Four Big Ten women’s hoops teams were in action Wednesday night. Illinois carded a 66-56 win over instate foe Illinois and Minnesota thumped Air Force, 81-46, while Indiana and Iowa lost to St. Bonaventure and Iowa State, respectively. Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action in this post and don’t forget to watch our highlights from Minnesota’s easy win now.
St. Bonaventure 65, Indiana 45 BOX
The Hoosiers could not overcome an early deficit as St. Bonventure topped Indiana on the road, 65-45. Danilsa Andujar had her second-consecutive double-double setting new career-highs with 12 points and the 13 rebounds. Aulani Sinclair led IU in scoring for the game with 13 points in the contest. Indiana fell behind early as St. Bonaventure held the Hoosiers scoreless for nearly five minutes. Andujar started the IU scoring with a free throw followed by a Sasha Chaplin field goal. Read the full recap at IUHoosiers.com.
Iowa State 62, Iowa 54 BOX
Hilton Coliseum isn’t horseshoes or hand grenades. In other words, close doesn’t count when you’re on the Iowa State Cyclones’ home court. Iowa State (5-2 overall) finished the first half with a flurry and continued that momentum into the final 20 minutes for a 62-54 nonconference victory over Iowa (5-4) in women’s basketball Wednesday. It is the closest the Hawkeyes have been to victory in Ames since a 101-94 overtime loss Dec. 3, 2003. Iowa made 16-of-54 field goal attempts (29.6 percent) and Iowa State was successful on 22-of-64 attempts from the floor (34.4). Read the full recap at HawkeyeSports.com.
Minnesota 81, Air Force 46 BOX
The University of Minnesota (5-5) women’s basketball team used a dominating first half and double-digit points from four different players to post an 81-46 victory over Air Force (4-6) Wednesday night in non-conference action at Williams Arena. Freshman Rachel Banham led all players with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, to go along with a career-high six assists, four steals and six rebounds. Junior Katie Loberg followed with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and a team-best seven rebounds, while Leah Cotton, who her made her first start of the season and third of her career against the Falcons, had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com.
Illinois 66, Illinois State 56 BOX