Whalen, MINN 2000-04
6. 2,251 Shereka Wright, PUR 2000-04
7. 2,182 Stephanie White, PUR 1995-99
8. 2,097 Carol Ann Shudlick, MINN 1990-94
9. 2,089 Ashley Berggren, ILL 1994-98
10. 2,044 Laura Coenen, MINN 1981-85
11. 2,017 Jessica Davenport, OSU 2004-Present
New Kid on the "Block"
Michigan State freshman Allyssa DeHaan is also moving up the Big Ten record chart as her 88 blocked shots this season are seventh all-time in the conference single-season history. The Spartan newcomer, who is currently second in the nation with an average of 4.6 swats per game, is just seven shy of entering the top five in conference annals. Below is a look at her progress.
1. 136 Trish Andrew, MICH 1991-92
2. 130 Janetta Johnson, WIS 1988-89
3. 116 Jessica Davenport, OSU 2004-05
4. 98 Jessica Davenport, OSU 2005-06
5. 95 Quacy Barnes, IND 1996-97
6. 89 Kim Calhoun, PSU 1995-96
7. 88 Allyssa DeHaan, MSU 2006-07
88 Trish Andrew, MICH 1990-91
Big Ten Welcomes New Member to "Club 1,000"
This past week, Michigan State's Victoria Lucas-Perry became the eighth active conference standout to eclipse 1,000 career points. The Spartan senior, who stands at 1,002 points, is the 18th MSU player to accomplish the feat. Minnesota's Kelly Roysland is just 13 points shy of joining the 1,000-point club. A complete breakdown of the club can be found on page five of the release.
Six Squads Ranked in Attendance Figures
In the weekly unofficial attendance figures compiled by the University of Wisconsin, six Big Ten teams rank in the nation's top 25 for average attendance. Purdue (6,982 fans per game) and Michigan State (6,560) are Nos. 8-9, while Minnesota (5,952) and Penn State (5,597) are 11th and 14th, respectively. Wisconsin (5,318) is 17th overall and Ohio State (4,280) is 23rd.
Buckeyes Bust Out to Best Lead Since the `70s
Ohio State's 17-1 start to the 2006-07 season equals the program's best since the Buckeyes claimed victory in 17 of their first 18 in 1973-74 before finishing 18-2. OSU's 6-0 start to the Big Ten campaign is the best in the five seasons Jim Foster has been head coach and is also the best for the Buckeyes since the 1986-87 Big Ten championship squad won its first 13 league games before losing to Northwestern in its 14th conference game.
Speaking of Starts...
At 6-1, this is Michigan State's best start in the Big Ten since the 1996-97 team started 8-1 en route to a 12-4 conference record and a share of the league title. The 2004-05 Big Ten Champions started 5-2 before reeling off nine straight conference wins to close the season.
Big Ten Tournament Tickets on Sale
All-session tickets for the 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox Live are currently on sale for $65 and are available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. The 13th annual women's event will be back in Indianapolis, March 1, 2, 4 & 5, 2007, where it has been staged in 11 of the 12 previous years. Information on the event can be found by logging on to www.bigten.org.
Former Boilermaker Stars in Big Ten Campaign
Former Purdue All-American Katie Douglas is one of 11 selected student-athletes that will be the face of the Big Ten Conference this year as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships. Douglas has been featured in a 30-second public service announcement "sharing her story" about overcoming family tragedy to become a Big Ten and NCAA Champion. To learn more about Douglas, as well as the conference's year-long campaign, log on to bigten.org.