PSU women vs. Wisconsin
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Big Ten Tournament first round
Tipoff: 1:30 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Records: Penn State (12-17, 5-13 Big Ten); Wisconsin (13-17, 4-14 Big Ten)
Coaches: Coquese Washington holds a record of 209-168 in her 12th season at Penn State; Jonathan Tsipis is 31-60 in his third year at Wisconsin and is 123-98 in his seventh year overall.
Radio: WRSC 1390 AM, online at GoPSUsports.com.
TV: Big Ten Network, Lisa Byington, Christy Winters Scott and Vera Jones
Live stats: online at GoPSUsports.com
Notes: Penn State swept the regular season series against the Lady Badgers, earning a 71-64 home win on Jan. 3 and a 65-59 road win on Jan. 24. … A win would be the fifth straight over Wisconsin and put the Lady Lions in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament for the fourth year in a row. Penn State is 2-0 over Wisconsin in this tournament, although they’ve never entered from the No. 12 position before. PSU is going for the first Big Ten Tournament title since it won back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996. … The Badgers are led by Marsha Howard, who finished the regular season averaging 14.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Close behind is Imani Lewis with per game averages of 12.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg. … Senior Teniya Page, who was recently named a consensus First team All-Big Ten honoree, completed her final regular season campaign averaging 19.4 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 71, Wisconsin 66
Comment: It’s been said that it’s hard to beat a team three times in one year, but Penn State should have this one. The winner faces No. 5 seed Ohio State in the second round, 30 minutes following the conclusion of Michigan State-Northwestern which starts at noon.
Mirror prediction record: 23-6