Three Big Ten teams, headlined by Big Ten tournament champion Illinois, made the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday. Ohio State and Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State join the Illini in the field. For Penn State, this marks the program’s 17th consecutive NCAA berth. View the official NCAA bracket and read the full release from BigTen.org.
The latest BCS Standings were released Sunday night, and Penn State paces the Big Ten, at No. 12. The Nittany Lions moved up four spots from last week despite being idle Saturday. Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin are also represented in the poll’s top 25. Find out where all the Big Ten teams land in this post.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 10 featured a big-time upset, as Northwestern went into Memorial Stadium and upset previously streaking Nebraska. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
The first Saturday in November was filled with a big surprise: Northwestern winning at Nebraska. That scrambled the Legends Division race, which may come down to a battle between Michigan State and Iowa. Here’s what else I learned on Saturday.
Every Sunday, BTN color analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 10 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
For the first time since 1998, the Penn State field hockey team is Big Ten tournament champions. The Nittany Lions (16-5, 4-2) defeated Michigan, 3-2, in exciting fashion Sunday on their home field en route to claiming their fifth all-time tourney crown, the last also coming against Michigan. Redshirt senior Hannah Allison registered the game-winning goal. Read the full game recap from GoPSUSports.com.
No. 18 Illinois soccer won its second Big Ten Tournament Championship in program history with a victory over No. 11 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Julie Ewing connected in the opening minutes, while sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored in overtime to secure the automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. In the 93rd minute, DiBernardo controlled a pass from junior midfielder Nicole Denenberg and placed a shot into the lower-left corner of the goal to send the Illini away from Northwestern’s Lakeside Field undefeated in their previous 11 contests. Check out the game highlights now and dive inside for an interview with Illinois coach Janet Rayfield.