Nov. 17, 2013
TOLEDO, Ohio - The No. 18/22 Purdue women's basketball team earned the 750th victory in program history on Sunday, holding off a talented Toledo team on the road, 81-79. The Boilermakers improved to 3-0 with the win, as head coach Sharon Versyp earned her 80th win at Purdue and senior guard Courtney Moses scored a career-high 30 points.
Both squads were hot in the opening period as the Boilermakers connected on 53.3% of their shots (16-30), including a season-high seven threes, while Toledo made 51.9% (14-27), and were north of 70% for the first 10 minutes. Moses paced Purdue, hitting six-of-eight to score 14 points, while Houser drilled three straight threes to start the game and finished the half with 11.
The team traded runs through an outstanding second half as Purdue built a 10-point lead only to see Toledo charge back down the stretch and pull within one on three different occasions in the last five minutes. Moses had a key pair of layups near the four-minute mark, and junior Whitney Bays beat her defender for a score just inside the two-minute mark to account for the Boilermakers' last few field goals, while Houser knocked down one-of-two free throws with six seconds left to account for the final difference. Toledo's Inma Zanoguera gave the Rockets one last shot at the buzzer, heaving a three-point try on the break, but the shot was short off of the front iron and the Boilermakers grabbed the board.
Bays tallied career highs with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Houser had 16 points and a season-high eight assists. Sophomore April Wilson turned in a solid floor game for the Boilermakers, posting four points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Toledo had five players in double figures, led by Andola Dortch's 22 points, while Janelle Reed-Lewis had 14 points and eight assists.
The Boilermakers return home for their next contest, hosting Belmont on Friday in Mackey Arena at 7 p.m. Versyp earned her first victory at Purdue against the Bruins in 2006, and looks for the 164th of her career this week.