Kristi Faulkner scored 21 points and Jennie Lillis had 15 points and 13 rebounds as Iowa beat No. 13 Minnesota, 80-77, last night in the second round of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.
Faulkner, who scored 27 in a first-round game, carried the Hawkeyes down the stretch, hitting clutch shots from the inside and perimeter. Her baseline three-pointer with 6 minutes 5 seconds left gave the Hawkeyes (19-9) a 63-61 lead and they did not trail again.
Minnesota (23-5) cut it to 76-73 with 22 seconds left following Shannon Schonrock's three-pointer, then 79-77 after Lindsay Lieser's three-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining.
Lillis hit 1 of 2 free throws to seal the win.
Iowa is back in the semifinals, in which it will face Purdue, for the first time since winning the championship in 2001. The Hawkeyes also won the tournament in 1997.
Minnesota fell to 1-10 in tournament history. . . .
Tanisha Wright scored 26 points and Kelly Mazzante added 18, including the last five for No. 14 Penn State, as the Lady Lions defeated Indiana, 67-64, in a second-round game.
Penn State (24-7), the regular season Big Ten champion and the top seed, struggled through the rematch of last year's conference title game, which Indiana won, 75-72. The Nittany Lions will meet fourth-seeded Ohio State, a 71-55 winner over Michigan State, in Sunday's first semifinal. . . .
Erika Valek had 14 of her 19 points in the second half, and No. 12 Purdue beat Michigan, 72-50.
Shereka Wright and Mary Jo Noon added 12 points apiece for the Boilermakers (24-5), a three-time winner of the tournament.
* SOUTHEASTERN: Jenni Benningfield's 29 points made up for leading scorer Chantelle Anderson missing most of the game with foul trouble as No. 15 Vanderbilt beat No. 17 Georgia, 74-70, in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament in North Little Rock, Ark.
Benningfield made 12 of 23 shots to lead a hot-shooting Vanderbilt team that made 58 percent (30 for 52). Vanderbilt advanced to play LSU in today's semifinals.
Anderson missed almost 14 minutes after picking up her fourth foul with 16:12 remaining and Vanderbilt (21-8) trailing 42-36. Georgia is 19-9. . . .
Seimone Augustus took charge when Louisiana State needed her most. The freshman had 22 points, including two free throws with 19 seconds remaining, to lead sixth-ranked LSU to a 78-72 victory over No. 23 Arkansas.
Augustus, who leads the Lady Tigers (25-3) with 15 points per game, scored 15 in the second half as LSU staved off an equally heroic effort from Shameka Christon.
Christon scored a season-high 33 points and had 11 rebounds for Arkansas (21-10). . . .
Gwen Jackson and Kara Lawson scored 17 points each and Tasha Butts added 15 to go with tough defense as No. 3 Tennessee rallied to beat Auburn, 66-51, in a quarterfinal game.
Down by nine in the second half, Tennessee (27-3) held Auburn (18-11) to no field goals and just two free throws in the final 6:45 to survive a major scare and avoid its earliest exit in the SEC tournament since a quarterfinal loss to Arkansas in 1993. . . .
Tan White and Doceide Warren scored 20 points, and No. 10 Mississippi State held on after losing most of a big lead to beat No. 16 South Carolina, 79-75. LaToya Thomas added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (23-6), and finally secured the victory by sinking two free throws with 1.1 seconds left.
South Carolina (22-7) trailed by 16 points early in the second half and was down 76-68 with under 18 seconds to play but still managed to throw a scare into the Lady Bulldogs, who will play Tennessee in tonight's semifinals.
* HORIZON: Kristy Loiselle scored 16 points as No. 21 Wisconsin-Green Bay (26-3) advanced to the league tournament final for the eighth straight year with a 70-52 victory over Loyola (Ill.).