Ohio State Selected to Repeat as Big Ten Champions
Oct. 28, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Ohio State was selected to repeat as Big Ten Champions in 2007-08 by the Big Ten women's basketball coaches and a panel of media members, the Big Ten Conference announced on Sunday at 2007 Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Wisconsin senior Jolene Anderson was named the Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and the media and was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by both groups.
The Buckeyes won their third consecutive Big Ten title in 2006-07, finishing 28-4 overall and 15-1 in conference play. Head Coach Jim Foster returns three starters from last year's squad, including State Farm Wade Trophy candidate Marscilla Packer, who was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by the coaches and the media, and Star Allen, a preseason pick by the media.
Led by Anderson, Wisconsin was selected to finish second by the coaches and third by the media after going 23-13 overall last year with a 7-9 conference mark. Head Coach Lisa Stone welcomes back all five starters from last year's squad that advanced to the Postseason WNIT championship game, including Anderson who was last year's Big Ten scoring champion.
Michigan State was selected second in the media poll and fourth in the coaches poll after finishing last year 24-9 overall and 13-3 in conference. Under first-year head coach Suzy Merchant, the Spartans return three starters from the squad that advanced to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Fronting MSU this season will be last year's Freshman of the Year Allyssa DeHaan, a member of both Preseason All-Big Ten teams and a unanimous choice by the coaches.
Illinois was tabbed as the No. 3 finisher in the coaches poll and No. 6 by the media. First-year head coach Jolette Law welcomes back all five starters from the squad that finished fourth in the conference last season with an 8-8 record (19-12 overall). Junior Lori Bjork was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by the coaches and the media after setting a school record with 84 three-pointers in 2006-07.
Rounding out the preseason coaches' team, Minnesota's Emily Fox averaged 12.9 points and 3.97 assists per game as a sophomore last year. Fox started all 33 of Minnesota's games last season and scored in double-figures in 20 of those contests.
The complete results of the coaches and media preseason polls and All-Conference teams can be found below.
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS