No. 18/22 Women's Basketball Drops Belmont, 76-46

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Sophomore guard April Wilson scored all 11 of her points in the first half.

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Sophomore guard April Wilson scored all 11 of her points in the first half.
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Nov. 22, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 18/22 Purdue women's basketball team improved to 4-0 on Friday night, toppling visiting Belmont University, 76-46, at Mackey Arena. Four different Boilermakers scored in double-figures, led by freshman Ashley Morrissette's career-high 12 points and junior Camille Redmon's career-high 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Boilermakers were especially impressive on the defensive end on Friday, limiting Belmont to just 25.0% (14-56) from the field and forcing the Bruins into 20 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Old Golf and Black were 29-of-66 (43.9%) from the floor, including a season-best 42.9% (9-21) from behind the arc. Purdue took incredible care with the basketball, turning the ball over a season-low 12 times, while assisting on 22 of their 29 field goals on the evening. Morrissette was especially efficient, making five-of-seven, including both three-point attempts, while Redmon was a perfect four-of-four.

Despite holding Belmont to just 21.2% (7-33) from the field, the Boilermakers held just a 35-24 advantage at the half. The Bruins kept it relatively close through the frame due to 10 Purdue turnovers, nine-for-12 free throw shooting and a dozen offensive rebounds, including seven from junior Jordyn Luffman. Sophomore point guard April Wilson led the Boilermaker offense with 11 points, going five-for-eight from the floor, while Morrissette needed just five minutes to score seven points on three-for-three shooting.

The Boilermakers revved up the defense in the second half, holding the Bruins for over six minutes without a score (17:51-to-11:49) and nearly eight minutes without a field goal (17:51-to-9:52). Meanwhile Purdue stretched the lead to 50-33, captained by a series of assists from senior guard KK Houser, and never looked back.

Houser snapped a stretch of 14 straight games in double figures, dating to last season, finishing with four points, but contributed elsewhere with seven assists and three steals. Her 14 straight games in double figures is the 20th-longest streak in school history and she's just 28 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Sophomore Torrie Thornton chipped in a career-high nine rebounds and the first two blocks of her collegiate career, while junior Whitney Bays added 10 points, five rebounds and a trio of blocks to mark her fourth straight game in double figures. Freshman Bridget Perry hit career highs with nine points on a trio of threes and three assists, and senior Courtney Moses chipped in five points, two assists and a season-high seven rebounds.

The Purdue bench continued its impressive contributions on the season, scoring 46 of the Boilermakers' 76 points, while the Boilermakers outscored Belmont in the paint 38-14 and on the fast break 13-0.

The Boilermakers head south for their next contest as they'll face No. 5/6 Stanford on Tuesday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the 2013 Hardwood Tournament of Hope.