Women's hoops roundup: Spartans, Gophers earn upset wins

Annalise Pickrel scored 18 points and Jasmine Thomas and Klarissa Bell scored 17 apiece to lead Michigan State to a 68-61 victory over No. 25 Purdue Thursday night. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more video from Thursday night including highlights of Minnesota’s upset win over Penn State.

Get full box scores on our Big Ten women’s basketball scoreboard.

Michigan State 68, Purdue 61Michigan State’s Jasmine Thomas pulls off a 360-degree layup in the second half of the game against Purdue.

Minnesota 89, Penn State 81Micaella Riche scored 24 points to help Minnesota beat seventh-ranked Penn State 89-81 on Thursday night, preventing the Lady Lions from clinching the Big Ten regular-season title outright and ending their six-game winning streak.

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Michigan 55, Northwestern 50: Michigan’s Sam Arnold got her first start of the season on senior night and hit a three-pointer to give the Wolverines a 24-21 lead over Northwestern heading into halftime. Read a full recap at MGoBlue.com.

Nebraska 55, Wisconsin 53: Lindsey Moore scored 13 points, Rachel Theriot added 11 and Nebraska held on for its 10th straight win, 55-53 over Wisconsin on Thursday night.

Ohio State 64, Illinois 53: Tayler Hill scored 18 of her team-high 21 points in the second half as Ohio State picked up a big road win, 64-53, over the Illini. Read the full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Following the game, Illinois honored its senior players. 

Iowa 75, Indiana 70: Iowa’s Melissa Dixon poured in a team-best 22 points against Indiana as the Hawkeyes beat the Hoosiers, 75-70. Read the full recap at HawkeyeSports.com.

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Michael J. Motta on 3/1/2013 @ 12:47am EST Said:

Could you please publish a breakdown of the conference tournament seeding possibilities going into Sunday’s action? Personally, I want to know what has to happen in order for MSU to get a first round bye. Thank you :)

bob jones on 3/1/2013 @ 8:34am EST Said:

Huskers will be playing at home Sunday for a share of the conference title. Connie Yori has to be BIG10 coach of the year, 10 wins in a row to end the season and get them a shot at the conference title. Nice job Connie and the Husker women.

Michael J. Motta on 3/1/2013 @ 12:52pm EST Said:

I’m sorry I asked someone to work. Yes, there’s a bracket, and there are tie-breaker rules, but normally people who get PAID to COVER a particular area of post-season sports take the time to pass along the permutations (if this team beats that, while this other team beats so-and-so, etc. then who gets a bye and so on).

    BTN.com staff on 3/1/2013 @ 12:59pm EST Said:

    Michael, just trying to pass along a helpful resource.

Warren C. Rogers on 3/1/2013 @ 10:11pm EST Said:

MSU will get a bye if UofM or Purdue loses their last game and MSU beats wisky.
I agree with you the BTN staff and this site is weak. The EPN site has more up to
date information. I like the statistics here.

Michael J. Motta on 3/2/2013 @ 10:59am EST Said:

Hi Warren –, thanks! According to the link I posted above your post, MSU gets a bye with a win over Wisconsin and will not get a bye if Wisconsin wins, regardless of other results. If MSU wins AND both OSU and Illinois win, MSU gets a #3 seed. If MSU wins and either OSU or Illinois loses, then MSU is a #4 seed. If MSU loses, we will get a #5 seed UNLESS BOTH UM AND Illinois win, in which case we’d be a #6 seed. I think I got that right hehehe — well the link is easier to read than my chicken scratch anyway.