Thursday's Results

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Michigan State 68, Purdue 61
The Michigan State women's basketball team earned its first win over a ranked opponent this season, in a critical 68-61 upset over No. 25/22 Purdue on Thursday night at Mackey Arena. Senior Jasmine Thomas, and juniors Klarissa Bell and Annalise Pickrel all scored at last 17 points in the win, helping improve the Spartans' record to 21-7 overall and moved them into a tie for third in the Big Ten at 9-6. Pickrel scored a game-high 18 points in 29 minutes off the bench, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-7 from 3-point. She also added a team-best six rebounds. Thomas and Bell each added 17 points, while Thomas chipped in three assists, and Bell was strong defensively with three steals and two blocks. Sophomore Kiana Johnson led the squad with six assists to just two turnovers, and picked up eight points and three steals. RECAP

Michigan 55, Northwestern 50
The University of Michigan women's basketball team claimed the fifth 20-win season in program history, defeating Northwestern, 55-50, behind a 52-point effort from the Wolverines' five senior starters on Senior Night Thursday (Feb. 28) inside Crisler Center. U-M led by 11 midway through the second half, before the Wildcats cut it to one late; but the Wolverines hung on in their final home game to close out the season with a 13-4 mark in Ann Arbor. On the offensive end, Michigan senior forward Rachel Sheffer scored a team-high 17 points to go with six rebounds. Senior forward Nya Jordan recorded her third straight double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds). Senior guard Jenny Ryan scored 12 points and dished out eight assists. For the game, U-M shot 38.9 percent (21-for-54) from the field and outscored Northwestern, 34-14 in the paint. RECAP

Ohio State 64, Illinois 53
Tayler Hill scored 18 of her team-high 21 points in the second half and Ashley Adams added a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds as Ohio State picked up a big road win Thursday, 64-53, over the Illini. The win improves Ohio State to 6-9 in the Big Ten and 16-12 overall, keeping its slim NCAA tournament hopes alive. Illinois falls to 16-11 and 9-6 in Big Ten play. Darryce Moore added 12 points off the bench and Ameryst Alston eight points for the Buckeyes, who made 19 of 24 from the free throw line. RECAP 

Iowa 75, Indiana 70
On a night when the UI program honored seniors Morgan Johnson, Trisha Nesbitt and Jaime Printy, a sophomore sharpshooter came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points and help dig the Hawkeyes out of an 18-point hole. Melissa Dixon made 5-of-13 3-point field goals, as Iowa outscored the Hoosiers 22-0 in bench points, and all 22 came from Dixon. The Hawkeyes shot 60.9 percent from the field in the second half (14-of-23) and outscored Indiana 41-26 over the final 20 minutes. Johnson scored 17 points with nine rebounds, Printy added 14 points and six assists, and junior Theairra Taylor scored 11 points with three assists and two blocked shots. A 3-pointer by Taylor with 2:39 left gave Iowa a 68-65 lead, and it would not trail again. RECAP

Nebraska 55, Wisconsin 53
Hailie Sample's layup off an assist from Lindsey Moore with 43 seconds left brought No. 20 Nebraska all the way back from a five-point deficit in the closing minutes for a 55-53 win at the Kohl Center on Thursday night. The late heroics by Sample, Moore and Rachel Theriot were enough to stretch Nebraska's winning streak to 10 straight games and improve to 22-6 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten. NU's 12 league wins are the second most in school history. Sample, who also teamed with Moore to secure another one-possession road win at Iowa during Nebraska's winning streak, finished with six points. Moore, who added the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 9.9 seconds left, led Nebraska with 13 points, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals. RECAP

Minnesota 89, Penn State 81
Four Gophers scored in double-figures to help the University of Minnesota (17-12, 6-9 Big Ten) women's basketball team upset #7/7 Penn State, 89-81, Thursday night in Big Ten action from Williams Arena. Micaella Riche led the team with 24 points and five rebounds, while Rachel Banham, Sari Noga and Shayne Mullaney added 23, 19 and 10 points, respectively. It was the first time the Golden gophers defeated a nationally ranked opponent this season, and the first time it took down a team ranked in the top-7 nationally since they defeated Ohio State, 66-63, in overtime on March 6, 2005. RECAP

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