BTN.com staff, March 2, 2017
The 2017 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament continued Thursday with four more games on BTN from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Nia Coffey scored a season-high 34 points, Lauren Douglas added 17 – including four free throws in the last 10 seconds – and ninth-seeded Northwestern edged eighth-seeded Iowa 78-73 in the second round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
Coffey had 15 points in the second quarter as the Wildcats erased a five-point deficit to lead 41-32 at the half. Iowa's Megan Gustafson had 13 of her 27 in the third quarter, including the last five to help the Hawkeyes cut a 12-point deficit to 60-55 entering the fourth quarter. – AP
Andreona Keys scored a career-high 26 points and fifth-seeded Purdue defeated No. 12 seed Illinois 72-58 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Keys made 10 of 14 shots and all five free-throw attempts along with six rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (20-11), who will face No. 4 seed Indiana on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Purdue never trailed though the teams were tied at the six-minute mark of the third quarter when the Boilersmakers finished the period on a 12-7 run to go up for good. Keys scored seven points to open the fourth quarter for a 12-point lead. Illinois closed to within five with four minutes to go but was outscored 14-5 down the stretch.
Carlie Wagner scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and No. 10 seed Minnesota defeated No. 7 seed Penn State 70-64 on Thursday night at the Big Ten Tournament.
Wagner, who made five 3-pointers, posted her second double-double this season in leading the Gophers (15-15) into a quarterfinal against fourth-ranked and second-seeded Maryland on Friday.
An 8-0 run got Penn State within two of the Gophers, 61-59, with 2:51 left but Bell scored the first five points and Gadiva Hubbard the next four in a 9-2 run that gave Minnesota a nine-point cushion with 35 seconds remaining.
Tori Jankoska scored 22 points and Taya Reimer had a double-double to lead No. 6 seed Michigan State to a 70-63 win over 11th-seeded Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night.
Reimer finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Branndais Agee added 14 points and Taryn McCutcheon scored 10 for Michigan State, which advanced to Friday's quarterfinal against Michigan.
Michigan State (20-10) got a jumper from Jankoska to edge into the lead, 50-49, with 3:13 left in the third quarter and the Spartans never again trailed. She then got two quick layups sandwiched around a Wisconsin free throw to stretch the advantage to four going into the fourth quarter. The Badgers twice tied it in the early fourth and a layup by Avyanna Young pulled them within 62-60 with 3:44 to play, but Jankoska answered with a 3, Victoria Reimer made back-to-back layups and Jankoska added a free throw as the Spartans closed the game on an 8-3 spurt.