Women’s College Basketball

Ohio State 58,

Minnesota 47

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.

Ashley Adams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the ninth-seeded Buckeyes (18-12), who advanced to face top-seeded and eighth-ranked Penn State in the quarterfinals Friday.

Rachel Banham had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Golden Gophers (18-13) but didn’t get much help. Banham was 7 of 16 from the floor; her teammates were a combined 11 of 45.

Ohio State trailed by as many as nine in the first half and was down 27-24 early in the second. But the Buckeyes took control after that, going on a 19-2 run, capped by Amber Stokes’ fast-break layup, to lead 43-29. The eighth-seeded Gophers could get no closer than nine points down the rest of the way.

The Buckeyes scored 19 points off 16 Minnesota turnovers.

Memphis 63,

Marshall 53

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Marshall women’s basketball cut a 21-point Memphis advantage to just four in the second half, but the Thundering Herd could not complete the comeback and lost the final game of the regular season in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Thursday, 63-53.

The Thundering Herd will close the regular season with a 9-20 (3-13 C-USA) record and enter the Conference USA tournament on March 13 as the No. 12 seed. Memphis improves to 17-13 (8-8 C-USA) as they close their regular season as well.

Norrisha Victrum led Marshall with 12 points, all of which came in the second half. The freshman point guard finished the game 4-of-13 and was a flawless 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Suporia Dickens also went perfect from the free throw line (4-for-4), while Leandra King finished 4-of-5. As a team, the Herd went 14-of-17 (82.4 %) from the stripe, marking its best free throw percentage of the 2012-13 season.