BIG TEN WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT Today's final: No. 24 Nebraska vs. No. 21 Purdue 3 p.m. TV: ESPN2
Purdue wins at the end; Nebraska halts Ohio St.
- March 3, 2012 - 11:14 PM
INDIANAPOLIS - Brittany Rayburn's driving layup with 1.4 seconds left gave No. 21 Purdue a 68-66 victory over No. 9 Penn State in the semifinals of the Big Ten women's tournament.
Rayburn finished with 14 points, Courtney Moses had 21 and Antionette Howard had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers (23-8), who outrebounded top-seeded Penn State 54-32.
Indianapolis native Alex Bentley led Penn State with 22 points, but she fouled out with 43.4 seconds to go. Rayburn made two free throws for a 66-61 lead, but Nikki Greene followed with a three-point play and, after a Purdue turnover, Greene's shot from the right baseline tied the score with 20 seconds to go.
All-Big Ten guard Maggie Lucas was held to nine points for the Lady Lions (24-6), who saw an eight-game winning streak end.
No. 24 Nebraska 77, No. 14 Ohio State 62: Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Cornhuskers (24-7) beat the Buckeyes (25-6), who were denied a chance to win their fourth consecutive conference tournament title.
Kaitlyn Burke had 20 points for Nebraska, which has never won a conference tournament title. The Huskers' most recent final was the 1993 Big Eight tournament in Salina, Kan., when they fell 64-60 to Kansas.
Big Ten Player of the Year Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points for the second-seeded Buckeyes. Minneapolis South's Tayler Hill, the conference's top scorer, was held to 10 points on 4-for-16 shooting, including 0-for-6 from three-point range.
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