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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.
#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
Minnesota 73, Indiana 62
#21/21 Michigan State 75, Northwestern 44
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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