U’s Whalen on mid-season award list

Lindsay Whalen is one of 20 Wooden award mid-season All-Americans.

Dan Miller

Minnesota women’s basketball senior Lindsay Whalen is on pace to earn her third All-America selection after being selected to the 20-player Wooden Women’s Award Midseason All-America Team.

The team is composed of the nation’s top players who are expected to vie for national player of the year honors.

Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante and Purdue’s Shereka Wright are the only other Big Ten players selected for the list.

The 14th-ranked Gophers host Penn State on Sunday.

Only 600 tickets remain for the game. With all 19 Barn lofts sold, the Gophers ticket office expects more than 14,000 people, which would set an attendance record.

Iowa upsets Michigan

Iowa junior Jamie Cavey scored 21 points and shot 57.1 percent from the field (19-of-29) as Iowa upset No. 18 Michigan State 78-67 in East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday.

Cavey averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last week earning her the Big Ten Player of the Week accolade.

Cavey is averaging 16.8 points per game and has led Iowa in scoring 11 times this season.

With Sunday’s loss, Michigan State ended a six-game winning streak, slipping into a tie with Minnesota for the fourth spot in the Big Ten standings.

The Spartans beat the Gophers on Jan. 25 at Williams Arena. They have now defeated Minnesota twice at home and own the Gophers’ only two losses in The Barn.

Iowa’s victory Sunday moved the Hawkeyes into the lone third spot in the Big Ten standings behind Penn State and Purdue.

Minnesota faces Iowa on Feb. 19 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Solid start for Penn State

After beating Northwestern on Sunday, No. 5 Penn State is 8-0 in the Big Ten, its best start since 2000.

The No. 5 ranking is also its highest since the 2000 season, when the Lions reached the NCAA Final Four.

Penn State All-American Mazzante set the all-time Big Ten scoring record against the Gophers on Jan. 22.

“We’ve proven we can beat some top teams, and now we think of ourselves as a top team in the country,” Mazzante told The Associated Press. “And that’s different than how we ever thought. We’re excited about it.”