Four Big Ten teams played in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Friday, and three won to advance to the Round of 32.
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No. 3 seed Maryland, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 9 Purdue all won their games to advance. No. 9 seed Michigan State fell to No. 8 Arizona State, 73-61.
In the first Big Ten action of the day, No. 3 Maryland set a school record for points in the NCAA tournament in a 103-61 blowout of No. 14 Bucknell. The Terps will move on to face No. 6 West Virginia on Sunday.
No. 5 seed Ohio State followed that up with a 70-63 win over No. 12 Western Kentucky. The Buckeyes will face No. 4 Kentucky on Sunday.
No. 9 seed Purdue made it three in a row for Big Ten teams with a 74-62 victory over Green Bay, and the Boilers will face No. 1 Notre Dame Sunday. Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp is coaching while battling breast cancer, and Purdue cheerleaders and players showed their support Friday.
No. 9 Michigan State was unable to complete the Big Ten sweep, as the Spartans fell 73-61 to No. 8 Arizona State. Senior Tori Jankoska closed out a fabulous career in East Lansing with another big game, scoring 26 points in the loss.