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Thursday's women's basketball roundup

Maggie Lucas scored 26 points, and Nikki Greene had 13 rebounds and hit three key second-half buckets to help No. 8 Penn State hold off Minnesota 64-59 on Thursday night. It was one of five Big Ten games. Penn State 64, Minnesota 59: Alex Bentley added 12 points as the Lady Lions (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) hung for their 10th straight win despite struggling from the field. The Gophers (13-7, 2-4) had a chance to take the lead twice late with the ball in the hands of their best player, Rachel Banham (19 points). But the sophomore was whistled for

No. 8 Penn State tops No. 23 Michigan, 59-49

Maggie Lucas shot 5 of 16 from the field and Alex Bentley went 8 of 21. To make matters worse, Nikki Greene played only 18 minutes because of foul trouble. Faced with some adversity for the first time in a while, No. 8 Penn State kept the pressure on until No. 23 Michigan finally ran out of responses. Read the full AP recap here. Postgame interviews with Coquese Washington and Maggie Lucas:

Women's hoops roundup: Lady Lions down Spartans

There were a handful of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday, including No. 9 Penn State dropping Michigan State, 76-55, on BTN. Michigan also won, topping Iowa, to move to 13-2, the team’s best start in program history. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action in this post. Michigan 68, Iowa 64: BOX | RECAP Behind a career-best 26 points from senior forward Rachel Sheffer, Michigan won its eighth straight contest, knocking of Iowa, 68-64, on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan’s 13-2 start is the best start in program history. Senior guard Kate Thompson chipped in 19 points, 17

Thursday's women's hoops roundup

Michigan had four scorers reach double figures and scored a season-high 73 points to cruise to the 73-32 victory over Valparaiso. Senior guard Kate Thompson scored a game-high 18 points, while senior forward Nya Jordan collected a career-high 14 rebounds. Michigan improves to 10-2 overall. Read more from MGoBlue.com | See the full box score. Michigan State 50, Texas Tech 48 (OT): Michigan State won the 2012 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic with a 50-48 overtime victory over Texas Tech. Sophomore Kiana Johnson scored all six points for MSU in overtime, including the game-winning jumper with 8.3 seconds left. The Spartans

Wednesday's women's basketball roundup

Eight Big Ten women’s basketball teams played Wednesday night as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and there are four more games on Thursday. Find full results on the Wednesday’s women’s basketball scoreboard. Duke 71, Michigan 54: Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points each to lead No. 4 Duke to a 71-54 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Purdue 85, Georgia Tech 73: K Houser scored 19 points, hitting all 10 of her free-throw attempts, and added 10 assists Wednesday night to help No. 14 Purdue beat Georgia Tech 85-73. Also: Virginia Tech 47, Wisconsin

Watch Thursday's Basketball Media Day live online

Big Ten basketball fans, get ready to watch Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day live online via the Big Ten Digital Network for free. We’ll be streaming live the press conferences for both the men’s and women’s coaches. Both events start at 9 a.m. ET and run up to about noon. On Thursday morning, Use this link to get to the men’s event and use this link to watch the women’s event. Later Thursday we’ll have archived video available in our BTN.com video gallery. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor Brent Yarina will file reports to BTN.com

BTN releases women's basketball TV schedule

BTN will televise 40 women’s basketball conference matchups for the 2012-13 season, along with 10 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, and an additional number of non-conference games. The games also will be available on BTN2Go. The conference slate opens on Thursday, January 3, with Ohio State at Iowa. Throughout the season, BTN will feature games on most Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays during conference play. The Big Ten, which finished the 2011-12 season with four teams ranked in the top-25, is expected to have several ranked teams heading into the upcoming season. Last year, the Nittany Lions won their first

Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX

Forty years ago a Saturday Title IX was signed into law stating that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.” Here at BTN we have a few interesting numbers when it comes to women’s sporting events. Over five years we’ve produced 1,465 women’s sporting events. This past academic year, BTN increased the number of productions by 20 percent from the previous year with 549 women’s events compared to 548 men’s events across all platforms. That

ACC/Big Ten Women's Challenge matchups set

The Big Ten and ACC announced Tuesday the matchups for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge, set for Nov. 28-29, 2012. This year’s challenge marks the sixth year of the event, which has been extended through 2016. A year ago, the Big Ten and ACC battled to a 6-6 draw, the first tie in the Challenge’s history. [Big Ten.org’s official 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge release] The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most dominant conferences on the women’s basketball scene. For the first time in league history, the Big Ten had seven conference teams selected

Michigan's Borseth steps down as coach

Fifth-year coach Kevin Borseth resigned as Michigan women’s basketball coach after posting a 77-73 overall record and a 38-48 Big Ten mark with the Wolverines. Michigan made a 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance. “I have decided to resign my position and return to Wisconsin-Green Bay as head coach,” Borseth said. Read more at MGoBlue.com. And have a look at this 2008 video profile of Borseth in this post where Mike Hall reports on how the coach revived the program. According to the Michigan release, Borseth led the Wolverines to a 20-12 overall record in 2011-12, including an 8-8 mark and a seventh