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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 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.
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
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.
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
South Dakota State 70, Minnesota 62
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.
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.
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
North Carolina 62, Michigan State 53
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