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Women's hoops roundup: Iowa wins Surf 'N Slam crown

There were a trio of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday, including Iowa taking down San Diego to claim the San Diego Surf ‘N Slam championship and Minnesota topping Creighton in double overtime. Catch up on all the day’s action in this post. Ohio State 67, Howard 50: BOX | RECAP Ohio State closed out non-conference play in style Sunday afternoon with a 67-50 win over visiting Howard at Value City Arena. The win moves the Buckeyes to 10-3 entering Big Ten play while Howard, the favorites to win the MEAC this season, dips to 5-6. Minnesota 88, Creighton 81,

Gophers cruise, Wildcats fall on Friday

Behind a 29-point performance from Rachel Banham, the University of Minnesota (8-3) women’s basketball team cruised to an 87-49 victory over visiting UMKC (4-6) Friday night at Williams Arena. The sophomore made a career-high 11 field goals, including five from three-point range, while adding seven rebounds, five assists and a block in the win. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more basketball coverage. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Despite getting 19 points from Kendall Hackney, the Northwestern women’s basketball team fell 64-46 to Illinois State on Friday. Read a full recap at NUSports.com. Two more teams play Saturday.

Minnesota Tops Denver, 74-51

The University of Minnesota (7-3) women’s basketball team snapped Denver’s three-game win streak Wednesday night with a 74-51 win over the visiting Pioneers (3-4) at Williams Arena. Sophomore Rachel Banham posted 21 points, seven rebounds, a career-high seven assists and four steals to lead the Golden Gophers, while junior Micaëlla Riché added 19 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal in the winning effort. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com.

Thursday's women's basketball roundup

Despite getting double-digit scoring performances from Rachel Banham, Sari Noga and Kayla Hirt, Minnesota dropped its Big Ten-ACC Challenge game to Virginia, 68-90. Jump inside for highlights of Illinois’ win over Wake Forest and get full scores and stats on our women’s basketball scoreboard. Look back at the first day of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge here. Illinois beat Wake Forest, 95-82.

Women's hoops roundup: Ranked PSU, Nebraska win

Eight Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday, including No. 8 Penn State and No. 18 Nebraska. The Lady Lions downed Howard, 72-61, and the Huskers throttled Temple, 64-39. Get recaps, box scores and video from the day’s action in this post. Illinois 84, Evansville 52 RECAP | BOX The Fighting Illini women’s basketball team kicked off the Bollant era with a 84-52 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces inside Assembly Hall Sunday afternoon. Amber Moore led the way with 19 points on 7-17 shooting from the field, including going 5-11 from beyond the arc. Moore also added

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

Minnesota women win WBI Championship

No. 2 seed Minnesota rallied past Northern Iowa, 88-74, to win the 2012 Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship on Sunday at Williams Arena (box). Kiara Buford contributed 14 points, six assists and four steals on her way to earning  WBI Most Valuable Player, while freshman Rachel Banham poured in a game-high 26 points and was named to the all-tournament team. With the win, Minnesota (19-17) finished the season on a four-game winning streak and tallied its first winning season since 2008-09, when it recorded a 20-12 record and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com.