While you were busy doing whatever it is regular people do on football-less Sundays, the world of Big Ten women’s basketball went absolutely ballistic.
We’ve grown accustomed to the Rachel Banhams, Nia Coffeys, and Kelsey Mitchells of the world putting together eye-watering statlines, but today, it felt like every single game had someone, or multiple someones, do something incredible.
9 players finished with 20+ points. 4 finished with 30+. 2 finished with 40+. 1 finished with 50+. 4 players had double-doubles. 3 teams scored at least 100 points. 1 team had 99 at the end of 30 minutes.
It was an absolute show. Here are some highlights:
Rachel Banham: still inhuman
This might shock you, but Rachel Banham got silly again.
Two weeks removed from her 60 point, record setting game against Northwestern, she got down with her bad self once more on the road against Michigan State.
She hung 52 on the Spartans.
She also had 7 assists, because for some reason there are Minnesota possessions that end in a player other than Banham shooting (Carlie Wagner actually scored 20 in this game). Banham went 9-13 from three. She went 15-16 from the foul line. She grabbed 5 rebounds, because sometimes she got bored just scoring.
Rachel Banham, once again, was scoring option A-Z for the Gophers and she was able to keep Minnesota neck-and-neck with a much deeper Michigan State squad. Minnesota would finish with 106 points, but it still wouldn’t be enough. Which brings us to the next pair of stars.
Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska got their Jordan-Pippen on
Neither of these players will even get player of the game honors for what they did against Minnesota, but both of them probably had their best games as Spartans.
First for Powers. Aerial Powers is not a three-point marksman usually, but she just about fooled the world with her shooting exhibition out in East Lansing. She knocked down 5 outside shots and a whole lot of twos to finish with a career high 40. 8 assists and 6 rebounds were alright too.
Tori Jankoska, not to be outdone, flirted with a triple-double, notching 24 points, 15 assists, and 8 boards. The assists are a new career high for Jankoska, who never before hit double-digit dishes.
Powers and Jankoska were the driving force for a Spartan team which scored 37 in the first quarter and 30 each in the 3rd and 4th.
They also weren’t the most impressive duo of the day.
Ohio State made Illinois look like a JV squad
/pokes Illinois with a stick
This game is as brutal as a game could be.
Ohio State also scored 37 in the first quarter.
Then they scored 62 in the next two periods.
Then they benched their star, Kelsey Mitchell.
She played 24 minutes.
She scored 35 points.
Her partner in crime, Ameryst Alston, scored 39.
Ohio State shot 62% from the floor, 55% from three, and 85% from the stripe.
They averaged 1.8 points per possession in the first half and 1.5 points per possession for the game.
I need some air.