March 6, 2009
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Purdue-Indiana rivalry lived up to its billing in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament with the Boilermakers prevailing 68-64.
Purdue got down by 14 points in the first half, but used a 17-4 run to close the half trailing by one, 36-35.
FahKara Malone hit a three-pointer, the 100th of her career, to start the second period and her three-pointer gave Purdue its first lead since a 10-9 advantage at the 15:37 mark of the first half. There would be six more lead changes and eight ties in the half before a missed shot by Indiana's Jamie Braun was rebounded by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. The 6-foot-2 senior pitched it ahead to Brittany Rayburn for a fastbreak layup to give the Boilermakers the lead for good with 34 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, the Purdue defense caused Indiana's Kim Roberson to force up a shot that was rebounded by Wisdom-Hylton who was fouled and hit both free throws for the final score of 68-64.
That board was Wisdom-Hylton's 15th of the game which ties her career best. She finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds, for the 12th double-double of the season and the 24th of her career. Rayburn led all scorers with 19 points while Lakisha Freeman contributed 14 and Malone scored 10.
In 2008, FahKara Malone set the Big Ten Tournament record for steals in a single tournament with 17 take aways. With her first steal in today's game, she set the tournament career record, breaking the tie with former Purdue All-American Katie Douglas who had 26 steals from 1998-2001. Malone finished the game with three steals and now has 29 in tournament play.
Purdue will continue its quest for a third consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship. The Boilermakers are the only team to three-peat in the tournament, winning titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000. With seven titles overall, Purdue has more than triple the number of tournament championships than any other Big Ten team. The Old Gold and Black won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004, as well as in 2007 and 2008.
The Boilermakers will take on Wisconsin, who upset No. 2 seed Michigan State, at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
- The Boilermakers first 20 points were scored by the starting senior combination of Danielle Campbell (6), Lakisha Freeman (6) and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (8).
- FahKara Malone has set the Big Ten Tournament career record for steals with 29. Coming into today's game, Malone was tied with former Purdue All-American Katie Douglas with 26 steals.
- Freshman Brittany Rayburn scored a game-high 19 points and was one of four Boilermakers with double-digit points; Wisdom-Hylton (17), Freeman (14) and Malone (10).
- With her 17 points Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton moved past Stacey Lovelace for 11th on the Purdue scoring charts. Wisdom-Hylton has 1,532 career points.
- Wisdom-Hylton recorded her 12th double-double of the season and the 24th of her career with 17 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds. Her 12 double-doubles ties Leslie Johnson for second most in school history in a season and brings her within one of Stacey Lovelace's season record of 13.
- Wisdom-Hylton recorded double-digit points for the 23rd time this season and the 87th time in her career, tying head coach Sharon Versyp for seventh in career double-figure scoring games.