OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Lakisha Freeman scored 18 points, and sixth-seeded Purdue held off a late rally to beat Rutgers 67-61 on Sunday night and advance to the round of eight in the NCAA tournament.

FahKara Malone hit a key basket in the final minute and Jodi Howell added the clinching free throws with 6.2 seconds left for Purdue (25-10), which will play top-seeded Oklahoma or fourth-seeded Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the regional final. The Boilermakers became the second No. 6 seed this year to reach the round of eight, joining Arizona State.

Purdue, which shot 52.9 percent from the field, will make its eighth appearance in a regional final. The Boilermakers have made the Final Four three times, winning the 1999 national championship.

Brittany Ray scored 19 points and Epiphanny Prince added 15 for seventh-seeded Rutgers (21-13), which upset second-seeded Auburn in the second round.


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