Jan. 10, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- In a hard fought game that featured four lead changes, it was the Boilermakers defense that helped lead them to victory, 53-42 over Northwestern. Purdue limited Northwestern to 25 percent shooting from the field (14 for 56) and 23 percent from beyond the arc (4 for 17). The Boilermakers also forced the Wildcats into 17 turnovers which resulted in 12 of Purdue's 53 points.
The win was No. 200 for Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp. Versyp's all-time record at Purdue is 83-40 and her overall record as a collegiate head coach is 200-105.
The Boilermakers were led by senior Jodi Howell and sophomore Brittany Rayburn, who finished with 12 points each. Howell shot 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and recorded four rebounds. Rayburn struggled from the field, shooting just 2 of 11 from the floor, but capitalized from the charity stripe, finishing 8 of 8 from the line.
The Wildcats were led by sophomore forward Brittany Orban, who scored a game-high 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting. Orban also finished with a game-high nine rebounds, sharing rebounding honors with teammate Amy Jaeschke who also had nine boards. Freshman forward Kendall Hackney scored seven points, all in the second half, to help lead a second half charge by the Wildcats.
The Boilermakers got off to a great start, in front of 9,048 fans, stretching their lead to 13 points on a three-pointer by Howell with 4:40 to play in the first half. Purdue limited Northwestern to just 15 points in the first period, taking a 26-15 advantage into the locker room.
With the win, the Boilermakers evened their overall record to 8-8 and improved their conference mark to 3-2.
The Boilermakers travel to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday, Jan. 14. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on Big Ten Network.