The Golden Gophers (5-17, 2-8 Big Ten) are the No. 9 seed for this weekend’s 2006 Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship in Champaign, Ill. Minnesota will face No. 8 seed Penn State (8-12, 2-8) on Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m., in the first round. Minnesota lost to Penn State, 5-2, on April 16 in State College, Pa. With a win over the Nittany Lions, the Maroon and Gold would advance to the quarterfinals to face Big Ten regular season champion Northwestern (17-4, 10-0) on Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. The top five seeds in the Big Ten Championships receive byes to the quarterfinal round. The bracket for the 2006 Big Ten Championship is included at the end of this release.
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The Golden Gophers hold a 19-42 (.311) all-time record at the Big Ten Championships. Minnesota has only posted a winning record at the conference tournament twice in 2000 and 2003. In seven of the last nine seasons, the Maroon and Gold has gone one-and-out at the Big Ten Championships. Minnesota has never captured the Big Ten Conference title. Head Coach Tyler Thomson is 2-4 at the conference championships. Minnesota’s highest finish at the Big Ten Championships was its second-place showing in 2003. The team finished third in 1996, '99 and 2000.