One night after two Big Ten women’s team were ousted from the NCAA tourney, Penn State punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 in a convincing 83-61 victory Tuesday over Florida. Iowa and Michigan State weren’t as fortunate, though, as they were eliminated by Louisville and North Carolina, respectively. That leaves the Lady Lions as the last of five Big Ten teams standing. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post. PENN STATE 83, FLORIDA 61 | AP RECAP | BOX (AP) Maggie Lucas planted a kiss on the Penn State logo, one final imprint on her home
The Iowa women’s basketball team wants Fran McCaffery’s son Patrick, 14, to know they’re thinking of him during his tough time. So, the Hawkeyes affixed “Team Pat” stickers to their flashy gold shoes for Sunday night’s NCAA tourney opener to support the younger McCaffery, who had a thyroid tumor removed last week that was malignant. [ MORE: Dienhart: McCaffery news hit us all hard ] Talk about a classy gesture. Well done, Hawkeyes! The team looked good on the court, too, downing Marist, 87-65, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In my office a few hours before our NCAA tip, feeling blessed. Team
(AP) In a tournament filled with close calls and upsets, few would have been surprised if 11th-seeded Marist scared or even beat Iowa on its home floor. The only thing stunning on Sunday night was how well the Hawkeyes shot the ball. Theairra Taylor scored 22 points, Bethany Doolittle added 21 and Iowa blew out Marist 87-65 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Samantha Logic had 11 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (27-8), who will face third-seeded Louisville on Tuesday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. “I thought they relaxed and had
Five Big Ten teams are seeded sixth or higher in their respective regionals in the NCAA women’s tourney, it was announced Monday night. Iowa (No. 6), Michigan State (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 4), Penn State (No. 3) and Purdue (No. 4) all earned bids to the field, marking the 15th time in the last 21 years the conference has sent five or more teams to the tourney. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA women’s bracket ] IOWA Iowa is the No. 6 seed in the Louisville Regional and will open NCAA Championship play against No. 11 Marist on Sunday
(AP) Rachel Theriot scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half Sunday, leading No. 16 Nebraska past No. 23 Iowa 72-65 for the Big Ten tournament title. It’s the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have won a conference tourney crown, clinching the league’s automatic NCAA bid. [ MORE: Relive the entire 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament ] Nebraska also posted its second straight 25-win season and tied for the second most victories in school history. The Cornhuskers head into the postseason with plenty of momentum after winning 12 of 13. Read full AP recap.
(AP) Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as fifth-seeded and No. 23-ranked Iowa held on for a 77-73 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. After Taylor’s go-ahead layup gave Iowa (26-7) a 75-73 lead, Ameryst Alston missed a layup on Ohio State’s ensuing possession. Martina Ellerbe then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State (17-18) with 10 seconds left and Melissa Dixon sunk two free throws for Iowa with a second remaining as the Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten title game for
(AP) Ally Disterhoft scored 10 of her 12 points in the final 5:38 as 23rd-ranked and fifth-seeded Iowa clawed back from the brink with a 24-11 closing run to upend No. 17, fourth-seeded Purdue 87-80 in a Big Ten quarterfinal Friday. The Hawkeyes (25-7) face eighth-seeded Ohio State (17-17) in a semifinal Saturday after the Buckeyes shocked No. 11 and top-seeded Penn State, 99-82. Purdue (21-8) battled through seven ties and six lead changes in the first half to lead 39-35 at the break and appeared to be in control after halftime with Courtney Moses banging down 24 points. Iowa’s
Bethany Doolittle scored a career-high 26 points as Iowa cruised to an impressive 81-62 victory over Illinois in the opening round of the 2014 Big Ten Women’s basketball tournament. Freshman Ally Disterhoft added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who will play Purdue on Friday afternoon. Amber Moore led Illinois with 26 points in the loss. Watch all Thursday games live on BTN/BTN2Go and look at back at this games stats with the GameTracker. Iowa opened the game with an 11-2 run and after Illinois regrouped to take a 27-26 lead, the Hawkeyes closed the
The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is on live from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Penn State and Michigan State will represent the top two seeds after sharing the Big Ten regular-season title. All of today’s games air live on BTN. Not near a TV? Use BTN2Go. In completed action: No. 8 Ohio State topped No. 9 Northwestern 86-77, No. 5 Iowa won 81-62 over No. 12 Illinois, No. 7 Michigan cruised to an 82-57 win over No. 10 Indiana, and No. 6 Minnesota rallied to beat Wisconsin 74-68 in overtime. [ MORE: Five breakout candidates | Top 10 games
The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is set to kick off on Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Penn State and Michigan State shared the Big Ten regular season crown, and therefore have grabbed the top two seeds in the tournament. Both those teams are loaded with superstar players, but who are some of the under-the-radar players who could play huge roles in leading their team to a Big Ten title? Let’s take a look several Big Ten players who have been playing their best basketball as of late, but don’t necessarily receive the headlines that some of the conference’s superstars do.