Nov. 13, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The No. 18/22 Purdue women's basketball team used a 10-0 run at the start of the second half to pull away from IUPUI, 76-56, in the Boilermakers' first road contest of the season, Wednesday night at The Jungle. Improving to 2-0 on the season, senior KK Houser led the Boilermakers for the second straight game, pouring in 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half.
The Boilermakers led the entire first half and took a 32-26 edge to the locker room, turning the Jaguars over 15 times and grabbing seven offensive rebounds to overcome a blistering 55.0% (11-20) IUPUI shooting percentage. Foul trouble hurt the Purdue backcourt as Houser was limited to just five minutes after picking up her second foul, while sophomore April Wilson had to dial down her defensive aggression after being called for her second on a fastbreak offensive charge.
Senior Courtney Moses bounced back from her tough season-opener to score nine first-half points, and was matched by junior Whitney Bays, who lifted her teammates with a pair of offensive rebounds in the frame. Each time it seemed the Boilermakers would pull away, IUPUI would keep pace as Purdue would lead by no more than seven in the first 20 minutes.
The Boilermakers came out firing in the second, scoring the first 10 points of the half and holding the Jaguars scoreless for over six minutes to establish a sizable lead. Once again, Houser provided the spark, posting four points, four steals and an assist in the run. The officials slowed the game to a crawl down the stretch, calling 52 fouls in the game as the teams combined for 51 free throw attempts, including 33 for the Boilermakers. While the Boilermakers' perfect free throw shooting fell by the wayside in the first half, they finished an outstanding 27-for-33 from the line.
The Boilermakers remain on the road this weekend, heading to the University of Toledo for a 2 p.m. Sunday showdown. The Rockets will be the second Mid-American Conference opponent for the Boilermakers this season after playing Ball State in the opener.