Celebrating 10 Years of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis
Feb. 3, 2005
On March 5, 2004, Minnesota junior Janel McCarville made Big Ten Tournament history as she recorded her first career triple-double and the first-ever in the 10-year history of the event. While her Golden Gophers fell to Ohio State, 58-50, in quarterfinal action, McCarville registered 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals against the Buckeyes. The Minnesota center also tallied six assists and two blocks, while shooting 9-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Ohio State head coach Jim Foster even went as far as to say after the game that, "That was one of the greatest performances in the history of intercollegiate basketball."
McCarville's triple-double was the first in 20 years and just the third in Gopher women's basketball history. With 10 steals, McCarville set the Minnesota and Big Ten Tournament record for most swipes in a Conference postseason game. She also tied Minnesota's record for most points (23) in a Tournament game with former Golden Gopher Erin Olson.