Thursday's Results

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Northwestern 58, Indiana 52
It was another close Big Ten battle Thursday night between the Wildcats and Hoosiers with Northwestern prevailing 58-52 down the stretch. With nine ties and nine lead changes, the Wildcats drained their free throws down the stretch to improve to 14-7 on the year, 4-4 in the Big Ten and are now winners in back-to-back Big Ten contests. Lauren Douglas led NU with 16 points off the bench while Maggie Lyon made some clutch shots down the stretch to finish with 14. Christen Inman also added 12 while Alex Cohen had a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks. Lyndsay Leikem led IU with 18 points. RECAP

Michigan State 71, Wisconsin 67
The Michigan State women's basketball team held off Wisconsin on Thursday night for a 71-67 victory at the Breslin Center. The Spartan (14-7) remain alone in second place in the Big Ten at 6-2 at the midway point of conference play. Five Spartans scored in double digits in the balanced offense attack. Senior Annalise Pickrel led the Spartans in points (14), rebounds (8) and assists (4). Junior Becca Mills added 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while freshmen Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers each had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Junior Kiana Johnson had 11 points and tied Pickrel with four assists off the bench. RECAP

Ohio State 90, Illinois 64
Ameryst Alston recorded career highs with 31 points and 10 assists and Raven Ferguson continued her stellar play off the bench with a career-high 24 points as the Buckeyes posted a 90-64 win over visiting Illinois Thursday evening at Value City Arena. It was Alston's first career double-double and marked the first 10-assist game by a Buckeye since Samantha Prahalis on Dec. 30, 2011. Alston was 9 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 from the line. Ferguson was equally impressive, hitting 7 of 11 and 8 of 10 from the stripe to go along with four assists. RECAP

Penn State 75, Purdue 72
In the kind of game you would expect from a pair of ranked teams, the #13/12 Penn State Lady Lions (16-4, 7-1 Big Ten) landed four players in double figures and held off a late run as they posted a 75-72 over #16/19 Purdue (15-5, 5-3) Thursday night. Maggie Lucas scored 23 points on the night to move into second place on Penn State's career scoring list and ninth place in Big Ten history (2,259 points). Lucas turned in a complete performance to go along with her 23 points, she had five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals. She was efficient, hitting on 9-of-15 shots from the field for her 23 tallies. Ariel Edwards also turned in a 20-point performance with 21 tallies with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. RECAP

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