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PSU advances, four others bounced in Round 1

It was a rough day Sunday for Big Ten women’s basketball teams as the conference went 1-4 in NCAA first-round games. Big Ten regular season champ Penn State was the lone victor, ousting UTEP, and joins Big Ten tourney champ Purdue, which won Saturday, in Round 2. Meanwhile, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State all fell Sunday. Catch up all the action on our scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post. And don’t forget to bookmark the interactive NCAA bracket. California 84, Iowa 74 BOX | AP RECAP (AP) Cal was plenty awake and ready to play

Record 7 Big Ten Teams Make NCAA women's tourney

  A Big Ten-record seven teams were selected to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship field of 64, it was announced on Monday night. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue will represent the conference in the tournament, marking the first time seven Big Ten teams have advanced to the tourney, one more than the previous record of six (1996, 2002, 2003, 2004). Check out the interactive NCAA bracket. Big Ten Champion Penn State was selected as the No. 4 seed in the Kingston Regional and will take on No. 13 UTEP on Sunday

Purdue drops Penn State in final seconds

Brittany Rayburn hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds to lift No. 25 Purdue past No. 12 Penn State, 68-66, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Boilermakers will play Nebraska, which beat three-time reigning champ Ohio State (recap), in the title game at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. During tonight’s game, we tracked tweets from a variety of official school sources, fans and media folks who are covering the action in Indianapolis. Check it out here. Also, throughout the tourney, join the conversation on Twitter by using the

Purdue, Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska move on

The second day of the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament features four more games, all live on BTN/BTN2Go. So far, Ohio State beat Michigan, 57-49, then Nebraska upset Iowa, 80-68. Also tonight, Penn State held off Minnesota, 78-74 and Purdue dropped Michigan State, 73-64. Get caught up on the action on the interactive bracket and find stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, on BTN TV we’ll be displaying the best tweets using the hashtag #B1Gtourney. We also set up a tweet tracker on our Facebook page you can check all tournament long. Use this interactive bracket for

Q&A: Hear From the Women's Coaches

The Big Ten women’s basketball coaches held a teleconference to preview the Big Ten Basketball Tournament with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each coach in the post below. The Tournament tips off on Thursday and runs through Sunday. All of our audio, including teleconferences with the men’s basketball coaches, can be found in our audio archive. Listen to coach Legette-Jack: Listen to coach Borseth: Listen to coach Washington: Listen to coach Versyp: Listen to coach McKeown: Listen to coach Kelsey: Listen to coach Merchant: Listen to coach Foster: Listen to coach Bluder: Listen

Track the Women's Tournament Bracket

Thanks to our friends at, we’ve posted the annual interactive bracket for the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament below in this post.  For extra information leading up to Thursday’s openers, check out the Tournament Central page at Also, use our Big Ten women’s scoreboard and Big Ten Women’s Basketball posts archive. And we’re collecting #B1Gtourney tweets and updates from the Big Ten Conference and all 12 teams on our Big Ten Women’s Tourney Tracker. See the bracket below and book mark this page for the tournament.

Get your All-Big Ten Women's hoops teams

The 2011-12 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams were announced live on BTN on Monday night. Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and Penn State’s Coquese Washington were named player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year, respectively, by both the coaches and media. Prahalis was the lone unanimous choice on both first teams, as well. Watch our interview with Prahalis now. Also, in this post, see our interviews with Banham and Washington and check out all the teams and award winners. 2011-12 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball – Coaches FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM

Big Ten Women's Tournament bracket released

The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Penn State earning the No. 1 seed and one of four first-round byes. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, previously known as Conseco Fieldhouse. BTN and BTN2Go will air the tournament’s first 10 games, starting with No. 7 Michigan-No. 10 Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. [View the official Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket] After finishing the season with a 13-3 mark

Sunday's Women's Hoops Roundup

It was a busy Sunday of Big Ten women’s basketball, as all 12 teams were in action on the season’s final day. No. 15 Penn State routed Minnesota to claim the outright Big Ten title, No. 23 Nebraska took down No. 14 Ohio State in a battle of ranked teams and Purdue blasted archrival Indiana. Catch up on all six games on our scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, the Big Ten tourney bracket was released Sunday night. Purdue 90, Indiana 58 BOX | AP RECAP (AP) Brittany Rayburn scored 24 points to lead

PSU clinches share of title; Illinois beats Northwestern

Monday night featured a pair of Big Ten women’s basketball games, and it also saw Penn State clinch at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 2004. The Lady Lions accomplished the feat by powering past ranked Ohio State, 84-66, at the Bryce Jordan Center. In other action, Illinois dropped instate rival Northwestern, 69-57. Watch highlights from Illinois’ win now and see interviews with the Illini in this post. Penn State 84, Ohio State 66 BOX | AP RECAP (AP) After a tumultuous year on campus, the Penn State Lady Lions gave their school something to cheer