District roundup: Penn State women upset in Big Ten semifinals
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Jasmine Thomas scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and Michigan State used its stout defense to upset No. 8 Penn State, 54-46, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
Becca Mills added 16 points for the Spartans (24-7), who held Penn State to 22 percent shooting and enjoyed a 52-38 rebounding edge.
Penn State (25-5) won the Big Ten regular-season title and lost in the tournament semifinals for the second straight season. The Lady Lions fell, 68-66, against eventual champion Purdue last year.
Penn State star Maggie Lucas, the conference player of the year, had 23 points and nine rebounds, but she was the only player on her team to score in double figures.
Penn State got off to a fast start then struggled to score in an ugly first half that featured more turnovers (14) than field goals (11).
Tori Waldner converted a layup with 12:41 to go to give the Lady Lions a 16-5 lead — but that was their last basket of the period.
Atlantic 10 Tournament
St. Joseph's 73, Duquesne 60 — In Philadelphia, Erin Shields scored 21 points and Chatilla van Grinsven had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lift No. 4 seed St. Joseph's (21-8) past fifth-seeded Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals.
Wumi Agunibiade had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Dukes (23-7), who await their NCAA Tournament at-large fate. In the most recent ESPN Bracketology, the Dukes were a No. 11 seed and among the “Last four in.”
Iowa State 83, West Virginia 74 — In Morgantown, W. Va., Will Clyburn scored 27 points to lead Iowa State (21-10, 11-7 Big 12) over West Virginia in the final regular-season game for both teams.
Jabarie Hinds scored 19 points for West Virginia (13-18, 6-12), which closed the regular season with a losing record for the first time since 2002-03.
WVU's winning percentage of 41.9, with the Big 12 tourney still to come, is the worst regular-season record for any team in coach Bob Huggins' 31-year career. His first NCAA Division I team, Akron, finished 12-14 overall (46.2 percent).
Indiana (Pa.) 52, Slippery Rock 46 — In Indiana, Josh Wiegand scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds as top seed Indiana (Pa.) (24-5) beat Slippery Rock (22-8) to win the PSAC title for the third time in the past four years and clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.