It was a busy day of hoops on the women’s hardwood Sunday, as seven Big Ten teams were in action. And all seven recorded rather easy wins, led by Indiana winning at Xavier to clinch a perfect 13-0 nonconference slate. The 13-0 start is the best in program history and also marks the program’s longest winning streak. Catch up on all the games in this post.
INDIANA 62, XAVIER 55 | RECAP
Indiana topped Xavier on the road Sunday afternoon, 62-55, to give IU its best start in program history at 13-0. The 13-game winning streak is the longest ever in school history and IU ends non-conference play without a loss for the fourth time ever. Tabitha Gerardot led the way for Indiana with 19 points and eight boards and Simone Deloach finished with a double-double, recording 10 points with 10 rebounds.
MICHIGAN STATE 96, COLGATE 46 | RECAP
MINNESOTA 79, OAKLAND 43 | RECAP
Amanda Zahui B took control of the paint in the opening minutes of Minnesota’s 79-43 win over Oakland on Sunday and refused to cede her position, racking up 25 points (tying her career best) and grabbing 16 rebounds, both game-highs. While the redshirt freshman overwhelmed the Golden Grizzlies inside, teammates Micaella Riche (12 points on 5-for-8 shooting), Kayla Hirt (8 points, 4 rebounds) and Rachel Banham (8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) also provided valuable production for the Gophers as the team completed its non-conference schedule on a positive note.
NORTHWESTERN 73, NORTHEASTERN 46 | RECAP
A pair of Wildcats finished with 20-plus points and another grabbed 18 rebounds as Northwestern wrapped up the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 73-46 win over Northeastern Sunday at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. Freshman guard Christen Inman registered a career-high 27 points, which also is a high for any NU player this season, while sophomore guard Maggie Lyon added a season-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers.
NEBRASKA 89, ORAL ROBERTS 53 | RECAP
(AP) Jordan Hooper scored 30 points as No. 18 Nebraska returned from Christmas break and pummeled Oral Roberts 89-53 on Sunday. Hooper came into the game needing 27 points to catch Kiera Hardy at No. 5 on Nebraska’s career scoring list. She scored nine of her points in Nebraska’s (10-2) game-opening sprint to a 24-0 lead.
OHIO STATE 65, NC CENTRAL 47 | RECAP
Ohio State concluded non-conference action with a 65-47 win over North Carolina Central Sunday afternoon to improve to 10-6 overall. The win culminated from an all-around team effort, with eight different players having points in the box score. Senior forward Darryce Moore led the charge with 16 points and six rebounds followed by junior guard Maleeka Kynard, who notched 11 points.
PENN STATE 70, HARTFORD 56 | RECAP
(AP) Maggie Lucas scored 18 points and No. 15 Penn State held off Hartford 70-56 Sunday. Penn State (9-3) started the second half with a 10-4 run, opening up a 47-35 lead with 14:49 remaining. Hartford would never again get closer than nine.