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Purdue holds a 29-14 advantage in the series against Minnesota, though the Gophers won all three meetings this season.
Today's contest marked the first meeting between Minnesota and Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament.
The attendance for session two was 6,940 - the second-highest attendance ever for session two (7,317 in 1999).
Minnesota will play Ohio State in the semifinals Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA (12-4 Big Ten, 23-6 Overall)
Minnesota advances to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in school history.
Jamie Broback led Minnesota in scoring for the ninth time this season, scoring a game-high and career-high tying 28 points. It marked her sixth 20-point game of the season.
The Gophers are now 8-1 when Broback leads the team in scoring.
Broback's 28 points mark a new Minnesota high in the Big Ten Tournament, besting the previous mark of 23, held by Janel McCarville (2004) and Erin Olson (1998). Broback's previous high in the Big Ten Tournament was nine points.
With 11 field goals, Broback also set the Gophers' Big Ten Tournament high in baskets, breaking Erin Olson's previous record of 10.
McCarville added 22 points in the victory, her ninth 20-point game this season, which improved her average in the Big Ten Tournament to 19.6 points per game in five games played. With nine rebounds, for the sixth time this season McCarville was one rebound shy of recording a double-double. McCarville averages 10.8 rebounds in Big Ten Tournament play.
PURDUE (9-7 Big Ten , 16-12 Overall)
Purdue is 20-6 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
Despite the loss, the Boilermakers own a league-best five Tournament crowns (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004).
The loss against the Golden Gophers marked the first time Purdue has lost in the Big Ten Tournament since 2002, when Indiana knocked off the Boilermakers in the semifinals.
Prior to 2005, Purdue had been victorious in at least one game in nine of 10 tournaments.
Sharika Webb posted a career-high 16 points against Minnesota. Her previous personal-best was 12 points against DePaul on December 9, 2004.
Katie Gearlds led the Boilermakers with 21 points, marking the seventh time this season she has netted 20 or more points.