Friday's Results

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Michigan State 63, Indiana 49
The Michigan State women's basketball team opened the defense of its 2011 Big Ten title with a 63-49 victory at Indiana on Friday night. It was the Spartans ninth-straight win at Assembly Hall. Four Spartans reached double-figures led by 12 points from senior Taylor Alton, who went 4-for-7 from behind the arc, tying a career high in makes. Junior Jasmine Thomas and freshman Jasmine Hines each chipped in 11 points, while senior Lykendra Johnson added 10. Freshman Kiana Johnson dished out a season-high nine assists, while junior Courtney Schiffauer led the team with a career-high tying nine rebounds. RECAP

Michigan 70, Illinois 50
The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a strong first half to upend Illinois in its Big Ten Conference opener, 70-50, on Thursday night (Dec. 30) inside Assembly Hall. For the second time on the season, four Wolverines scored in double figures. Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) led Michigan with a team-high 16 points from 7-of-11 shooting and surpassed 1,000 career points (1,006). Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) added 14 points, connecting 6-of-12 from the floor, and Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) tacked on 12 points, six rebounds and five steals. Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich. /Watervliet) posted a team-high eight rebounds to complement 10 points. RECAP

Iowa 86, Northwestern 55
It's no secret with the University of Iowa women's basketball team that as the long-range shooting goes, so goes the team. This held true Friday night as the Hawkeyes (8-5, 1-0) made 12 3-pointers and defeated Northwestern (10-4, 0-1), 86-55, in the Big Ten opener on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

Nebraska 71, Penn State 63
Jordan Hooper scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the No. 23 Nebraska women's basketball team to a 71-63 comeback win at No. 16 Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center Friday night. Hooper scored Nebraska's last five points including a huge three-pointer with 16 seconds left to give the Huskers an insurmountable 69-63 lead. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., notched her third 30-point effort in the last four games and her third straight double-double to lead the Huskers to their first-ever Big Ten Conference victory. It was Hooper's sixth double-double of the year and ninth of her career, and her fourth career 30-point performance. RECAP

Purdue 57, Minnesota 53
Antionette Howard scored the go-ahead basket and K.K. Houser had 15 points to lead No. 20 Purdue to a 57-53 victory over Minnesota in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday night. The Boilermakers (11-3) shot just 30.4 percent, but tied the game at 50 on a free throw by Sam Ostarello, and then Howard scored on a layup to give Purdue its first lead in the second half at 52-50. RECAP

Ohio State 77, Wisconsin 61
Junior Tayler Hill led four Buckeyes in double-figures with 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 9/12 Ohio State beat Wisconsin 77-61 Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The win moves the Buckeyes to 14-0 overall on the season, the best in program history, and also gave head coach Jim Foster his 250th win at Ohio State. Samantha Prahalis, first in the Big Ten in assists and fourth in scoring, finished with 12 points and 11 assists for her fourth double-double of the season. RECAP

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