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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Michigan tops Indiana in Big Ten tourney

2014-03-06T20:15:00Z 2014-03-07T01:37:05Z WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Michigan tops Indiana in Big Ten tourneyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 06, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

Cyesha Goree scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists as the seventh-seeded Michigan women rolled past No. 10 seed Indiana, 82-57, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday in Indianapolis.

Shannon Smith added 16 points, Madison Ristovski 12 and Siera Thompson 10 for the Wolverines (18-12), who will face second-seeded Michigan State (21-8) in the quarterfinals today.

Nicole Elmblad finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocked shots in the win.

Indiana (18-12) jumped out to a 7-2 lead but Michigan responded with a 30-8 run and took a 43-28 advantage into the break.

Milika Taufa's layup with 9:50 to play pulled the Hoosiers within 10 before the Wolverines scored 12 straight to put the game away.

Alexis Gassion led Indiana, which shot 26 percent from 3-point range and 29 percent from the free-throw line, with 12 points.

 No. 23 Iowa 81, Illinois 62: Bethany Doolittle scored a career-high 26 points, hitting 10 of 14 shots, as fifth-seeded Iowa defeat Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Melissa Dixon added 15 points and Ally Disterhoft 14 with 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (24-7), who face No. 17 Purdue (21-7), the fourth seed, in the quarterfinals today.

Amber Moore had 26 points for the Illini (9-21), who have lost 11 straight. Ivory Crawford had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Iowa opened the game with an 11-2 run and after Illinois regrouped to take a 27-26 lead, the Hawkeyes closed the half with a 15-2 surge for a 41-29 lead.

Iowa shot 54 percent from the field, made 21 of 26 free throw and had a 45-31 rebounding edge to offset 24 turnovers. The Illini shot just 32 percent and got to the line 14 times, making 10.

Ohio St 86, Northwestern 77: Ameryst Alston scored 30 points and Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe had double-doubles as eighth-seeded Ohio State pulled away in the closing minutes to defeat ninth-seeded Northwestern in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament.

Alston, who finished one point shy of matching her career-high, broke a 73-73 tie with a layup with 1:53 to play. Ellerbe followed with a steal that was turned into her 3-pointer at the 1:24 mark and, after a Northwestern miss, Alston made two free throws for an 80-72 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

Ellerbe finished with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-17), who face top-seeded and 11th-ranked Penn State (22-6) today. Moore added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Maggie Lyon led Northwestern (15-15) with 25 points, Nia Coffey had 19 with 11 rebounds, Lauren Douglas had 15 points.

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