After 14 seasons spent as the Nebraska women’s head basketball coach, Connie Yori stepped down Tuesday. Yori posted a record of 279-161 during her time at Nebraska, including a 52-28 mark in Big Ten play. “As some of you may know, this has been a very challenging time for my family and in the best interest of all of us, this is the right decision,” Yori said in an official statement. “I want to thank the student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff and administrators, especially Shawn Eichorst, for his leadership and support during this difficult time in my life. Finally, thank you
Michigan senior Madison Ristovski scored a team-high 19 points, but the Wolverines fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 71-62, in a WNIT semifinal matchup on Thursday night.
Michigan rallied from a 15-point deficit and Hallie Thome scored the go-ahead basket with eight seconds remaining to defeat Temple, 77-76, in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at Crisler Center. [ MORE: Read MGoBlue.com’s full game recap ] Michigan was down by one point, 76-75, following a Temple basket with 51 seconds remaining. U-M got six looks at the basket on its ensuing possession, capped by Thome grabbing her own miss and converting to nudge the Wolverines in front by one. Junior Danielle Williams stood in and took a charge on Temple’s next possession, giving the ball
The Big Ten claimed two of the five spots on the 2016 Associated Press All-America First Team, it was announced Monday. [ MORE: Read more about Rachel Banham | Read more about Kelsey Mitchell ] Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell join UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson and South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson on the annual postseason first-team. Banham, the Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged a Big Ten-record 30.5 points in conference play, including a conference single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points in a double-overtime victory at Northwestern, and is just Minnesota’s second player to earn
Ohio State’s season came to an end on Friday night with a 78-62 loss to Tennessee in a Sweet 16 matchup at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. [ MORE: Read more at OhioStateBuckeyes.com | @OhioState_WBB on Twitter | @ohiostate_wbb on Instagram ] This was Ohio State’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2011. Ameryst Alston finished with 21 points, while Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points and four assists in the loss. The Buckeyes finish their season with a final record of 26-8. Catch up on all the action here. TENNESSEE 78, OHIO STATE 62: BOX | RECAP ⛹👀
Katelynn Flaherty scored a game-high 24 points to lead Michigan to a 78-51 win over San Diego in a WNIT matchup on Tuesday night.
Indiana and Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Maryland were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Monday night. The Hoosiers lost to instate foe Notre Dame, 87-70, while the Terrapins were upset by Washington, 74-65, on their home court. Catch up on both of Monday night’s results below. NOTRE DAME 87, INDIANA 70: Lindsay Allen scored a season-high 22 points, Brianna Turner added 18 points and 10 rebounds and top-seed Notre Dame finally broke away from ninth-seed Indiana with a 15-2 run that started late in the third quarter to beat the Hoosiers 87-70 on Monday night in the second
Kelsey Mitchell had a day to remember Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score ] The Ohio State star poured in an eye-popping 45 points, the fourth-most in NCAA tourney opening weekend history, to lead Ohio State to an 88-81 victory over West Virginia. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to the Sweet 16, their first regional semifinal appearance since 2011. Harris reached 45 points, thanks to 18 made free throws, which ties for the most in NCAA tourney opening weekend annals; she also added five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Mitchell’s output
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State). But no matter how far the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the conference go in the tourney (and even if they didn’t make it this season), their supporters can take pride in how people associated with those programs perform off the court. This round-up of LiveBIG stories with a b-ball bent shows off the Big Ten’s talent waaaayyyy beyond the arc: Quinn Buckner Helping Hoosiers
Aerial Powers scored 27 points, Jasmine Hines added 24 and fourth-seeded Michigan State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 13 seed Belmont 74-60 on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Later, No. 3 seed Ohio State handled No. 14 seed Buffalo, 88-69. Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points for the Buckeyes. [ MORE: Big Ten women’s scoreboard | NCAA women’s scoreboard | NCAA.com interactive bracket | BTN YouTube videos | Big Ten women’s hoops on Twitter] On Saturday, it’s No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2),