KK Houser, who grew up in Lincoln, scored 13 points to lead Purdue over 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.
“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.”
Lindsey Moore scored 22 points for the second-seeded Cornhuskers (23-8), who had won 11 of 12. Jordan Hooper added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Huskers, who were outrebounded 40-33 and committed 14 turnovers.
“They got the ball inside on us too much,” Coach Connie Yori said. “They crashed the glass. And we didn’t do a good enough job of boxing out. And they got some easy baskets there. And we got taken out of our offense a little bit. We weren’t as efficient as we needed to be.”