Dec. 23, 2008
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Andrea McGuirt, Indiana
Indiana sophomore Andrea McGuirt has already made an investment in her future. As one of the Hoosiers' top students, she was accepted into Indiana's prestigious Kelley School of Business where she is studying accounting and is pursuing her passion for sports and business by possibly becoming a sports agent. McGuirt's acceptance into the Kelley program gives her the opportunity to study in one of the country's top business programs and use the numerous resources the school has to offer. She plans on attending law school after graduation to study corporate law.
Four Named to Naismith Watch List
Four Big Ten women’s basketball players were named to the Naismith Trophy early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Friday. Illinois’ Jenna Smith, Michigan State’s Allyssa DeHaan, Northwestern’s Amy Jaeschke and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender are among the 50-member list currently in the running for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards. Jaeschke and Lavender are two of just eight sophomores to make the cut.
And They’re Off
Big Ten conference play began on Saturday night as Indiana defeated Northwestern in Bloomington. Intraconference play continued on Sunday and Monday with all teams except Minnesota having played one conference contest. The Golden Gophers open their Big Ten slate on Monday at Wisconsin in a game that will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State sophomore Jantel Lavender racked up two more 20-point games last week, scoring 29 against Delaware State on Tuesday before netting 28 versus Michigan on Sunday. Lavender has registered 20 or more points in 10 of OSU’s 12 games this season and has scored in double digits in each of her 43 career games. With 11 double-doubles this season, Lavender boasts 24 in her career, which places her second among active Big Ten players. Only Indiana senior Whitney Thomas has more (26), while Illinois junior Jenna Smith also has 24 in her career.
Ohio State sophomore Jantel Lavender earned her seventh career Player of the Week award on Tuesday, tying her for fifth all-time in the conference records books. Kelly Mazzante of Penn State (2001-04) is the only other Big Ten player to earn seven Player of the Week selections in her freshman and sophomore seasons. Mazzante needed 26 weeks to accomplish the feat, while Lavender reached the mark in 23.
Indiana boasts the conference’s longest active winning streak at seven games. The Hoosiers closed out their non-conference schedule by rattling off six consecutive victories before downing Northwestern, 81-57, on Saturday in the Big Ten opener. The streak is tied for 11th-longest active streak in the NCAA this year and is the program’s longest since the 2000-01 season.
Home Sweet Home
Big Ten teams are a combined 50-14 on their home courts, which amounts to a .781 winning percentage. Eight conference teams have either zero or one loss at home, including Iowa and Michigan State who are both undefeated on their home courts with 5-0 records. Ohio State is the winningest Big Ten team at home, owning nine home-court victories.
With eight rebounds against Northwestern on Saturday, Indiana’s Whitney Thomas upped her career boards total to 905 and is less than 100 rebounds shy of becoming the 10th member of the Big Ten’s 1,000 career rebounds club. Thomas would be the second Hoosier on the list, trailing the conference’s all-time rebounds leader, Denise Jackson, who grabbed 1,263 boards from 1981-84.
Wisdom-Hylton Steals a Place in Records Book
Purdue’s Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton recorded four steals in the Boilermakers’ win over Illinois on Monday, becoming the 29th member of the Big Ten’s 250-steals club. Wisdom-Hylton is the seventh Boilermaker in the club and is the Big Ten’s career leader in steals among active players with 251. Wisdom-Hylton’s teammate FahKara Malone is second in steals among active players with 225.
DeHaan Swats Away the Competition
Michigan State junior Allyssa DeHaan owns 341 career blocks, ranking third in the Big Ten records book. The 6-9 center needs 26 more swats to move into a tie for second place and 43 to tie current conference leader Jessica Davenport who blocked 384 shots from 2004-07. DeHaan leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA with 3.83 blocks per game. At her current pace, she will need 12 games to break the conference record. If her trend holds up, she will break the Big Ten mark while playing against the alma mater of the current record holder, versus Ohio State on Feb. 8.
Illinois’ Jenna Smith, Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender and Penn State’s Tyra Grant are the only three Big Ten players to have scored in double digits in every game this year. The trio also represent the top three scorers in the conference this season as Lavender fronts the pack with 22.8 points per game, followed by Grant (19.5 ppg) and Smith (18.2).
Get ‘Em While They’re Hot
All-session tickets for the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament are on sale now at all 11 Big Ten university ticket offices, the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. All-session tickets are on sale for $45 for the first 45 days of the public sale, which is a $20 discount from the regular price of $65. For more information, visit www.BigTen.org.