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Three Named Finalists for Wooden Award

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Three Big Ten women's basketball players were named finalists for the John R. Wooden Award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, it was announced on Thursday. Minnesota's Rachel Banham, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were three of 15 players named finalists. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation's top five players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2014 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's on April 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Friday's WBB Tournament Schedule

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The quarterfinal round of the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament is here and we have four games set for today -- all live on BTN.  See the full schedule below:
  • No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Penn State, Noon ET, BTN - GameTracker
  • No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 4 Purdue, approximately 25 minutes following Game 5, BTN - GameTracker
  • No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 2 Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. ET, BTN - GameTracker
  • No. 6 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Nebraska, approximately 25 minutes following Game 7, BTN - GameTracker
Check BigTen.org for updates and postgame information as well as our feeds on Twitter (@bigtenconf, @B1GWBBall, and @bigtenchamps) as well as our page on Facebook for score updates and up-close coverage of the tournament.

Thursday WBB Tournament Schedule

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The 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament tips off at noon today with the first of four first round games. Today's full schedule with live stats links is below. Be sure to turn into BTN or BTN2Go for live coverage of all games.

Sunday's Results

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#19/19 Purdue 82, #16/13 Nebraska 66
Courtney Moses had a season-high 29 points, the injured KK Houser provided an emotional lift and the No. 19 Purdue women spoiled No. 16 Nebraska's Big Ten title hopes with an 82-66 victory Sunday. Despite tearing her ACL at Michigan State on Feb. 2, Houser started the game and played the first 2:34. She also entered the game shortly before the conclusion to be honored as a senior with a standing ovation. Moses, meanwhile, celebrated her senior day by helping the Boilermakers (21-7, 11-5) to a great start, scoring eight points during Purdue's 10-0 run to start the game. Moses finished with 29 points, just one point shy of her career high, and passed Carol Emanuel and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton to rank ninth all-time at Purdue with 1,627 career points. RECAP

Northwestern 77, Wisconsin 73 (OT)
Northwestern played its first overtime contest of the year Sunday in the 2013-14 regular-season finale and utilized the extra time to take down Wisconsin, 77-73. Four Wildcats finished in double figures with Nia Coffey's 19 leading the way but Christen Inman was close behind, scoring 18 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line and she had a team-high nine rebounds. Lauren Douglas chipped in 15 points, including 12 in the second half while Maggie Lyon added 11 points. Alex Cohen came off the bench Sunday and added eight points along with a team-high three blocks.With the game tied 68-68 after regulation, Northwestern outscored Wisconsin 9-5 in the OT to record its 15th win of the season. RECAP

Minnesota 74, Ohio State 57
Junior Rachel Banham scored 27 points for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team en route to a 74-57 victory over Big Ten opponent Ohio State to close out the regular season. With the win, the Gophers wrapped up regular season play with a 19-11 overall record and an 8-8 Big Ten record heading into the Big Ten Tournament, while the Buckeyes fell to 15-17 overall and 5-11 in Big Ten play. Banham's 27 points not only led the Gophers to victory over the Buckeyes, but also etched her name into the Big Ten and Minnesota record books. The guard finished the regular-season as the Big Ten scoring champion with an average of 23.3 points per game in league contests. She becomes the first Gopher since Carol Ann Shudlick in 1993 to earn the distinction and only the third all-time. RECAP

#25/- Iowa 81, Illinois 56
Lisa Bluder worried of a letdown. Her No. 25 University of Iowa women's basketball team entered Sunday's game at Illinois on a two-game winning streak, but the Hawkeyes also knew that because of Nebraska's loss at Purdue earlier in the day, there was no chance of securing the No. 4 seed and a bye in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Bluder reminded her squad that win No. 23 was at stake. So was a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament. Turns out, she had nothing to worry about. RECAP

#21/rv Michigan State 76, Indiana 56
Aerial Powers scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 21 Michigan State wrapped up a share of the Big 10 Conference championship with a 76-56 win over Indiana Sunday. The Spartans (21-8, 13-3 Big 10) entered the final game of the regular season in a three-way tie with Penn State and Nebraska for the conference crown. Penn State clinched a share of the title with a win Saturday, but No. 19 Purdue upset the No. 16 Cornhuskers Sunday, leaving Michigan State to share the title with the Nittany Lions. Powers' double-double was her eighth of the season. Tori Jankoska scored 15 points and senior Annalise Pickrel scored 14 in her final home game. Senior Klarissa Bell had six points. RECAP
With its 76-56 victory over Indiana on Sunday night, Michigan State clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship and secured the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans (21-8, 13-3 Big Ten) have now won four Big Ten Championships in their history, including two in the last four seasons.

Aerial Powers led the way for the Spartans with a game-high 23 points while teammate Jasmine Hines paced all players in the contest with 11 rebounds, including four offensive boards.

The Spartans are the No. 2 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament, which will be held March 6-9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State will face the Michigan/Indiana winner at 6:30 p.m. ET. Information on tournament tickets, lodging and history can be found at bigten.org.

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Sunday's Schedule

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#16/13 Nebraska at #19/19 Purdue, 2 p.m., ESPN2
Northwestern at Wisconsin, 2 p.m., BTDN
Ohio State at Minnesota, 2 p.m., BTDN
#25/- Iowa at Illinois, 4 p.m., BTN
Indiana at #21/rv Michigan State, 6 p.m., BTN

All times are ET

Penn State Clinches Share of Big Ten Championship

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Penn State 77, Michigan 62
The #12/8 Penn State Lady Lions (22-6, 13-3 Big Ten) seniors led the way as the Lady Lions claimed their third consecutive Big Ten regular-season championship with a 77-62 win over Michigan (17-12, 8-8) Saturday. It is the first time in Penn State history that the Lady Lions have won three consecutive regular-season conference championships (Big Ten or Atlantic 10). All four seniors reached double figures on the day, led by Ariel Edwards, who posted her second-straight 20-point game with 21 tallies on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. She also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Talia East tallied a career-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals. RECAP

Saturday's Schedule

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Penn State can clinch at least a share of the Big Ten Championship with a win on Saturday.

Michigan at #8/12 Penn State, 3:30 p.m., BTN

Matchups Set For 2015 Big Ten Conference Season

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Big Ten schools on Friday revealed a breakdown of their opponents for the 2015 Big Ten women's basketball season. Next year, the 14 Big Ten teams will compete in an 18-game conference schedule, playing five teams both home and away and eight teams once. Each team will play four of its single-play opponents at home and four on the road.

Big Ten women's basketball teams previously competed in 18-game conference schedules from the 1982-83 through the 1993-94 seasons, and again from the 2007-08 through the 2009-10 campaigns.

The list of Big Ten single-plays and home-and-away opponents can be found below. Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date.

Illinois
Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers
Home/Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue

Indiana
Home: Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State
Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

Iowa
Home: Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers
Home/Away: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Maryland
Home: Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers

Michigan
Home: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Michigan State
Home: Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern

Minnesota
Home: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State
Away: Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers
Home/Away: Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Nebraska
Home: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Northwestern
Home: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin

Ohio State
Home: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue

Penn State
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern
Away: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue
Home/Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Purdue
Home: Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers

Rutgers
Home: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska
Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue

Wisconsin
Home: Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue
Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State

Thursday's Results

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#16/13 Nebraska 72, Illinois 65
Jordan Hooper scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the No. 16 Nebraska women's basketball team to a 72-65 win over Illinois on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the victory, Nebraska notched its ninth consecutive win to improve to 22-5 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten. The Huskers, who completed their second straight unbeaten February, set themselves up for their final regular-season game against No. 19 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday afternoon. A victory for the Big Red would give them at least a share of the Big Ten title. RECAP

#25/- Iowa 65, Ohio State 61
Theairra Taylor said thanks to Hawkeye fans after a game that was ceremonially carved out for her on the schedule. But the cheers and acknowledgments needed to be aimed directly at Taylor. The lone senior on the University of Iowa women's basketball team, Taylor was recognized Thursday on Senior Night, moments after a titanic effort by the guest of honor carried the Hawkeyes to a 65-61 win over Ohio State. Iowa trailed by seven points with 11:41 left in its final regular season home game. Then the Hawkeyes relied on Taylor to energize a Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd of 3,492; her 10 points the rest of the way were crucial -- if not necessary -- to escape the upset-minded Buckeyes. RECAP

Minnesota 73, Indiana 62
A career high 26 points from Amanda Zahui B. and 20 points from Gopher standout Rachel Banham led the University of Minnesota women's basketball team to a victory over Big Ten foe, Indiana, 73-62. The Gophers would rack up 73 points en route to the win advancing to 18-11 overall and 7-8 in Big Ten competition while the Hoosiers fall to 18-10 and 5-10 in the Big Ten. RECAP

#21/21 Michigan State 75, Northwestern 44
No. 21 Michigan State got its 20th win of the season and kept hope alive for a share of Big Ten Conference title with an easy, 75-44 win over Northwestern Thursday night. With one game left in the regular season, the Spartans are tied with No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Nebraska, which knocked off the Lady Lions Monday. All three schools are 12-3. Michigan State closes out the regular season at home Sunday against Indiana. Aerial Powers put up 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Michigan State (20-8, 12-3 Big Ten). Annalise Pickrel scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Jasmine Hines and Tori Jankoska added 11 and 10 points, respectively. RECAP

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