Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women’s game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most. “Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
The 2016 WNBA Draft took place Thursday night. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called, highlighted by three selections in the first round. Former Minnesota star Rachel Banham was the first Big Ten player to come off the board, going No. 4 overall to the Connecticut Sun. Aerial Powers of Michigan State went fifth overall to the Dallas Wings, while former Rutgers standout Kahleah Copper was selected No. 7 overall to the Washington Mystics. Here is a look at every Big Ten player selected and where they were drafted. FIRST ROUND 4. Rachel Banham (Minnesota), Connecticut Sun
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State). But no matter how far the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the conference go in the tourney (and even if they didn’t make it this season), their supporters can take pride in how people associated with those programs perform off the court. This round-up of LiveBIG stories with a b-ball bent shows off the Big Ten’s talent waaaayyyy beyond the arc: Quinn Buckner Helping Hoosiers
Aerial Powers scored 27 points, Jasmine Hines added 24 and fourth-seeded Michigan State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 13 seed Belmont 74-60 on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Later, No. 3 seed Ohio State handled No. 14 seed Buffalo, 88-69. Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points for the Buckeyes. [ MORE: Big Ten women’s scoreboard | NCAA women’s scoreboard | NCAA.com interactive bracket | BTN YouTube videos | Big Ten women’s hoops on Twitter] On Saturday, it’s No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2),
Five Big Ten women’s hoops teams play their opening games of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday. Click the matchups in this post to go to the live game center pages for each game. On Friday, No. 4 seed Michigan State plays No. 13 Belmont at noon ET on ESPN2 followed No. 3 seed Ohio State playing No. 14 seed Buffalo at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. Saturday’s games are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia
Five Big Ten women’s basketball teams made the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue. Here’s the full bracket on NCAA.com, as well as a printable version. Maryland, winners of the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed in College Park, MD., and will take on No. 15 Iona at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on ESPN2. The Terrapins are hosting as part of the Lexington Region and a win will allow them to face either No. 7 Washington or No. 10 Pennsylvania in second-round play. Maryland
The championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is set. Maryland kicked off Saturday’s semifinal action with a commanding 83-62 win over Northwestern in the first game of the day. Michigan State followed that with a dominant performance, beating Ohio State 82-63 to close out the action. The Spartans and Terrapins will face off in the final at 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Miss any of the action leading up to Saturday’s action? Here is a day-by-day look at the tourney scoreboard: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also, follow updates from the teams on Twitter with this Big
The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals are set. Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State advanced in Friday’s quarterfinal in Indianapolis. In the opener, No. 1 seeded Maryland eliminated No. 9 Iowa, 75-55. No. 12 Northwestern followed that with an impressive 79-73 upset victory over No. 4 Indiana, while No. 2 Ohio State cruised by No. 10 Rutgers in the third game, 73-58. No. 3 Michigan State closed out the action with a thrilling 65-64 win over No. 6 Purdue. The day 1 recap is here and the day 2 recap is here – both with video highlights from each game.
In the opening games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, No. 12 Northwestern edged No. 13 Wisconsin, 76-72, in overtime, and No. 11 Penn State held off No. 14 Illinois, 75-66. Northwestern faces No. 5 Minnesota on Thursday, while Penn State moves on to play No. 6 Purdue. Get set for four more games on Thursday, and all games are available on BTN2Go. Tourney scoreboard: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times ET) Game 3: No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 8 Michigan – noon. BTN2Go Game 4: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Minnesota – 2:30 p.m.