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Friday's WNIT Result

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Michigan 86, Stony Brook 48
Behind a season-high 11 three-pointers from the Wolverines and a 13-point, 13-assist performance from junior guard Shannon Smith, the University of Michigan women's basketball team rolled to an 86-48 win over Stony Brook in the opening round of the WNIT on Friday night at Crisler Center. In addition to her 13 points and 13 assists, Smith chipped in four steals and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Freshman guard Siera Thompson went for 17 points, three rebounds and three steals, while sophomore guard Madison Ristovski hit a career-best five three-pointers en route to 15 points and eight rebounds. RECAP

Friday's WNIT Schedule

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Stony Brook at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN

Thursday's WNIT Results

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Indiana 48, Belmont 47
The Indiana women's basketball team won its first postseason game since 2009 with a 48-47 victory over Belmont in Assembly Hall on Thursday night. Three Hoosiers scored in double figures as Larryn Brooks and Lyndsay Leikem each had 11 points and Simone Deloach added 10 points. Indiana just had seven turnovers in the game, marking the ninth time this year the Hoosiers have had less than 10 miscues in a game. The Hoosiers will take on Marquette in the second round of the WNIT on Saturday, March 22 in Assembly Hall. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET. RECAP

Northwestern 69, Ball State 65
Four Wildcat underclassmen, who were all making their first postseason appearance, finished in double figures Thursday night in the opening round of the WNIT, helping Northwestern defeat Ball State, 69-65. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary had a solid second half with 12 points to finish with 15 for the game and freshman Christen Inman sunk a late jumper to help NU hang on for the win. Northwestern will host IUPUI at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the second round of the WNIT on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Freshman Nia Coffey and sophomore Lauren Douglas led NU with 17 each while Deary's 15 were close behind. Deary had a solid stat line, adding seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. RECAP

Thursday's WNIT Schedule

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Belmont vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN
Ball State at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Wednesday's WNIT Result

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Minnesota 62, Green Bay 60
Junior guard Rachel Banham broke a 29-year old scoring record and in doing so, powered the University of Minnesota women's basketball team to a 62-60 opening round victory over Green Bay in the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament. Minnesota (21-12) moves on to face the winner of SMU-Texas Southern in the second round, with game date, time and location to be determined. Scoring a game-high 31 points, Banham increased her season-scoring total to 714 points, a new school record. It was the sixth 30-plus point game for the Lakeville, Minn., native this season, and she was joined in double figures by Amanda Zahui B. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year posted her 16th double-double of the season (17 points, 14 rebounds) along with five blocks. RECAP

Wednesday's Postseason Schedule

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Green Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 9

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At least 187 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have earned Academic All-America distinction, including nine three-time honorees - Michigan's Diane Dietz (1982, women's basketball) and Steve Grote (1977, men's basketball), Michigan State's Michelle Carson (2004, women's track & field), Chris Hill (2005, men's basketball) and Drew Neitzel (2008, men's basketball), Minnesota's Matthew Nohelty (2009, baseball), Northwestern's Shon Morris (1988, men's basketball), Ohio State's Kevin Stephan (2002, men's lacrosse) and Penn State's Joanna Lohman (2005, women's soccer). 

Four Teams Earn Bids to the Postseason WNIT

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Four Big Ten teams earned berths in the 2014 Postseason WNIT, it was announced on Monday night. Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern each earned bids to the 64-team field. Michigan earns a postseason berth for the fifth straight season and returns to the WNIT for the first time since 2011, and will host Stony Brook on Friday. Minnesota makes its second straight WNIT appearance and welcomes Green Bay on Wednesday, Northwestern will take part in postseason competition for the first time since 2011 when it hosts Ball State on Thursday and Indiana makes its first appearance in a postseason tournament since 2009 when it takes on Belmont at Assembly Hall on Thursday.

Five Teams Ranked in Top 20 of Latest AP Poll

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Five Big Ten teams appear in the top 20 of the latest Associated Press rankings, which were released on Monday. Nebraska and Penn State are tops in the standings, with the Huskers appearing at No. 13 and the Lady Lions checking in at No. 14. Purdue is ranked 17th, with Iowa and Michigan State rounding out the top 20 at No. 19 and No. 20, respectively.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 7

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Illinois.

Illinois All-Century Team - (1949/1963, men's basketball)
Illinois' Dike Eddleman (1949) and David J. Downey (1963) were both named to the Illini's All-Century Basketball Team. Eddleman was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, led the team in scoring in 1948 (13.9 ppg) and 1949 (13.2 ppg) and helped the Illini win the Big Ten Championship in 1949. Downey was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, led the team in scoring and rebounding from 1961-63 and guided his team to the Big Ten Championship in 1963. Downey currently ranks No. 21 among Illinois' all-time scoring leaders with 1,360 points (18.9 ppg). Downey later went on to found The Downey Group (high quality life insurance, long term care, disability programs, and related planning for affluent individuals, families, and businesses), and is Chair of the Investment Policy Committee at University of Illinois Foundation Board and member of University of Illinois College of Business Board of Overseers.

Dee Brown (2006, men's basketball)
Brown won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2006 following a stellar four-year career at Illinois. The Maywood, Ill., native won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard as a senior in 2006, along with collecting Consensus Second-Team All-America honors. In 2005, Brown led the Fighting Illini to the national championship game and was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year and a Consensus First-Team All-American. Brown collected first or second-team All-Big Ten honors all four years of his career and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He was named a finalist for Illinois' Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 and was also recognized as a Senior CLASS Award finalist.

Don Laz (1951, track & field)

A seven-time Big Ten Champion for the Illini from 1949-51, Laz was also the 1951 NCAA pole vault champion. He won three straight indoor conference crowns in the pole vault and swept that event and the long jump in the 1951 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He won the silver medal in the pole vault at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Laz later became an architect before a stroke cut short his career. His best height was 15-3, or two inches less than the vault by his son, Doug, in setting an Illinois high school state record in 1972.

Ashley Berggren (1998, women's basketball)
Berggren, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, was the first Illinois women's basketball player to have her jersey retired in 2009. Berggren ranks in Illinois' top 10 of numerous career categories, including second in points (2,089), seventh in assists (328) and 10th in rebounds (779) and steals (183). The Big Ten Player of the Year in 1997, she guided the Illini to a Big Ten Championship and back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1997 and 1998. She is the only Illini to be named first-team All-Big Ten in three seasons (1996-98). Following her collegiate career, Berggren played professionally with the Chicago Condors of the ABL before becoming a high school special education teacher and basketball coach. She also has run the Berggren Hoop Camp for the past 15 years.

Jonelle Polk (1987, women's basketball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1987, Polk has left her mark on Illinois basketball, ranking in the top 10 of various Illini career records, including first in field goals made (815), third in points (1,984), field goal percentage (.562) and double-doubles (40), fourth in rebounds (933) and fifth in blocks (135). She led Illinois in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots in three of her four seasons and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (1985-87). Polk was tabbed a Fast Break All-American and Illinois' Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 and led the Illini to NCAA Tournament appearances in her final two seasons. Following her graduation, the Peoria, Ill., native played overseas for four years, before returning to the U.S. to get her masters' degree and delve into coaching. She currently works as a manager at Proctor Recreation Center in her hometown mentoring young girls

Trent Meacham (2009, men's basketball)
Meacham, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2009, scored 866 points, handed out 231 assists and recorded 74 steals during his career at Illinois. A co-captain during his senior year, Meacham led the Illini and ranked second in the Big Ten in three-point field goal shooting at 42.1 percent during the 2008-09 season. He currently ranks fifth at Illinois in career three-point field goal percentage (.408) and 11th in three-point field goals made (178). The Champaign, Ill., native was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the Lou Henson Courage Award in 2009. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management and is currently in his second season with JSF Nanterre of the LNB Pro A in France.

Disa Johnson (1988, volleyball)

A 1988 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Disa Johnson led the Illini to a 124-28 record in her four seasons. She guided Illinois to three NCAA Championship appearances, including the national semifinals in 1987, and a pair of Big Ten titles (1986-87). The setter ranks second in Illinois history in assists (5,550), third in aces (154) and 10th in block assists (339). She led the Illini in assists all four years she competed and topped the conference in that category for two years (1985-86). The Western Springs, Ill., native was an AVCA All Mideast Region team honoree (1987), a second-team Academic All-American (1987), and a three-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten pick (1985-87). Johnson was also named to the Big Ten All-Decade Team in 1992. She earned a master's degree from Illinois in kinesiology and sports administration in 1992. Following her playing career, Johnson entered the coaching realm. She was an assistant coach with the Illini from 1990-93. She was the head coach at Missouri from 1994-99 and James Madison from 2000-09, where she was named CAA Coach of the Year twice in 2002 and 2006. Johnson returned to Champaign this fall when her husband, Ron Garner, was named head coach of the Illinois women's track & field program.

Tim Simon (1988, track & field)

A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and eight-time Big Ten Champion, Simon was tabbed Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 1988, the same year he was named Athlete of both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He finished third in the 400-meter run at the 1988 NCAA Championships behind two UCLA sprinters who won medals at that year's Seoul Olympics. Simon holds three Illini records in the 300- and 400-meter dash and 4x400 relay. He earned a medical degree from Howard University has been a colon and rectal surgeon in Georgia since 2002.