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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori returned home early Sunday evening after a brief stop at a Lincoln hospital for precautionary tests Sunday afternoon. Yori fainted on the sideline near the 12-minute mark in the second half of the Huskers’ win over Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena earlier in the day. NU went on to win the game, 76-61, with Associate Head Coach Sunny Smallwood leading the defense and Assistant Coach Dayna Finch guiding the offense.
There was a scary moment in Nebraska’s 76-61 victory over Indiana on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Just after the Huskers tied the score at 50 with 12:12 left in the second half, Nebraska coach Connie Yori collapsed on the sideline. The medical team attended to Yori during the break and brought a stretcher out onto the floor. Luckily, Yori didn’t need the stretcher, as she walked off under her own power next to her husband. She did not return.