Jan. 17, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sharp shooting and stout defense helped the Purdue women's basketball team to a big win over Iowa on Sunday.
The Boilers, shooting 27 of 56 on the day, defeated the Hawkeyes 81-59. Purdue was led by sophomore Brittany Rayburn, who scored a career high 28 points. She was 8-of-15 overall, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior FahKara Malone contributed 10 points, followed by freshman Sam Ostarello with nine points off the bench. Malone led the team with three steals. The Boilermakers had a total of 11 steals.
Iowa committed 17 turnovers, compared to Purdue's 12. Purdue's tough defense, limited the Hawkeyes to 37.7 (20 of 53) percent shooting, well below Purdue's own 48.2 (27 of 56) percent shooting. The Boilermakers dished out 18 assists to finish the game with a plus-six assist to turnover ratio as a team.
Iowa was led by Kachine Alexander, who had a team high 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Close behind was Kelly Krei with 13 points and two steals.
The Boilers took command from the very first basket, rushing out to a 30-10 lead halfway through the first half. Rayburn had 19 points in the first period, connecting on her first four three-point attempts. At halftime, Purdue led 44-23, surpassing their season best for first half offensive production. The Boilermakers continued to build their lead over the second stanza, never allowing the Hawkeyes to threaten their lead.
Purdue is now 4-3 in the conference and 9-9 overall. The Boilermakers return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, at Michigan State. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.