Women's Basketball

Minnesota women win WBI Championship

No. 2 seed Minnesota rallied past Northern Iowa, 88-74, to win the 2012 Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship on Sunday at Williams Arena (box). Kiara Buford contributed 14 points, six assists and four steals on her way to earning  WBI Most Valuable Player, while freshman Rachel Banham poured in a game-high 26 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

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Lucas leads Lady Lions past LSU

(AP) Maggie Lucas scored 30 points, three short of a career high, and fourth-seeded Penn State moved on to the third round of the women’s NCAA tournament with a 90-80 victory over No. 5 seed LSU on Tuesday night.

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South Carolina takes down Purdue

(AP) South Carolina rebuilt its program with a defensive philosophy, and it sure paid off on Monday night. Markeshia Grant scored 21 points and the fifth-seeded Gamecocks forced 20 turnovers in a 72-61 victory over No. 4 seed Purdue in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.

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PSU advances, four others bounced in Round 1

It was a rough day Sunday for Big Ten women’s basketball teams as the conference went 1-4 in NCAA first-round games. Big Ten regular season champ Penn State was the lone victor, ousting UTEP, and joins Big Ten tourney champ Purdue, which won Saturday, in Round 2. Meanwhile, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State all fell Sunday. Catch up all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post. And don’t forget to bookmark the interactive NCAA bracket.

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NCAA Women: Purdue wins, Michigan State falls

Michgan State and Purdue played Saturday in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Becky Burke scored 14 points, Shawnta’ Dyer had 13, and seventh-seeded Louisville beat 10th-seeded Michigan State 67-55, and you can read more at MSUspartans.com. Meanwhile, Purdue beat South Dakota State 83-68. Find more at PurdueSports.com. They’re two of seven Big Ten teams in the tourney as Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State play on Sunday. BTN.com scoreboard is here. Follow it all at NCAA.com’s women’s interactive bracket.

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