Evanston’s Lincoln Elementary School has partnered with Northwestern for the “Gotcha Ball Kid Program” that rewards students’ good behavior with opportunities to be a ball kid at Northwestern men’s and women’s basketball games. When Lincoln students display exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork and respect, they receive a special purple Northwestern “gotcha” from a teacher or school staff member. The purple gotcha earns you a chance to be selected in a weekly raffle to serve as the ball kid. Mike Hall takes a closer look at the partnership in this BTN video feature.
There were five Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday. Nebraska kicked off the action with an impressive 87-64 win over Southern University. Minnesota topped Navy, Iowa got the best of UNI, and Ohio State fell to Bowling Green. Catch up on all the day’s scores and stats in this post. MINNESOTA 62, NAVY 55 | RECAP | BOX Three Gophers scored in double figures as the University of Minnesota (4-1) women’s basketball team Navy (4-2) defeated visiting Navy, 62-55, Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena on Military Appreciation Day. Rachel Banham was the Gophers’ top scorer with 18 points and seven
Big Ten women’s hoops is in full swing today as eight teams are in action. No. 13 Penn State kicked off today’s slate with a 71-52 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin also were in action. Catch up on all of today’s B1G women’s hoops action in this post. UCONN 71, Penn State 52 | RECAP (AP) Maggie Lucas scored 18 points and Tori Waldner had 11 for Penn State, but the Nittany Lions fell to No. 1 Connecticut 72-51 Sunday, snapping the Lady Lions 22 game home-court winning streak.
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
Morgan Johnson and Jamie Printy scored 18 points apiece and Iowa defeated Northwestern 60-55 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten women’s tournament. Bethany Doolittle added 10 points and Samantha Logic grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-11), the seventh seed in the tournament. They advance to meet No. 21 Nebraska, the Big Ten’s second seed, in Friday’s quarterfinals. Look back at the GameTracker. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post as they become available. [ BOX | RECAP | SCORES | TOURNEY STORIES | ALL PHOTOS | TRACK TWEETS ON CONNECT ] *** EDITOR’S
All 12 Big Ten women’s basketball teams head to Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the Sears Centre Arena for the annual Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament with champion scoring the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The first 10 games of the tournament will be televised by BTN & BTN2Go. Penn State clinched the top overall seed for the second consecutive season and seventh time overall.Nebraska, which enters the field as the No. 2 seed, looks to make a return trip to the tournament final. For the sixth consecutive season, every game of the Big Ten Tournament will be televised to
The Big Ten women’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the league as they prepare to head to Chicago for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. We’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Versyp: Listen to Coach Miller: Listen to Coach Bluder: Listen to Coach Borton: Listen to Coach Barnes Arico: Listen to Coach Merchant: Listen to Coach Yori: Listen to Coach McKeown: Listen to Coach Foster: Listen to Coach Washington: Listen to Coach Kelsey:
Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night to lead No. 14 Purdue to a 59-42 win over Indiana. KK Houser and April Wilson scored 12 points apiece for the Boilermakers (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten). Taylor Manuel added 11 points for Purdue, which held a 45-30 rebounding edge. It was one of six games in the Big Ten on Thursday and several of them ended in upsets. Get full box scores on our Big Ten college women’s basketball scoreboard. Illinois 74, No. 24 Iowa 62: Illinois used a balanced scoring attack in which four starters scored in double-digits, to earn
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