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Nebraska clears Iowa aside, 76-62

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  • Nebraska players and staff celebrate after guard Brandi Jeffery, not pictured, scored during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday, March 8, 2013. Nebraska won 76-61. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

      Nebraska players and staff celebrate after guard Brandi Jeffery, not pictured, scored during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday, March 8, 2013. Nebraska won 76-61. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Iowa center Morgan Johnson, left, and Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

      Iowa center Morgan Johnson, left, and Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Nebraska head coach Connie Yori talks to her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday, March 8, 2013. Nebraska won 76-61. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

      Nebraska head coach Connie Yori talks to her team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday, March 8, 2013. Nebraska won 76-61. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

 
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Jordan Hooper helped Nebraska dominate the boards and scored 24 points to lead the No. 21 Huskers to a 76-61 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday at Sears Centre Arena.

Lindsey Moore had 13 points and 6 assists, and Emily Cady had 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Huskers (23-7), who have nine of their last 10 games and are the second seed in the tournament.

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In the Big Ten semifinals, Nebraska will face third-seeded Purdue, which defeated Wisconsin 74-62 in the second quarterfinal game.

Hooper also grabbed 7 rebounds to help Nebraska take a commanding 44-30 advantage on the boards. The Huskers shot 46 percent from the field while the Hawkeyes shot 38 percent.

"They got 18 points, second-chance points, that's a whole bunch and a lot of high-percentage shots, and those are paint shots," said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. "You can't give up 38 paint points. That's too high a percentage of shots."

Theairra Taylor scored 22 points to lead Iowa (20-12). Melissa Dixon scored 18 points for the Hawkeyes.

Rachel Theriot's 3-pointer just before halftime gave Nebraska a 34-24 lead at the break, and the Huskers led by as many as 27 points in the second half thanks to an 8-0 run at the start. It marked the 11th time this season Nebraska held a team under 25 points in the first half. Iowa was held without a free throw attempt in the first half and finished the game 7-of-9 from the line.

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