Nebraska women are Big Ten b-ball champs 

click to enlarge Your Big Ten Champions — The Nebraska Cornhuskers. (At the bottom left holding her prize is Rachel Theriot voted by the media the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.) - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Your Big Ten Champions — The Nebraska Cornhuskers. (At the bottom left holding her prize is Rachel Theriot voted by the media the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.)
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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!

click to enlarge Nebraska's guard  #33 Rachel Theriot shoots for three. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Nebraska's guard #33 Rachel Theriot shoots for three.
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click to enlarge Husker's forward Emily Cady drives hard under the basket - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Husker's forward Emily Cady drives hard under the basket
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click to enlarge Emily enjoys her turn cutting down the net. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Emily enjoys her turn cutting down the net.
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click to enlarge A special moment for Sadie Murren on the left and Brandi Jeffery on the right as they kiss the trophy - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • A special moment for Sadie Murren on the left and Brandi Jeffery on the right as they kiss the trophy
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click to enlarge Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller celebrates after her turn cutting the net. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller celebrates after her turn cutting the net.
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click to enlarge Img. 2059 Nebraska team did not wait long to celebrate their victory - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Img. 2059 Nebraska team did not wait long to celebrate their victory
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click to enlarge Rachel Theriot and Emily Cady each one was able to have the honor of cutting down the net last. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Rachel Theriot and Emily Cady each one was able to have the honor of cutting down the net last.
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We also caught up the action in the semi-final round.

click to enlarge #3 Claire Till and #22 Samatha Logic of Iowa both attempt to block Ohio States Amerst Alston. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • #3 Claire Till and #22 Samatha Logic of Iowa both attempt to block Ohio States Amerst Alston.
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On Saturday, the Big Ten Women's semi-finals matched the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the Iowa State Hawkeyes.

click to enlarge Amerst Alston jumps past two Hawkeyes for 2 points. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Amerst Alston jumps past two Hawkeyes for 2 points.
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The Hawkeyes won 77-73, snapping a three game losing streak against Ohio State.

click to enlarge Ally Disterhoft takes charge early to lead her team to victory. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Ally Disterhoft takes charge early to lead her team to victory.
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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.

click to enlarge Cornhuskers tries to block a Spartan. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Cornhuskers tries to block a Spartan.
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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.

click to enlarge Spartans Aerial Powers gets the rebound and gets it back to the basket. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Spartans Aerial Powers gets the rebound and gets it back to the basket.
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Not much can be said for the Michigan State vs. Nebraska game, except it was a blow out. Nebraska beat the Spartans 86-58.

click to enlarge Every player wanted this ball. - PHIL TAYLOR/PHOTOTAYLOR
  • Every player wanted this ball.
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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.

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