Five women’s basketball games in the Big Ten tonight beginning with Northwestern at Michigan State. Watch highlights of Michigan State’s 72-58 win now, track all of the results on our Big Ten women’s scoreboard and jump inside this post for much more women’s basketball coverage including an interview with Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn.
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(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.
There were a quartet of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday afternoon, including a pair featuring ranked teams. No. 17 Purdue dropped Illinois, 77-66, behind Sam Ostarello’s double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds), while No. 21 Penn State rallied past Minnesota, 68-65, at The Barn. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
BTN aired a doubleheader of women’s basketball on Thursday night including Northwestern-Michigan and Minnesota-Illinois. Watch the highlights of Michigan’s win over Northwestern now and dive inside this post for highlights from Champaign and additional women’s basketball coverage.
“Rachel The Rookie” certainly hasn’t been playing like one this season, although, Rachel Banham has been racking up the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards. On Monday, the Minnesota freshman guard was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season. Only two players in league history have won it more. Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talked to Banham in her latest Gimme 5 audio segment. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.
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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.
A day after Iowa sent No. 17 Purdue to its first Big Ten defeat, there were a pair of upsets in the Big Ten on Sunday. Behind Rachel Banham’s 20 points, Minnesota took down No. 9 Ohio State, 76-65, and Michigan State took down No. 19 Penn State, 83-73. In other action, No. 21 Nebraska toppled Illinois, 61-47, and Northwestern downed Indiana, 68-61. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post.