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) Tear’a Laudermill scored 20 points and Rachel Theriot added 18 as third-seeded and No. 16 ranked Nebraska, exploded for a 50-point first half in beating No. 19 Michigan State, the No. 2 seed, 86-58 on Saturday in the Big Ten semifinals. The Cornhuskers (24-6) advance to the Big Ten tournament championship game against No. 23 Iowa, the fifth-seeded team, on Sunday. Nebraska was on top 24-17 in the first half prior to Laudermill’s 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 Cornhusker run and stretched the lead to 33-17 over Michigan State (22-9). Over the next 6 minutes, Nebraska upped that margin
Annalise Pickrel scored 18 points and Branndais Agee was clutch down the stretch Friday as No. 19 Michigan State rallied to beat Michigan 61-58 in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Michigan State will face No. 16 Nebraska in the semifinals on Saturday. The second-seeded Spartans (22-8) trailed for all but a brief time early in the second until scoring the last six points of the game. Agee made two free throws at 2:59 to make it a one-point game. Tori Jankoska put MSU up 59-58 with a layup at 1:15. After a Michigan turnover, Agee grabbed an offensive rebound and scored
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.
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
There was a BTN doubleheader of Big Ten women’s basketball Saturday, and it started with Minnesota running away from Northwestern, 82-64, and finished with Michigan State cruising to an impressive 70-49 win over Ohio State. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. MINNESOTA 82, NORTHWESTERN 64 | RECAP | BOX Head coach Pam Borton tallied her 300th-career victory as the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team (17-9, 6-6) secured its fourth-straight Big Ten Conference win at Northwestern (14-11, 4-8), 82-64, Saturday afternoon. The four-game league winning streak is the first for the Golden Gophers