Jordan Hooper scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 16 Nebraska beat Minnesota 80-67 in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday night to cap off another busy day of games. Earlier Friday, Ohio State upset Penn State, Iowa beat Purdue, and Michigan State rallied to take down Michigan. Both of Saturday’s semifinals games air on BTN/BTN2Go.
The third-seeded Cornhuskers will play No. 19 and second-seeded Michigan State on Saturday for a spot in the championship game. During the regular season Nebraska and Michigan State split two contests.
Emily Cady scored 15 points and Rachel Theriot added 14 points and a career-high 18 assists for the Cornhuskers (23-6).
Minnesota (20-12) trailed by just five points after Mikayla Bailey hit a 3 with 6:54 left to play. Cady responded by opening up an 11-0 run – which saw five Cornhuskers score – to give Nebraska a decisive lead that carried through the rest of the game.
Stabresa McDaniel came off the bench to score 14 points for the No.6 seeded Golden Gophers and Rachel Banham added 12.