BIG 10 RELEASE
The 38th season of Big Ten Conference women’s basketball tips off Tuesday, with four conference
schools in action and the remaining programs beginning their seasons later this week. All 14 Big Ten
teams will also play at home at least once during the first week of the season, including three who will
play host to nationally-ranked opponents (Ohio State vs. No. 22/21 USF on Tuesday, Northwestern vs.
No. 21/20 Duke on Sunday live on BTN, and Penn State vs. No. 24 California, also on Sunday).
• The 2018-19 Big Ten season features 20 returning first‐, second‐team and honorable mention all‐
conference honorees from a year ago, including four first‐team honorees, led by the 2017-18 Big Ten
Player of the Year (as chosen by the media), Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year
in Minnesota’s Destiny Pitts, and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in Purdue’s Ae’Rianna Harris,
as well as three-fifths of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
• The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
recently announced the preseason watch lists for its national player of the year awards at the five
traditional court positions. No fewer than 13 Big Ten students from 10 different conference schools are
represented on these watch lists, with the full rundown on page 2 of this release.
• Gustafson ranks third among returning Division I players (for 2018-19) in career points (1,803), while
Michigan’s Hallie Thome is 12th in that category (1,679). Gustafson is also second among returning
Division I players in field goal percentage (.636) and Thome is sixth (.620), while Gustafson is tied for
first among returning Division I players in double-doubles (55). In addition, Ohio State graduate
transfer guard Carmen Grande is the nation’s active leader with 697 assists.
• Eight Big Ten schools are ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press or USA Today/WBCA polls,
led by No. 9 (AP)/No. 10 (USA Today) Maryland. Iowa is also ranked in both polls at No. 13/17, while
Michigan and Minnesota are receiving votes in both polls. In addition, Nebraska earned votes in the
AP poll, while Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State received votes in the coaches’ balloting.
• Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer begins her 48th season on the sidelines (and 24th “On The
Banks” at Rutgers) in 2018-19, needing three wins to become the sixth women’s basketball coach in
NCAA history (and fifth Division I women’s basketball coach) to record 1,000 career victories. Stringer
has a 997-402 (.713) record during her Hall of Fame career, including a 477-267 (.641) record at RU.
• Minnesota begins a new era in 2018-19 under first-year head coach Lindsay Whalen. The former
Golden Gopher All-America guard, 2002 Big Ten Player of the Year and three-time All-Big Ten honoree
(who led Minnesota to the 2004 NCAA Women’s Final Four) won four WNBA titles with the Minnesota
Lynx, as well as four gold medals with the U.S. National Team (two at the Olympics, two at the World
Championships). Whalen graduated from Minnesota in 2006 with her degree in Sport Studies, earning
Academic All-America honors in 2003 and having been a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
• Big Ten women’s basketball programs produced 67 students that earned Academic All-Big Ten honors
in 2017-18, the 11th consecutive season at least 45 women’s basketball students received the award.
• Big Ten schools will be featured on national television at least 78 times during the 2018-19 season. BTN
will televise at least 69 games and ESPN2 will carry nine contests. In addition, for the fifth consecutive
year, every Big Ten women’s basketball conference game, including 126 regular-season contests and all
13 Big Ten Tournament games, will be produced and distributed by BTN, BTN Plus or an ESPN network.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Bowling Green at #NR/RV MICHIGAN STATE (BTN Plus)..7 p.m.
#22/21 USF at #NR/RV OHIO STATE (BTN Plus) ..7 p.m.
Saint Francis (Pa.) at RUTGERS (BTN Plus)…….. 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at #RV/RV Green Bay (ESPN+)..8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Alabama A&M at #NR/RV ILLINOIS (BTN Plus)…Noon
Milwaukee at INDIANA (BTN Plus)……………….. 7 p.m.
PURDUE at Ball State (ESPN+) …………………….. 7 p.m.
#RV/RV Drake at #RV NEBRASKA (BTN Plus)….. 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Providence at PENN STATE (BTN Plus)………….. 7 p.m.
Winthrop at WISCONSIN (BTN Plus)…………….. 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Stony Brook at RUTGERS (BTN Plus)…………….. 2 p.m.
Coppin State at #9/10 MARYLAND (BTN Plus).. 7 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s at #RV/RV MICHIGAN (BTN Plus) ..7 p.m.
Detroit Mercy at #NR/RV OHIO STATE (BTN Plus)..7 p.m.
Oral Roberts at #13/17 IOWA (BTN Plus)………. 8 p.m.
New Hampshire at #RV/RV MINNESOTA (BTN Plus)..9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10
No games scheduled
Sunday, Nov. 11
USC Upstate at #RV NEBRASKA (BTN Plus)………Noon
#NR/RV OHIO STATE at #2/2 UConn (CBS SN) ….Noon
INDIANA at Oakland (ESPN+)………………………. 1 p.m.
ETSU at #NR/RV MICHIGAN STATE (BTN Plus).. 1 p.m.
Dayton at #9/10 MARYLAND (BTN Plus)……….. 2 p.m.
#21/20 Duke at NORTHWESTERN (BTN)……….. 2 p.m.
#24/RV California at PENN STATE (BTN Plus)…. 2 p.m.
Harvard at PURDUE (BTN Plus)……………………. 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12
No games scheduled
Tuesday, Nov. 13
#13/17 IOWA at Western Kentucky (ESPN3) …. 7 p.m.
Central Connecticut State at RUTGERS (BTN)… 7 p.m.
WISCONSIN at Milwaukee (ESPN+) ……………… 8 p.m.
NOTE: BTN/BTN Plus games also on BTN’s digital platform, BTN2Go,
and the FOX Sports app; ESPN3/ESPN+ games on ESPN app
All times Eastern (dates, times and TV subject to change)
Rankings from Associated Press/USA Today polls at tipoff (RV – receiving
votes/NR – not ranked; if one rank listed, it’s from AP poll)