Purdue women beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013
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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — KK Houser just loves playing against her hometown team.

Houser scored 13 points in a terrific all-around performance and Purdue beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship.

Sam Ostarello had 18 points and Courtney Moses scored 16 for the Boilermakers (23-8), who also beat Nebraska 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 5. Taylor Manuel had 11 points.

"I think collectively this is one of our best games that we played all year, offensively, defensively, really followed the game plan," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

Houser, who grew up in Lincoln, Neb., finished with eight rebounds, six steals and five assists. The speedy guard also had a big game against Nebraska in last year's Big Ten title game, scoring 19 points in Purdue's 74-70 double-overtime victory.

"The beginning of the game, I tried to act like it was just another game, but it's Nebraska," Houser said. "I'm from there. I always want to beat them. I never want to lose. So I step on the court and I'm ready to go for 40 minutes."

Purdue will face Michigan State in Sunday's title game. The Spartans advanced with a 54-46 victory over No. 8 Penn State.

Lindsey Moore scored 22 points for the second-seeded Cornhuskers (23-8), who had won 11 of 12.

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