#21 win Big Ten Tournament after outlasting #24 Nebraska in Double OT
Earlier this season, Purdue dropped a triple overtime thriller to Nebraska at Mackey Arena. The Lady Boilermakers (24-8) made sure that they would not have a similar outcome this time as they sealed a 74-70 win over the Cornhuskers (24-8) for their eighth Big Ten Tournament title in the past 17 years.
Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, who hit the game winner over Penn State in the semifinal game, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Sophomore guard KK Houser was also named to the All-Tourney team.
Purdue led 56-54 with 51 seconds remaining in regulation, but fouled Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore who made both free throws. After the first overtime ended, Purdue was able to take advantage of Nebraska’s fatigue in the second overtime. Purdue’s depth on the bench proved to be key and helped lead the Boilers to the 74-70 victory after a desperation shot from Nebraska missed the net. 27 points from Moore and 25 from Jordan Hooper were not enough to carry Nebraska’s lack of bench scoring. The Boilermakers’ bench outscored Nebraska’s 26-2. A much more physical team, Coach Sharon Versyp’s squad was also able to out muscle the Huskers on the boards, 51-40.
Houser led Purdue with 19 points on the day. Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilers and Sam Ostarello notched eight points and 10 rebounds. Rayburn added nine points, in limited time due to foul trouble.
With the Big Ten Tournament title, Purdue should have some nice momentum going into the NCAA tournament. I really feel that Purdue has a great chance of making a deep run in the tourney. This team has the talent to make the run; they just have to bring it all together.
I would like to take a moment to introduce Brian Jensen. Brian is a true Colts fan…or should I say a “SUPER COLTS FAN.” I am sure you have seen him at the Colts home games. Each week we will feature the “SPARKY”… so without further adieu I bring the first Sparky.
So this coming week is the week as a Colts fan we wonder where this franchise is going to headed. Does Jim Irsay pay Peyton Manning and keep his, what will most likely be, best QB of all time or does he let him go and bring in what might be the next QB of the Colts for the next 10-15 years?
We all would like to see Peyton finish his career as a Colt. Let’s face it though, he might be on his way to another team. If this happens we would think that wherever he ends his career as a player that he will come back to Indianapolis and coach in some way. There are a lot of ways that this could play out, but with the highly rated Andrew Luck at the top of the board and with the No. 1 pic, ‘what do you do?’
As a fan, you don’t think about the future in the business perspective. We only see #18, one of if not the best, QB ever. The man that helped build Lucas Oil Stadium, the face of the Colts. The business side would be thinking about the next 10-15 years not the next 3-5. Andrew Luck is the most guaranteed player coming out of the draft since Peyton Manning. Draft Luck and let Peyton go. I want the future of the Colts to be as great as the last 10 years. As for Peyton, wherever he goes, I will be one of the first to own his new jersey and that team will easily be my second team until Manning retires and comes back to Indy to be a coach. We love you, Peyton, and good luck to you, whatever the outcome may be… GO COLTS!!!!!
Major League Baseball is expanding its playoff format to 10 teams. MLB announced the move Friday, adding two clubs to the postseason format. A second wild-card team now will be included in each league. There then will be a one-game playoff to decide which team advances. Commissioner Bud Selig says the change “increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year.” This is the first change in baseball’s playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added. In a further complication, both sides reached a consensus that ties for division titles would be broken on the field with a tiebreaker game under the new format, and not by head-to-head record.
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