Big Ten Women Tournaments 08 Mar 13

 The WCHA women’s hockey Final Faceoff is set for this weekend at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.  Here is the schedule: 

SEMIFINAL #1 (Friday):  North Dakota vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m. 
SEMIFINAL #2 (Friday):  Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m. 
CHAMPIONSHIP (Saturday):  Minnesota/Ohio State winner vs. North Dakota/Wisconsin winner, 7 p.m. 

Gopher Women Out Of Big Ten Tourney 

The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team swept Ohio State in two games during the regular season, but Minneapolis native Tayler Hill paced the Buckeyes to a 58-47 win over Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten Women’s Postseason Tournament.  Hill scored 25 points against her homestate team.  Gopher star sophomore Rachel Banham scored 20 points for Minnesota.  The Gophers’ exit from the tourney leaves them with an 18-and-13 overall record and out of the NCAA Tourney mix.  The team will wait to find out if they get an invitation to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament or a different postseason event. 

Big Ten Women’s Tournament: 

Here are first-round results from the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Postseason Basketball Tournament near Chicago: 

Ohio State 58, Minnesota 47 (final), 
Wisconsin 58, Illinois 57 (final), 
Iowa 60, Northwestern 55 (final), 
Michigan 67, Indiana 40 (final), 

Here is Friday’s slate of games in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Postseason Basketball Tournament near Chicago: 

Nebraska vs. Iowa, 11:30 a.m. 
Purdue vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m. 
Penn State vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m. 
Michigan State vs. Michigan, 8:30 p.m.