Lindsey Moore produced game highs of 22 points and eight assists, but it wasn't enough to prevent Nebraska from falling to Purdue 77-64 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
No. 2 seed Nebraska ends the regular season with a 23-8 record that included a 12-4 Big Ten mark and a conference runner-up finish. No. 3 seed Purdue, the defending Big Ten Tournament champions, improved to 23-8 including 10-6 in the Big Ten and will face No. 4 seed Michigan State in Sunday afternoon's championship game.
In addition to the 22 points and eight assists from Moore, the Huskers got 15 points and nine rebounds from junior All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper. But no other Husker was able to muster more than six points against the Boilermakers.
Nebraska shot 41 percent (25-61) as a team, but went just 6-for-21 from three-point range with Moore and Hooper each knocking down a trio of threes.
The Boilermakers played extremely well, at one point midway through the second half shooting nearly 60 percent from the field to build an 18-point lead. Purdue cooled off and Nebraska was able to cut the deficit to 10 points with the ball on three occasions. The Huskers were unable to trim the margin back to single digits.
Sam Ostarello led the Boilermakers with 18 points and nine rebounds while Courtney Moses added 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Nebraska will wait until the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on March 18th to learn their fate.