Big Ten Women’s Tourney (Friday Quarterfinals)

With a WNIT invite quite possibly waiting in the wings, the Hoosiers could not muster enough comeback magic to upset Ohio State.

Jessica Davenport finished with 30 points, 17 of them on free throws, and former high school teammate Star Allen got a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) playing second fiddle for the Buckeyes (27-2).

Indiana forced 19 turnovers and came back from 18 down in the second half to cut the lead to six on two occasions, but a missed free throw by Kim Roberson on the first of a one and one, and then a pair of freebies from Davenport put a halt to the comeback, preventing the Hoosiers from getting closer both times.

Roberson again led IU with 15 points off the bench, and Sarah McKay had 14 points and five blocks. Both McKay and Whitney Thomas fouled out in the game’s waning moments while trying to stop Davenport and Allen’s strong inside moves.

The Buckeyes will meet the winner of the 4/5 game (Penn State and Illinois), now underway.

1:50 left…Sarah McKay has fouled out for the Hoosiers with 14 points…OSU leads by 10

5:15 IU getting some clutch steals by stripping the ball…Kim Roberson twice stole it and was fouled while going hard to the basket both times…Two Roberson free throws and the Hoosiers cut Ohio State’s lead to six

9 minutes left…IU down 58-46

Jamie Braun has just started heating up, readying for one last desperate push, but she has three fouls.

Marscilla Packer pulled up lame again in the second half. This time she stayed down longer, holding her left ankle and was assisted off the floor, hopping on her right foot. Senior Stephanie Blanton replaced her for the second time.

Hoosiers fading fast in second…OSU now on 13-0 run for a 37-22 lead.

IU has rimmed out a couple of jumpers and are starting to look overwhelmed.

Halftime…OSU leads 31-22

Whitney Thomas is getting visibly upset with some no calls on Indiana offense. She keeps attacking the basket and has wound up on the floor a couple of times. IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack stomped her feet at buzzer and came out to converse with the officials before heading into the locker room.

Sarah McKay leads Indiana with eight points, while Jessica Davenport’s 13 paces the Buckeyes.

Davenport scored the last seven points of the half to build the lead for the defending champs.

3:56 in first…Whitney Thomas gave IU a brief 18-17 lead, but the Buckeyes’ Ashlee Trebilcock answered with a 3-pointer right away…20-18 OSU

7:16 left in first…Sarah McKay is keeping Hoosiers alive with three blocks and two consecutive offensive rebounds/putbacks for scores…17-16 OSU

Packer is back in and has already hit a 3…score is 9-8 Buckeyes at 13:31

At first timeout, OSU leads 6-0…Jessica Davenport has 4 points, and the Hooisers are struggling on offense, falling victim to a shot clock violation and a jump ball turnover…15:43 remains in first half

On the first Buckeye possession, junior guard Marscilla Packer went down with a rolled ankle after gathering a loose ball. She retreated to the locker room for further examination. Packer is the team’s third leading scorer and their main 3-point threat.

Indiana (18-12) has a shot this evening to knock off Ohio State, the reigning tournament champs.

In order to do so, the Hoosiers will probably need a better performance from their leading scorer than they got in Thursday’s win over Iowa. Nikki Smith was held scoreless and only attempted two three-pointers the entire game.

The Buckeyes are without the services of senior point guard Brandie Hoskins, lost for the season on Feb. 8. In Ohio State’s 10-point win over Indiana in Columbus on Jan. 25, Hoskins scored 19 points. She was second on the team in ppg with 14.3 and had tallied 113 assists prior to the injury.

If Kim Roberson heats up again for the Hoosiers (she had 21 last night), and if the team can get the ball inside to Sarah McKay in hopes of getting Big Ten Player of the Year Jessica Davenport in foul trouble, there could be an upset to be had. Davenport lead the conference in scoring this season and was the second best rebounder.

Game 5 Final: Michigan State 77, Minnesota 68

The Gophers had four players in double figures, led by guard Emily Fox’s 21 (and 6 assists), but the No. 22 Spartans (23-7) outshot them 53.6 percent from the field to 36.8.

Allyssa DeHann, 6-9 Spartan center and the league’s Freshman of the Year, led all players with 27 points. The nation’s second best shotblocker just behind unbeaten Duke’s Alison Bales also contributed six rejections.

Minnesota trailed by seven at the half, and closed it to five a couple times in the second. But a Kelly Roysland jumper that made the score 72-66 MSU with 50 seconds left was as close as they got after.

Michigan State moves on to the semifinals for the fourth straight year and will face Purdue at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Second seed and No. 15 Purdue escaped an upset bid from Wisconsin in Game 4…82-79 in overtime.

The Badgers’ Jolene Anderson tied the game on a baseline runner with about 8 seconds left in regulation and the Boilermakers turned the ball over to extend the game. Anderson finished with a game-high 27 points, and added 4 assists and 4 steals.

Katie Gearlds had 26 points for Purdue and was 8 of 8 from the free throw line to keep Wisconsin at bay.

Anderson had another chance to tie the game as the overtime ticked down, but with the Badgers trailing by three after a jump ball gave them possession, she elected to step into the lane and hit a short jumper with just 2 seconds left. That gave Purdue two more free throws, and a full court heave by Anderson didn’t get off in time and was off the mark anyway.

The Boilermakers will play the winner of Michigan State and Minnesota, which just tipped off, on Sunday.