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CHICAGO – BTN will air an exciting lineup of women’s basketball matchups for the 2013-14 season, including 43 conference, six non-conference and 10 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games. With six Big Ten teams selected to the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Big Ten expects to enter this season with several ranked teams.
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.
Morgan Paige scored 18 points, including two free throws with 3 seconds remaining, and 11th-seeded Wisconsin beat Illinois 58-57 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday. Illinois, which trailed 54-44 with 6 minutes left, took a 57-54 lead on Amber Moore’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. Tessa Cichy made two free throws to get Wisconsin within a point.
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.
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.
Sunday’s slate of five Big Ten women’s games was highlighted by Michigan’s 67-56 upset victory at No. 13 Purdue. Kate Thompson hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to help lead the Wolverines to the big road upset. Another ranked team was in action, as No. 8 Penn State topped Michigan State, 71-56. Catch up on all of Sunday’s women’s hoops action in this post.