Rutgers center Rachel Hollivay, left, battles for a rebound against Northwestern forward/center Alex Cohen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Frid
Nam Y. Huh
March 06, 2015

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) Maggie Lyon led five players in double figures with 15 points and No. 24 Northwestern beat No. 23 Rutgers 62-57 on Friday in the Big Ten tournament.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-7) will face No. 4-ranked and top-seeded Maryland (28-2) on Saturday in the semifinals.

Nia Coffey, Alex Cohen and Ashley Deary all had 12 points and Lauren Douglas added 10 for Northwestern.

Fifth-seeded Rutgers (22-9) jumped out to a 12-4 lead over the first nine minutes as Northwestern missed eight of its first 10 shots. The first-half lead reached 15, but the Wildcats used a 12-2 run late to trim the deficit to 37-27 at the break.

The streak continued in the second half, as Northwestern opened on a 21-4 run to lead 48-41.

Rutgers drew back to within six on Cynthia Hernandez' 3-pointer with 9:07 left, but then went over 7 1/2 minutes with just one field goal.

Kahleah Copper led Rutgers with 14 points.

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