Game One: Penn State vs. Wisconsin Game Notes
March 2, 2006
With the Penn State victory, No. 8 seeds are 6-6 against No. 9 seeds at the Big Ten Tournament. No. 8 seeds improved to 8-11 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament, while No. 9 seeds are 5-12.
Penn State moves on to the quarterfinals to face top-seeded Ohio State at noon on Friday, March 3, 2006. In the 12 years of the Big Ten Tournament, the Nittany Lions have only failed to win their first contest on two occasions.
Coupled with its loss to eighth-seeded Penn State, ninth-seeded Wisconsin has only beaten one team seeded better than itself at the Big Ten Tournament. In 2002, the sixth-seeded Badgers defeated third-seeded Minnesota, 74-64, in the Big Ten Quarterfinals.
The game between Penn State and Wisconsin marked only the second time the two teams faced off in the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions improved to 2-0 against the Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament. Last time, the second-seeded Nittany Lions advanced to the championship game with a 76-62 win over sixth-seeded Wisconsin in the 2002 semifinals.
Penn State moved to 22-5 all-time against Wisconsin and gave PSU the rubber match of this season. The two teams split their games this season with each team winning at home. Penn State won at University Park, Pa., 69-54, while the Badgers won in Madison, 66-56.
Penn State's Charity Renfro notched a career-high 13 rebounds against Wisconsin. The total bettered her previous career high of 10 against Michigan (2/2/06).
By virtue of her three-point field goal with less than 20 seconds remaining in the contest, Jolene Anderson became the 18th Badger to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. The trey gave her 1,000 points on the nose and she sits in 18th on the Badger career scoring list. With her 24 points on the afternoon, Anderson topped her school-record for points in a single season. In 2004-05, she had 497, and finished the 2005-06 campaign with 503.
Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson hit four three-point field goals in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament. The quartet of treys equaled the Wisconsin player high for three-point field goals in a Big Ten Tournament game. Kyle Black had four against Ohio State on Feb. 27, 1999.
Wisconsin's Jordan Wilson was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The perfect shooting from the charity stripe tied the Wisconsin Big Ten record for free throw shooting percentage in a game. Nina Smith was a perfect 7-of-7 against Purdue on March 3, 2000 and LaToya Sims was 6-of-6 against Illinois on March 2, 2001.
Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson hit on 9-of-21 from the field against Penn State. Her 21 attempts from the floor tied for the 10th most in Big Ten Tournament history.
Wisconsin turned the basketball over only eight times against Penn State. The turnover total was a lowest ever for the Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament and was the fourth-lowest total of turnovers in a single game at the Big Ten Tournament. The last team to turn the ball over eight or fewer times was Purdue against Michigan on March 5, 2004.