March 02, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Courtney Moses had a season-high 29 points, the injured KK Houser provided an emotional lift and the No. 19 Purdue women spoiled No. 16 Nebraska's Big Ten title hopes with an 82-66 victory Sunday.
Despite tearing her ACL at Michigan State on Feb. 2, Houser started the game and played the first 2:34. She also entered the game shortly before the conclusion to be honored as a senior with a standing ovation.
Moses, meanwhile, celebrated her senior day by helping the Boilermakers (21-7, 11-5) to a great start, scoring eight points during Purdue's 10-0 run to start the game. Moses finished with 29 points, just one point shy of her career high, and passed Carol Emanuel and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton to rank ninth all-time at Purdue with 1,627 career points.
By halftime, Purdue led 43-23 and Moses had 18 points with 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Freshman Bridget Perry and sophomore Hayden Hamby each chipped in career-highs for the Boilermakers, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively. Eleven of Perry's 12 points came in the second half, while Hamby drained a pair of threes.
Rachel Theriot had 24 points to lead Nebraska (22-6, 12-4) which entered the game with an opportunity to share the Big Ten title with No. 8 Penn State.
With the win, Purdue secured the No. 4 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament, and a first-round bye. The Boilermakers will play Friday at 2:30 p.m. (ET) at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis against the winner of the No. 5 vs. No. 12 seed game on Thursday.