March 21, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue fought back from a nine-point second half deficit with the game coming down to the final possession, but the Boilermakers could not manage a game winner, ending their season with a 59-57 loss to Illinois State.
The Boilermakers never held the lead or managed a tie, but had several possessions where they could have done so, including the last possession after Illinois State's Amanda Clifton missed her two-point attempt with three seconds remaining. Purdue's Samantha Woods grabbed the rebound, but the Boilers were unable to get a shot off before time expired.
Purdue started off sluggishly, falling behind 0-5 in the first 1:15 of the game. After that, the Boilers put together a 7-3 run that got them within one point of the Redbirds. This was the closest Purdue would get in the contest. Illinois State played tough defense, making it difficult for the Boilermakers to score. Purdue's longest field goal drought lasted 7:05 minutes, starting at the eight minute mark and ending at the :55 second mark on a two-pointer from Ashley Wilson. During that span, the Redbirds outscored the Boilermakers 8-0. Purdue never quit and by halftime, had cut the lead to six points, 29-23.
Purdue shot 39.6 percent (21 of 53) from the field and 40.0 percent (6 of 15) from beyond the arc. The Redbirds shot 42.0 percent (21 of 50) from the field and 29.4 percent (5 of 17) from three-point range. Illinois State outrebounded the Boilermakers 35-29 and held an 18-10 advantage in points in the paint.
Brittany Rayburn finished with a team-high 16 points, along with six rebounds and two steals. This was Rayburn's 22nd game in double digits this season. Senior FahKara Malone, playing her final game as Boilermaker, finished with 12 points and three steals, extending her school record to a total 351, including 88 this season. Jodi Howell, a fellow senior, went 1 of 4 from beyond the arc. She made at least one three-point field goal in 28 of 32 games this season and 90 in her career at Purdue.
Illinois State was paced by 6-foot-6 senior center Nicolle Lewis' game-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Senior Ashleen Bracey contributed 11 points and six boards in the win.
Purdue finished the 2009-10 season with a 15-17 overall record, including two wins over ranked opponents and went 9-9 in the Big Ten.