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BTN releases women's basketball TV schedule

BTN will televise 40 women’s basketball conference matchups for the 2012-13 season, along with 10 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, and an additional number of non-conference games. The games also will be available on BTN2Go. The conference slate opens on Thursday, January 3, with Ohio State at Iowa. Throughout the season, BTN will feature games on most Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays during conference play. The Big Ten, which finished the 2011-12 season with four teams ranked in the top-25, is expected to have several ranked teams heading into the upcoming season. Last year, the Nittany Lions won their first

Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX

Forty years ago a Saturday Title IX was signed into law stating that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.” Here at BTN we have a few interesting numbers when it comes to women’s sporting events. Over five years we’ve produced 1,465 women’s sporting events. This past academic year, BTN increased the number of productions by 20 percent from the previous year with 549 women’s events compared to 548 men’s events across all platforms. That

ACC/Big Ten Women's Challenge matchups set

The Big Ten and ACC announced Tuesday the matchups for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge, set for Nov. 28-29, 2012. This year’s challenge marks the sixth year of the event, which has been extended through 2016. A year ago, the Big Ten and ACC battled to a 6-6 draw, the first tie in the Challenge’s history. [Big’s official 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge release] The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most dominant conferences on the women’s basketball scene. For the first time in league history, the Big Ten had seven conference teams selected

Illinois hires Green Bay's Bollant as women's coach

Illinois announced the hiring of Matt Bollant as its new head women’s basketball coach Wednesday morning. Bollant comes to Illinois after a successful five-year stint at Green Bay, where he coached the Phoenix to five straight Horizon League titles and four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. He replaces Jolette Law, who was fired following this month’s Big Ten tournament. [Indiana hired Curt Miller as its head coach Wednesday] Bollant has guided Green Bay to a 148-19 record (.886 winning percentage) in the last five years, including an 85-5 mark in the Horizon League. The Phoenix were a combined 65-4

Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Jolette Law celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 66-65 at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Ben Woloszyn-USPRESSWIRE

Illinois releases Women's Basketball Coach

Illinois Athletics Director Mike Thomas announced Friday that Jolette Law was released as head women’s basketball coach. Law compiled a record of 69-93 in five seasons as head coach, including 11-19 in the season completed yesterday with a 68-53 loss in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Law’s Big Ten record in her five seasons was 27-59, with a highest conference finish of eighth place in 2009. In her first season, Law guided the Illini to a 20-15 record, including an historic run in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament, winning three games and advancing to the championship game

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Four women's teams advance to Friday

The first day of the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament featured four games on BTN/BTN2Go as Michigan beat Illinois, Nebraska handled Northwestern, Minnesota beat Wisconsin, and Michigan State eliminated Indiana. Get caught up on all of Thursday’s action on the interactive bracket or the scoreboard and get video highlights, interviews and recaps in this post. Also, on BTN TV we’ll be displaying the best tweets using the hashtag #B1Gtourney throughout the tournament. Want to track tweets from Indy? We set up a tweet tracker on our Facebook page you can check all tournament long. Use this interactive bracket for

Q&A: Hear From the Women's Coaches

The Big Ten women’s basketball coaches held a teleconference to preview the Big Ten Basketball Tournament with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each coach in the post below. The Tournament tips off on Thursday and runs through Sunday. All of our audio, including teleconferences with the men’s basketball coaches, can be found in our audio archive. Listen to coach Legette-Jack: Listen to coach Borseth: Listen to coach Washington: Listen to coach Versyp: Listen to coach McKeown: Listen to coach Kelsey: Listen to coach Merchant: Listen to coach Foster: Listen to coach Bluder: Listen

Track the Women's Tournament Bracket

Thanks to our friends at, we’ve posted the annual interactive bracket for the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament below in this post.  For extra information leading up to Thursday’s openers, check out the Tournament Central page at Also, use our Big Ten women’s scoreboard and Big Ten Women’s Basketball posts archive. And we’re collecting #B1Gtourney tweets and updates from the Big Ten Conference and all 12 teams on our Big Ten Women’s Tourney Tracker. See the bracket below and book mark this page for the tournament.

Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis

Get your All-Big Ten Women's hoops teams

The 2011-12 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams were announced live on BTN on Monday night. Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and Penn State’s Coquese Washington were named player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year, respectively, by both the coaches and media. Prahalis was the lone unanimous choice on both first teams, as well. Watch our interview with Prahalis now. Also, in this post, see our interviews with Banham and Washington and check out all the teams and award winners. 2011-12 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball – Coaches FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM


Big Ten Women's Tournament bracket released

The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Penn State earning the No. 1 seed and one of four first-round byes. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, previously known as Conseco Fieldhouse. BTN and BTN2Go will air the tournament’s first 10 games, starting with No. 7 Michigan-No. 10 Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. [View the official Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket] After finishing the season with a 13-3 mark