Women's Basketball Weekly Release

Dec. 9, 2014

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  • Big Ten women’s basketball teams won 17 games last week, including a 7-7 tie in the eighth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

  • Northwestern’s Ashley Deary leads the nation with 4.71 steals per contest, while Indiana’s Tyra Buss ranks second with 4.00 steals per game. Ohio State freshman Alexa Hart ranks No. 2 in the nation with 4.22 blocks per contest, while Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahui B., is No. 6 nationally with 3.67 blocks per game.
 
  • Rutgers’ Betnijah Laney is the Big Ten’s leading rebounder with 14.8 caroms per game, the second-highest rebounding average in the nation. Conference players have combined for 76 double-digit rebounding games, with five players averaging 10 or more rebounds per game.
 
  • Each week through the first four weeks of the season, a Big Ten player has reached a scoring milestone. In the opening week, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham scored her 2,000th career point, while Iowa’s Melissa Dixon and Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston eclipsed 1,000 career points in each of the following weeks. Last week, Maryland’s Laurin Mincy and Rutgers’ Betnijah Laney joined the 1,000-point club. Eight active conference players have reached the 1,000-point milestone, while Iowa’s Bethany Doolittle is currently 30 points away with 970 career points.  
 
  • In the latest NCAA statistics, Northwestern is leading the nation with 7.1 blocks per contest. Minnesota ranks No. 7 nationally with 6.4 blocks per game.
 
  • Rutgers’ Betnijah Laney leads the nation with eight consecutive double-doubles. Big Ten women’s basketball players have combined for 72 double-doubles this season, with Iowa’s Samantha Logic recording a triple-double against Dayton on Nov. 22.   
 
  •  Indiana leads the Big Ten in scoring with 85.1 points per game and ranks eighth nationally with a scoring margin of +27.0. Northwestern is ranked No. 10 in scoring margin (+26.7).
 
  • Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell averages 26.2 points per game, the third-highest scoring average nationally. The freshman leads all Big Ten players with eight 20-point outings this season, including a career-high 35 points against Clemson.
 
  • Michigan ranks fourth in the country with a 42.7 three-point field goal percentage, while Maryland ranks sixth nationally with a 49.1 field goal percentage. Northwestern ranks No. 4 in field goal percentage defense (.302). The Wildcats also rank fifth in scoring defense, holding opponents to 49.6 points per game.
 
  • Michigan’s 78.2 team free throw percentage ranks No. 6 in the nation, while Maryland is eighth from the charity stripe, shooting 78.0 percent.