The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to rank the top 10 games of the year. Talk about a difficult list! With so many close games, this is no easy chore. With that said, here’s my list of the 10 best games from the 2014 Big Ten season.
The Big Ten announced Sunday the bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, held Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Penn State and Michigan State collected the top two seeds after each earned shares of the Big Ten Championship.
Drey Mingo scored 24 points, and Purdue won its second straight Big Ten tournament championship, beating Michigan State 62-47 on Sunday.
Jasmine Thomas scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and Michigan State used its stout defense to upset No. 8 Penn State 54-46 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Becca Mills added 16 points for the Spartans (24-7), who held Penn State to 22 percent shooting and enjoyed a 52-38 rebounding edge.
Sam Ostarello scored 18 points, Courtney Moses had 16 and Purdue beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship. KK Houser added 13 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Boilermakers (23-8), who also beat Nebraska 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 5.
No. 4 seed Michigan State held off fifth-seeded Michigan 62-46 to advance to the Saturday’s semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. It’s the Spartans eighth trip to the semifinals in the past 10 seasons.
Alex Bentley scored 20 points, Maggie Lucas added 18, and No. 8 Penn State beat Ohio State 76-66 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. The top-seeded Lady Lions (25-4) had their difficulties in this one after earning a first-round bye and their second straight regular-season title with a 14-2 conference record. But they went on a big run early in the second half to break a tie and earn a spot in Saturday’s semifinals against the Michigan-Michigan State winner.
KK Houser scored 15 points and Purdue defeated Wisconsin 74-62 on Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Drey Mingo added 13 points and Sam Ostarello had nine points and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (22-8), who will play No. 21 Nebraska in Saturday’s first semifinal. Nebraska beat Iowa 76-61 in the first quarterfinal game on Friday.
Jordan Hooper scored 24 points to lead No. 21 Nebraska to a 76-61 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday. Lindsey Moore had 13 points and six assists, and Emily Cady had eight rebounds and six assists for the Huskers (23-7), the second seed in the tournament. Look back at the GameTracker.
The first day of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is in the books as Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan advance to Friday’s round. All of Friday’s games air live on BTN & BTN2Go.
Nicole Elmblad scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Michigan steamrolled Indiana 67-40 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Rachel Sheffer added 12 points for the fifth-seeded Wolverines (21-9), and Nya Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Michigan outrebounded Indiana 45-30, outscored the Hoosiers 32-10 in the paint and never trailed in the game.
Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Ashley Adams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the ninth-seeded Buckeyes (18-12), who advanced to face top-seeded and eighth-ranked Penn State in the quarterfinals Friday. Look at the game details in GameTracker.
Morgan Paige scored 18 points, including two free throws with 3 seconds remaining, and 11th-seeded Wisconsin beat Illinois 58-57 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday. Illinois, which trailed 54-44 with 6 minutes left, took a 57-54 lead on Amber Moore’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. Tessa Cichy made two free throws to get Wisconsin within a point.
Morgan Johnson and Jamie Printy scored 18 points apiece and Iowa defeated Northwestern 60-55 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten women’s tournament. Bethany Doolittle added 10 points and Samantha Logic grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-11), the seventh seed in the tournament. They advance to meet No. 21 Nebraska, the Big Ten’s second seed, in Friday’s quarterfinals.
All 12 Big Ten women’s basketball teams head to Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the Sears Centre Arena for the annual Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament with champion scoring the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The first 10 games of the tournament will be televised by BTN & BTN2Go.
The Big Ten women’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the league as they prepare to head to Chicago for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. We’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.
The Big Ten released its All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams on Monday. Back-to-back champ Penn State highlights the award winners, with Maggie Lucas winning the Coaches and Media’s Player of the Year and Coquese Washington claiming the Media’s Coach of the Year. See all the honorees in this post.
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The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. With its win over Nebraska on Sunday night, Penn State secured its second consecutive outright Big Ten title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Every Big Ten women’s basketball team was in action Sunday, the final day of the regular season. But it wasn’t until the sixth and final game of the day that a champion was crowned, as No. 7 Penn State dropped No. 20 Nebraska to win its second consecutive outright Big Ten championship. Get caught up on all the action with stats, recaps and video highlights/interviews in this post.
KK Houser scored 19 points to help No. 21 Purdue defeat No. 24 Nebraska 74-70 in two overtimes in the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday. Houser, from Lincoln, Neb., also had five steals against her hometown team. Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Ostarello added eight points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (24-8), who won the tournament for the eighth time in 17 years. Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, who scored nine points and hit the game winner in the semifinal victory against Penn State, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Read the full AP recap.
Brittany Rayburn hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds to lift No. 25 Purdue past No. 12 Penn State, 68-66, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Boilermakers will play Nebraska, which beat three-time reigning champ Ohio State (recap), in the title game at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
No. 24 Nebraska toppled three-time reigning Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament champion and No. 16 Ohio State, 77-62, in semifinal action Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the win, the Huskers advance to the Big Ten tourney title game, where it plays No. 25 Purdue at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. We tracked tweets from a variety of official school sources, fans and media folks who were covering the action. Check it out here. Also, throughout the tourney, join the conversation on Twitter by using the #B1Gtourney.
Right before halftime of Nebraska’s game against Iowa in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday, Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore brought the fans to their feet with a nifty last-second shot as the Huskers cut the Hawkeyes’ lead to 36-33. The junior guard took an Iowa turnover, dribbled up the floor and past defenders, then headed toward the center of the court before launching a long bomb to beat the buzzer. We’ve been building up our “Did You See This?” archive all year. If you liked Moore’s fantastic shot, you’ll want to see all of the others.
We’ve all been to sporting events where entertainers show of their skills during short breaks in the action or at halftime. During the halftime break of Thursday’s Big Ten Women’s Tournament game between Nebraska and Northwestern, one entertainer’s performance veered a little off course. Watch the video here. That disc-catching dog missed one deep throw and veered off into the Wildcat cheerleaders, who were seated on the baseline of the court. But as you can see, the dog was all business and went right back out on the court to finish the show.