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No. 16 Nebraska women beat Minnesota 80-67, advance to Big 10 tournament semifinals

  • Nebraska guard Rachel Theriot, (33) pulls up for a shot between Minnesota forward Kayla Hirt (20) and guard Stabresa McDaniel in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Nebraska guard Rachel Theriot, (33) pulls up for a shot between Minnesota forward Kayla Hirt (20) and guard Stabresa McDaniel in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper, left, shoots over Minnesota guard Sari Noga in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper, left, shoots over Minnesota guard Sari Noga in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska forward Emily Cady, right, drives on Minnesota forward Micaella Riche in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Nebraska forward Emily Cady, right, drives on Minnesota forward Micaella Riche in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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.