HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Purdue guard and Lincoln Southeast graduate KK Houser was asked by a reporter beforehand if Saturday’s Big Ten tournament semifinal was a big game, considering the opponent was her hometown Huskers.
Said Houser: “No, it’s just a regular game. They’re in the Big Ten now.”
“No, when the whistle blew, I knew it was time to take care of business,” Houser said. “It’s your hometown, home state. You don’t want to lose to them, so whatever it takes to win.”
Houser took care of business early on, scoring 10 of her 13 points in the opening half to help the Boilermakers to a 42-31 halftime advantage on their way to a 77-64 win.
She hounded Nebraska guards all game with six steals and also dished out five assists.
perhaps her most impressive play was when she stole the ball from Nebraska guard Lindsey Moore when the Huskers were trying to hold for the last shot of the first half. Houser raced to the other end, where she was fouled by Moore and proceeded to sink both free throws.
“She’s playing her hometown team,” Moore said. “Obviously, it’s bittersweet because I’m sure she would love to be playing for Nebraska. From what I’ve heard, they didn’t necessarily go after her as much. I’m sure she always has a chip on her shoulder when it comes to playing Nebraska.”