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.
The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to rank the top 10 games of the year. Talk about a difficult list! With so many close games, this is no easy chore. With that said, here’s my list of the 10 best games from the 2014 Big Ten season. Did I miss one? Comment in the box at the bottom of the story or tweet me @BTNSean. 10. Iowa 65, Ohio State 61, Feb. 27. After missing a total of 53 games with ACL injuries from 2009-2011, Theairra Taylor picked a perfect time
The Big Ten Conference announced the All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams and individual award winners on Monday. Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper and Connie Yori were named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year, respectively, by the coaches, while Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Coquese Washington earned the honors from the media. Other individual award winners include: Penn State’s Dara Taylor collected Defensive Player of the Year, Purdue’s Whitney Bays was tabbed Sixth Player of the Year, and Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. was honored with the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award by the coaches
The Big Ten announced Sunday the bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, held Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Penn State and Michigan State collected the top two seeds after each earned shares of the Big Ten Championship. [ MORE: View the official 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket (PDF) ] Penn State and Michigan State finished 13-3 in Big Ten play, but due to a head-to-head win over the Spartans on Jan. 19, the Lady Lions earned the No. 1 seed. Nebraska and Purdue also earned first-round byes, entering the tournament as the No.
There were four Big Ten women’s hoops games tonight, and the ranked teams took care of business. No. 25 Iowa kicked off the night with an impressive 65-61 victory over Ohio State. Minnesota followed with a 73-62 win over Indiana, Nebraska topped Illinois, 72-65, and Michigan State cruised to a 75-44 win over Northwestern. Catch up on all the scores, stats and select in-game highlights in this post. IOWA 65, OHIO STATE 61 | RECAP (AP) Theairra Taylor scored 21 points Thursday night and No. 25 Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State 65-61. Melissa Dixon
Lisa Bluder became Iowa’s all-time wins leader in the Hawkeyes’ 90-84 victory over Northwestern on Monday night. Bluder, who is in her 14th season in Iowa City, entered the night tied with C. Vivian Stringer and former men’s basketball coach Dr. Tom Davis for the most wins (269) in school annals. Congrats, Coach! Watch Iowa’s postgame ceremony for Bluder: [ MORE: Video: Watch highlights from Iowa’s win over Northwestern ] Check out these pictures: RT to congratulate @LisaBluder! #Hawkeyes #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/Qv2Hct0nCi — Iowa Women's BBall (@IowaWBB) February 11, 2014 Congrats to Head Coach Lisa Bluder on her 270th win passing
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There were four Big Ten women’s basketball games on the docket today. Indiana kicked off the action with an 83-78 victory over Minnesota, while Iowa followed with an 81-74 win over Ohio State. Currently playing: No. 16 Penn State vs. Michigan State; No. 18 Nebraska vs. No. 22 Purdue. Catch up on all the scores, stats, recaps and select video highlights in this post. IOWA 81, OHIO STATE 74 | RECAP Freshman Ally Disterhoft turned her first collegiate start into her first double-double Sunday as the University of Iowa snapped an 11-game losing streak at Ohio State, 81-74, in Value
There were three Big Ten women’s basketball games on Thursday night. Penn State kicked off the action with an impressive 66-42 win over Ohio State. Michigan State followed with a 88-72 thumping of Iowa, and Nebraska edged out Minnesota, 88-85 in overtime Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. PENN STATE 66, OHIO STATE 42 | RECAP | BOX (AP) Maggie Lucas scored 18 points to lead Penn State in a 66-42 Big-Ten victory over Ohio State on Thursday night. Lucas finished with five rebounds and five assists. Ariel Edwards was the only other
There were a pair of Big Ten women’s basketball games on Sunday afternoon. No. 15 Penn State kicked off the action by dropping No. 22 Iowa, 87-71, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Siera Thompson scored 18 points as Michigan cruised to an impressive 64-49 win over Ohio State in the second game of the day. Catch up on all the action in this post. PENN STATE 87, IOWA 71 | RECAP (AP) Maggie Lucas hit five 3-pointers on her way to 27 points to lead No. 15 Penn State to an 87-71 victory over No. 22 Iowa on Sunday. Penn State (10-3,