Purdue Takes Down Indiana, 55-50

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Dee Dee Williams earned most valuable player for her defensive effort against the Hoosiers.

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Dee Dee Williams earned most valuable player for her defensive effort against the Hoosiers.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 9, 2011

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Purdue (11-5, 2-2) retained possession of the Barn Burner Trophy with a 55-50 victory against Indiana in Bloomington on Sunday.

The Boilermakers struggled from the field, shooting under 30 percent from the floor, but played solid defense and hit their free throws to secure the five-point win. Purdue finished 20-of-21 from the free throw line for 95.2 percent. The Boilermakers were 14th nationally in free throw percentage with a season average of 76.5 percent coming into the contest.

With under a minute to play and the Boilermakers clinging to a one-point lead, Purdue freshman Courtney Moses came up with an offensive rebound off a miss by Drey Mingo, was fouled and calmly stepped to the line and hit both free throws.

On the ensuing possession, Indiana worked the clock looking for a three-pointer for the tie and Moses blocked a three-point attempt by Aulani Sinclair with 13 seconds on the clock. Mingo grabbed the offensive board and quickly hit Moses with an outlet pass. Moses was fouled and hit two more free throws with 10 seconds to play to put Purdue ahead 55-50. IU's Jori Davis' three-point attempt fell short and Brittany Rayburn secured the rebound with two seconds to go for the win.

Rayburn finished with a team-high 12 points while Drey Mingo contributed 10 points and four rebounds. Moses recorded nine points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals, a block and no turnovers. Alex Guyton lead Purdue in rebounding with six, despite playing just 18 minutes due to foul trouble. Guyton fouled out with 1:22 to play but had some important plays in her time on the court.

The most valuable player of the game was freshman Dee Dee Williams for her defense effort. She drew the assignment of guarding IU's leading scorer, Davis, who was averaging over 25 points a game in conference play. Williams played 27 minutes and limited Davis' to just four points when she was guarding her. Davis finished with 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting and committed seven turnovers.

Whitney Linday scored a game-high 18 points in the loss.

Indiana outrebounded the Boilermakers 47-38 but the Hoosiers shot just 30 percent from the field, 58 percent from the free throw line and committed 24 turnovers. Purdue outscored Indiana 28-14 in the paint and 12-6 on second chance points.

Chelsea Jones hit two free throws with four seconds left in the first half to end a 10 minute scoring drought for the Boilermakers. Fortunately, Indiana had also struggled to score and Purdue trailed just 22-21 at the half.