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 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.
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There were four Big Ten women’s hoops games tonight, highlighted by Purdue’s impressive win over Northwestern. In other action, Ohio State topped Michigan, Illinois upset Michigan State and Minnesota got the best of Wisconsin. Catch up on all the action in this post. OHIO STATE 61, MICHIGAN 50 | RECAP Ohio State picked up a much-needed victory on the road Thursday night and helped shake up the Big Ten standings with a 61-50 win over Michigan at Crisler Arena. Michigan entered the game in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten and now fall to 4-2 in
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,
Here are all 12 press conferences held by the Big Ten women’s basketball coaches at Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Illinois’ Matt Bollant Iowa’s Lisa Bluder Indiana’s Curt Miller Michigan State’s Suzy Merchant Michigan’s Kim Barnes Arico Minnesota’s Pam Borton Northwestern’s Joe McKeown Nebraska’s Connie Yori Ohio State’s Kevin McGuff Penn State’s Coquese Washington Purdue’s Sharon Versyp Wisconsin’s Bobbie Kelsey
CHICAGO – BTN will air an exciting lineup of women’s basketball matchups for the 2013-14 season, including 43 conference, six non-conference and 10 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games. With six Big Ten teams selected to the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Big Ten expects to enter this season with several ranked teams. The season will tip off at noon ET on Nov. 17, with defending Big Ten Champion Penn State hosting eight-time NCAA Champion Connecticut. Also included in the schedule are three games from the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge, beginning with Penn State hosting Notre Dame, a Final Four
No. 4 seed Michigan State held off fifth-seeded Michigan 62-46 to advance to the Saturday’s semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. It’s the Spartans eighth trip to the semifinals in the past 10 seasons. All four top tournament seeds advanced after two days of games. No. 2 Nebraska plays No. 3 Purdue while Michigan State faces top seed Penn State. Find the full bracket in this post, plus links to the rest of our coverage. Klarissa Bell scored 20 points for Michigan State. Becca Mills and Jasmine Thomas added 10 points each for the fourth-seeded Spartans (23-7), who
Nicole Elmblad scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Michigan steamrolled Indiana 67-40 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Rachel Sheffer added 12 points for the fifth-seeded Wolverines (21-9), and Nya Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Michigan outrebounded Indiana 45-30, outscored the Hoosiers 32-10 in the paint and never trailed in the game. Get the game details via GameTracker. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post. [ BOX | RECAP | SCORES | TOURNEY STORIES | ALL PHOTOS | TRACK TWEETS ON CONNECT ] *** EDITOR’S