No. 7 Penn State Lady Lions 16-8, 7-6
An abysmal seven-point third quarter was the difference in Penn State's 69-64 loss to Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. Ashley Owusu continues to play well; the Lady Lions ran into a tricky part of the schedule with Iowa and Michigan. Owusu is beginning to find her groove with the Lions; they could put together a run to close the season.
No. 6 Michigan State Spartans 17-7, 7-6
There's an old adage about allowing a team to beat you twice. After the Spartans allowed Indiana to come from behind and win, they came out flat against Ohio State, losing 86-71. While it is no shame losing to two of the best teams in the conference, the offense was not there in East Lansing.
No. 5 Michigan Wolverines 16-9, 7-6
After a tough loss to Nebraska, the Wolverines rebounded with a solid win against Rutgers. Their reward? Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes the day after Valentines. Clark is likely to break the all-time scoring record at home, but can Michigan still pull the upset?
No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers 16-8, 8-5
Don't look now, but Nebraska is playing outstanding basketball. They spoiled Caitlin Clark's bid to break Kelsey Plum's scoring record and got the win to boot. It is entirely possible the 'Huskers find themselves with a 20-win season. They could be the team that no one wants to play during tournament time.
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3. #14 Indiana Hoosiers 20-3, 11-2
On Sunday afternoon, Indiana swept Purdue again with a dominant 95-62 victory at Assembly Hall. Mackenzie Holmes is now Indiana's all-time leading scorer. However, head coach Teri Moren and the Hoosiers have more significant things in mind. Indiana can get their win back against Iowa on February 22nd.
They are looking toward the Big Ten tournament and March Madness. Holmes and the Hoosiers want to make a deep run in March. Let's see how they play the Hawkeyes in two weeks.
2. #2 Iowa Hawkeyes 22-3, 11-2
Caitlin Clark wanted no part of talking about the record in Iowa's upset loss to Nebraska in Lincoln. "We just didn't execute down the stretch," Clark said, "and that stinks." After dominating Nebraska in the third quarter, they were outscored 27-10 in the final frame, and Clark was shut out. Much like Indiana and Ohio State, the Hawkeyes.
1. #5 Ohio State Buckeyes 21-3, 12-1
Ohio State has won 11 in a row and now sits alone in first place in the Big Ten. They are peaking at the right time. Ohio State's finale against the Hawkeyes could be for first place in the conference, the regular season title, and a #1 seed in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.