March 4, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin (20-9 overall, 10-8 Big Ten) enters this week’s Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed and is slated to take on fifth-seeded Purdue (14-15, 9-9) in the fourth quarterfinal game on Friday. Tipoff will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Badgers clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament for the first time under Coach Lisa Stone and for the first time since 2001. Wisconsin finished the regular season in a tie with Iowa for third place in the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes swept the Badgers during the regular season, so UW received the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
The winner of Friday’s game between the Badgers and the Boilermakers will advance to Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinal round. Tipoff is set for approximately 6:30 p.m. CT. Sunday’s Big Ten Championship is at 3:30 p.m. and will air on ESPN 2. All of the other tournament games will air on the Big Ten Network.
| Game 30 | Wisconsin (20-9, 10-8) vs. Purdue (14-15, 9-9)
|| Friday, March 5 | 7:30 p.m.
|| Indianapolis, Ind. | Conseco Fieldhouse
|| Big Ten Network; Sunday's Championship game will air on ESPN2
Friday's Quarterfinal: The Mic 92.1 FM
Saturday's Semifinal: The Big 1070 (WTSO AM)
Sunday's Championship: The Mic 92.1 FM
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|| Purdue leads 43-14 overall and 3-0 in Big Ten Tournament games
Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats | News | Record Book | Game Notes
Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats | News | Game Notes
Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.
- Lisa Stone was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by league coaches, junior Alyssa Karel earned second-team honors by both media and coaches, and senior Rae Lin D’Alie was a third-team pick by media.
- The Badgers clinched a first-round bye in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament for the first time under Coach Lisa Stone and for the first time since 2001.
- Wisconsin has received a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament four times in its 15-year history.
- UW has been a fourth seed once (1999). The Badgers lost to No. 5 Ohio State 70-61 in the quarterfinals.
- Wisconsin has an overall Big Ten Tournament record of 8-15.
- The Badgers receive one vote in this week’s Associated Press poll.
- UW’s third-place finish in the Big Ten equal its second-best conference place ever.
- With 10 Big Ten wins, UW finishes with its best Big Ten record under Stone.
- UW has won 20 games this season, the eighth 20-win season in program history and the second under Coach Stone.
- The Badgers are 11-4 (9-4 away and 2-0 neutral) on the road this season, tying the UW season record for most road wins.
- Senior Rae Lin D’Alie scored a career-high 21 points at Penn State, shooting 9-of-11 from the field.
- The Badgers have been picked by three Web sites as an eighth or ninth seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
- Junior Alyssa Karel needs nine points to reach 1,000 points in her career. The 5-7 guard has 991 points in her three seasons and will become the 20th Badger to reach 1,000 points.
- Senior Rae Lin D’Alie is coming off a career week, In two games, D’Alie averaged 18 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals per game.
- In her last three games, sophomore Anya Covington is averaging 13.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game off the bench.
- Purdue (14-15, 9-9) enters the Big Ten Tournament as the fifth seed for the first time since 2005. The Boilermakers dropped their last three games of the regular season, most recently falling at Michigan 64-63 in the regular season finale.
- Purdue has earned a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament for the 16th consecutive year and is the only team to have never played on the first day of the tournament.
- The Boilermakers have played in the Big Ten championship game in each of the last four years and own a league-record seven Big Ten Tournament titles.
- Purdue is 11th in the Big Ten in scoring offense (60.2) but ranks third in scoring defense (59.6). The team struggles in rebounding, ranking 10th in the Big Ten with both 10.79 offensive boards and 24.07 defensive boards per game. However, Purdue is second in the conference with 8.72 steals per game.
- The Boilermakers have not played any neutral-site games yet this season. Purdue finished the regular season 11-5 at home and posted a 3-10 mark on the road.
- Sophomore Brittany Rayburn, a 6-0 guard, leads Purdue and is ninth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game. Her 82.2 free throw percentage is fourth in the Big Ten.
- Sam Ostarello, a 6-2 freshman, is the team’s top rebounder, averaging 5.4 boards per game. She also adds 5.3 points per game.
- Senior FahKara Malone, a 5-3 guard, sees the most court time for Purdue, averaging 33.7 minutes per game. She leads the team with 2.72 steals per game, good for second in the Big Ten. Malone is also fourth in the conference with 4.03 assists per game.
- Chelsea Jones, a 6-4 center, leads the team with 26 blocks on the season. She has started 28-of-29 games for the Boilermakers.
- Senior Jodi Howell’s 41.0 percentage from 3-point range is fourth in the Big Ten. The 5-11 guard averages 1.90 3s per game en route to 8.3 points per game.