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
The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Penn State earning the No. 1 seed and one of four first-round byes. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, previously known as Conseco Fieldhouse. BTN and BTN2Go will air the tournament’s first 10 games, starting with No. 7 Michigan-No. 10 Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. [View the official Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket] After finishing the season with a 13-3 mark
It was a busy Sunday of Big Ten women’s basketball, as all 12 teams were in action on the season’s final day. No. 15 Penn State routed Minnesota to claim the outright Big Ten title, No. 23 Nebraska took down No. 14 Ohio State in a battle of ranked teams and Purdue blasted archrival Indiana. Catch up on all six games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, the Big Ten tourney bracket was released Sunday night. Purdue 90, Indiana 58 BOX | AP RECAP (AP) Brittany Rayburn scored 24 points to lead
A handful of Big Ten women’s basketball games on Thursday night including Purdue at Michigan. Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points to help Purdue break a three-game losing streak with a 60-49 win over Michigan. Loads of other action tonight. Track the scores on the Big Ten scoreboard and dive inside this post for highlights from around the conference. Watch a montage of some of the best assists by Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis: Samantha Prahalis scored a school-record 42 points in her final home game and Ohio State routed Minnesota 81-56. BTN Student U wraps up Indiana’s wins 62-60 over Wisconsin:
There was a trio of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday afternoon, including Michigan State upsetting ranked Purdue, 67-52, in overtime. In other action, Michigan topped reeling Indiana, 61-48, and Nebraska took down Wisconsin, 68-59, to snap its three-game losing funk. Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Michigan 61, Indiana 48 BOX Rachel Sheffer recorded a double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds) to lift Michigan to a 61-48 win at Indiana on Sunday at Assembly Hall. Sheffer connected on 7-of-15 shooting and grabbed a career high in boards,
(AP) Samantha Prahalis scored a career-high 34 points and No. 10 Ohio State made the most of an eight-day layoff to beat Wisconsin 72-58 on Monday night, the Buckeyes’ 20th consecutive victory over the Badgers. Tayler Hill, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, added 18 points for the Buckeyes (21-2, 8-2), who had lots of time to mull a disappointing 76-65 loss at Minnesota on Jan. 29. Ohio State broke the game open with a 16-3 second-half run. Taylor Wurtz had 20 points and Morgan Paige 14 for Wisconsin (8-15, 4-7), which hit a school-record 12 3-pointers.
Wisconsin held off a late charge by Michigan to earn a 66-60 victory at the Kohl Center Monday night. The Wolverines used a 16-0 run to tie the game at 47, but the Badgers went 6-of-7 from the free throw line to hold on for their third consecutive Big Ten Conference victory. The win moves Wisconsin to 8-13 on the season (4-5 Big Ten), while Michigan falls to 16-6 (5-4 Big Ten). “(I’m) very proud of this group. We showed that we can persevere against a great team that shoots very well,” Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey said.
All 12 of the Big Ten’s women basketball teams played Thursday night, including Illinois who beat Michigan State 71-62 in overtime. Catch up on our scoreboard page, dive inside for highlights as well as a video feature on Illinois women’s basketball coach Jolette Law, who helped raise money for charity by coaching a game in her bare feet. In other action tonight, Maggie Lucas had 23 points and eight rebounds Thursday night to help Penn State beat Michigan 77-56. Watch the highlight below and read the full AP story. Samantha Prahalis had 18 points and nine assists to help Ohio