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Five Big Ten teams appear in the top 25 of the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday. Following its Big Ten Tournament title, Nebraska leads all conference squads at No. 12, up three spots from a week ago, while Penn State checks in at No. 15 and Purdue appears at No. 19. Michigan State and Iowa round out the top 25, with the Spartans ranked 24th and the Hawkeyes are No. 25.
Five Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 20 in the latest Associated Press poll that was released on Monday afternoon. After winning the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday, Nebraska leads all conference squads at No. 13 and is followed immediately in the rankings by No. 14 Penn State. Purdue appears at No. 17, with Iowa and Michigan State rounding out the top 20 at No. 19 and No. 20, respectively. The five ranked Big Ten teams is tied with the ACC for the most in the nation.
Here is the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament team:
Ally Disterhoff, Iowa
Bethany Doolittle, Iowa
Samantha Logic, Iowa
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
Rachel Theriot, Nebraska
Ameryst Alston, Ohio State
Most Outstanding Player:
Rachel Theriot, Nebraska
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.
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:
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.
#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.
Full Michigan State Release
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
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