• Big Ten women’s basketball programs will be busy over the coming week, with games daily through Dec. 14. Highlighting that stretch are four BTN broadcasts and appearances by nearly all 14 conference teams, including defending Big Ten co-champion Northwestern, which will be the final conference squad to tip off its season when it plays host to Eastern Illinois Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
  • Several Big Ten women’s basketball games were added to the BTN and the FOX Sports app schedule for the month of December, the network announced. These latest additions include four conference matchups in the next week — Wednesday (Michigan State at Minnesota – 9 p.m. ET), Thursday (Illinois at Nebraska – 8 p.m. ET), Friday (Rutgers at Wisconsin – 3 p.m. ET) and Dec. 14 (Minnesota at Northwestern – 9 p.m. ET). All Big Ten home games not airing on BTN in December will be streamed live on Big Ten Network+. Further television designations and tip times will be released at a later date. For the latest Big Ten women’s basketball television schedule, visit bigten.org/B1GWBBTV.
  • As of Tuesday, the Big Ten is one of three NCAA Division I conferences with a non-conference winning percentage (against D-I opponents) of better than .800 with an .818 (27-6) mark to date. That includes two wins over Top 25 opponents — Maryland 115-96 over No. 14 Arkansas on Nov. 29 (setting a Big Ten record for points against a ranked team); Michigan 76-66 at No. RV/23 Notre Dame on Dec. 3.
  • The Big Ten continues to share top honors among all conferences with five Top 25 teams in both the Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today polls, plus two others receiving votes. Both polls can be found in full on page 3 of this update.
  • Iowa guard Caitlin Clark was named the Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week on Monday, becoming the first conference freshman to sweep both honors in the same week since Jan. 30, 2017 (Michigan’s Kysre Gondrezick). Clark averaged 26.5 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in the Hawkeyes’ wins last week at Drake and at home against Wisconsin.
  • Clark had 30 points and 13 assists in the Hawkeyes’ 103-97 win at Drake on Dec. 2. According to Her Hoop Stats, Clark is the only NCAA Division I freshman since 2015-16 to have 30 points and 10 assists in a game. BTN research also notes Clark is the first Big Ten freshman with a 30-point game since Jan. 31, 2016 (Michigan’s Hallie Thome scored 31 points against Minnesota) and a 13-assist game since Feb. 9, 2017 (Maryland’s Destiny Slocum had 13 assists against Illinois).
  • Big Ten teams are No. 1 in the nation in a number of NCAA statistical categories (as of Tuesday), led by the country’s top scoring offense (Maryland – 98.2 ppg) and scoring defense (Rutgers – 38.0 ppg). Rutgers is also first in the nation in turnover margin (+17.00) and turnovers forced (30.0), while Michigan State leads the country in assists (25.5 apg) and is essentially tied for the top spot in assist/turnover ratio (both MSU and Stanford are at 2.22).
  • No. 14/11 Maryland made a Big Ten-record 21 three-pointers (tying for eighth on the NCAA Division I single-game list) in its 112-78 home-opening win over Towson on Dec. 3. The Terrapins topped the previous conference record of 19 treys, shared by Iowa (at Northwestern, Jan. 29, 2015) and Minnesota (at Illinois, Jan. 7, 2016).
  • Maryland’s 21 three-pointers and .677 three-point percentage in the Dec. 3 win over Towson both are the best by any NCAA Division I program this season. In addition, Ohio State’s three turnovers in a Dec. 2 win over Kent State are tied for the fewest in the nation this year.
  • Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes’ Big Ten record-tying 13-for-13 (1.000) field-goal percentage and seven blocked shots against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25 both rank as tops in the nation in those categories this season. Maryland’s Katie Benzan made eight three-pointers in a Nov. 29 win over No. 14 Arkansas, tying for the most in the country this year, while Michigan’s Naz Hillmon made a nation-leading 16 field goals in the Wolverines’ Nov. 27 victory at Oakland.
  • Indiana junior guard Grace Berger, tallied the first triple-double in Indiana women’s basketball history on Nov. 25 with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Berger also recorded the 29th triple-double in Big Ten history and first since Jan. 23, 2018 (Illinois’ Alex Wittinger at Penn State). As of Tuesday, Berger is one of two Division I players with a triple-double this year (Taiah Thornton of Saint Peter’s did it the same day as Berger [Nov. 25] against NJIT).
  • With its Dec. 5 win over Wisconsin, Iowa extended its home winning streak to 38 games, the second-longest active string in the nation behind Baylor (57). The Hawkeyes’ run began on Feb. 4, 2018, with a 92-84 win over Minnesota.
  • Michigan’s win at Notre Dame on Dec. 5 was the Wolverines’ first over the Fighting Irish since Dec. 10, 2008 (63-59 in overtime at Crisler Center), and their first over Notre Dame in South Bend since Dec. 8, 1979 (66-60, also in overtime).
  • Maryland has scored a combined 227 points in its last two games, tying the school record for points in consecutive games (Dec. 11 & 20, 2017 — 114-45 over Loyola-Md.; 113-49 at Coppin State).
  • On Dec. 3, Indiana shut down Samford in a 71-26 victory, tying for the fifth-fewest points allowed in a game in school history and fewest since the 1973-74 season (a 62-25 win over Ball State). It was also the fewest points allowed by a Big Ten program since Nov. 30, 2019, when Maryland posted a 90-26 win over Belmont at the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Invitational, and the third time in four years a Big Ten team held an opponent to 26 points or fewer (Wisconsin downed Savannah State, 82-24 on Dec. 10, 2017).
  • On Nov. 23, the Big Ten released its 2020-21 conference schedule, which will see schools play 20 Big Ten games, up two from the previous two seasons. Schools will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and the other six once (three at home and three on the road). To account for the additional games and preserve flexibility in the schedule, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been moved to March 9-13 and will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
  • Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer began her 50th season and 26th at Rutgers on Nov. 27 when the Scarlet Knights downed Monmouth, 82-38. The Hall of Famer is the first NCAA women’s basketball coach ever to coach 50 seasons and the fourth men’s or women’s basketball coach in any NCAA division to reach that milestone — the others are Phog Allen (50 seasons at Kansas, Baker, Central Missouri and Haskell from 1906-56), Jim Smith (51 seasons at Division III Saint John’s-Minn. from 1965-2015) and Herb Magee, who is in his 54th season at Division II Jefferson, where he took over in 1967-68. Also of note, Harry Statham coached the men’s program at NAIA McKendree for 52 seasons (1966-2018).