Thursday's Results

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#12/17 Penn State 74, Purdue 63
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - In a game that featured seven ties and 12 lead changes, the No. 12/17 Penn State Lady Lions (21-5, 11-3) claimed a 74-63 win at No. 17/19 Purdue (19-7, 9-4) Thursday night in front of 8,681 fans at Mackey Arena. The Lady Lions win in West Lafayette for the first time since Jan. 2, 2004, snapping a six-game road losing streak to the Boilers. With the win, Penn State can now clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a win over No. 9/11 Ohio State Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions landed four players in double figures, led by sophomore guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.), who was 5-for-7 from three-point range, en route to a game-high 28 points. She scored 20 points in the second half as the Lady Lions pushed past the Boilers. Junior forward Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) had a near double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. She also blocked a career-high two shots. RECAP

#9/11 Ohio State 75, Indiana 54
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It was a startling contrast: One team so deep that it could afford to be without the Big Ten's leading scorer, the other struggling to try to compete and end a long skid. No. 9 Ohio State didn't have Samantha Prahalis, averaging 21.8 points a game in conference play and seventh in the nation in assists at 6.7 per game, because of the flu. But the Buckeyes got 27 points from Tayler Hill and major contributions from several others, never trailing in handing Indiana a 75-54 loss on Thursday night. "Other people had to step up a little bit," coach Jim Foster said. Plenty did. Amber Stokes added 14 points and a career-high seven assists, and Kalpana Beach matched a career high with 13 points. Ten players scored, 11 had rebounds and eight had assists in the rout. RECAP

Northwestern 63, #16 Nebraska 51
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Northwestern came into Nebraska's Devaney Center Thursday on a three-game skid, having never won in Lincoln and facing the No. 16 team in the nation. The Wildcats (14-12, 4-9) proved up to the tall task, turning in one of their best performances of the season in a 63-51 toppling of the Cornhuskers. Though it was an all-around outstanding team effort, Dannielle Diamant proved exceptional, posting a 19-point, eight-rebound effort. Classmate Kendall Hackney added 17 points, hitting on 3-of-5 attempts from long range and grabbing five rebounds. Northwestern handed Nebraska just its third loss of the year at home (11-3). "It was just a hard-fought game tonight," head coach Joe McKeown said after the game. "It was a great crowd and a great atmosphere to play in. I thought our defense was really good and we always tried to contest [Lindsey] Moore and [Jordan] Hooper. From the standpoint of playing a full 40-minute game, I thought we did a good job." RECAP

Minnesota 60, Illinois 53
Behind 19 points from freshman Rachel Banham and 12 points from senior Kiara Buford, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team took down Illinois, 60-53, Thursday night in Big Ten Conference action as it recognized its four seniors at Williams Arena. The victory improved the Gophers' record to an even 14-14 on the season and 6-8 in Big Ten action, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 10-17 overall and 4-10 in league play. Along with her team-leading 19 points, Banham added four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist, while Buford tacked on seven rebounds, five assists and three steals to her 12 points in her final regular-season contest at Williams Arena. Fellow seniors Brianna Mastey and Jackie Voigt combined for 10 points and 10 rebounds, with Mastey putting up six points and pulling down six rebounds and Voigt getting four points and four rebounds in their home finale. Micaëlla Riché led the Gophers with a career-high eight rebounds to go along with five points, two steals and a career-best two blocks, and Kionna Kellogg pitched in eight points and five rebounds for the home team. RECAP

Iowa 58, Michigan 57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Kamille Wahlin has gained a reputation for having a flair for the dramatic during her basketball career as a guard at the University of Iowa. On Thursday at Crisler Arena, Wahlin's stellar basketball resume earned another stripe when the senior nailed a game-winning 3-pointer with 48 seconds left to take down Michigan, 58-57. It is Iowa's sixth consecutive win. The Hawkeyes never led prior to Wahlin's clutch shot. "Kamille, obviously, big 3," UI head coach Lisa Bluder said. "It doesn't surprise me. I think this is the eighth time in her career that she's hit a shot in the last minute to put us up or ties the game." Wahlin paced Iowa with 18 points while playing all 40 minutes. Freshman Samantha Logic added 12 points while grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Morgan Johnson scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds. With just over two minutes left in the game, the Wolverines bolstered their lead to 57-49 after a quick four-point spurt. The outlook appeared gloomy for Bluder's Bunch, but instead of packing their bags, the Hawkeyes clamped down the defense and clawed back. RECAP

Michigan State 62, Wisconsin 46
MADISON, Wis. - A balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort led the Michigan State women's basketball team to a 62-46 victory at Wisconsin on Thursday night. The Spartans, who improve to 16-10 overall and move into a tie for fourth in the Big Ten at 8-5, were led by senior Lykendra Johnson who posted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in only 24 minutes. Joining her in double-figures was senior Taylor Alton and freshman Kiana Johnson who each chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. K. Johnson also added a team-high five assists and two steals, while Alton dished out three assists. Senior Porsche Poole added nine points and four assists. RECAP

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