Purdue women beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64
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.
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
COLLEGE BASKETBALL VIDEOS
- 15391Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 9463Finding Addyson – One family's struggle in the Moore tornado
- 8117Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman meets the military officer who shared the clothes off his back
- 7214Oklahoma tornadoes: Plaza Towers Elementary School teacher shoved students into bathroom as wall collapsed
- 6364Story behind the photo: Family members describe desperate search for one another after EF5 twister
- 6332Oklahoma tornadoes: Cost, custom keep basements scarce
- 6331Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill to join Blake Shelton at "Healing in the Heartland" Oklahoma tornado benefit