The 2011-12 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams were announced live on BTN on Monday night. Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and Penn State’s Coquese Washington were named player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year, respectively, by both the coaches and media. Prahalis was the lone unanimous choice on both first teams, as well. Watch our interview with Prahalis now.
The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Penn State earning the No. 1 seed and one of four first-round byes. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, previously known as Conseco Fieldhouse. BTN and BTN2Go will air the tournament’s first 10 games, starting with No. 7 Michigan-No. 10 Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
It was a busy Sunday of Big Ten women’s basketball, as all 12 teams were in action on the season’s final day. No. 15 Penn State routed Minnesota to claim the outright Big Ten title, No. 23 Nebraska took down No. 14 Ohio State in a battle of ranked teams and Purdue blasted archrival Indiana. Catch up on all six games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, the Big Ten tourney bracket was released Sunday night.
Monday night featured a pair of Big Ten women’s basketball games, and it also saw Penn State clinch at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 2004. The Lady Lions accomplished the feat by powering past ranked Ohio State, 84-66, at the Bryce Jordan Center. In other action, Illinois dropped instate rival Northwestern, 69-57. Watch highlights from Illinois’ win now and see interviews with the Illini in this post.
It was a battle of Top 25 opponents as No. 17 Penn State beat No. 19 Purdue, 74-63. Maggie Lucas scored 28 points to lead the Nittany Lions in the win. Watch the highlights now and follow our scoreboard for other results from around the conference. Also, dive inside for an interview with Lucas from earlier in the day and much more.
It’s been an up-and-down season for the Illini, but when they do it up, they do it up big. With Karisma Penn providing a monster presence inside, Illinois upended tenth-ranked Ohio State last weekend for one of the biggest upsets in the Big Ten this season. Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talked to Penn in her latest Gimme 5 audio segment. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.