Nov. 26, 2013
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - The No. 16/22 Purdue women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday, dropping a 86-69 loss to No. 6/5 Stanford at the opening game of the 2013 Hardwood Tournament of Hope at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center. Led by senior KK Houser's 20-point effort, the Boilermakers fall to 4-1 on the season, while Stanford improved to 5-1.
The Boilermakers trailed by just five at the half, 40-35, despite Stanford connecting on 14-of-22 from the floor (63.6%). The Cardinal led by as many as eight in the period, but the Boilermakers took good care of the ball, committing just six first-half turnovers, and hauled in eight offensive rebounds to pick up some second-chance points. Sophomore Torrie Thornton, senior Courtney Moses and freshman Bridget Perry each came up with clutch and-one opportunities during the half, keeping the game within reach for the Old Gold and Black.
Houser accounted for most of the Boilermakers' first-half offense, scoring 11 points, including seven-of-10 at the free throw line, while Perry had seven off the bench. Purdue kept Stanford preseason All-American Chiney Ogwumike in check, holding her to five points and four rebounds as she played just nine minutes.
The Boilermakers kept pace with the Cardinal for the first 12 minutes of the second half, tying the game at 40-40 out of the game and keeping the spread under 10 for most of the half. Stanford went on a 17-5 run in the last five minutes, most of which came at the free throw line, to pull away and seal the game. Ogumwike had 17 second half points, while the Cardinal went 14-of-17 from the charity stripe in the second half.
The Boilermakers were unable to get it going from the outside in the loss, connecting on just four-of-23 threes, but did a great job on the offensive glass with 12 of their 26 rebounds, while forcing 20 Stanford turnovers.
Houser finished with 20 points and three steals, while Moses chipped in 12 points, Perry finished with nine and Thornton had a career-high eight points.
"We had some early foul trouble with our post players, which forced us to go really small and they took advantage inside," said Versyp. "We competed well and played them equally for most of the game. To their credit they know how to take over a game, and when they did that we settled for outside shots."
Versyp continued, "KK Houser was unbelievable tonight, and our freshmen (Bridget Perry and Ashley Morrissette) did some great things. Dee Dee Williams and Torrie Thornton played a ton of minutes tonight and did a great job."
Purdue continues play south of the border on Thursday, facing Texas Christian University at 6:30 p.m. (CT).