IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Monika Czinano scored 20 points, Caitlin Clark added 19 and the Iowa No.9 defeated Samford 91-54 on Thursday night. Iowa (2-0) led just 20-12 with 1:32 left in the first quarter before closing the half on a 27-10 run started by Clark with his first field goal. Clark, a pre-season Associated Press All-American, finished the halftime with 15 points on 6 of 10 shots. Czinano, who led the nation in field goal percentage last season, was successful. 8 of 11 shots. Andrea Cournoyer led Samford with 15 points in his first game. Annie Ramil took 15 rebounds.
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Michigan, ninth in the standings, is heading to No. 23 at Penn State for a key Big Ten game on Saturday. The Wolverines are hoping to reach the Conference Championship game for the first time and likely need to win to have any chance of making it. Minnesota is visiting Iowa’s No.19 for a game that will begin to separate the summit from the Big Ten West. Purdue is a 20-1 / 2-point underdog at No. 6 in Ohio State. The Boilermakers are looking to become the first team since Illinois in 1959 to beat three top-10 opponents in the same season. This is according to Sportradar.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Surging Purdue is looking for another Ohio state disruption. The last time the two teams met, the Unclassified Boilermakers upset the number at the time. 2 Buckeyes in West Lafayette, Indiana, inflicting their only loss in a 13-1 season and ultimately excluding them from the college football playoffs. Purdue just upset Michigan State as he prepares to face the No.6 Ohio State on Saturday in the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes are 8-1 and undefeated in six Big Ten games, but barely held on to beat unranked Nebraska last week.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The Penn State No.23 will build on their passing game against Michigan No.9 (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten, No.6 CFP) on Saturday when the two teams will begin their home stretch taking place at Beaver Stadium. For the Wolverines, that could include a Big Ten Championship shot. Although their title aspirations have evaporated after a 0-3 streak last month, the Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3) want to finish strong.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The No.20 from Wisconsin has lost the race leader Chez Mellusi for the remainder of the season. He injured his left knee in last weekend’s win over Rutgers. Coach Paul Chryst has said the transfer of Clemson will no longer play this season and will likely not be available for spring training. Mellusi had run for 815 yards this season to place fifth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin lead a five-game winning streak in Saturday’s home game with Northwestern.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska linebacker JoJo Domann says his career with the Cornhuskers ended after left hand surgery. The sixth-year elder made the announcement on his podcast. He said he injured a finger at the start of the Oct. 30 game against Purdue. He played one of his best games of the season last week against Ohio State. He made nine tackles, intercepted a pass and broke two more. Domann played 51 games and ended his career with 209 tackles. His 133 solo tackles rank 11th in the school’s all-time standings.
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Wisconsin vow not to overlook Northwestern as the 20th-ranked Badgers try to secure their sixth straight victory and move closer to a spot for a Big Ten championship game. The injuries from their 17-7 loss to Northwestern last season are still too fresh. Wisconsin was ranked 10th last year before losing to No. 19 Northwestern. The result saw Northwestern claim the Big Ten West Division title while starting a three-game slippage for Wisconsin. Wisconsin will play this game without the race leader Chez Mellusi after suffering a knee injury ending the season.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The tie-four at the top of the Big Ten’s West Division will begin to unravel when the No.19 from Iowa plays host to Minnesota. The Hawkeyes and Gophers are joined at the top by Wisconsin and Purdue. Minnesota and Iowa struggled. The Gophers have a loss to Bowling Green and last week’s 14-6 loss to Illinois. Iowa has reached second place nationally after winning its first six games. The Hawks lost two in a row before last week’s 17-12 win at Northwestern. Quarterback Alex Padilla is in line to start for Iowa in place of injured Spencer Petras.
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