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.
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.
On Thursday night Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis had a game for the ages as the Buckeyes senior guard scored a school-record 42 points in her last home game and Ohio State beat Minnesota 81-56. She finished with six rebounds, four assists and three steals before leaving to a standing ovation with 2:27 left after breaking Katie Smith’s 1994 record by hitting two free throws.
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.
Monday night featured a pair of Big Ten women’s basketball games, and it also saw Penn State clinch at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 2004. The Lady Lions accomplished the feat by powering past ranked Ohio State, 84-66, at the Bryce Jordan Center. In other action, Illinois dropped instate rival Northwestern, 69-57. Watch highlights from Illinois’ win now and see interviews with the Illini in this post.
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.
Iowa’s Morgan Johnson not only plays with pain, but lives with pain every day. The latest edition of the “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” features Johnson and what she goes through in order to play basketball. Watch the feature here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories.