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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

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

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.

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

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

Did You See This? Northwestern's 'Good Time' spoof

By now, everyone is familiar with the “Call Me Maybe” craze. It’s run its course, many would argue, so members of the Northwestern women’s basketball team recently took a stab at a spoof of another Carly Rae Jepsen hit. The song of choice was “Good Time,” and the team filmed the video while in Italy this summer. Watch the YouTube video in this post. [Related: Wildcats add Northwestern Stripe to practice jerseys] The Wildacts did a lot more than work on this video during their time abroad. On the 10-day trip, the team played four games and spent time in

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