Thursday's Results

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Penn State 76, Indiana 54
The #8/9 Penn State Lady Lions (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten) landed four players in double figures, led by 20 points each from Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas on the way to a 76-54 win at Indiana (10-13, 1-9) Thursday. The win is the 850th in program history, making Penn State one of 12 programs in NCAA Division I to reach the milestone. Additionally, Nikki Greene became the only player in Penn State history to accumulate 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 200 blocks in the win. Playing in her home state of Indiana for the final time in her collegiate career, Bentley posted her fourth 20-point performance of the season and the 22nd of her career with 20 markers. She also added four rebounds and three steals. Lucas, who was saddled with foul trouble for much of the first half, had 20 points for her 10th 20-point effort of the year and 41st of her career. She also pulled in two rebounds and had two steals. RECAP


Michigan 72, Illinois 69
The University of Michigan women's basketball team had four players score in double figures, including 21 from senior forward Rachel Sheffer, and held off a late Illinois run to defeat the Fighting Illini, 72-69, Thursday night (Feb. 7) inside Crisler Center. Michigan, which won its 11th game at home this season, snapped a three-game losing streak in Big Ten play. Sheffer was 8-of-15 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds, while senior guard Kate Thompson hit five three-pointers for all 15 of her points. Thompson also had a pair of blocked shots. Senior forward Nya Jordan and senior guard Jenny Ryan had 14 and 13 points, respectively. Ryan had seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals, while Jordan had a game-high nine rebounds. RECAP

Ohio State 65, Wisconsin 59 (2OT)
Ohio State worked two overtimes to defeat Wisconsin, 65-59, Thursday at Value City Arena. But it took a little magic at the end of regulation for the Buckeyes to pull out the victory. Trailing by four points with 11 seconds left, Tayler Hill was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.5 seconds left. After making the first two, Hill intentionally missed the third free throw as Amber Stokes flipped the ball under the basket to Ameryst Alston who quickly flipped the ball over her shoulder and through the net as time expired. It was Alston's first basket of the game. But that was only just the beginning of the drama. With 1:32 left in the first overtime and down two, Stokes drove baseline and converted a layup to tie the game for the 14th time. After a Wisconsin miss on its next possession, Hill had a chance to win the game but missed a layup, which forced another overtime session. This time Ohio State (13-10, 3-7) eliminated the drama early, outscoring the Badgers 7-1 in the second overtime to win its second in a row and keep its postseason hopes alive. Ashley Adams led Ohio State with 16 points and nine rebounds while Hill and Stokes each added 15. Aleksandra Dobranic also hit key shots for the Buckeyes in critical moments and finished with nine. RECAP

Nebraska 55, Northwestern 50

Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore both went over the 1,500 career point mark and powered the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 55-50 victory at Northwestern on Thursday night. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten, as the Huskers notched their fourth conference road win of the year. Northwestern slipped to 11-12 overall and 3-7 in the league. Hooper finished with a game-high 19 points, while adding seven rebounds, and Moore pitched in 16 points, two assists and four steals. Emily Cady added seven points and seven rebounds, while Rachel Theriot pitched in six points and three assists. RECAP

Minnesota 72, Iowa 60

The University of Minnesota (15-9, 4-6 B1G) women's basketball team got 34 points and nine rebounds from Rachel Banham to defeat visiting Iowa (16-8, 5-5 B1G), 72-60, Thursday night in Big Ten action from Williams Arena. With her basket with 10:46 remaining in the second half, Banham surpassed Lindsay Whalen for the program scoring record for a sophomore. Whalen boasted 1,092 points by the end of her sophomore campaign, while Banham finished the contest with 1,099 for her career. Banham also passed former Gopher and current Minnesota assistant coach Kelly Roysland for the No. 15 spot on Minnesota's all-time scoring register. Roysland concluded her career with 1,074 points. Along with Banham, freshman Shayne Mullaney and redshirt freshman Kayla Hirt also scored in double-figures for the Gophers in the victory. Micaella Riche was Minnesota's top rebounder, pulling down a game-best 13 boards to go along with six points, two blocks and a steal, while Sari Noga added six rebounds, five points, four assists and a steal. RECAP


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