Other B1G Team Notes 2024-25

Really thought we would see a retirement from Joe McKeown this offseason. He will be 67 next season, has had health problems, and Northwestern's last 2 years are the worst 2-year stretch of his nearly 40 years as a head coach.
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Big Ten is showing well in the post season. Illinois and Penn State are in the WBIT semi-finals on Monday.

Purdue and Wisconsin moved to the final 8 of the WNIT last night and Minnesota can join them tonight.

NCAA has Indiana and Iowa still playing.

Add UCLA and USC if you're looking to next season.

1/2 of the next years league is still playing.

Ohio State's guard situation after Harris entered the portal:

Harris’ announcement follows guards Emma Shumate and Diana Collins who also announced their addition to the portal.

It leaves the Scarlet and Gray with Greene, Kaia Henderson, and Kennedy Cambridge as the only returning guards on the roster. However, there’s the addition of No. 1 overall point guard recruit Jaloni Cambridge and fellow freshman Ava Watson that adds to Ohio State’s numbers.

Assistant coach Sharnee Zoll-Norman leaves Penn State for Virginia Tech:

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech women's basketball head coach Megan Duffy tabbed Sharnee Zoll-Norman as an assistant coach of the program Thursday. Zoll-Norman comes to Blacksburg after spending two seasons at State College on the Penn State staff. A veteran of the professional ranks, Zoll-Norman was drafted in the WNBA where she played for three seasons before continuing her pro career overseas.

"I am thrilled to welcome Sharnee and her family to Hokie Nation," Duffy said Thursday. "She is a rising star in our profession. Sharnee will bring an incredible amount of knowledge to our players from her time in the WNBA and overseas. She will be a great mentor for our student-athletes. Sharnee has an energy about herself that will shine on the court, on the recruiting trail and in the Blacksburg community."

Working with the Lady Lions' backcourt, Zoll-Norman helped Makenna Marisa, Leilani Kapinus and Shay Ciezki rack up several accolades. Marisa repeated as Academic All-American Third Team and All-Big Ten First Team selections, becoming the third Lady Lion to earn Academic All-America distinction for two or more seasons and 12th to repeat as a first team selection in the league.

Kapinus was named an All-Big Ten Defensive Team selection and the only B1G player to be selected to the Naismith Women's Defensive Player of the Year Watch List, Kapinus finished eighth in the nation in steals (97) and was one of two players in the nation to be averaging at least 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and one block per game.

Ciezki was just one of two freshmen in the nation to average at least 2.0 three's per game with a 40.0 or better three-point percentage and finished second on the team in scoring (11.8 points per game)

Purdue women's basketball has netted a transfer portal commitment as former Stephen F. Austin guard Destini Lombard committed on her official visit to West Lafayette this weekend. Lombard becomes the first portal pledge of the off-season for the Boilermakers as Katie Gearlds and company look to bolster the roster heading into next season.

Lombard comes to Purdue after three seasons at Stephen F. Austin and one season at LSU as a freshman. The senior guard is coming off the best year of her career, averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, all career-highs. She also shot 48% from the field and 27% from three-point range. Lombard was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2024, setting the conference record for steals with 89.

The newest Boilermaker now becomes the veteran presence in the back court, for a group that will consist of two sophomores and two freshmen next season. Lombard has proven to be a facilitator with a 2:1 assist to turnover ration that can go an get a bucket, having six games with 17 or more points last season

Good article on the Illini:

Darianna Alexander, a 6-foot-1 guard ranked sixth in ESPN’s 2025 class, trimmed her list of schools from 15 to three, and the Illini are one of them.

Illinois beat out several powerhouses of women’s basketball, including UConn, Tennessee, and the two teams that duked it out in the national championship (Iowa and South Carolina).

The Cincinnati native will either be staying in-state or playing for Shauna Green

Good news for the Badgers?

Serah Williams doesn’t appear to be leaving the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team anytime soon.

The Badgers' leading scorer wrote Wednesday that she’s “excited to return next year stronger than ever,” while announcing she underwent surgery to repair her injured right meniscus.

“I want to thank my doctors and medical staff for their care as well as Badger Nation for the well wishes!” Williams wrote

Olsen will step in for Clark as the team’s primary point guard. Stuelke will play either forward or post and Affolter is an off guard. McCabe and Feuerbach will get opportunities also to play in the backcourt, while O’Grady might step in at center.

In addition, the Hawkeyes signed five players, four of which were ranked among ESPN’s top 100 recruits. They include post Ava Heiden (No. 42) from Sherwood, Ore., guard Aaliyah Guyton (No. 58) from Peoria, Ill., guard Teagan Mallegni (65) from McFarland, Wis., and Taylor Stremlow (94) from Verona, Wis. In addition, guard Callie Levin from nearby Solon, Iowa, was named the state’s Miss Basketball.

Review of Michigan's incoming class: "There's a lot to be excited about"

Olivia Olson - 6-foot-1 guard, New Hope, Minnesota

Five-Star, rated No. 20 on ESPN rankings

Olson and [Michigan recruit] Swords played in the McDonald’s All-American game together, combining for what may have been the play of the game, with Olson seeing Swords in transition and adding a little razzle-dazzle with a no-look pass before Swords finished the layup.

That play showcased Olson’s excellent court vision. Like Swords, Olson also has a quick release on her jump shot; her form is textbook and she does a great job creating space for herself with her pivot foot before pulling up from mid-range or from three. She can get to the rim and finish with ease, and is a decent defender who anticipates passes well — you can tell by how quickly she makes decisions that her basketball IQ is through the roof

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