March 7, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 17 points and nine rebounds as third-seeded Purdue (22-9) beat seventh-seeded Wisconsin 70-56 in a Big Ten tournament semifinal on Saturday.
FahKara Malone, after a scoreless first half, scored 13 second-half points, and center Danielle Campbell scored 16 points for the Boilermakers (22-9). Purdue advanced to the final for a third consecutive season.
Wisdom-Hylton, who also had three steals, had 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Boilermakers' quarterfinal victory over Indiana on Friday.
Sophomore guard Alyssa Karel had 18 points for Wisconsin (18-14).
Purdue, the two-time defending tournament champion, will play the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between top-seeded Ohio State (25-5) and fourth-seeded Iowa (21-9) in Sunday's championship game.
The Boilermakers, who shot 53.1 percent from the field (26-of-49), trailed 30-24 with 3:10 remaining in the first half, but went on a 14-0 run over the next 5:30 and never trailed again. Purdue's largest lead was 20 points with 4:40 to play.
Purdue shot 59 percent from the field in the second half while holding the Badgers to 36 percent shooting after the break.
Wisconsin upset second-seeded Michigan State 56-50 on Friday night to advance to the semifinal.
Purdue will enter the final having won seven of its last eight games.