Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge Opens Monday

Nov. 19, 2007

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Six Big Ten teams remain unbeaten entering the third weekend of competition, including 4-0 Minnesota, who won the Subway Classic over the weekend with a victory over nationally-ranked Louisville. Sitting at 2-0, Michigan takes to the court on Monday night to face Miami (Fla.) in the opening game of the Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge.

All Day. Every Day. Our Game
For the second consecutive time, Big Ten women's basketball will tip off on each of the seven days this week, beginning with two contests on Monday as Ohio State hosts Southern at 7 p.m. ET and Michigan travels to Miami (Fla.) for the first game of the Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Purdue Finds a Triple Threat in Campbell
Junior Danielle Campbell recorded just the second triple-double in Purdue women's basketball history in the Boilermakers' win over Butler on Nov. 17. The Chicago native had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 blocks to help lead the Boilers to a 2-0 start on the season. The 11 blocks is the second-highest total in Big Ten history and is a Purdue record, breaking the previous mark of nine set by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton last season. Campbell herself nearly eclipsed the Purdue team single-game record of 13 blocks, and her 12 points tied a career high. 

Gophers Win Subway Classic
defeated Western Carolina and No. 22/21 Louisville over the weekend to win the Subway Classic title for the seventh time in eight seasons. The Gophers used a late 21-4 run against the Cardinals to beat their first ranked opponent of the season. Emily Fox paced the Gophers, averaging 20.5 points per game and shot 53 percent from the field during the two games to earn MVP honors. Her teammate Ashley Ellis-Milan was also named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 12.5 points and five boards per game on the weekend.   

Big Ten/ACC Challenge Opens on Monday
The Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge opens Monday as Michigan travels to Miami (Fla.) for a 7 p.m. ET tip. This year's Challenge is the first of a four-year agreement between the two conferences. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge matches 11 teams from each conference in head-to-head competition, traditionally on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Thanksgiving. Seven of this year's games will reach a national television audience with four games set to be broadcast by the Big Ten Network, two to be aired by ESPN2, and one set to air on ESPNU.

Anderson on Pace to Make History
With her 21 points against Marquette, Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson has now scored in double figures in 31 consecutive games and has had 10 or more points in 91 of 95 career contests. Anderson is on pace to become the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin women's basketball history, needing just 222 points to eclipse the Badgers' record of 1,994.

Smith Shines for Illini
Sophomore Jenna Smith scored 32 points as she helped Illinois to a 63-53 victory over Southern Illinois on Sunday. Smith's point total was the most by an Illini since the 1999-2000 season and also eclipsed her previous career high of 22. 

OSU's Dynamic Duo
Ohio State's Marscilla Packer and Jantel Lavender are currently the highest scoring duo in the Big Ten, combining to average 40.8 points per game. Packer is third in the conference, averaging 20.5 points per game, while Lavender is fourth with a 20.3 ppg mark.

Borseth Remains Undefeated at Michigan
Michigan head coach Kevin Borseth remains the only conference mentor at his or her current school with an unblemished record. After winning their season opener against Akron, 67-55, last Saturday, the Wolverines won Game 2 of their season on Tuesday with a 55-46 decision over Cincinnati.

Big Ten Posts Big Upsets in Big Games
win over nationally-ranked Louisville in the title game of the Subway Classic on Sunday marked the second time in as many weekends that a Big Ten team has defeated a nationally-ranked opponent to win a tournament crown. On Nov. 11, Penn State defeated then-No. 20/21 Pittsburgh to earn the championship at the WBCA/Basketball Travelers Classic. Overall, Big Ten teams are 2-1 against ranked opposition.

Thankful for Warm Weather
Four Big Ten teams will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by playing in the Caribbean Challenge or the Paradise Jam. Indiana and Purdue will leave the Hoosier state for the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, while Iowa and Michigan State will spend their holiday in Cancun at the Caribbean Challenge.

More Television Coverage Than Ever
Big Ten women's basketball will enjoy more television coverage than ever before with 65 regular-season games scheduled to air on CBS, the Big Ten Network, ESPN2, ESPNU, and FSN this season. The conference's 11 teams will enjoy twice as much national television exposure than any other conference in the nation.

The Big Ten Network will carry 55 regular-season women's basketball games and nine contests in the Women's Basketball Tournament. A total of 11 games will be broadcast nationally on CBS, ESPN2, ESPNU, and FSN, including the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament championship game, set to air on ESPN2.

Statistics Leaders Return For 2007-08 Season
The Big Ten returns five of its top 10 scorers from a year ago, including Big Ten scoring champion Jolene Anderson of Wisconsin. The conference also returns seven of its top 10 rebounders from 2006-07 and all five of its top assists leaders.

Conference Coaching Carousel
Four new faces are patrolling the Big Ten sidelines this season in Illinois' Jolette Law, Michigan's Kevin Borseth, Michigan State's Suzy Merchant and Penn State's Coquese Washington. Law is a former Rutgers assistant, Borseth is a former head coach at UW-Green Bay, Merchant spent the last nine years leading Eastern Michigan, and Washington is a former assistant and associate head coach at Notre Dame.

Big Ten Standouts Candidates for National Awards
Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson and Ohio State's Marscilla Packer are each candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year Award, while Anderson, Packer and Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan were all recognized with spots on the Wooden Award watch list. The Wade Trophy is awarded to the player who best embodies the spirit of Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. The Wooden Award honors the most outstanding female basketball player in the nation.

Big Ten Tournament Returns To Circle City
The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will remain in Indianapolis in 2008, marking the seventh consecutive season the event has been held in the Circle City. The Big Ten men's and women's tournaments will be held in Indianapolis for five years beginning this season. New to this year's women's bracket is the addition of Saturday competition. The 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by XBox 360 Live will be played on four consecutive days for the first time since 2001 when the tournament was held in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mackey Arena to Host NCAA Competition
An Elite Eight participant in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Purdue looks to replicate its postseason success on its home court this year, as Mackey Arena (14,123) has been selected to host NCAA First- and Second-Round action. The Boilermakers will welcome eight teams to West Lafayette on March 23 and 25.

Big Ten Aims for Fun in the Sun at Final Four in Tampa
The Big Ten has sent five teams to the past nine Final Fours, including two in the last four seasons, and hopes to add to that total in 2008.  This season, the conference has its eyes set on sunny skies and clear blue water as the 2008 NCAA Women's Final four will be held in Tampa Bay, Fla. The championship event will be played April 6 and 8 at the St. Pete Times Forum (21,497).  The University of South Florida will serve as the event's host.

Big Ten Welcomes New Recruits
Big Ten schools will welcome at least 35 new women's basketball players next season as each program began announcing its additions from the early signing period, which started on Nov. 14.  Iowa has recruited the largest class thus far with five new additions, followed by Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin with four, while Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State have each signed three.  The incoming student-athletes hail from 12 different states, including Illinois (7), Minnesota (7), Ohio (7) and Indiana (4).  A list of each school's signees can be found on Page 3 of the release.