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The championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is set.
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Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell could not miss on Friday night.
The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals are set.
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.
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.
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.