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
Sam Ostarello had 22 points and 19 rebounds Monday night and No. 12 Purdue defeated Ohio State 82-75 in triple overtime. Courtney Moses led the Boilermakers (14-2, 3-0) with 24 points. Her layup late in the second extra period tied it at 68 after Ohio State had a 68-62 lead. All three of the Boilermakers’ Big Ten wins have come in overtime. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and watch our interviews in this post. BTN talks with Purdue coach Sharon Versyp and freshman Sam Ostarello after the win:
(AP) Sam Ostarello had 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds Saturday and No. 14 Purdue held off No. 25 Nebraska 69-66 in overtime. The Boilermakers never trailed in the extra period, but Ostarello’s basket with 43 seconds left made it 68-66 Purdue. Courtney Moses and Drey Mingo also scored 17 points for Purdue (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) in another close one between the schools. All three games between them have gone to overtime. Purdue beat Illinois 67-66 in overtime Wednesday in its Big 10 opener. Read full AP recap.
Six Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday, and all six tallied victories. No. 11 Penn State dropped South Dakota, 60-50, and No. 15 Purdue drilled Oakland, 77-46, to highlight the action. Catch up on all the scores and stats in this post. Indiana 72, SIU-Edwardsville 56: BOX | RECAP Indiana’s Aulani Sinclair poured in a career-high 34 points to lead Indiana past SIU-Edwardsville, 72-56, on Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall. Nicole Bell added 11 points for IU as the Hoosiers led from start to finish to guarantee a winning record in non-conference play. Iowa 82, Drake 65:
Several women’s basketball teams were in action on Thursday night including Iowa. The Hawkeyes held off a late rally by Iowa State to win 50-42. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for an interview with Iowa coach Lisa Bluder, plus a roundup from around the conference. Courtney Moses scored 19 points and Drey Mingo posted a double-double to lead No. 15 Purdue to a 69-54 win against IPFW on Thursday night, despite 26 points from Amanda Hyde. Read the full recap at PurdueSports.com. The Penn State Lady Lions hung tough with the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies, but a 20-5 run late
Five women’s basketball teams have games today, including No. 6 Penn State and No. 14 Purdue. The results so far: Purdue 87, Central Michigan 71; Cleveland State 69, Indiana 58; Penn State 101, Fairleigh Dickinson 44; Kansas 65, Minnesota 53. Coming: DePaul 89, Northwestern 61. Get caught up on the women’s basketball scoreboard.
Eight Big Ten women’s basketball teams played Wednesday night as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and there are four more games on Thursday. Find full results on the Wednesday’s women’s basketball scoreboard. Duke 71, Michigan 54: Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points each to lead No. 4 Duke to a 71-54 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Purdue 85, Georgia Tech 73: K Houser scored 19 points, hitting all 10 of her free-throw attempts, and added 10 assists Wednesday night to help No. 14 Purdue beat Georgia Tech 85-73. Also: Virginia Tech 47, Wisconsin
Lindsey Moore scored 23 points, Jordan Hooper added 19 and No. 23 Nebraska used a late run to rally for a 74-65 victory over USC on Friday afternoon. Moore made just five field goals but was 13 of 15 from the line. Emily Cady chipped in 14 points for the Cornhuskers (5-1), who trailed 63-57 with 3:49 to play. Menawhile, Maggie Lucas scored 22 of her 27 points in the second half and Ariel Edwards scored 19 of her career-high 24 points in the first half to help No. 6 Penn State hold off a pesky Detroit team 80-72 Friday
Big Ten basketball fans, get ready to watch Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day live online via the Big Ten Digital Network for free. We’ll be streaming live the press conferences for both the men’s and women’s coaches. Both events start at 9 a.m. ET and run up to about noon. On Thursday morning, Use this link to get to the men’s event and use this link to watch the women’s event. Later Thursday we’ll have archived video available in our BTN.com video gallery. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor Brent Yarina will file reports to BTN.com
BTN will televise 40 women’s basketball conference matchups for the 2012-13 season, along with 10 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, and an additional number of non-conference games. The games also will be available on BTN2Go. The conference slate opens on Thursday, January 3, with Ohio State at Iowa. Throughout the season, BTN will feature games on most Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays during conference play. The Big Ten, which finished the 2011-12 season with four teams ranked in the top-25, is expected to have several ranked teams heading into the upcoming season. Last year, the Nittany Lions won their first