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 before losing to Purdue on a buzzer-beater. Read the full release at Fighting Illini.com
We’ve all been to sporting events where entertainers show of their skills during short breaks in the action or at halftime. During the halftime break of Thursday’s Big Ten Women’s Tournament game between Nebraska and Northwestern, one entertainer’s performance veered a little off course. Watch the video here. That disc-catching dog missed one deep throw and veered off into the Wildcat cheerleaders, who were seated on the baseline of the court. But as you can see, the dog was all business and went right back out on the court to finish the show.
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.
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.
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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.
It was a busy Sunday of Big Ten women’s basketball, as all 12 teams were in action on the season’s final day. No. 15 Penn State routed Minnesota to claim the outright Big Ten title, No. 23 Nebraska took down No. 14 Ohio State in a battle of ranked teams and Purdue blasted archrival Indiana. Catch up on all six games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, the Big Ten tourney bracket was released Sunday night.