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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue grad changing the game for girls

One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic. Barbara Rose has been working to change that for the girls on the west and south side of Chicago.  For these girls, there is little opportunity to avoid the violence of their streets without direct intervention. Rose, a Purdue graduate, volunteering to help others has been part of her life since she was in high school.

Oklahoma State ousts Purdue, 73-66

(AP) Brittney Martin had 20 points and 20 rebounds, leading Oklahoma State past Purdue 73-66 on Monday and into the Notre Dame Regional semifinals. The Cowgirls (25-8) won their second straight, ending a 15-game stretch in which they had alternated wins and losses. It’s the first time since 2008 and the third time Oklahoma State has ever reached the NCAA’s Sweet 16. It will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. And it came on a night the fifth-seeded Cowgirls lost star point guard Tiffany Bias for nearly 10 minutes in the second half with what appeared

Purdue rolls Arkon, 84-55, in NCAA tourney opener

(AP) Whitney Bays scored 20 points and Courtney Moses added 12 as Purdue routed Akron 84-55 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] It proved to be a milestone day for the Boilermakers (22-8). Moses tied the school’s career record for 3s. She made two, giving her 238 – the same total Katie Gearlds had during her All-American career. The win also gave coach Sharon Versyp her 300th career win, and it set up a Monday night showdown between the fourth-seeded Boilermakers, who have won 11 of 13,

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Five Big Ten teams make NCAA women's tourney

Five Big Ten teams are seeded sixth or higher in their respective regionals in the NCAA women’s tourney, it was announced Monday night. Iowa (No. 6), Michigan State (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 4), Penn State (No. 3) and Purdue (No. 4) all earned bids to the field, marking the 15th time in the last 21 years the conference has sent five or more teams to the tourney. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA women’s bracket ] IOWA Iowa is the No. 6 seed in the Louisville Regional and will open NCAA Championship play against No. 11 Marist on Sunday

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B1G Women's Hoops: Iowa tops Purdue

(AP) Ally Disterhoft scored 10 of her 12 points in the final 5:38 as 23rd-ranked and fifth-seeded Iowa clawed back from the brink with a 24-11 closing run to upend No. 17, fourth-seeded Purdue 87-80 in a Big Ten quarterfinal Friday. The Hawkeyes (25-7) face eighth-seeded Ohio State (17-17) in a semifinal Saturday after the Buckeyes shocked No. 11 and top-seeded Penn State, 99-82. Purdue (21-8) battled through seven ties and six lead changes in the first half to lead 39-35 at the break and appeared to be in control after halftime with Courtney Moses banging down 24 points. Iowa’s

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Our guide to Big Ten women's hoops tourney

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is on live from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Penn State and Michigan State will represent the top two seeds after sharing the Big Ten regular-season title. All of today’s games air live on BTN. Not near a TV? Use BTN2Go. In completed action: No. 8 Ohio State topped No. 9 Northwestern 86-77, No. 5 Iowa won 81-62 over No. 12 Illinois, No. 7 Michigan cruised to an 82-57 win over No. 10 Indiana, and No. 6 Minnesota rallied to beat Wisconsin 74-68 in overtime. [ MORE: Five breakout candidates | Top 10 games

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B1G women's hoops tourney: Five breakout candidates

The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is set to kick off on Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Penn State and Michigan State shared the Big Ten regular season crown, and therefore have grabbed the top two seeds in the tournament. Both those teams are loaded with superstar players, but who are some of the under-the-radar players who could play huge roles in leading their team to a Big Ten title? Let’s take a look several Big Ten players who have been playing their best basketball as of late, but don’t necessarily receive the headlines that some of the conference’s superstars do.

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Who made 2014 All-Big Ten Women's Basketball Teams?

The Big Ten Conference announced the All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams and individual award winners on Monday. Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper and Connie Yori were named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year, respectively, by the coaches, while Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Coquese Washington earned the honors from the media. Other individual award winners include: Penn State’s Dara Taylor collected Defensive Player of the Year, Purdue’s Whitney Bays was tabbed Sixth Player of the Year, and Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. was honored with the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award by the coaches

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Penn State gets No. 1 seed in Big Ten Women's Tournament

The Big Ten announced Sunday the bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, held Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Penn State and Michigan State collected the top two seeds after each earned shares of the Big Ten Championship. [ MORE: View the official 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket (PDF) ] Penn State and Michigan State finished 13-3 in Big Ten play, but due to a head-to-head win over the Spartans on Jan. 19, the Lady Lions earned the No. 1 seed. Nebraska and Purdue also earned first-round byes, entering the tournament as the No.

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Video: Purdue's KK Houser (ACL) starts on Senior Day

When KK Houser tore her ACL on Feb. 2 at Michigan State, it was assumed the Purdue senior would never touch the floor again in a college game. In a chilling moment Sunday, also Purdue’s Senior Day, the Boilermakers started Houser. She played the first 2:34, and then went back on the court in the closing moments to get her final curtain call. Houser finished the game with two rebounds in four minutes. But the stats weren’t the story. VIDEO: @PurdueWBB senior KK Houser, torn ACL and all, started today on Senior Day. WATCH the incredible moment – http://t.co/n7Pd1SraaB —