Dec. 30, 2008
GET TO KNOW HER
Ashlee Trebilcock, Ohio State
Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Ashlee Trebilcock moved to the Los Angeles area at the age of 4 to try her hand as a childhood actor. Performing on Hollywood sets with actors such as George Clooney on ER and Mark Paul Gosselaar on Saved by the Bell, the senior guard knows first-hand the kind of hard work, poise and concentration it takes to perform on the “Big Stage” that is Big Ten Conference basketball. One of the top 3-point shooters in the conference, Ashlee recently completed an internship with a local television station in Columbus in hopes of returning to the television and entertainment industry after college.
With a win at Michigan State on Monday, Indiana extended its winning streak to eight games, which is the longest active streak in the conference and is tied for the 10th longest active streak in the NCAA. The streak is the program’s longest since the 1998-99 Hoosier squad won nine in a row.
Legette-Jack Joins Century Club
Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack recorded her 100th career win as the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State, 62-48, on the road on Monday. Legette-Jack is in her seventh year as a head coach and her third season at Indiana and is one of nine Big Ten coaches with 100 or more career victories.
Indiana and Purdue are both off to 2-0 starts in conference play. For the Hoosiers, the 2-0 start is the program’s first since 2005-06 and the team’s second in the last five years. It is the first 2-0 head start for Indiana under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Purdue jumps out to a 2-0 Big Ten start for the second time in three years and, for the first time since 2000-01, is 2-0 after playing its first two conference games on the road.
Illinois juniors Jenna Smith and Lacey Simpson each recorded double-doubles in the Illini’s close loss to Penn State on Sunday. Smith put down 23 points and grabbed 12 boards while Simpson netted 10 with 12 rebounds. Smith’s double-double was her third this season and the 25th of her career, while Simpson’s was the seventh in her career and her third this year. Overall this season, Smith and Simpson rank third and 12th, respectively, in the conference and scoring and eighth and seventh, respectively, in rebounding.
Home Sweet Home
Michigan’s 66-54 win over Northwestern on Sunday marked the 200th victory for the Wolverine women’s program in Crisler Arena. The team is now 200-210 all-time in the arena and 5-1 at home this year.
With a season-high 11 rebounds against Indiana on Monday, Michigan State junior Allyssa DeHaan became just the 10th Spartan in program history with 1,000 career points and 600 career rebounds. The 6-9 center owns a total of 1,069 career points, placing her eighth in the Big Ten among active players, and 606 rebounds, making her fourth in the conference among active players. DeHaan is also the career leader in blocked shots among active players with 343, placing her third all-time in the Big Ten.
Within Striking Distance
Several Big Ten players are within striking distance of major career milestones. Indiana’s Whitney Thomas needs just seven points to become the 9th active conference player with 1,000 career points, while teammate Kim Roberson is just two swipes away from becoming the sixth active player with 200 or more steals. Illinois’ Lacey Simpson needs just two boards to become the seventh active player with 500 career rebounds, and Penn State’s Brianne O’Rourke needs just 10 helpers to become the only active member of the 500 career assists club. O’Rourke would become just the 22nd all-time member of the 500 career assists club and the fourth Lady Lion on the list.
Illinois leads the Big Ten in close games, having played in five contests decided by five points or less. The Illini are 2-3 in those games, while 38 percent of the Orange and Blue’s games have been decided by two or fewer possessions. Overall, just 17 percent of all games played by Big Ten teams have been decided by five points or less. Wisconsin owns the best record in those games at 3-0, while Minnesota and Purdue have yet to play in a game that close.
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 Dec. 19. 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.
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.