Jan. 9, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 21/20 Purdue women's basketball team suffered its second straight Big Ten Conference road loss on Thursday, falling short at Northwestern University, 71-68. The Boilermakers shot just 33.8 percent from the field and an uncharacteristic 54.2 percent from the free throw line as their drop to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The Boilermakers came out firing against the Wildcats, holding the hosts scoreless for the first three minutes and building an 11-2 lead over the first five minutes. Junior Camille Redmon paced the Boilermakers early in a career-best effort, scoring six of the first nine and dominating the boards en route to a 14-point, 11-rebound evening. Purdue's first-half lead grew as high as 11, but the Wildcats refused to go away and trimmed the lead to two before the intermission, 33-31.
Purdue came out flat in the second half, and Northwestern took the lead, going up by five in the early going, 42-37. A three-pointer by Wildcat sophomore Maggie Lyon at the 12:06-mark sparked a 13-0 Northwestern run as Purdue missed six straight shots and the lead swelled to 61-47. The Boilermakers chipped away at the lead down the stretch, hacking it down to five on a three-pointer from Courtney Moses at the 3:04-mark, narrowing it to two on a deep three from senior KK Houser at 1:07 and pulling within one on a triple from sophomore April Wilson with 17 seconds left to play. Unfortunately the comeback bid fell short as the Boilermakers were unable to convert on their last possession.
Moses matched Redmon with 14 points, including a pair of threes, while Houser and junior Liza Clemons joined them in double-figures with 12 and 11, respectively. Houser added six assists and five rebounds, while Clemons fell just shy of a double-double with nine boards.
Lyon led all scorers with 20 points for Northwestern, while freshman Christine Inman had 18 points and fellow rookie Ashley Deary posted six points and 11 assists. Northwestern improved to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play with the win.
Purdue returns to action on Sunday at No. 14/15 Penn State, live on ESPN at 3 p.m. (ET). The Lady Lions earned a narrow 82-76 win at Illinois on Thursday night to improve to 11-3 (2-0 Big Ten).