B1G Team Notes 2021-22

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Another big one in the big ten
Kind of surprised that she is transferring and not entering the WNBA draft.

With all that experience coming back, Terps prohibitive favorites to win the conference, will they be ranked in the top 4 in the preseason polls? They have to be considered final four material
 

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Kate Cain will not return to the Huskers for a 5th season.

LINCOLN (KMTV) — Nebraska women's basketball standout Kate Cain will not return to the Huskers for a 5th season and will instead pursue a pro career. Due to the pandemic, Cain along with all other NCAA Division I winter student-athletes could have returned for another season of eligibility in 2021-2022.

Cain set NU's career blocked shot record 352, which is 114 more than the previous school record. The 6-foot-5 center hopes to be selected in one of the three rounds of the April 15 WNBA Draft. If not, Cain plans on pursuing a pro career overseas.
 

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looks like Kendall is going from MSU to Illinois... to me that is a major head scratcher.. she is from Indiana but Illinois?
 

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looks like Kendall is going from MSU to Illinois... to me that is a major head scratcher.. she is from Indiana but Illinois?
playing time? she didnt play much at all for MSU but will likely start for Ill
 

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playing time? she didnt play much at all for MSU but will likely start for Ill
I guess... but IF it was me.. I'd want a shot at the NCAA Tournament..

not sure who is all coming back for MSU.. but she played plenty their last handful of games.. so who knows..
 

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Good news for the Lady Lions, Kelly Jekot returns:

Penn State women’s basketball’s most efficient scorer is officially running it back for the 2021-22 season.

Lady Lions star guard Kelly Jekot announced Thursday she’ll use her extra year of NCAA eligibility to stay in Happy Valley for another season.

“Playing college basketball at Penn State means everything to me,” Jekot said in a statement on Twitter. “I’m so thankful that I have the opportunity to get back on the court to play the sport I love for the 2021-22 season. We have unfinished business.”

Jekot played in just nine games for the Lady Lions this past season before suffering her second ACL tear in just three years. She served as an important leader on the young team and later documented her recovery through TikToks.

In the short time she did play, the guard averaged a team-high 15.9 points per game, shooting 39.4% from the field and 25% from deep. Her leadership and positive attitude earned her Penn State’s sportsmanship award as well.

The graduate student will enter her second and final season with the Lady Lions next year. She transferred from Villanova after a solid 2018-19 season. Jekot was previously named Big Five Rookie of the Year and the Philadelphia Big 5 Most Improved Player with the Wildcats.
 

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Penn State adds a much needed post player:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State women's basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the addition of George Washington transfer Ali Brigham ahead of the 2021-22 season. The six-foot-four center and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team member led the Colonials in scoring as a freshman.

Ali Brigham | 6-4 | Center | Franklin, Mass. | Franklin High School | George Washington

Kieger on Brigham

"We are ecstatic to welcome Ali to our Penn State family! Coming off a great freshmen season, she will add experience and efficiency in the post position. Ali is a strong back-to-the-basket post who can also step out and stretch the floor. Her vision and passing ability will also be a difference maker for our program. Following a strong rookie campaign, we can't wait to get Ali to Happy Valley and continue her progress. We are extremely excited to welcome Ali and her family to our lion PRIDE!"
 

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Now if only the Gophers could add a much needed post player 😣
 

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Now if only the Gophers could add a much needed post player 😣
Coach Kieger will make Penn St a perennial contender at some point, then at the height, she will move to coaching at one of the elite top 5 programs.
 

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Coach Kieger will make Penn St a perennial contender at some point, then at the height, she will move to coaching at one of the elite top 5 programs.
Agree, you can already tell that coach Kieger has changed the culture. I think they will be a surprise team next season.
 

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Diamond going to join NC State... man NC State was tough and a #1 seed and now add Johnson to what they are bringing back.. good luck ACC
 

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Guard Jaz Shelley transfers from Oregon to Nebraska:

She entered the transfer portal last week and quickly drew interest from other programs. As a sophomore in 2020, she played in 22 of the team's 24 games and made 11 starts.

Her best game of the season came against USC, when she scored 13 points, knocked a pair of triples, snagged two steals and had five assists.

She averaged 4 points per game, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Over her two seasons at Oregon she averaged 5.4 points and shot 39.8% from the field. The game many will remember her for was a 32-point showing against UC Riverside her freshman year, when she drained 10 3-pointers to set a new program record.

She went on to earn a Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention that season, and won a conference championship with Kelly Graves the same year.

Shelley came to Eugene as a 3-star prospect (per ESPN) in the class of 2019 from Centre of Excellence High School in Victoria, Australia. She was ranked the No. 28 point guard in her class, and signed with Holly Winterburn.
 

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Coach Kieger will make Penn St a perennial contender at some point, then at the height, she will move to coaching at one of the elite top 5 programs.
I totally agree. She has refreshed the lineup and recruited athletic, competitive, and up-tempo players to fit her system at Penn State. She has a vision of what is needed to succeed in the BIG10. That's why they hired her.
 

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Iowa gets a transfers from their rival


And quite the meltdown going on within my fellow Cyclone fan base. Bunch of old men acting like 12 year olds isn't impressing me much. I can't get with all of the ex-player dissing. I can't be all welcoming arms for a transfer in and go all nasty internet tough guy on some teenager that's moving to play amateur sports. Besides, our coach is an asshole and I'm sure that played into the transfer. I think it did with Fernstrom also, a mid-year transfer.

FWIW, she's a decent player and started 24 games but was still only the third best freshman in the ISU 2020 class. She is a better defender and slasher than the current Hawk wings. Had a poor year shooting threes. Improves the Hawks a little IMHO.
 

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Raoul (@Raoul_000) Tweeted:
Tekia Mack (6-1 SR wing, Chicago, IL) has entered the portal as a grad xfer out of Rutgers WBB; played in and started 16 games in 2020-21, averaging 10.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 3.1 APG; led the team in steals, with 48; Big Ten All-Defensive Team and All–Big Ten honorable mention


Another big blow to Rutgers. Not sure if the have any of their starting 5 returning
 

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Raoul (@Raoul_000) Tweeted:
Tekia Mack (6-1 SR wing, Chicago, IL) has entered the portal as a grad xfer out of Rutgers WBB; played in and started 16 games in 2020-21, averaging 10.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 3.1 APG; led the team in steals, with 48; Big Ten All-Defensive Team and All–Big Ten honorable mention


Another big blow to Rutgers. Not sure if the have any of their starting 5 returning

If we want defense...
 
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