Women's Basketball Opens Big Ten Tournament with 74-62 Win

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM KK Houser finished with 15 points in Purdue's opening game at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
KK Houser finished with 15 points in Purdue's opening game at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament.
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March 8, 2013

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - The third-seeded Purdue women's basketball team outlasted 11th-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a 74-62 victory at the Sears Centre. Trailing by as many as eight points in the second half, the Boilermakers used full court pressure and a 25-6 run to erase the deficit and take control of the game.

The Boilermakers got a balanced scoring effort, with six players scoring eight or more points. KK Houser led the way with a team-high 15 points, including 10 in the second half. Drey Mingo chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds, while Sam Ostarello finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Playing in her first Big Ten Tournament game, freshman April Wilson went 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line to finish with nine points. Courtney Moses and Taylor Manuel each finished with eight points.

Wisconsin's Jacki Gulczynski led all players with 21 points in the loss.

As a team, Purdue shot 44.3 percent in the game and finished with 23 assists on 27 made field goals. The Boilermakers out-rebounded the Badgers 38-29 and held Wisconsin to merely 33 percent from the field in the second half.

The Boilermakers will face second-seeded Nebraska on Saturday 5 p.m. ET. The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.