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. Penn State (25-5) won the Big Ten regular-season title and lost in the tournament semifinals for the second straight season. The Lady Lions fell 68-66 against eventual champion Purdue last year. Penn State star Maggie Lucas, the conference player of the year, had 23 points
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. Look back at the GameTracker. And catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video,
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:
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. Get full box scores on our Big Ten women’s basketball scoreboard. Michigan State 68, Purdue 61: Michigan State’s Jasmine Thomas pulls off a 360-degree layup in the second half of the game against Purdue. Minnesota 89, Penn State 81: Micaella Riche scored 24 points to help Minnesota beat seventh-ranked Penn State 89-81
A look at the relationship between Penn State women’s basketball stars Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas.
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
The Penn State Lady Lions began their 2012-13 season with a 10-day foreign tour to France and Italy from August 13-23. The Lady Lions visited five cities in the two countries, while playing three games. Watch our video feature of the team and their travels.
Maggie Lucas shot 5 of 16 from the field and Alex Bentley went 8 of 21. To make matters worse, Nikki Greene played only 18 minutes because of foul trouble. Faced with some adversity for the first time in a while, No. 8 Penn State kept the pressure on until No. 23 Michigan finally ran out of responses. Read the full AP recap here. Postgame interviews with Coquese Washington and Maggie Lucas: