BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Grace Berger, Mackenzie Holmes, and Ali Patberg each scored 22 points as 10th-ranked Indiana rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter for an 89-80 Big Ten home victory over Iowa on Wednesday.

The Hoosiers (17-4, 15-2 Big Ten) pulled to within a half-game of No. 8 Maryland (19-2, 15-1) for the regular-season conference crown. Indiana has one game remaining while the Terrapins have two.

Iowa freshman guard Caitlin Clark, the nation’s second-leading scorer at 26.9 points per game, led all scorers with 32 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Manika Czinano added 20 points for the Hawkeyes (14-8, 10-8).

Berger scored eight of her points in the pivotal third quarter, when Indiana outscored Iowa 27-16. That’s when Indiana clamped down defensively on Iowa’s one-two punch as Clark had just four shots and Czinano missed five-of-seven shots.

Nicole Cardano-Hillary added seven of her 13 points in the third as the Hoosiers took a 65-59 edge into the final 10 minutes.

Holmes made 11-of-13 shots and had a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Indiana outrebounded Iowa 38-21 and had a 56-38 advantage in points in the paint.

The Hoosiers swept the Hawkeyes for the first time since 1994.

(20) WEST VIRGINIA 72, KANSAS STATE 64: Esmery Martinez scored 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to help visiting West Virginia 19-4, 13-4 Big 12) top Kansas State (8-16, 3-14).

Kysre Gondrezick added 14 points, Kirsten Deans had 13 points and nine assists, and Jasmine Carson scored 11 points for West Virginia.

Kansas State scored 10 consecutive points to take its first lead at 20-19 with 49 seconds left in the first quarter, but Martinez answered with a layup 30 seconds later and the Mountaineers led the rest of the way.


PROVIDENCE 1, UMAINE 0: Hunter Barnett scored in overtime as Providence beat UMaine in the Hockey East semifinals at Providence, Rhode Island.

Giana Savastano and Claire Tyo assisted on Barnett’s goal. Sandra Abstreiter made 33 saves for Providence (12-6-1).

Goalie Loryn Porter made 22 saves for UMaine (8-9-1).


(10) VILLANOVA 72, (14) CREIGHTON 60: Justin Moore scored 24 points and helped host Villanova (16-4, 11-3) capture the Big East title by beating Creighton (17-7, 13-6), which was playing with Coach Greg McDermott under fire for using language evocative of slavery.

McDermott, who had apologized for urging his players to “stay on the plantation” in a postgame locker room talk following a loss over the weekend, said on Creighton’s pregame radio show that he offered to resign. McDermott said had a long meeting with players on Sunday night and said he saw “pain in their face(s)” and hoped “one mistake doesn’t define you.”

McDermott said he wanted to make sure the Bluejays wanted him to remain as coach and apologized for the “distraction that I brought to this team for the choice that I made.”

McDermott said the Bluejays – whose players wear “equality” on the back of their jerseys – did not ask for him to resign.

“Our guys wanted me to coach and that’s my job,” McDermott said.

The Wildcats lost Collin Gillespie, their star senior guard averaging 14.4 points, to a left knee injury in the first half. He writhed in pain on the court and immediately needed help to the locker room.

Mitch Ballock led Creighton with 14 points.

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