Women's Basketball Opens Big Ten Tournament with 74-62 Win
KK Houser finished with 15 points in Purdue's opening game at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament.

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.




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