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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/1/2024, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Big Ten Weekly Women's Basketball Central - March 1-4

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  • The regular season is set to conclude on Sunday with all 14 schools taking the hardwood, starting with a marquee top-10 matchup as No. 2 Ohio State heads to No. 6 Iowa for a 1 p.m. ET contest on FOX. BTN will air two games – NR/RV Michigan State at Wisconsin (2 p.m. ET) and Nebraska at Illinois (4 p.m. ET). Two games will be streamed live on B1G+ (visit as Minnesota visits Penn State at 1 p.m. ET and Northwestern travels to Rutgers at 2 p.m. ET. No. 14/12 Indiana hosts Maryland on Peacock at 3 p.m. ET and Michigan welcomes Purdue at 7 p.m. ET on FS1 to wrap up the regular season.

  • HISTORY. MADE. All-session tickets are sold out for the 2024 TIAA Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, marking the first sellout in the history of the 31-year event. More than 109,000 fans are expected to attend the five-day event, scheduled for March 6-10 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Target Center is home to the four-time WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. The tournament returns to the Twin Cities for the second time after a record-setting event last year.

  • Ohio State captured the Big Ten’s regular season title outright with a 67-51 win over Michigan. The Buckeyes improved to 16-1 in conference play and locked in the No. 1 seed for the 2024 TIAA Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. Ohio State extended its conference record with its 16th Big Ten women’s basketball crown. It is the first outright regular season title since the 2009-10 season.

  • Cailtin Clark, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history, had 33 points against Minnesota to bring her career total to 3,650 points. She is just 18 points shy of passing Pete Maravich, the all-time scoring leader in NCAA college basketball history at 3,667 points. Clark also broke the NCAA’s record for made three-pointers in a single season (156) and became the first Big Ten women’s basketball player to record over 500 three-pointers in a career (503).  

  • ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the second time in program history to highlight the sold-out matchup between No. 6 Iowa and No. 2 Ohio State on Sunday. The national broadcast will take place from 11 a.m. to noon ET before the game tips on FOX at 1 p.m. ET.

  • The Big Ten is tied for second among Division I conferences with a remarkable eight schools in the top 50 of the latest NET rankings (including four in the top 25) – No. 5 Iowa, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 13 Indiana, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 27 Nebraska, No. 30 Penn State, No. 32 Maryland and No. 47 Illinois. The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) is the primary sorting tool used by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee for determining NCAA Tournament teams.

  • The Big Ten has three teams ranked, including two in the top 10 of this week’s Associated Press (AP) Top 25 poll. Ohio State remains at No. 2, tying its highest ranking in program history. Iowa drops two spots to No. 6 and Indiana is steady at No. 14.  

  • The Big Ten has three programs featured in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Top 25 poll. Ohio State is holding at No. 2, its highest ranking this season. Iowa falls two spots to No. 6 and Indiana gained four spots to check in at No. 14. Michigan State continues to receive votes.

  • In the latest Massey Ratings, the Big Ten owns the country’s top offensive power rating, while coming in third in the nation in both strength of schedule for games played and strength of schedule for future games.

  • Offensive production continues to be the story for the Big Ten Conference as 10 different schools (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State) have scored 100 points in at least one game this season. Five Big Ten teams are averaging more than 80 points per game to ensure multiple national top 15 scoring offenses reside in the Big Ten, led by Iowa (1st – 92.7), Michigan State (6th – 84.7), Penn State (7th – 84.2), Indiana (14th – 80.7) and Ohio State (15th – 80.4).

  • The Big Ten currently leads all Division I conferences in scoring (75.0 ppg), three-point percentage (.349), free throw percentage (.742), field goal percentage (.451) and assists (16.3 apg).

  • With a 1.67 assist/turnover ratio, Michigan State sits at No. 2 in the NCAA’s national statistical rankings. Iowa (5th – 1.57) and Indiana (10th – 1.41) are also included in the top 10. Individually, DeeDee Hagemann (MSU) comes in fourth at 2.98.

  • The Big Ten features some of the best shooting teams in the country with five programs among the top 20, including four in the top 10, in field goal percentage. Indiana has the best mark nationally at 51.8 percent, followed by Iowa (3rd – .506), Penn State (6th – .492), Michigan State (9th – .485) and Ohio State (16th – .470). Indiana, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State are also efficient from beyond the arc. The Hoosiers lead the nation with a 40.8 three-point percentage while the Lady Lions check in eighth at 38.4 percent. The Hawkeyes rank 10th with a 38.2 clip and the Spartans are converting at a 37.4 rate for 13th.

  • Big Ten teams have been passing the rock quite well this season as six programs rank in the top 25 in the country in assists, led by Iowa (1st – 21.6), Michigan State (7th – 19.4), Indiana (15th – 18.7), Ohio State (20th – 17.6), Northwestern (T24th – 17.3) and Penn State (T24th – 17.3). A quintet of Big Ten players rank among the top 25 nationally in assists – Iowa’s Caitlin Clark (1st – 8.7 apg), Purdue’s Jeanae Terry (8th – 6.2 apg), Minnesota’s Amaya Battle (20th – 5.6 apg), Northwestern’s Caroline Lau (23rd – 5.5 apg) and Maryland’s Shyanne Sellers (24th – 5.4 apg).

  • Individually, Caitlin Clark (IOWA) leads the country in points (933), points per game (32.2) and assists (251). Serah Williams (WIS) is averaging 2.88 blocks (6th) and 11.2 rebounds (9th) rebounds per game. Mackenzie Holmes (IND) is shooting 66.6 percent from the floor to rank first in field goal percentage, followed by Hannah Stuelke (IOWA) at 63.9 percent for fourth and Kendall Bostic (ILL) with a 61.5 clip to stand 10th.

  • The Big Ten has consistently ranked among the top three conferences in women’s basketball attendance for the past three decades and that trend has continued into the 2023-24 season. Currently, 11 Big Ten schools rank among the top 50 in the nation in average attendance, including six in the top 20, with both figures leading all Division I conferences. Iowa is second nationally in attendance (14,998 fans per game), followed by Indiana (6th – 9,869), Ohio State (9th – 7,559), Maryland (10th – 7,545), Nebraska (15th – 6,088) and Purdue (16th – 6,001).

  • The Big Ten closed its non-conference slate with a combined 114-41 (.735) record. Big Ten teams dominated on their home courts with an 82-11 (.882) record. Among the 114 victories, five were over AP Top 25 opponents.

  • The 2023-24 schedule marks the most coverage on nationally distributed platforms in Big Ten women’s basketball history. Six Big Ten regular-season games will be televised on a broadcast platform, the most in conference history. NBC televised its first-ever Big Ten women’s basketball game on Jan. 21 when Ohio State upset Iowa and Peacock carried its first Big Ten women’s basketball broadcast on Jan. 2, a thriller between Michigan State and Iowa. The Ohio State-Iowa matchup on NBC and Peacock was the most-watched regular season women’s college basketball game on any network since 2010. Viewership peaked at 3.9 million viewers and the broadcast averaged 1.93 million viewers.

  • Iowa has participated in the most-watched women’s basketball games of all time on six different networks this season – ABC, Big Ten Network, FOX, FS1, NBC and Peacock.

  • The Illinois-Iowa game on Feb. 25 registered 816,000 viewers, good for the most-watched women’s basketball game in FS1 history.

  • Nebraska’s win over Iowa on Feb. 11 averaged 1,772,000 viewers, making it the most watched women’s college basketball game ever on FOX.

  • The Penn State-Iowa matchup on Feb. 8 pulled 657,000 viewers, good for both the most watched women’s college basketball game on the Big Ten Network and the most watched live women’s sporting event ever on BTN.

  • The primetime battle on Feb. 3 between Iowa and Maryland averaged 1,578,000 viewers, the second-most watched women’s college basketball game in FOX’s history. 

  • The Jan. 27 outing between Nebraska and Iowa drew 421,000 viewers, making it the second-most watched women’s basketball broadcast in Big Ten Network history.

  • No. 16/13 Ohio State claimed a landmark non-conference 78-58 win at No. 20/22 Tennessee. It was just the second time in Tennessee’s history that the Lady Vols have lost in Thompson-Boling Arena by at least 20 points. Ohio State is only the second Big Ten Conference program to defeat Tennessee in Knoxville, joining Indiana. It was the first time in conference history that the Big Ten has posted multiple wins over Tennessee in back-to-back years – Ohio State and Indiana both claimed victories over the Lady Vols during the 2022-23 season – and has won five of its last six matchups with Tennessee.

  • No. 21/19 Indiana secured an impressive non-conference 71-57 victory over No. 19/21 Tennessee on Nov. 23. It was the second time in as many years that the Hoosiers have bested the Lady Vols and the largest margin of victory (14) in the four-game all-time series. Last year’s Hoosier win was the first time a Big Ten Conference school defeated Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena. The matchup scored 1,118,000 viewers to rank as FOX’s most-watched women’s college basketball game ever and the most watched regular season women’s college basketball game on any network since last season’s 1,466,000 viewers for LSU vs. South Carolina on ESPN.