Five Big Ten women’s hoops teams play their opening games of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday. Click the matchups in this post to go to the live game center pages for each game. On Friday, No. 4 seed Michigan State plays No. 13 Belmont at noon ET on ESPN2 followed No. 3 seed Ohio State playing No. 14 seed Buffalo at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. Saturday’s games are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia
Rachel Banham recorded her third 40-point game of the season, leading the Gophers (20-11, 11-7 Big Ten) to an 87-80 win over UW-Milwaukee (19-12, 12-6 Horizon) in the opening round of the WNIT. Banham’s 48 points were the most scored by an individual college player, women’s or men’s, in Williams Arena history, and set the record for most points in a WNIT game. Banham became the first player in program history to record three 40-point games in their career. Mikayla Bailey, Carlie Wagner, and Shayne Mullaney also reached double-digit in scoring, with 14, 10, and 10 respectively. This was the
Five Big Ten women’s basketball teams made the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue. Here’s the full bracket on NCAA.com, as well as a printable version. Maryland, winners of the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed in College Park, MD., and will take on No. 15 Iona at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on ESPN2. The Terrapins are hosting as part of the Lexington Region and a win will allow them to face either No. 7 Washington or No. 10 Pennsylvania in second-round play. Maryland
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points and No. 5 Maryland beat No. 19 Michigan State 60-44 on Sunday night for its second consecutive Big Ten tournament title.
The championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is set. Maryland kicked off Saturday’s semifinal action with a commanding 83-62 win over Northwestern in the first game of the day. Michigan State followed that with a dominant performance, beating Ohio State 82-63 to close out the action. The Spartans and Terrapins will face off in the final at 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Miss any of the action leading up to Saturday’s action? Here is a day-by-day look at the tourney scoreboard: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also, follow updates from the teams on Twitter with this Big
Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell could not miss on Friday night. Mitchell scored a Big Ten Tournament record 43 points to lead Ohio State to a 73-58 win over Rutgers on Friday night in a conference tournament quarterfinal matchup. “I was just trying to win,” Mitchell said following her record-setting performance. “I know how important it is to our team and to me, and even to the Ohio State family to make things happen for this program.” The Buckeyes will play Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinals. Check out the game wrap at the top of this post. Congrats, Kelsey. You have
The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals are set. Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State advanced in Friday’s quarterfinal in Indianapolis. In the opener, No. 1 seeded Maryland eliminated No. 9 Iowa, 75-55. No. 12 Northwestern followed that with an impressive 79-73 upset victory over No. 4 Indiana, while No. 2 Ohio State cruised by No. 10 Rutgers in the third game, 73-58. No. 3 Michigan State closed out the action with a thrilling 65-64 win over No. 6 Purdue. The day 1 recap is here and the day 2 recap is here – both with video highlights from each game.
And then there were eight as No. 6 seed Purdue and No. 10 seed Rutgers both won Thursday night at the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Rutgers held on to upset No. 7 Nebraska, 66-63 before the Boilermakers topped No. 11 seed Penn State, 70-59. Earlier Thursday, No. 12 seed Northwestern won for the second time in two days stunning No. 5 seed Minnesota, 84-74, while No. 9 Iowa topped No. 8 Michigan, 97-85, and advances to play No. 1 seed Maryland on Friday. Here are Friday’s matchups with all games airing live on BTN TV. Use the
In the opening games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, No. 12 Northwestern edged No. 13 Wisconsin, 76-72, in overtime, and No. 11 Penn State held off No. 14 Illinois, 75-66. Northwestern faces No. 5 Minnesota on Thursday, while Penn State moves on to play No. 6 Purdue. Get set for four more games on Thursday, and all games are available on BTN2Go. Tourney scoreboard: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times ET) Game 3: No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 8 Michigan – noon. BTN2Go Game 4: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Minnesota – 2:30 p.m.
Considering the way the regular season ended with the champion being decided on the final day, fasten your seat belts, because the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament could rival an Indy 500 finish. With the regular season behind us, I have five things to look forward to in the tourney. [MORE: Tourney bracket | All-Big Ten teams | BTN2Go games | YouTube highlights ] Reminder: The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately 4 p.m. No. 2 Ohio