- Sep 9, 2015
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Will Maryland repeat as Big Ten women's basketball champions? Not if Grace Berger, Naz Hillmon, and Caitlin Clark have anything to say about it.
This seems about right. Finishing in Purgatory or the Basement with this club would be disappointing. Really bad conference teams abound.
Favorites: Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan
Contenders: Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern
Purgatory: Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers
Basement: Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin
MINNESOTAHead coach: Lindsay Whalen (4th season)
2020-21 record: 8-13 (7-11)
Conference finish: 10th
Minnesota quite literally is missing only one player from last season’s roster, and that player appeared in three games in 2020-21. So, you can expect the Gophers to look pretty similar to a year ago.
A lot of Big Ten women’s basketball teams return a good chunk of talent from last season, but Minnesota takes it to another level. Jasmine Powell, Sara Scalia, Kadi Sissoko, Gadiva Hubbard, Klarke Sconiers, Alexia Smith, Kayla Mershon, Laura Bagwell Katalinich, they’re all back and presumably better with another offseason and more experience in them. Smith and Sissoko were both five-star recruits, and Lindsay Whalen has to think she can get more out of both of them, especially Smith