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Women’s college basketball winners and losers: Big Ten is cooking; Maddy Siegrist sets Villanova scoring record

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Illinois defenseman Makira Cook attempts to pass the ball to Wisconsin defenseman Brooke Shramek during a women's college basketball game on December 29, 2022.  This season, Illinois has seen one of its biggest turnarounds.  (Lawrence Isles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Makira Cooke and Illini are in the midst of a stunning turnaround after going into the 2021-22 season. (Photo by Lawrence Isles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It’s Big Monday in the Big Ten.

There’s no shortage of high-stakes games this week (we recommend running all of your orders on Tuesday night), and it kicks off Monday with two top-15 matches. No. 10 Iowa (15-4, 7-1) will play No. 2 Ohio State (19-0, 8-0) in Columbus, Ohio on ESPN at 7:00 pm ET. And No. 6 Indiana (17-1, 7-1) is in Ann Arbor, Michigan to play No. 13 Michigan (16-3, 6-2) at 8:15 pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

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The four participating teams are in the top five in the conference standings and are in the top four in terms of Big Ten wins. These are the top three offenses and defenses in the league.

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PPG Rating

UPPG rank

Margin Rank



2 (86.3)

4 (62.9)

1 (23.3)



3 (81.2)

1 (58.6)

2 (22.7)



1 (87.9)

10 (70.6)

3 (17.3)



6 (78.1)

9 (69.1)

7 (9.1)



7 (76.9)

2 (60.4)

4 (16.5)

This week will see the splitting of these teams as none of the top three have yet played each other. These games will continue to determine the regular season conference champion and seeding for the Big Ten tournament.

Ohio State is undefeated in Big Ten games, averaging 86.3 points per game (second) and allowing 62.9 points per game (fourth), but has only played two of the top seven teams in the 14-team conference . After facing Iowa, the Buckeyes will play Indiana on Thursday and Maryland next week. Additional games against Indiana, Michigan and Maryland are still on the schedule.

Indiana scores the fewest points among the participants in the conference (58.6 points per game), but loses to the state of Michigan (11-9, 3-6). The Hoosiers had to play in overtime to defeat Nebraska (12-8, 4-5) and have a six-game schedule against the current top five teams. He is tied with Ohio State for most conference leaders.

Iowa has the best offense in the league (87.9 points per game) and the most dangerous long shot (Caitlin Clarke has 26.7 points per game – third in DI), but she is difficult to defend. His allowed 70.6 points per game is 10th in the conference, 12 points behind Indiana. Iowa, which was defeated by an upset Illinois (16-4, 6-3), will get a break after the OSU game ahead of the game with Maryland on February 2. The Hawkeyes have two more games against Indiana and two more against the Terrapins. .

Maryland ranks fourth in the standings based on its offensive and defensive ratings, as well as seventh in the winners’ rankings, which is the only single-digit record in the group. The Terps lost to Nebraska and Indiana and did not play Illinois. They still have two games each against Ohio and Iowa that could knock them out of contention for first place.

Michigan is second on defense and fourth in winning margin and has already played in both Ohio State and Iowa, losing nine games each. As in Maryland, he has yet to play Illinois.

The Fighting Illini are one of the most amazing teams in any conference, finishing the final 2021-22 season 1-13 in Big Ten play. Illinois ranks fifth in offense (79.6 ppg) and defense (63.2 ppg) in conference competition. His 40.3% lead from three-point range leads the conference, and he averages 41.2 rebounds to rank second. The team has maintained a single-digit record against the top three teams in the standings and wins the conference with an average of 16.4 points per game (fifth).

Illinois lost to Ohio State by 6 points, lost to Indiana by 4 and 11 points and beat Iowa by 4. She has a great chance to turn Maryland and Michigan on their head, slide into the top five and make it interesting in end of the list. season.

Winner: Maddie Siegrist & Sister Rose Marie

Maddie Sigrist is now Villanova’s all-time leading scorer with 2414 in a 73-57 win over Creighton on Friday. She passed the mark of 2408 set by Shelley Pennefather in 1983-87. Kerry Kittles is third all-time with 2243 points from 1992 to 1996 and holds the men’s program record.

Siegrist has a special relationship with Pennefather, who won three Eastern Player of the Year trophies and the National Player of the Year award in 1987. Pennefather became a nun at the convent in 1994 and is now the sister of Rose Marie of the Queen of Angels.

Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about the meeting of two Villanova superstars, which was supposed to pass through a screen separating visitors in a house adjacent to a chapel in Virginia. Also in attendance were former head coach Harry Perretta, Pennefather’s coach who was there during Siegrist’s first season, and Senior Associate Athletic Director Lynn Tai, who played Pennefather. At their first meeting, Sister Rose-Marie was told that Siegrist had broken her freshman scoring record.

“Well, why don’t you take them all?” Sister Rose-Marie told Siegrist about her records. through Informant. I don’t need them here.

Siegrist, a 6-foot-2 adult forward, is 2 points away from becoming the Philadelphia Big Five’s all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball history, according to Villanova. The other four programs are Temple, Saint Joseph’s, Penn, La Salle and Drexel. She scored 20 points in all 21 games and is averaging 28.5 points per game in Division I with 9.6 rebounds (31st).

Villanova (18-3, 9-1 Big East) is out until Sunday when he travels to Hartford with a chance to beat Big East leader UConn (17-2, 10-0).

Maddie Siegrist recently became Villanova's all-time leading scorer in women's and men's basketball history.  (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Maddie Siegrist recently became Villanova’s top scorer in women’s and men’s basketball. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Underdog: Louisville Fourth Quarter

It’s the little moments that make a season, and the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 63-51 loss to North Carolina State could be a big let down for Louisville.

The Cardinals lost 15–4 after entering the final quarter 1 point behind. For the first eight minutes, their only point was a Morgan Jones free throw. Their only bucket came at 1:35 after her interception. And judging by the buzzer, they passed 1 out of 16.

Louisville is the ACC’s top shooting team with 48.9%, while NC State’s defense is average, allowing teams to hit 39.3% of their shots. The difference of 3 points between them is even more striking. It was a case where the Cardinals’ offense stumbled when they needed it, which can’t happen to a team that makes up for a normal defense. It was their second-worst overall shooting percentage (30.3%) of the season and the fewest assists (six). Only in four games have they given out less than 10.

This loss was a tough one for Louisville (15-7, 6-3) as it would have been the biggest win of the season in terms of the tournament selection committee. Losses against South Dakota State and Middle Tennessee hurt. Their most decisive victory could come against Florida State two weekends ago.

Underdog: UConn Time vs. Tennessee

The meeting of the two legendary giants is always worth seeing, but this year it may be without stars.

Connecticut will travel to Knoxville for Thursday night coverage on ESPN against Tennessee (16-6, 8-0 SEC). The Huskies lead the series 16–9 and have won all three games since the series returned for the 2019–20 season.

UConn is likely to be left without its first Player of the Year contender Azzi Fudd after the sophomore injured her knee again. The team said they would not disclose a timeline for her return.

Tennessee senior starter Jordan Horston (15.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists) did not join the team in Sunday’s victory over Missouri due to illness, head coach Kelly Harper said. The team no longer has center Tamari Key, who was out for the season after doctors discovered she had blood clots in her lungs.

While it’s disappointing that the biggest stars can be sidelined, it opens the door for a new star in rivalry lore.

Winner: Didi Richards in the booth

Athletes squeezing into the ranks of the press for TV games can be distracting and tiring. Didi Richards was neither.

Richards screamed “yes” into her headphones late in the third quarter when Jana Van Gitenbeek hit a 3-pointer for her alma mater, the Baylor Bears. And she let out a frustrated “oh my god” when Texas answered.

A New York Liberty security guard joked that Wendy’s should sponsor her for going 4 out of 4 in the Big 12 championships and yelled at the local Brooklyn eatery next to the Barclays Center.

“I also want to point out that I have never lost to the University of Texas in my life. I don’t,” said Richards, who went 9-0 against the Longhorns. “And I don’t plan for that to ever happen.

When it was noted that Baylor had lost her 13-strike win streak against Texas last year, the first season since Richards left, she stated, “You know, I didn’t want to say that.”

It was also nice to hear from a former player such an honest analysis of how young players have grown. She praised the defense of Jayden Owens, who guarded her in training. And she spoke enthusiastically about junior guard Sarah Andrews, who blocked a shot late in the third round, and her increased ability to return to defense since freshman year.

Rory Harmon was injured on Sunday and Texas could be in trouble without a star point guard.  (Abby Parr/Getty Images)
Rory Harmon was injured on Sunday and Texas could be in trouble without a star point guard. (Abby Parr/Getty Images)

Loser: Texas if without Rory Harmon

Baylor (13-6, 4-2) could have used Richards when he lost to Texas, 68-55. The Bears lost by 14 rebounds and had 20 assists.

Texas returns to the Big 12 lead, but star point guard Rory Harmon is injured late in the game. She was at the front of the line for handshakes, but seemed to walk cautiously. Head coach Vic Schaefer didn’t want to give up.”premature updatesimmediately after the game and said that they would look at her, “and we’ll go from there.” The sophomore quarterback was “day in and day out” with a leg injury to start the season.

Texas struggled without her, going 2-3 and averaging 70 points per game with heavy losses. With her in the lineup, it’s 11-3 and an average of 11.3 points more (81.3 points per game). Turnover margin is +8.1 vs…


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