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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
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.
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