Extensive look at the female athletes shining on and off the Big Ten playing field, in addition to highlights and analysis.
The Big Ten Conference is home to volleyball powerhouses and Penn State and Wisconsin proved that when both made the 2013 NCAA championship game.
Michigan State’s Sally Nogle isn’t just any athletic trainer. She’s one of the few female head athletic trainers in college athletics. In the latest edition of “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” Kara Lentz profiled Nogle and finds out how she worked her way to the top of her field.
Kara Lentz takes a look at the Penn State women’s ice hockey team which is playing its first season as a varsity team. Watch the feature now as Lentz talks with head coach Josh Brandwene and various players.
Michigan women’s gymnastics is back. After missing last season’s NCAA Championships – this from a program that won 18 of the last 21 Big Ten Championships – Michigan has spent time this season atop the national poll. Currently, the Wolverines are No. 3 and they own the conference’s latest Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, Joanna Sampson. Watch our full interview with Michigan coach Bev Plocki now.
Attorney Marissa Pollick is one of Michigan’s first female varsity letter winners and scholarship athletes, and she now works as a legal consultant for Title IX compliance in collegiate sports. Pollick grew up playing tennis against boys before she started playing for Michigan from 1974, just one year after the team was elevated to varsity status.
On our most recent episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” BTN’s Lisa Byington (@LisaByington) took to the ice at Michigan State as part of a program to introduce women to college hockey and hockey in general. Modeled after a similar program at Michigan State for football, any female hockey fan could sign up. For Byington’s hockey session, she was joined by a few familiar Michigan State faces. Watch the entire feature story in this post, and get more details on this program at MSUSpartans.com.
Dara McIntosh, Kara Lentz, and Michelle McMahon appear on Friday’s “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” at 2:30 p.m. ET and bring you a profile on current Indiana women’s soccer coach Mick Lyon and his wife Elizabeth. Both suffer from multiple sclerosis but continue to fight it and have a positive outlook on life. (Update: Watch the feature in this post.) Also Friday, Big Ten volleyball and field hockey highlights, analysis and breakdowns as well as a look at the latest “Midnight Madness” events for women’s basketball.
On last week’s episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” we showed you the first part of a two-part series on former Iowa women’s athletic director Dr. Christine Grant and how Title IX changed the landscape of women’s athletics.
On Friday’s “Big Ten Women’s Sports report,” Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose joined our crew to talk about the season to date. Watch an extended online-only version of the chat further down in this post, and tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET for rest of this week’s TV show. Rose talks about scheduling strong non-conference teams and why Penn State is off to a strong start. Dara McIntosh, Michelle McMahon,and Kara Lentz take a closer look at Nebraska volleyball team this season. In addition to soccer and field hockey highlights, we unveil the first part of a two-part feature story on the impact of Title IX with a closer look at Iowa’s women’s athletics and how it changed the landscape of Women’s Sports.
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Dara McIntosh, Kara Lentz, and Michelle McMahon hit the BTN studio for the season debut of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” today at 2:30 p.m. ET. Our first show includes an overview of the volleyball season, including highlights from Wednesday’s big match between Nebraska and Penn State. We also preview Friday night’s match between Minnesota and Illinois (airs on BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET).
A handful of Big Ten women’s basketball games on Thursday night including Purdue at Michigan. Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points to help Purdue break a three-game losing streak with a 60-49 win over Michigan. Loads of other action tonight. Track the scores on the Big Ten scoreboard and dive inside this post for highlights from around the conference.
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It was a battle of Top 25 opponents as No. 17 Penn State beat No. 19 Purdue, 74-63. Maggie Lucas scored 28 points to lead the Nittany Lions in the win. Watch the highlights now and follow our scoreboard for other results from around the conference. Also, dive inside for an interview with Lucas from earlier in the day and much more.
During the latest edition of “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” Kara Lentz offered fans a behind-the-scenes look into how Michigan State women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant balances being a coach and a mom. Watch the feature here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories.
Five women’s basketball games in the Big Ten tonight beginning with Northwestern at Michigan State. Watch highlights of Michigan State’s 72-58 win now, track all of the results on our Big Ten women’s scoreboard and jump inside this post for much more women’s basketball coverage including an interview with Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn.
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BTN aired a doubleheader of women’s basketball on Thursday night including Northwestern-Michigan and Minnesota-Illinois. Watch the highlights of Michigan’s win over Northwestern now and dive inside this post for highlights from Champaign and additional women’s basketball coverage.
All 12 of the Big Ten’s women basketball teams played Thursday night, including Illinois who beat Michigan State 71-62 in overtime. Catch up on our scoreboard page, dive inside for highlights as well as a video feature on Illinois women’s basketball coach Jolette Law, who helped raise money for charity by coaching a game in her bare feet.
BTN produces a lot of feature stories throughout the year. The “Big Ten Women’s Sport Report” recently featured Purdue’s Courtney Moses who traveled with other student-athletes to Haiti as a volunteer for Double Harvest. Watch the video profile here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories.
On Tuesday morning’s Big Ten Women’s Sport Report, Lisa Byington, Kara Lentz and Megan Bower previewed the upcoming soccer and field hockey Big Ten Championships, discussed No. 8 Penn State dropping No. 1 Nebraska in volleyball and showed a feature on the Nebraska women’s soccer team’s trip to Europe.
No. 14 Penn State women’s soccer won Big Ten title No. 14 this past weekend on Sunday in a 4-0 victory at Michigan. It’s the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport, putting Penn State one ahead of the current Northwestern women’s tennis squad. BTN’s Lisa Byington talks with Penn State women’s soccer coach Erica Walsh as the Nittany Lions are on the verge of capturing another Big Ten Title. Read more about the clinching win and the team at GoPSUsports.com.
On the next Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, at 8 am ET Tuesday, host Lisa Byington and analysts Kara Lentz and Megan Bower discuss No. 4 Nebraska sending No. 1 Illinois to its first loss on the volleyball court and offer early analysis on possible seeding for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Also, our crew will talk to Erica Walsh, whose Penn State women’s soccer team claimed its 14th straight Big Ten championship, the most titles in a row by any Big Ten women’s sports team. Don’t miss the show for all the latest volleyball, soccer, field hockey and ice hockey highlights.
On the latest Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, former Purdue basketball star Stephanie White joined the usual cast of host Lisa Byington and analysts Kara Lentz and Megan Bower. White answered five important questions about the 2011-12 women’s hoops season. The show also featured a profile of Purdue volleyball player Amanda Miller. Watch the video to learn more about her.
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Join Lisa Byington, Kara Lentz, and Megan Bower on The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report on a new night as the weekly show moves to Tuesdays at 8 a.m. ET with multiple re-airs later on. This week catch highlights and analysis of Illinois volleyball breaking Penn State’s 68-match Big Ten home win streak. Plus, Penn State field hockey’s Kelsey Amy joins us to talk about the roll the Nittany Lions are on.
For the first time in program history, the Illinois volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Poll, released Monday. The Illini, who were No. 3 last week, received 55 of the 60 first-place votes after opening Big Ten play with a pair of wins to move to 13-0 on the season. No. 7 Nebraska, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 Purdue, No. 17 Michigan and No. 22 Ohio State also made the poll. Get more on the latest volleyball news every Monday on “The Women’s Sports Report.” Watch our interview with Illinois’ Colleen Ward now.
As if the competition of the Big Ten wasn’t a big enough adjustment, the Nebraska volleyball team also must adapt to a new schedule in its first season in the Big Ten. Unlike the Big 12, Nebraska’s previous conference, the Big Ten plays its weekend conference games on back-to-back nights, Friday and Saturday. It’s something that will take some getting used to. No. 10 Nebraska hosts No. 5 Penn State in the teams’ Big Ten opener at 8 ET Wednesday on BTN. Our Big Ten Women’s Sports Report discussed the Huskers’ adjustment in this web-only segment.
Penn State volleyball had won 109 straight matches, but the defending national champions faced an uphill challenge. With nine new freshman added to the Nittany Lions and several key seniors lost to graduation, how would Penn State work to continue to compete for a NCAA title?