Gameday: U women vs. Wisconsin at Big Ten tournament

  • Updated: February 29, 2012 - 11:31 PM

The Big Ten tournament has not yielded many happy memories for the Gophers.

U WOMEN'S GAMEDAY

Big Ten tournament, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis • 5 p.m. vs. Wisconsin • TV: BTN, 88.5-FM

Gophers at a glance: The Big Ten tournament has not yielded many happy memories for the Gophers (14-16, 6-10 Big Ten). They are 5-17 at the event and have advanced to the championship game only once, in 2005. Except for that year, they have never won more than one game at the tournament. They enter this season's edition on a two-game losing streak and are 3-12 away from Williams Arena. They also have lost six in a row to the Badgers. Forward Katie Loberg (sprained ankle) is now practicing at full strength, but coach Pam Borton was uncertain whether Loberg would start.

Wisconsin at a glance: The Badgers (9-19, 5-11) are 9-16 in Big Ten Tournament play. They ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over Illinois last Sunday in their regular-season finale. Guard Taylor Wurtz (16.3 points per game) is their leading scorer, with forward Anya Covington (10.3) and guard Morgan Paige (10.0) also averaging in double figures. Wisconsin is averaging only 59.6 points per game, second-lowest in the Big Ten.

The tournament at a glance: Ohio State, ranked 14th in the nation and the No. 2 seed behind conference champion Penn State, has won the past three tournament titles and could become the first team to win it in four consecutive seasons. The No. 9 Lady Lions, coming off their first outright regular-season championship since 2003-04, will be trying for their first tournament title since back-to-back victories in 1995 and 1996. They have won seven games in a row and 13 of their past 15. Iowa enters the tournament as the hottest team in the league, with an eight-game winning streak. No. 21 Purdue has won seven tournament titles, more than any other team, but the Boilermakers are just 3-5 in their past eight games. No. 24 Nebraska also has cooled off lately; the Cornhuskers enter their first Big Ten tournament with two victories in their past six games.

RACHEL BLOUNT

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