Sunday in the mad month of March in the amateur sports capital of the world - Indianapolis. The Big Ten Women's Basketball Champions were crowned at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a crowd of 5,743 in attendance. The Nebraska Cornhuskers, ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten, played the Iowa Hawkeyes, ranked No. 10.
At the start of the game, it was the Hawkeyes who took an early lead of 4 -2 but that would last but only for a few minutes as the Cornhuskers found their mojo and went on a 21-5 run leaving he Hawkeyes scoreless for around seven minutes. This was not a rare feat for the Huskers, who have had gone on runs of 14 points or more for all of their previous games in the tournament.
As for Iowa, Ally Disterhoft once again led the Hawkeyes, scoring 20 points. But Iowa had only 27 rebounds to the Huskers' 58.
Iowa did come back in the second half and recovered from the 21-5 run and got within three points, but could not hold on as Nebraska stood strong and beat the Hawkeyes 72-65. A great game.
Congratulations to the Nebraska CornHuskers the Big Ten Women's Basketball Champions of 2014!
We also caught up the action in the semi-final round.
On Saturday, the Big Ten Women's semi-finals matched the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the Iowa State Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes won 77-73, snapping a three game losing streak against Ohio State.
Ally Disterhoft came out on fire in the first half giving the Hawkeyes an early lead but the Buckeyes stayed close. In the second half Ohio showed some signs of life, actually tying Iowa at one point.
The Hawkeyes had four girls in double digits and the Buckeyes had three girls in double digits, with Ameryst Alston the leader at 20 points. This
game was definitely an eye for an eye with the Hawk winning.
Not much can be said for the Michigan State vs. Nebraska game, except it was a blow out. Nebraska
beat the Spartans 86-58.
The Cornhuskers was 33 for 63 in field goal attempts and the Spartans were only 22 for 60. The Spartans did win the rebound battle but not the war itself.
Tear'a Laudermill was the leading scorer for the Cornhuskers with 20 points.