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Thursday's Schedule

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Ohio State at #25/- Iowa, 7 p.m., BTN
Illinois at #16/13 Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTDN
Indiana at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BTDN
#21/rv Michigan State at Northwestern, 9 p.m., BTN

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Lucas Named Semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy

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Penn State guard Maggie Lucas was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Women's Naismith Trophy, which honors the National Player of the Year, it was announced on Thursday. The senior is averaging 21.6 points per game, which is 15th nationally, and was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Four finalists will be announced on March 21st, with the winner revealed during the Women's Final Four.

Monday's Results

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Michigan State 75, Minnesota 61
No. 21 Michigan State women's basketball jumped out early and never looked back, cruising to a 75-61 victory over Minnesota on Monday night at the Breslin Center. Freshman Tori Jankoska led the Spartans (19-8, 11-3) with 21 points, while senior Klarissa Bell dished out a career-high 10 assists and junior Becca Mills had a double-double. With the Golden Gophers (17-11, 6-8) leading 7-6 in the early minutes, Michigan State (19-8) went on a 19-4 run over an eight-minute stretch to jump ahead 25-11. The Spartans maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the half, going into the break up 44-33. MSU shot 58.1% in the opening half, including 7-for-11 (63.6%) from 3-point. The Spartan lead grew to as many as 18 (62-44) midway through the half, before Minnesota went on an 11-2 run to get back within single-digits at 64-55 with 3:54 to go. MSU scored seven of the next 10 points to gain back control of the game and go home with the victory. RECAP

Nebraska 94, Penn State 74
No. 16 Nebraska nailed a season-high 16 three-pointers, including a school-record-tying seven from Tear'a Laudermill, to knock off No. 8 Penn State, 94-74, Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Playing in front of more than 7,000 fans and a Big Monday national television audience on ESPN2, the Huskers came out on fire and never let up against the Big Ten-leading Lady Lions. Nebraska, which led by 22 at the half, built the lead to 32 points with 12 minutes left, before settling for a 20-point win. Nebraska, which improved to 21-5 overall and 11-3 in the Big Ten with its eighth consecutive victory, hit 16-of-22 threes (.727) for the game, including 11-of-14 in the first half. Laudermill, who finished with a career-high 27 points, hit her first six three-pointers in the first half. She finished 7-of-10 from long range, tying the school record of seven threes hit five times previously, with the last coming from Jordan Hooper at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. RECAP

Three Teame Receiving Votes in Latest NCBWA Rankings

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Three Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association rankings, which were released on Monday. Indiana appears at No. 25 this week, while Nebraska and Ohio State are among other squads also receiving votes.

Monday's Schedule

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Logic and Deary Named Lieberman Award Finalists

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Lieberman Award: Two conference standouts are among a group of 22 players national who were named finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard. Iowa's Samantha Logic and Northwestern's Ashley Deary remain in the running for the honor. The duo enters the week ranked among the national top 10 in assists per game with Logic third at 7.5 assists and Deary, who is one of two freshman named to the list, ranks ninth at 6.6 assists per contest. The list will be narrowed to five in March and the winner will be announced at the Women's Final Four in April.

Five Big Ten Teams Ranked in AP Top 25

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Five Big Ten teams appeared in the latest top 25 rankings, released by the Associated Press (AP) on Monday. Penn State leads all conference squads and remains in the top 10, moving to No. 8 this week. Nebraska is up one spot to No. 16, with Purdue climbing two spots to No. 19. Michigan State is up two spots to No. 21, while Iowa rounds out the ranking at No. 25, the first time the Hawkeyes have appeared in the AP standings since the Dec. 31 edition of the poll.

Sunday's Results

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Ohio State 71, Northwestern 62
Ohio State sent its five seniors out in style Sunday afternoon with a 71-62 win over the visiting Northwestern Wildcats on Senior Day at Value City Arena. The win snapped a five-game losing streak and improved the Buckeyes back to .500 at 15-15 and 5-9 in Big Ten play. Northwestern falls to 14-13 and 4-10 overall. Sophomore Ameryst Alston once again led the Buckeyes offensively with 30 points, her second straight 30-point game after tying a career high with 31 in the loss to No. 17 Nebraska Thursday. Alston went 14 of 17 from the free throw line and also had three assists and two steals. Her 14 makes from the stripe is tied for second on Ohio State's all-time single-game list. RECAP

#21/21 Purdue 72, Wisconsin 54
April Wilson scored 18 points and dished off eight assists to lead No. 21 Purdue to a 72-54 win over Wisconsin Sunday. After Wisconsin cut Purdue's four-point halftime lead to two, 31-29, early in the second half, the Boilermakers reeled off a 25-3 run to take a 20-point lead, 52-32. Wisconsin battled back with a run of its own, rolling off eight straight points on a Nicole Bauman layup and back-to-back 3-pointers by Tessa Cichy and Taylor Wurtz to make it 54-42. The Badgers got within eight on two free throws by Cichy with 6:29 to play, but managed just two more points the rest of the way. The win was the fifth straight for Purdue, which got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Whitney Bays. RECAP

Sunday's Schedule

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Northwestern at Ohio State, Noon ET, BTN
Wisconsin at #21/21 Purdue, 2 p.m. ET, BTN

Saturday's Results

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Indiana 79, Illinois 61
The Indiana women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak and won its final home game of the regular season Saturday afternoon over Illinois, 79-61. It was senior day for IU's Sasha Chaplin, Milika Taufa, Andrea Newbauer, Simone Deloach Tabitha Gerardot. A trio of freshman led the way for IU in Larryn Brooks with 20 points and nine assists, Alexis Gassion with 17 points and a career-high four steals, and Taylor Agler with 13 points in the winning effort. Deloach scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds in her final home regular season game. Four Hoosiers scored in double figures for the fourth time this season. RECAP

Iowa 74, Michigan 70
It was a dizzying afternoon in the Crisler Center on Saturday when host Michigan raced to a 13-0 lead in a crucial Big Ten Conference women's basketball game. The University of Iowa countered to go ahead 49-33 with 16:36 remaining, Michigan regained a 62-58 edge with 6:49 left, and then the Hawkeyes won by four, 74-70. Iowa improved to 21-7 overall, 9-5 in Big Ten play; Michigan is 17-11, 8-7. The Hawkeyes are 5-2 in conference road games. RECAP

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