Big Ten Boasts Best Major Conference Start With 36-2 Record

Nov. 20, 2006

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Thanks for the Day Off
Big Ten women's basketball will be in action each day this week, except for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.  Conference teams played each day last week and will take part in 28 games this week.  Northwestern and Penn State head for paradise as the teams will be competing over Thanksgiving in the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands, respectively.  Penn State will also travel to No. 5 Duke on Tuesday, while the Blue Devils will turn around and head to Michigan on Saturday.  Undefeated Northwestern could also have an opportunity to meet defending national champion Maryland, should both teams win their respective first-round games in the Junkanoo Jam.

Big Ten Storms Out to Blazing 36-2 Start
Over the first two weeks of play, Big Ten women's basketball has produced an impressive combined record of 36-2 and has nine of its 11 teams still undefeated.  The .947 winning percentage in the first two weeks of the season is a Big Ten record, as the average clip since 1983 has been just over .700.  Iowa and Purdue enter the week 5-0, while Indiana and Penn State are 4-0 and Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin are each 3-0.  Both Michigan State and Ohio State have each won their first two games.

A "Major" Beginning to 2006-07
The Big Ten's start to the season is even more impressive when compared with other major conferences in the country.  The Big Ten's winning percentage of .947 and nine undefeated teams are the best marks between the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC.  A detailed comparison is below:

Conference (2-Week Record, Pct.) - Left Undefeated
Big Ten (36-2, .947) - 9 of 11
Big 12 (30-5, .857) - 7 of 12
SEC (34-7, .829) - 7 of 12
ACC (37-8, .822) - 7 of 12
Big East (34-17, .667) - 6 of 16
Pac-10 (18-12, .600) - 2 of 10

Purdue Wins Preseason WNIT Championship
This past weekend, Purdue claimed the Preseason WNIT Championship with a 69-55 win at Baylor.  Katie Gearlds scored 23 points and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 21 points along with 12 rebounds to lead the No. 12/13 Boilermakers over the No. 16/16 Lady Bears, who captured the 2005 NCAA Championship.  With the victory, Purdue snapped Baylor's 20-game home win streak against non-conference opponents.

A "Wild" Start to the Season
The Northwestern Wildcats are off to their best start since the 1995-96 campaign after posting a dominant 80-51 win on the road last week at Miami (Ohio).  NU senior A.J. Glasauer poured in a game-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting and recorded four rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal in the win.  She has now scored in double-figures in each of the Wildcats' three games.

Seven Conference Teams Recognized by AP
In the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, released on Nov. 20, seven Big Ten squads earned recognition including three inside the top 25.  Ohio State is ranked No. 6 overall, followed by No. 10 Purdue and No. 17 Michigan State.  For the second-straight week, four teams are accumulating votes outside the top 25 in Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State.

Spartan Freshman Posts Near Triple-Double
After netting a team-high 15 points in Michigan State's 68-51 win over Bucknell last week, her first game as a Spartan, freshman Allyssa DeHaan returned to record a near triple-double against UT-Arlington.  The 6-9 center posted 11 points, 11 rebounds and a school record eight blocks in MSU's 65-49 win over UT Arlington Sunday.  Her eight blocks broke the previous school record set by Annette Babers on Dec. 4, 1992.

Legette-Jack Still Undefeated at Indiana
First-year Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has yet to suffer a loss in Bloomington as her Hoosiers are off to a 4-0 start.  Of the eight all-time coaches at Indiana, Legette-Jack is one of five to begin their careers with at least a 4-0 mark.  Bea Gorton was 12-0 to begin the 1971-72 season, while Kathi Bennett jumped out to a 7-0 mark in 2000-01.  Maryalyce Jeremiah was 5-0 in 1980-81 and Jim Izard won his first four games in 1988-89. 

Former Boilermaker 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