Purdue Stumbles Against Georgetown, 55-39

Nov. 22, 2009

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team fell 55-39 to Georgetown in the final game of the Basketball Travelers Classic on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind. The 23rd-ranked Boilermakers were playing their third game in three days with a bench shortened by illness and injuries and could not sustain the pace of the pressing Hoyas.

Purdue committed a season-high 27 turnovers against Georgetown's pressure and shot just 31.1 percent in the loss.

Georgetown (3-2) was led by freshman Sugar Rodgers and forward Jaleesa Butler. Rodgers scored a game-high 21 points, while Butler chipped in 19 points and added seven rebounds for the Hoyas.

On a day when the Boilermakers struggled offensively, sophomore Samantha Woods was a bright spot. The 6-foot-3 forward, playing in just her second game of the season, scored a team-high 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Woods added seven rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Boilermakers were harassed by the Georgetown defense all day, scoring a season-low 39 points, including just 14 in the second half.

Purdue got down by seven points with 7:03 remaining in the first half, but went on a 9-0 run to take a 25-23 lead with 4:28 remaining in the period. The Boilermakers went nearly 12 minutes before scoring again. Freshman KK Houser broke the drought with a field goal at the 12:29 mark of the second stanza. During that stretch, the Hoyas managed only nine points. They continued their offensive advantage, ending up with a 15-2 run to take a 38-27 lead with 11:50 remaining in the game. The Boilermakers unable to get within 10 points for the remainder of the contest.

Purdue is playing without sophomore guard Chantel Poston who injured her Achilles tendon in the preseason and will be out for the year. Also on the bench in street clothes is sophomore forward Alex Guyton with a stress fracture in her lower leg and freshman forward Sam Ostarello played, but has been battling illness all week.

In the first game of the double-header, Dayton defeated Seattle University 75-37 to finish 3-0 and claim first place in the BTI Classic. Georgetown finished second at 2-1, Purdue third at 1-2 and Seattle U. fourth with an 0-4 record. Following the game the all-tournament team was announced which consisted of Purdue's Brittany Rayburn, Georgetown's Butler and Rodgers, Dayton's Justine Raterman and Brittany Wilson. Dayton's Kristin Daughtery was named the BTI Classic Most Valuable Player.

The Boilermakers return to action Friday, Nov. 27, when they travel to Southern California to take on UC Riverside. The game is scheduled for a 10 p.m. ET tipoff. Purdue faces Pepperdine on Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. ET in the second contest of the two-game road trip.




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