Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Sells Out For First Time

By Chase Brown on February 23, 2024 at 1:51 pm
Caitlin Clark
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The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has sold out for the first time ever.

Each session of the tournament — which will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, with a capacity of 20,000 — has sold out about two weeks before the event. On Friday, the Big Ten confirmed to Front Office Sports that over 109,000 fans are expected to attend the conference tournament across all sessions.

Ohio State, the No. 2 team in the latest AP Poll, leads the Big Ten at 21-3 overall and 14-1 in conference competition. On Thursday, No. 14 Indiana (22-4, 13-3 Big Ten) defeated No. 4 Iowa (23-4, 12-3 Big Ten) in Bloomington, which put the Hoosiers in second place behind the Buckeyes in the conference while the Hawkeyes fell to third. Ohio State can clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a win in one of its final three games, including Maryland (Sunday), Michigan (Wednesday) and Iowa (March 3).

In the 2023 Big Ten tournament, Iowa (the No. 2 seed) defeated Ohio State (the No. 4 seed) in the championship game. Eventual Naismith Women's College Player of the Year Caitlin Clark shined in the contest, recording a 30-point triple-double in the 105–72 win.

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