Four Big Ten women’s basketball teams hit the floor tonight in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Baseketball Tournament as Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue look to advance. Nebraska is still in contention after beating Texas A&M on Monday night.
Jasmine Thomas scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and Michigan State used its stout defense to upset No. 8 Penn State 54-46 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Becca Mills added 16 points for the Spartans (24-7), who held Penn State to 22 percent shooting and enjoyed a 52-38 rebounding edge.
Alex Bentley scored 20 points, Maggie Lucas added 18, and No. 8 Penn State beat Ohio State 76-66 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. The top-seeded Lady Lions (25-4) had their difficulties in this one after earning a first-round bye and their second straight regular-season title with a 14-2 conference record. But they went on a big run early in the second half to break a tie and earn a spot in Saturday’s semifinals against the Michigan-Michigan State winner.
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.
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.
Annalise Pickrel scored 18 points and Jasmine Thomas and Klarissa Bell scored 17 apiece to lead Michigan State to a 68-61 victory over No. 25 Purdue Thursday night. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more video from Thursday night including highlights of Minnesota’s upset win over Penn State.