Through The Hoop
December 11, 2013
Mary Jo Haverbeck
Big Ten Conference Notes
- Where BIg Ten Teams Rank --Four Big Ten teams appear among the top 25 of the latest
national rankings, according to the Associated Press (AP) and the USA
Today Coaches polls.
- Hoosiers Rolling -- Indiana is one of just 18 teams in the nation that
still holds an unblemished record (9-0) this season, as the Hoosiers have won
their first nine games.
- Winning Ways -- All 12 conference teams enter the week with a winning
record, making the Big Ten the only conference that can claim such a
- 30 for 30 -- Five of the conference's eight 30-point efforts this season
came in a 10-day span following the Thanksgiving holiday, including
three last week. Maggie Lucas had one of them at Georgetown.
- Fresh Faces -- Big Ten freshmen are making immediate impacts on their
squads this season, as numerous newcomers appear among the conference's
statistical leaders. (Minnesota's Amanda Zahul leads the conference
in rebounding with 11.2 a game and she's also the league's leader in
- Maggie 2K -- Penn State senior Maggie Lucas achieved a rare career
milestone against Georgetown last Sunday, reaching 2,000 career points.
(Maggie is No. 3 in scoring behind Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Nebraska's
Jordan Hooper and she's second in free throw percentage behind Illinois'
Amber Moore -- Lady Lion senior Talie East is No. 2 in offensive rebounding
behind Indiana's Tabitha Gerardot)
The Long Trip To South Dakota State
Penn State takes off for South Dakota State to play
a game at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday in a basketball facility
appropriately named Frost Arena. The average low temperature in the state in
December is seven degrees.
The Jackrabbits protect a two-game winning streak and
own an 86-80 win over Georgetown, Penn State's
last opponent. South Dakota State has won all four of
its games played at home.
In their last game at Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Jackrabbits
stopped a 19-game home win streak built by the Phoenix.
South Dakota State's list of opponents includes Stanford who
won 80-60 in a contest held in Mexico. South Dakota
State is 6-4 overall.
The Jackrabbit roster features players from South Dakota
and Minnesota with nine standing six feet or over. Megan
Waytashek, a six foot guard/forward, is the leading
scorer averaging 12.8 points a game. She's the only player
in double figures and leads the team with 17 three-pointers.
Mariah Clarin, 6-foot-1 forward, is the top rebounder averaging 6.8 caroms.
Coach Aaron Johnston is in his 14th year with the program.
South Dakota State moved up to Division I competition
Lucas Over 2000, PSU Wins at Georgetown
Penn State's 77-68 victory over Georgetown pushed Penn State's record
to 6-2. Maggie Lucas' 30 point-performance gave the senior
All-American 2008 career points.
She joins the following Lady Lion players who have
reached the 2000 point club.
- Kelly Mazzante, 2001-04,133 games, 2919 points
- Susan Robinson, 1989-92, 122 games, 2253 points
- Tyra Grant, 2007-10, 122 games, 2044 points
- Kahadeejah Herbert, 126 games, 2025 points
- Maggie Lucas, 107 games, 2008 points
Career 3-Pointers Made
- 357, Kelly Mazzante, (133 games), 2001-04
- 312, Maggie Lucas (107 games), 2011-present)
- Wed. Dec. 11 - at South Dakota State 8 p.m. EST
- Sun. Dec. 15 - TEXAS A&M 2 p.m.
- Sun. Dec. 22 - ALCORN STATE 11 a.m.
- Sun. Dec. 29 - HARTFORD 2 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 5 - at Iowa 3 p.m.
- Thu. Jan. 9 - at Illinois 9 p.m. BTN
- Sun. Jan. 12 - PURDUE 2 p.m. ESPN2
- Thu. Jan. 16 - OHIO STATE 7 p.m. BTN
- Sun. Jan. 19 - at Michigan State 5 p.m. ESPN2
- Wed. Jan. 22 - INDIANA 7 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 26 - MINNESOTA 1 p.m. CBS
- Thu. Jan. 30 - at Purdue 6 p.m. BTN
- Sun. Feb. 2 - at Northwestern 2 p.m.
- Thu. Feb. 6 - IOWA 6 p.m. BTN
- Sun. Feb. 9 - at Ohio State 2 p.m. ESPN2
- Thu. Feb. 13 - at Indiana 7 p.m.
- Sun. Feb. 16 - WISCONSIN PINK ZONE 1 p.m. ESPN2
- Thu. Feb. 20 - NORTHWESTERN 7 p.m. BTN
- Mon. Feb. 24 - $at Nebraska 7 p.m. ESPN2
- Sat. Mar. 1 - MICHIGAN 3:30 p.m. BTN
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- Fri. Mar. 7 - %Big Ten Quarterfinals TBA
- Sat. Mar. 8 - %Big Ten Semifinals TBA
- Sun. Mar. 9 - %Big Ten Championship TBA
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