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Jordan Hooper helps Nebraska knock off Ohio St. in Big Ten semis

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as No. 24 Nebraska knocked off Ohio State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) by a 77-62 score in the semifinals of the Big Ten women's tournament.

Kaitlyn Burke scored 20 points and Emily Cady 10 for the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (24-7), who advanced to Sunday's final against Purdue (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP). The Boilermakers upset Penn State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) 68-66 in the other semifinal.

Lindsey Moore added seven assists for Nebraska.

Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points for the second-seeded Buckeyes (25-6), who were denied a chance to win their fourth straight tournament title. Raven Ferguson added 13 points and Tayler Hill 10.

Trailing 24-11, Nebraska unleashed a 16-0 run late in the first half. Burke scored seven points during the spurt, which put the Huskers ahead 27-24 with 2:50 left. They led 36-30 at the break and stayed in control in the second half.

Nebraska is competing in its first Big Ten tournament.