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
(AP) South Carolina rebuilt its program with a defensive philosophy, and it sure paid off on Monday night. Markeshia Grant scored 21 points and the fifth-seeded Gamecocks forced 20 turnovers in a 72-61 victory over No. 4 seed Purdue in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament. [View the interactive NCAA bracket | Box score] Ieasia Walker added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists for South Carolina, which will make its first regional semifinal appearance in a decade when it meets top-seeded Stanford on Saturday in Fresno, Calif. The Cardinal advanced with a 72-55 victory over eighth-seeded West
Michgan State and Purdue played Saturday in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Becky Burke scored 14 points, Shawnta’ Dyer had 13, and seventh-seeded Louisville beat 10th-seeded Michigan State 67-55, and you can read more at MSUspartans.com. Meanwhile, Purdue beat South Dakota State 83-68. Find more at PurdueSports.com. They’re two of seven Big Ten teams in the tourney as Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State play on Sunday. BTN.com scoreboard is here. Follow it all at NCAA.com’s women’s interactive bracket.
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
KK Houser scored 19 points to help No. 21 Purdue defeat No. 24 Nebraska 74-70 in two overtimes in the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday. Houser, from Lincoln, Neb., also had five steals against her hometown team. Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Ostarello added eight points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (24-8), who won the tournament for the eighth time in 17 years. Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, who scored nine points and hit the game winner in the semifinal victory against Penn State, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Read the full
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
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
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 BTN.com 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
Thanks to our friends at BigTen.org, 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 BigTen.org. 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.
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