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. Jordan Hooper Hooper scored 21 points and Lindsey Moore had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists to lead Nebraska to a 74-63 win over Texas A&M on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. [ Women’s tourney: Region 1 | Region 2 | | Region 4 | NCAA.com bracket ] Here’s a look at the four games Tuesday night.
Drey Mingo scored 24 points, and Purdue won its second straight Big Ten tournament championship, beating Michigan State 62-47 on Sunday. The Boilermakers (24-8) led by as much as 23 in the first half and were up 19 at the break before things got tense down the stretch. The Spartans (24-8) pulled within nine, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Courtney Moses and a key turnover helped preserve the win for Purdue, giving the Boilermakers a league-best nine tournament titles. Mingo set the tone in the first half, scoring 14 points, and finished with eight rebounds and three blocks in the game.
Sam Ostarello scored 18 points, Courtney Moses had 16 and Purdue beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship. KK Houser added 13 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Boilermakers (23-8), who also beat Nebraska 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 5. Purdue will face fourth-seeded Michigan State, which upset top-seeded Penn State, in Sunday’s title game. Lindsey Moore scored 22 points for the second-seeded Cornhuskers (23-8), who had won 11 of 12. [ BOX | RECAP | SCORES | TOURNEY STORIES | ALL PHOTOS | TRACK TWEETS ON CONNECT ] ***
KK Houser scored 15 points and Purdue defeated Wisconsin 74-62 on Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Drey Mingo added 13 points and Sam Ostarello had nine points and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (22-8), who will play No. 21 Nebraska in Saturday’s first semifinal. Nebraska beat Iowa 76-61 in the first quarterfinal game on Friday. Look back at the game’s GameTracker. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post as they become available. [ BOX | RECAP | SCORES | TOURNEY STORIES | ALL PHOTOS | TRACK TWEETS ON CONNECT ] *** *** EDITOR’S NOTE
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
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
A profile of Purdue’s Drey Mingo who has overcome serious illness and injury to return for a 6th year. Learn more about Sounds of Serenity, a charity Mingo has started for children who cannot afford hearing aids, by visiting http://www.teamsounds.net.
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