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Wednesday's Results

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Michigan State 69, Illinois 53
Becca Mills and Tori Jankoska each scored 22 points to lead No. 24 Michigan State in a 69-53 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night. Michigan State (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) racked up 41 points in the first half and jumped out to a 17-point lead at the break. Midway through the second half both teams went without a basket and combined to miss 10 shots over 3 minutes, after which the Spartans took their largest lead of the game at 23 points. The Spartans shot 53.3 percent from the floor and held Illinois (9-13, 2-7) to 17-of-55 shooting from the field and 17.6 percent from 3-point range. RECAP

Nebraska 71, Wisconsin 70
Emily Cady stole a post entry pass with two seconds left to preserve No. 22 Nebraska's 71-70 comeback women's basketball win at Wisconsin at Wednesday night. Nebraska, which was held to a season-low 21 first-half points, was shackled with first-half foul trouble and had to overcome many challenges in the second half to escape from the Kohl Center with a victory for the third straight season. Cady finished with her 10th double-double of the season and sixth in Big Ten play with 10 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five assists. Cady managed just two points, five rebounds and two assists in the first half while being handcuffed by two fouls in the first few minutes. RECAP

Wednesday's Schedule

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#24/rv Michigan State at Illinois, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN
#22/21 Nebraska at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Four Conference Teams Appear in Latest National Polls

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Four Big Ten teams appear among the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today Coaches polls. Penn State appears in the top 10 for the second time this season, jumping three spots to in both polls to No. 9 in the AP rankings and No. 10 in the coaches poll. Nebraska returns to the AP poll at No. 22 this week and jumps to No. 21 in the coaches poll. Michigan State climbs to No. 24 in the writers poll, its first appearance in the AP top 25 since Nov. 26, and Purdue checks in at No. 24 in the USA Today poll and No. 25 in the AP poll. Michigan is receiving votes in the AP poll, while the Spartans are receiving votes in the coaches rankings.

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 77, Illinois 58
The Indiana women's basketball team ran past Illinois for the program's first Big Ten road win in nearly three years with a 77-58 victory on Sunday afternoon at the State Farm Center. Alexis Gassion tallied a career high 22 points to lead the Hoosiers. After a tough shooting night last time out against Northwestern, the young Hoosiers rebounded to shoot 47.5 percent (28-of-49) from the field and 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from beyond the arc against Illinois. The 12 made 3-pointers ties the team's season high and ties for second most 3-point field goals made in a single game in program history. RECAP

Michigan State 89, Purdue 73
The Michigan State women's basketball team picked up its third victory over a ranked team this afternoon, knocking off No. 19/16 Purdue, 89-73 at the Breslin Center. MSU utilized a balanced and efficient offensive effort, as five Spartans scored in double figures and the team shot 50.0% from the field. Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers led the attack with her sixth double-double, posting 19 points and 11 rebounds, while also tying her season-high with five assists. Off the bench, junior Jasmine Hines had a season-high 16 points in 23 minutes, while senior Klarissa Bell and freshman Tori Jankoska each poured in 15 points. Jankoska also added a season- and game-high six assists, six rebounds and three steals. RECAP

Penn State 79, Northwestern 75
The #13/12 Penn State Lady Lions (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten) saw a 20-point first-half lead evaporate, but got five consecutive points from Talia East in the final 2:22 and salted away the win from the free throw line as they held off Northwestern (14-8, 4-5) Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Maggie Lucas was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with a team-best 19 points to lead five Lady Lions in double figures. Lucas also added six rebounds and three assists in the win. Ariel Edwards had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals. RECAP

Wisconsin 82, Ohio State 71
With four players scoring in double figures, the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated Ohio State 82-71 at the Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to hot shooting and tough defense, the Badgers snapped their four-game losing streak. For the first time in four games, more than two Badgers scored 10-or-more points. A game-high 21 points came from Michala Johnson and Gulczynski. Gulczynski recorded her fourth double-double of the season by pulling down 15 rebounds, which ties her career high. Wurtz earned her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points, all of which came in the second half, and 14 rebounds. Morgan Paige added 12 points, going 5-for-6 from the free throw line. RECAP

Sunday's Schedule

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#19/16 Purdue at Michigan State, 1:30 p.m., BTN
Indiana at Illinois, 2 p.m., BTDN
#12/13 Penn State at Northwestern, 2 p.m., BTDN
Ohio State at Wisconsin, 3 p.m., BTDN

Saturday's Results

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Nebraska 80, Iowa 67
Tear'a Laudermill scored a career-high 26 points and Jordan Hooper added 25 points and 13 rebounds to power Nebraska to an 80-67 women's basketball win at Iowa on Saturday afternoon. In the best all-around performance of her career, Laudermill erupted for 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range to tie her career high with four threes. She also went a perfect 4-for-4 at thre free throw line, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists in 33 minutes. Laudermill scored Nebraska's final six points to close out the win, after starting point guard Rachel Theriot fouled out with 3:33 left. Theriot finished with 10 points and four assists. RECAP

Minnesota 85, Michigan 69
A huge second half in which the Golden Gophers shot .773 from the field and scored 51 points helped the University of Minnesota (14-9, 3-6) women's basketball team come back to defeat Michigan (14-8, 5-4), 85-69, on the road Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. After trailing the Wolverines, 38-34, at halftime, the Gophers used a 15-9 run to take their first lead of the half, 49-47, at 16:43 and added a 16-6 run to go up by 12 points, 65-53, near the 10-minute mark. From there, Minnesota stretched its lead to 16 points to close out the game and snapped its two-game losing skid. RECAP

Saturday's Schedule

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Minnesota at Michigan, Noon ET, BTN
#rv/23 Nebraska at Iowa, 3 p.m. ET, BTDN

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

Thursday's Schedule

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#12/13 Penn State at #19/16 Purdue, 6 p.m., BTN
Illinois at Ohio State, 7 p.m., BTDN
Northwestern at Indiana, 7 p.m., BTDN
Wisconsin at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BTDN

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Michigan's Elmblad Named Academic All-District Honoree

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Michigan's Nicole Elmblad was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team on Thursday. With her selection to the first team, she is now eligible for the national ballot. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2012 and a biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience major, Elmblad has started all 21 games for the Wolverines this season. She has recorded six double-doubles and is averaging 12.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 36.5 minutes per game. Elmblad leads the Big Ten and U-M in minutes played, while pacing the Wolverines in steals (30) and ranking second in rebounds (170) and assists (68). The lefty is also Michigan's captain and has set career highs in every statistical category this season.
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