Nov. 13, 2006
All Day. Every Day. Our Game
Big Ten women's basketball hits the court this week on each of the seven days, beginning with Michigan hosting Ball State Monday night. A total of 23 Big Ten contests are scheduled to take place this week.
Big Ten Competes in 15 Games, Takes Home 15 Wins
The opening week of Big Ten women's basketball proved blemish-free as 10 of the 11 conference squads opened undefeated. Five teams -- Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue -- won their first two contests, while Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin all won their season openers. Michigan State, the lone Big Ten team that was idle last week, is slated to begin its 2006-07 campaign on Sunday as the Spartans host Texas-Arlington.
Legette-Jack Era Begins at Indiana With Upset
Competing in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend, Indiana opened its season under new head coach Felisha Legette-Jack with a pair of impressive wins, including an upset over No. 15/16 Kentucky on Sunday. The Hoosiers defeated Wake Forest on Friday, 75-53, before earning a 54-51 victory over the host Wildcats. The win over Kentucky marked Indiana's first over a ranked opponent since upsetting then-No. 20/21 Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament last year. During the Classic, IU held both teams to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and 15.2 percent from behind the arc, while its bench outscored both Wake Forest and Kentucky a combined 47-15.
Purdue Advances to Preseason WNIT Semifinals
Purdue opened the 2006-07 season last week with impressive wins over Belmont (67-43) and Hartford (83-51) at home in the first two rounds of the Preseason WNIT. The No. 13/11 Boilermakers continue WNIT play on Wednesday when they host North Carolina State. A win Wednesday would earn Purdue a spot in the championship final, which will be played Sunday, Nov. 19.
OSU Opens With Win at Army in Emotional Game
Ohio State opened its season and the conference's nationally-televised package last Sunday against Army in the Maggie Dixon Classic. Head coach Jim Foster and the Buckeyes captured a dominating 77-41 victory over the Black Knights in their emotional return to the court after the untimely passing of their head coach for whom the tournament is named. Last year, Dixon led Army to its first NCAA Tournament bid in school history and its first 20-win season since 1990-91. Jessica Davenport opened the 2006-07 season with her 32nd career double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. She also blocked four shots and connected on 9-of-10 field goal tries. Davenport's only miss was a three-point attempt. She led an Ohio State frontcourt shooting effort that connected on 18-of-24 attempts overall and grabbed a total of 16 offensive rebounds.
Iowa Earns Tournament Title in Kansas City
The Iowa Hawkeyes earned their seventh-straight season opening win in the Lisa Bluder era last week against Missouri State and went on to defeat Kansas for the WBCA Classic tournament title. Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Megan Skouby was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Freshman of the Year Campaign Begins Now?
Two Big Ten freshmen made the most of their first collegiate games last week, as Illinois' Lacey Simpson and Indiana's Jamie Braun led their respective teams to victories. In her first regular season game after taking an injury redshirt last year, Simpson posted game highs in points (17) and rebounds (7) in Illinois' 65-47 win over Butler on Sunday. The redshirt freshman shot .778 from the field on 7-of-9 shooting. Braun, recorded a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds to earn Most Valuable Player honors at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic as Indiana upset No. 15/16 Kentucky, 54-51, in the championship game. The Wisconsin native scored the Hoosiers last seven points of the game, which included back-to-back three pointers in the closing minutes to push Indiana over the Wildcats. For the weekend, the freshman averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Four Standouts Post Impressive Double-Doubles
Four conference standouts posted double-doubles this past weekend, but each in their own unique way. Minnesota's Emily Fox posted 13 points and 10 assists in the Gophers' 75-63 win over Northern Iowa, while Penn State's Amanda Brown recorded 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in a 74-56 victory at Drexel. Ohio State's Jessica Davenport tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes and Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton netted 18 points and 14 boards versus Hartford. Wisdom-Hylton also averaged a two-game double-double last week with 14.5 points and 11 rebounds.
Over Half of Conference's Top Scorers Return
Six of last season's top-10 conference scorers return for the 2006-07 season, led by Ohio State's Jessica Davenport. As a junior, the Buckeye center posted an average of 18.7 points per game, which was tied for 22nd best in the country. Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson (17.3) was fourth in Big Ten scoring last year, while Penn State's Amanda Brown (15.6) was sixth. Purdue's Katie Gearlds (15.0), Penn State's Kamela Gissendanner (14.8) and Iowa's Megan Skouby (14.3) ranked eighth through 10th, respectively, in the conference a year ago.
Nation's Top Shooters Returning to Big Ten
Three Big Ten standouts ranked among the country's top five in their respective shooting categories last year. Penn State's Adrienne Squire led the nation at the free-throw line with a .964 percentage. Ohio State's Jessica Davenport ranked fourth in the country with a field goal percentage of .618, while her teammate Marscilla Packer was fifth among accurate perimeter shooters with a percentage of .462 from beyond the three-point line.
Former Purdue Standout 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.