May 4, 2017
- For the first time in the three-year history of the Big Ten Tournament, only the top four seeds advanced to this weekend’s event.
- Maryland earned the No. 1 seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament after securing its third straight outright Big Ten Championship. The Terrapins will open tournament play on Friday vs. No. 4 seed Johns Hopkins at 6 p.m. ET. No. 2 Penn State will square off against No. 3 Northwestern in the night-cap at 8:30 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised live by BTN.
- The 2017 All-Big Ten team was released on Wednesday, and Maryland led the way with a conference-high seven selections. Penn State also saw five selected to this year’s list. The complete list of All-Conference honorees is included on page two of this release.
- Maryland won the Big Ten Tournament last season, while Penn State won the inaugural event in 2015. Maryland’s Taylor Cummings earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award a season ago.
- Four Big Ten students named to the 2016 Big Ten All-Tournament team will suit up for their respective teams again this week: Maryland’s Megan Taylor and Caroline Wannen, Northwestern’s Christina Esposito, and Penn State’s Natalie Schmitt.
- Five Big Ten teams currently rank among the top 30 of the NCAA RPI, which was released on Tuesday: No. 2 Maryland leads the way, followed closely by No. 3 Penn State, along with No. 13 Northwestern, No. 18 Johns Hopkins, and No. 30 Rutgers.
- In conference games only, Penn State’s Madison Carter led the way with 4.33 goals per game and 4.83 points per game, while teammate Steph Lazo dished out a conference-best 2.33 assists per game. Penn State GK Cat Rainone paced the conference with 3.33 ground balls per game, while Northwestern teammates Shelby Fredericks and Claire Quinn led the way with 9.83 draw controls and 2.67 caused turnovers per game, respectively. Defensively, Maryland’s Megan Taylor led the conference with a 9.34 goals against average (minimum 200 minutes played).