BTN.com staff, January 29, 2012
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.
(AP) Lindsey Moore scored 20 points to help No. 19 Nebraska beat Illinois 67-47 on Sunday. The Huskers (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) jumped to an early 6-0 lead and never trailed the rest of the game. Jordan Hooper recorded her Big Ten-leading 10th double-double, grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds and scoring 12 points. Emily Cady also contributed 17 points for Nebraska.
(AP) Rachel Banham scored 20 points and made three 3-pointers, helping Minnesota take down No. 9 Ohio State 76-68 on Sunday. Kiara Buford added 15 points and seven assists for the Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten), who beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly three years. They did it by dominating the post, outscoring the Buckeyes 36-20 in the paint with Katie Loberg and Micaella Riche taking it to the young Ohio State frontcourt.
Michigan State 83, Penn State 73 BOX
(AP) Porsche Poole scored a career-high 32 points and Michigan State rallied to beat No. 18 Penn State 83-77 on Sunday. Following a 28-point effort in a loss to Illinois, Poole was 10-for-15 from the field, including hitting three 3-pointers, for the Spartans (13-9, 5-4 Big Ten). She also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals. The win ended a three-game skid for Michigan State and completed a sweep of the Nittany Lions (16-5, 6-3).
Northwestern 68, Indiana 61 BOX
Northwestern fought off a late comeback bid by Indiana to claim a 68-61 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena Sunday afternoon. Both Dannielle Diamant (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Kendall Hackney (16 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles for NU, the first duo to do so this year. With the win, the Wildcats swept the season series for the first time since the 1996-97 season and improved to 13-9. Read the full recap at NUSports.com.