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Five Standouts Garner AP All-America Honors

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Five Big Ten standouts earned All-America status by the Associated Press, it was announced on Tuesday. Nebraska's Jordan Hooper garnered second-team accolades, Penn State's Maggie Lucas was named to the third team and Iowa's Samantha Logic, Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Nebraska's Rachel Theriot were named honorable mention selections. Hooper was an honorable mention choice each of the last two seasons, while her teammate Theriot earns honorable mention distinction for the first time. Lucas garners All-America distinction for the third straight year after being named a second teamer last year and an honorable mention choice as a sophomore, while Logic garners honorable mention status for the first time.

Penn State's Lucas Named USBWA All-American

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Penn State senior Maggie Lucas was named a USBWA All-American, the organization announced on Monday. Lucas earns the honor for the second straight year, becoming the second Lady Lion to earn multiple USBWA All-America accolades, joining three-time honoree Kelly Mazzante. The Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 21.0 points per game this season, while leading Penn State to its third straight Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. She ranks fourth all-time in conference history with 2,510 career tallies and is the all-time Big Ten leader with 365 career three-pointers. Lucas is also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Senior CLASS Award and is a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.

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Sunday's Postseason Results

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NCAA Tournament
Stanford 82, Penn State 57
The third-seeded Penn State Lady Lions (24-8, 13-3) suffered an 82-57 setback to No. 2 seed and host Stanford (32-3, 17-1 Pac-12) in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Sunday afternoon inside Maples Pavilion. The loss marks the end of the career of Penn State's superb senior class, which is just the third class in school history to top 100 wins. The class finishes second in school history with a 101-31 overall record. Penn State reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the 13th time in program history and second time in the past three years. RECAP

WNIT
South Dakota State 76, Indiana 64
The Indiana women's basketball team fell on the road in the quarterfinals of the WNIT at South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon, 76-64. Alexis Gassion led the Hoosiers with a career-high tying 22 points as Larryn Brooks added 16 points for Indiana. The 2013-14 Hoosiers scored the second-most points ever in a single year in school history (2,369), finished with the second-most field goals made (850) and the most 3-point field goals made (259). The 259 3-point field goals made rank second all-time in Big Ten history for a single season. Brooks ends her season with 554 points, which ranks seventh for most points in a single season by an IU player in school history. Her 67 3-pointers made ties for the fourth-highest ever made in a single year and she is now alone in third for most assists in a season at Indiana. RECAP

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 20

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Two former Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have taken their knowledge on the court to the silver screen. Both basketball stars at their respective institutions, Northwestern's Shon Morris (1988) and Purdue's Stephanie White (1999), currently serve as analysts on the Big Ten Network. Morris has worked for BTN since its launch, serving as one of the network's primary men's basketball analysts. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, scoring over 1,000 points in his career. White, a former All-American and WNBA star, was named a women's basketball analyst in November 2007. She is best remembered in Big Ten circles for leading Purdue to its first NCAA Championship in 1999. That season, she was named the National College Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. 

Sunday's Postseason Schedule

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NCAA Tournament
#2 Stanford vs. #3 Penn State, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WNIT
Indiana at South Dakota State, 3 p.m. ET

Thursday's WNIT Results

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Indiana 66, Northwestern 65
The Indiana women's basketball team erased a 14-point deficit to defeat Northwestern 66-65 Thursday night in Assembly Hall in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Simone Deloach gave IU its first lead of the night with a layup with 11 seconds remaining to lift IU over the Wildcats. The Hoosiers improved to 21-12 on the season to tie the school record for most wins in a season. Freshman Larryn Brooks led all scorers with 27 points, moving her into seventh in program history for single season scoring with 538 points. Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem each finished with 10 points and pulled down nine and six rebounds, respectively. RECAP

Bowling Green 63, Michigan 53
Junior forward Cyesha Goree grabbed eight rebounds to set a new single-season record, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team concluded its season with a 63-53 loss at Bowling Green in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday night at the Stroh Center. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad led the way offensively for Michigan with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Goree joined her in double figures with 12 points to go with her eight rebounds. Michigan shot just 40.4 percent (23-for-57) from the floor, compared to 55. 8 percent (24-for-43) for Bowling Green. BG also won the battle on the glass, 28-27. RECAP

South Dakota State 70, Minnesota 62
University of Minnesota redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B.broke the Big Ten and Minnesota single-season rebounding records, matched her career-high with 26 points and posted her 18th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to extend the Gophers' (22-13) season, as they fell on the road at South Dakota State (25-9), 70-62, Thursday night in the third round of the WNIT. Zahui concluded her remarkable rookie season with 514 points on .543 shooting and program records with 394 rebounds and 105 blocks, while Minnesota finished the 2013-14 season with its most wins since the 2004-05 season and made it to the WNIT third round for the first time in program history. The Big Ten record of 397 rebounds in a season was previous held by Illinois' Jenna Smith since 2010, while Minnesota's program record was previously held by Linda Roberts since 1978. RECAP

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were among a group of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy, presented annually by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to the National Player of the Year. Hooper and Lucas were also among a group of 15 candidates for the Wooden Award. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7 at the Women's Final Four in Nashville. It is the second straight season Lucas has been named a finalist for the honor, while Hooper earns her first such distinction from the WBCA.

Thursday's WNIT Schedule

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Michigan at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN
Minnesota at South Dakota State, 8 p.m. ET

Indiana's Miller Tabbed WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year

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Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller has been named the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year for Region 6 as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Wednesday.   With the regional recognition, Miller becomes one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year.

Miller earns his fifth WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honor as he also earned the recognition during his head coaching tenure at Bowling Green State University in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. 
 
All regional winners are finalists for the inaugural Pat Summit Trophy that will be presented to the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year.  Other region winners in 2014 include Geno Auriemma of Connecticut (Region 1), Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame (Region 2), Dawn Staley of South Carolina (Region 3), Jennifer Roos of Bowling Green (Region 4), Kim Mulkey of Baylor (Region 5), Ryun Williams of Colorado State (Region 7) and Scott Rueck of Oregon State (Region 8). 
 
The 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year will be announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel's Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.

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Tuesday's NCAA Tournament Results

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Penn State 83, Florida 61
The No. 3 seed Penn State Lady Lions played one of their most complete games of the season in the 83-61 rout of No. 11 seed Florida in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Penn State will now travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face off against No. 2 seed Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen, which is the program's 13th berth in Penn State history. For the second-straight game, Penn State's seniors carried the team on the way to one of its most impressive victories of the season. Dara Taylor, Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards each had monster games en route to the lopsided victory. Taylor played the best game of her collegiate career, setting her career-high with 22 points and matching her personal best with eight rebounds while adding four assists and a steal to complete her impressive evening. RECAP

Louisville 83, Iowa 53
One of the best seasons in University of Iowa women's basketball history ended against one of the best teams in the NCAA Tournament Tuesday on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The No. 19 Hawkeyes bowed out of their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament, 83-53, to No. 4 Louisville, a team that somehow slipped to a No. 3 seed in the Louisville Region. It was Iowa's first loss at home to a nonconference opponent this season. The Hawkeyes (27-9 overall) picked a poor time to shoot a season-low from long range, making 1-of-16 3-point field goal attempts. Ironically, junior Melissa Dixon sank the final 3-point attempt of the game for Iowa with 2:17 remaining. RECAP

North Carolina 62, Michigan State 53
Two days after tallying a double-double and setting a program rebounding record in the tournament, redshirt freshman Aerial Powers battled foul trouble and didn't make a basket during Michigan State's 62-53 loss at North Carolina in Tuesday night's second round. Powers, a 6-foot guard who missed last year with a torn left Achilles' tendon, finished with two points on 0-for-5 shooting in 17 minutes. Powers came in as a first-team all-Big Ten pick averaging a team-best 13.8 points. She had 26 points and set a program record for an NCAA game with 18 rebounds in the 30-point win against Hampton on Sunday. But with 6-2 sophomore Xylina McDaniel starting out on her defensively, Powers played just six minutes in a scoreless first half after picking up two fouls. RECAP