Rachel Theriot and Tear’a Laudermill helped the 16th ranked Huskers by jump starting a 23-6 run in a six-minute span in the first half to help the Huskers advance to the Big Ten Tournament finals with an 86-58 victory over No. 19 Michigan State.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 24-6 overall and 2-0 in the tournament while advancing to their second Big Ten Championship Game in three seasons. The third-seeded Huskers will square off with fifth-seeded Iowa. The Hawkeyes outlasted eighth-seeded Ohio State, 77-73, in Saturday’s first semifinal game. Iowa improved to 26-7 overall and 3-0 in the tournament.
The game between Nebraska and Iowa will tip-off on Sunday at Noon (CT) with live national television coverage on ESPN.
The Huskers led by 23 at the half and pushed the lead to 32 points late in the game with their reserves on the floor against the Spartan starters before settling for the 28-point win. Nebraska hit 52.4 percent (33-63) of its shots in the game, including 6-of-17 three-pointers, while connecting on 14-of-17 free throws. The Huskers forced 23 Spartan turnovers, finishing with a plus-13 turnover margin on the night. MSU, which went just 22-of-60 (.367) from the floor, including 4-of-15 from long range, did hit 10-of-12 free throws and outrebounded the Huskers, 37-33.