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This Week in the Big Ten: Gloves Are Now Off in the Big Ten

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Photo Caption: Lindsey Moore, second in scoring only to teammate Jordan Hooper (who finished with a game-high 27 points), posted 26 points, eight of them in the decisive third overtime period, and also contributed seven boards, two assists, two steals and a block, to help lead No. 16/18 Nebraska to a 93-89 triple overtime win over No. 15/17 Purdue. With the victory, Nebraska moves into a tie with Purdue for first place in the Big Ten regular-season race, but Ohio State, which was idle Thursday, stands just a half a game behind them.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Nebraska Athletics Media Relations

By Mark Bradford

The gloves are now off in the Big Ten. Parity, which did not look like a reality in mid-January, has played havoc with the prognosticators as well as the coaches.

The trend continued Thursday, as Nebraska took three overtimes to bring league-leading Purdue back to the pack. The win placed the Huskers in a tie with Purdue at the top of the conference standings with Ohio State only a half-game out and Penn State a game back.

If Michigan can beat in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday, the Wolverines, will be right in the thick of the conference regular-season title race as well.

Iowa also picked up an overtime win over a quickly improving Wisconsin, but the victory proved costly with the loss of Jamie Printy for the balance of the season. And Illinois continued its solid play after a shaky start to its conference season.

And still in the Big Ten basement, Indiana continues to look for its first win of the conference season.

Let’s take a closer look at the midweek Big Ten action and Full Court’s predictions for this weekend’s games.


Summing Up the Midweek Results

Games of Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

  • No. 16/18 Nebraska 93 @ No. 15/17 Purdue 89 (3OT)

  • Iowa 85 @ Wisconsin 79

  • Minnesota 67 @ Illinois 72

  • Northwestern 68 @ Michigan 79

  • Indiana 44 @ No. 19/21 Penn State 76

A Look Back at the Midweek Action: Games of Thursday, Feb. 3, 2012

  • No. 16/18 Nebraska 93 @ No. 15/17 Purdue 89 (3 OT)

    In the most exciting game of the week, this one went down to the wire, as expected. In fact, it went into triple overtime in an epic battle that should become a Big Ten classic.

    The three-pointer was the Husker weapon of choice as they took 34 threes out of 73 shots, making 13 of them. Though that works out to just 38.2-percent three-point shooting, it also made for 39 points from the arc for Nebraska, while Purdue netted just four-of-18 attempts from the perimeter.

    Nebraska sophomore Jordan Hooper led five Huskers in double figures, scoring a game-high 27, including five three-pointers, grabbing seven boards, and swatting down three blocks. Lindsey Moore added 26 points, eight of them in the decisive third overtime period, plus seven boards, two assists, two steals and a block. Kaitlin Burke added 14 points, seven boards and three assists; freshman Emily Cady contributed a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards, plus seven assists (but eight turnovers), two blocks and two steals; and Tear’a Laudermill chipped in 10 points off the bench before fouling out of the game.

    This was the second straight loss for Purdue, which forced 26 Nebraska turnovers, while coughing up only 13 of their own. Alex Guyton led five Boilers in double figures with a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards. KK Houser added 15 points, including a team-high three-of-nine from deep, plus six steals, three assists (but four turnovers)and two boards before fouling out; Brittany Rayburn contributed 14 points, including six-of-eight from the charity stripe, plus six boards and five assists; Antoinette Howard registered 13 points and eight rebounds; and Sam Ostarello tacked on 11 points and six rebounds.

    Both sides have got to be kicking themselves a bit—Purdue for letting the game slip away and Nebraska for coming close to doing the same. The Huskers led by as many as 12 during the opening period, and took a 34-27 lead into the break.

    Though the Huskers remained on top for much of the second period, the Boilermakers never let themselves fall out of striking distance and with 3:14 remaining in regulation took their first lead of the game as Guyton sank a midrange jumper off an assist from Courtney Moses.

    After Cady converted a traditional three-point play to put the Huskers back in charge, Purdue’s KK Houser nailed a three-pointer to regain a one-point lead for Purdue.

    The two teams traded turnovers and misses for nearly a minute until a Brittany Rayburn foul sent Moore to the line, where she sank both to make it 58-57, Nebraska, with 1:04 to go.

    The scoreboard stood frozen there until, with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Houser grabbed the defensive board from a Moore miss and fired it down to Antoinette Howard, who knocked down a jumper to give the one-point edge to Purdue, 59-58.

    And that’s where things stood, with the Boilermakers holding victory in their hands, until with just four seconds remaining, Guyton fouled Cady, putting her at the line.

    With the pressure on, the Nebraska freshman nailed the first to tie the score, but missed the second, sending the game to extra minutes.

    The Huskers once again led for much of the first overtime period, until Sam Ostarello converted a conventional three-point play to give Purdue a one-point edge, 68-67, with just under two minutes to go. Rayburn followed that up with a jumper nearly a minute later, to make it a three-point game, but Cady dished out to Hooper, who drained a three to tie things up at 70 all. Ostarello missed what would have been the go-ahead jumper with 23 seconds on the clock to send the game to its second overtime.

    This time around, it was the Boilers in control, leading by as many five and still up by four, 79-75, with 19 seconds to go. But inspiring fresh hope for those who have come to believe that late-game foul tactics do little other than than delay the inevitable, Hooper took a Brandi Jeffery feed and knocked down a jumper with eight ticks on the clock. Moore quickly fouled Rayburn, and once again, Purdue stood on the brink of victory. But Rayburn made only one of the pair from the stripe, making it a three-point, rather than a two-possession game.

    Cady more than made up for her missed foul shot at the end of regulation by draining a buzzer-beating trey to knot the score at 80, and the game headed into its third overtime period.

    By now, the Boilers’legs were nearly gone, as the Huskers led almost all the way. Moore knocked down two three-pointers, then added two at the line, to fuel a decisive 13-9 Husker scoring edge and lead Nebraska to the win in the final overtime.

    It was the fourth straight win for Nebraska, which moved into a virtual three-way tie for first place with Purdue and Ohio State, which is a half-game back but was idle on Thursday.

  • Iowa 85 @ Wisconsin 79 (OT)

    In Thursday’s second overtime thriller, Lisa Bluder’s Hawkeyes battled an ever-improving Wisconsin tooth-and-nail before coming out with a hard-fought 85-79 road win.

    The Badgers, who came into the game riding a three-game win streak, controlled most of the first 30 minutes by single-digit margins, briefly swelling their lead to 10 a little more than two minutes into the second half. They carried a 44-38 edge into intermission, their 44 first-half points representing a season high.

    But with Iowa down by eight, 48-56, Jamie Printy picked off a steal from Wisconsin’s Morgan Paige just inside the 14-minute mark of the second period, and though Printy blew the lay-up, teammate Bethany Doolittle grabbed the offensive board and made the put-back to ignite a 12-0 Hawkeyes’ run over the next five minutes to take a four-point lead, 60-56, with under 10 minutes to go.

    Iowa hung on to that edge until Wisconsin’s Taylor Wurtz drained a triple to tie the score at 73 with 1:10 remaining. Though strong rebounding and a Paige turnover gave Iowa three attempts to seal the win in regulation, Samantha Logic and Kamille Wahlin missed all three attempts, and when Wisconsin’s Cassie Rochel swatted down Logic’s attempted lay-up at the buzzer, the game headed to extra minutes.

    Iowa controlled the overtime period pretty much from buzzer to buzzer, outscoring the Badgers 12-6 in the extra minutes and holding Wisconsin scoreless from the 2:48 mark until the game’s final second, while peeling off an 8-0 Hawkeye run down the stretch, that made AnnMarie Brown’s lay-up at the final buzzer all but meaningless.

    Iowa’s Morgan Johnson had a big night, tying Wisconsin’s Wurtz for the game high with 27 points. Johnson made it a double-double, gathering 11 rebounds. She also added two assists and swatted down two blocks, but coughed up six of the Hawkeyes’ 23 turnovers.

    Iowa freshman Samantha Logic also doubled in an impressive return to her native Wisconsin, tallying 20 points to go with 13 rebounds, both career highs. Logic just missed a triple double with eight assists, plus two steals and a block. Kamille Wahlin tacked on 14 points, four assists and four boards for Iowa, which out-rebounded Wisconsin, 48-35.

    “Sam, it’s nice to see,” said Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder. “For her to come home and be able to play like that—I’m really happy for her.” Wurtz supplemented her 27 points with eight rebounds and two assists, but four turnovers, for Wisconsin. Paige contributed 17 points, three assists and two steals, but gave the ball away five times for the Badgers, who otherwise did a relatively good job of hanging onto the ball, turning it over 17 times in the game’s 45 minutes.

    The unheralded Jade Davis also did her part for the home team, adding 16 points, five boards, and six assists to the Wisconsin tally.

    The win put Iowa back into the fray for a first-round bye come Big Ten tournament time. And though the loss snapped Wisconsin’s win streak, the closeness of the game and the heart shown by the Badger players will only raise Wisconsin’s stock as a Big Ten team to be reckoned with.

  • Minnesota 67 @ Illinois 72

    The Illini appear to have Minnesota’s number, picking up their fifth-straight win, 72-67, over the Gophers Thursday, behind 18 points from Adrienne GodBold and 16 more from Alexis Burke.

    Karisma Penn added 13 more, plus seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, and despite a challenging night on the perimeter where she netted just one of her six three-point attempts, Amber Moore rounded things out with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, as Illinois continued to show it is a team that cannot be overlooked, despite its 2-8 conference record.

    Minnesota was led by Kiara Buford’s game-high 26 points. Super-frosh Rachel Banham added 18 points and six rebounds for the Gophers, and Katie Loberg tacked on 15 points, five boards and two blocks.

    The Illini shot a sizzling 51.7 percent from the field for the game (including 57.7 percent in the second half), but clearly need a sharpshooter, after going a dismal three-of-11 (27.3 percent) from the arc.

    Minnesota didn’t do appreciably better on the perimeter, netting only four-of-12 three-point attempts (33.3 percent). The Gophers started out slowly, hitting just nine-of-25 (36 percent) in the opening period, but picked things up in the second, knocking down 17-of-13 (54.8 percent) to finish the night at 46.4 percent from the field.

    As the score would suggest, the two teams were quite evenly matched, battling each other to a 31-31 standstill on the boards. Both teams were roughly equal in ballhandling, with Minnesota coughing up 13 turnovers, and Illinois turning it over just 11 times in the game. But the Illini did a much better job in taking advantage of the Gophers’ mistakes, gleaning 16 points off Minnesota turnovers, while the Gophers garnered only 10 points from Illini miscues.

    Illinois also benefited far more from its bench, who contributed 20 points, to Minnesota’s four bench points.

    Illinois dominated the first-half, leading by as many as 15 as Minnesota struggled to score. The Gophers managed to gnaw that lead down to 10 by the half, as the teams headed to the locker room with Illinois on top, 33-23, thanks to 20 points in the paint (to Minnesota’s 14) and strong offensive rebounding, resulting in 13 second-chance points (to Minnesota’s two).

    Coach Pam Borton must have gotten her point across in the Minnesota locker room, as the Gophers stepped it up several notches in the second frame. Minnesota twice pulled to within one point, thanks to a 21-12 second-half run that included nine points in a row by Banham, who found the bucket only once in the first half.

    The Gophers briefly took a 52-51 lead on a Buford lay-up with 8:40 to play, and though the Illini quickly grabbed back the advantage, Minnesota would move ahead twice more, first as Banham converted a traditional three-point play with 5:51 to go, and once again, on a Loberg lay-up off a Banham dish at 4:47.

    But each time Minnesota threatened, Illinois would battle back to take a small lead. The score stood tied, for the seventh time, at 67 all with a minute-and-a-half remaining, but from there, it was all Illinois, as Banham, the Minnesota freshman, missed two three-point attempts and, after turning the ball over in the final seconds, Sari Noga missed a third trey for the Gophers.

    Meanwhile, despite battling its own spate of misses and turnovers down the stretch, Illinois put up the game’s last five points, four of them coming from Penn, to secure their second conference win in three games.

    “We define MVP a little differently,” said Illinois head coach Jolette Law. “We called it `Many Valuable Players.’ We had balanced scoring and a total team effort to get this victory.”

  • Northwestern 68 @ Michigan 79

    Balanced scoring was also the name of the game for Michigan as four Wolverines scored in double figures to take a 79-68 win over Northwestern and improve their conference record to 6-4.

    Northwestern’s Morgan Jones put up a game-high 25 points, pulled down seven boards, grabbed three steals and handed out five assists, and Dannielle Diamant added 20 points, six boards and three steals for the ‘Cats, but it would not be enough, as Northwestern fell to 3-7 in Big Ten play.

    Meanwhile, Michigan got a little less out of a lot more players to cement its sixth conference win in 10 starts. Center Rachel Sheffer scored 17 on six-of-nine from the field and five-of-six from the stripe to lead Michigan in a game in which four of the five starters logged double-digit scores and all but one Wolverine (Kendra Seto, who saw just two minutes of action) scored. Scheffer also grabbed five rebounds and two steals, swatted down a block and passed out three assists (but gave up four turnovers). Carmen Reynolds added 13 points and five rebounds; Courtney Boylan notched 12 points; and Jenny Ryan posted 11 points, most of them from the free-throw line where she knocked down seven of her 10 attempts, to which she added eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two swats.

    Indeed, a good deal of the game was spent at the free-throw line, where the visiting Wildcats were near-perfect, garnering 19 points in 20 visits (95 percent). But though the Wolverines got to the line more often (30 times, 25 of them in the second half), they failed to take full advantage of the opportunity, netting 21 points on 70-percent free-throw shooting.

    Michigan made up for some of that difference by forcing 18 Northwestern turnovers (to 12 of their own) from which they gleaned 18 points (to 14 points off turnovers for Northwestern).

    After trading buckets for the first six minutes, Michigan’s Carmen Reynolds drained a trey off a Ryan assist at the 13:20 mark to launch a 22-5 Wolverine run over the next nine-and-a-half minutes. When the dust settled, Michigan held a 16-point lead (30-14) with four minutes remaining in the half.

    The Wildcats responded with a 9-2 run of their own to trip the Michigan advantage to single digits, 32-23, with 21 seconds left in the half, but Nya Jordan cleaned up a Boylan miss, putting it back at the buzzer to send the teams into the break with Michigan ahead by 11, 32-23.

    Though the Wolverines swelled their lead to as many as 15 points early in the second stanza, Northwestern managed to tie things up at 44 all, as Allison Mocchi picked Ryan’s pocket, passing out to Jones who in turn dished to Karly Roser for the lay-up with 11:17 left to play.

    But despite the 12-5 Wildcat surge that had put the game back in contention, the momentum shifted back to the Wolverines, who mounted a 14-6 run over the next four minutes to restore some separation, 58-50. The Wolverines steadily padded that lead to 14 points (72-58), after Jordan drained a three-pointer on a Ryan feed with 3:38 to go.

    Down the stretch, Michigan took care of business at the line, and Northwestern could make no more than minor inroads into the Michigan lead.

  • Indiana 44 @ No. 19/21 Penn State 76

    Penn State had no difficulty, cruising to a 76-44 win over the hapless Hoosiers, who are yet to pull off a conference win.

    The Lady Lions held Indiana to 27.6 percent shooting from the field, dominated the paint, 42-14,  and forced the Hoosiers into 24 turnovers from which Penn State garnered 25 points. Meanwhile, Penn State shot 42.6 percent (29-68) from the field, including 57.1 percent (four-of-seven) from the arc. The Lions also kept a good handle on the basketball, with only 14 turnovers, to 16 assists on 29 baskets.

    Maggie Lucas led the Lions with 24 points in her 13th 20-plus-point game of the season. Nikki Greene contributed 17 points, six boards, two steals, two blocks and an assist, but coughed up four turnovers, and Gizelle Studevent came off the bench to tack on 10 points.

    No Indiana player managed double-digit scoring, as the Hoosiers were led by Milika Taufa with nine points off the bench. Sasha Chaplin grabbed 16 rebounds to go with eight points for the Hoosiers, who battled their way to a near-tie, 43-45, on the boards.

Current Standings

As of Feb. 3, 2012
Standing Team Conference Pct.   Overall Pct.
1. Nebraska 8-2 .800   19-3 .864
2. Purdue 8-2 .800   18-5 .783
3. Ohio State 7-2 .778   20-2 .909
4. Penn State 7-3 .700   17-5 .773
5. Michigan 6-4 .600   17-6 .773
6. Michigan State 5-4 .556   13-9 .591
7. Iowa 5-5 .500   13-10 .565
8. Minnesota 4-6 .400   12-12 .500
9. Wisconsin 4-6 .400   8-14 .364
10. Northwestern 3-7 .300   13-10 .565
11. Illinois 2-8 .200   8-15 .348
12. Indiana 0-10 .000   5-18 .217


Source: BigTen.org/Women’s Basketball Standings


Coming Up This Weekend

Editor’s Note: Full Court’s On a midweek game day filled with upsets and surprises, Big Ten correspondent Mark Bradford had his worst performance in two years, accurately predicting just two of Thursday’s five games. Still his overall record for the season is now 42-17 for 71 percent.

No. 13/17 PURDUE

Earlier in the season, I would say this game would be an easy Boiler win. But Ilinois has begun to believe in itself and Purdue is looking a little battle weary. Illinois has been cutting down on its turnovers but will be severely tested by the Purdue defenders. The Illini are also relying less on Karisma Penn for points. However, this is a Purdue home game. 

Prediction: Boilers by five.




Lisa Bluder’s team should go over the .500 mark with a win on the Hoosier court. After a slow start, the Hawkeyes are playing their best ball, though it is hard to tell how the team will respond to the loss of Jamie Printy for the remainder of the season. On the other hand, Indiana has no answer for Iowa’s 6-5 center Morgan Johnson.

Prediction: Iowa by 10.

When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EST, Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind. (BTN.com)




Both teams are evenly matched and both teams need a win to keep them in the upper half of the league. This season’s first meeting between these intrastate rivals was close, ultimately won be the Spartans, 60-55, on their home floor.

You can almost throw a net over the two teams statistically except that Michigan State averages about 40 rebounds a game while Michigan pulls down an average of 33. Michigan makes up for it in part with a turnover margin four points better than Michigan State’s. There is no real advantage in personnel and no “star” on either team.

Prediction: We’ll call this Michigan by three, based completely on the Wolverine’s home-court advantage in this, their annual Pink Zone game.

When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, 3:00 p.m. EST, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

No. 19/21 PENN STATE


Coquese Washington’s team is definitely in the thick of the fight for the conference crown. But it would be foolish to overlook Minnesota; the Gophers have lost three of their last four, but their lone win came last in an impressive upset of Ohio State, ranked No. 11 in the country.

The Lady Lions average 76 points per game, while Minnesota averages just 66. Both teams allow approximately 60 points per game to opponents. This could be a great time to watch two of the conference’s best young guards. Minnesota‘s Rachel Banham averages 15.7 points per game and has gotten better with nearly every contest. Penn State’s Maggie Lucas (19.8 ppg) has a better supporting cast, however, headed by Alex Bentley (14.9 ppg) and Nikkie Greene (8.1 rbg), while Banham is backed up largely by Katie Loberg, who averages 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per outing.

Prediction: Penn State will have to scramble, but will win by five.

When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, 3:00 p.m. EST/2:00 CST, Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minn. (Gophersports.com) 


Was last week’s loss to Minnesota, a team with the same in-conference record as Wisconsin, an aberration or a sign of more serious weaknesses? Most likely the former, but we’ll see on Monday. The young Badgers are steadily developing under their new coach, while Buckeye helmsman Jim Foster has to get his team to spread the scoring more than they have in recent games. No mistake though, Samantha Prahalis (19 pgg) and Tayler Hill (21 ppg) will be the two best individuals on the floor. Getting the rest of the team to find their roles might be a different story.

Prediction: As much as Wisconsin has improved, they are not ready yet to beat the Buckeyes on their home court. Ohio State will win by five points.

When: Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, 7:30 p.m. EST, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio (BTN) 


Originally published Sun, February 05, 2012

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