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Michigan State 70, Ohio State 49
Annalise Pickrel had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as No. 25 Michigan State rolled to a 70-49 victory Saturday over Ohio State. Michigan State closed the first half on a 17-2 run, taking a 42-21 lead into the break and led by double digits the rest of the way. Becca Mills scored 17 points for Michigan State. Aerial Powers added 15 points and tied a career-high with five assists. The Spartans (17-8, 9-3 Big Ten) have won five of their last six games, bouncing back after losing to Nebraska 76-56 last Saturday. Michigan State is one game back of No. 11 Penn State for the top spot in the conference and hold a half-game lead over No. 21 Nebraska. RECAP
Minnesota 82, Northwestern 64
Penn State 71, Indiana 63
Senior guard Maggie Lucas was 10-for-16 from the field and finished with a game-high 32 points as the #11/11 Penn State Lady Lions (19-5, 10-2 Big Ten) claimed a 71-63 win at Indiana (17-7, 4-7) Thursday night. With the win, Penn State ties the school record for Big Ten road wins in a season with its seventh victory. The victory also marked the fourth-straight 10-win conference season. Lucas, who started 4-for-4 from the field, had the hot hand all night as she posted her seventh career 30-point game and third of the season. RECAP
Iowa 69, Illinois 55
Nebraska 76, Michigan 68
Minnesota 63, Wisconsin 50
The University of Minnesota women's basketball posted a 63-50 victory at Wisconsin (10-14, 3-9) Wednesday night at the Kohl Center to win its third-straight contest and move to 16-9 on the season and 5-6 in Big Ten Conference action. Rachel Banham paced the Golden Gophers, who only trailed once in the opening minutes of the game, with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Amanda Zahui B. contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the winning effort. Sari Noga added nine points and seven rebounds, and Kayla Hirt and Micaëlla Riché each tallied eight points. RECAP
Three Big Ten women's basketball standouts remain in the running for the Naismith Women's College Player of the year award, chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors. Minnesota's Rachel Banham, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas represent the conference on the list of 30 student-athletes. In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow down the pack to four finalists and the winner will be selected during the Final Four.
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Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were named finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, making the Big Ten one of three conferences to have multiple names on the list. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Purdue senior guard Courtney Moses was named to the 2014 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team, it was announced by the WBCA on Tuesday. She and the other WBCA Good Works Team honorees will be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville. While at Purdue Moses co-founded two community student organizations, participated on missionary trips around the world and a strong influence in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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