Purdue Tops Murray State, 71-25

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Ashley Wilson was one of three Boilermakers to finish with 11 points. She also had two steals.
Ashley Wilson was one of three Boilermakers to finish with 11 points. She also had two steals.

Dec. 12, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Boilermakers held the Murray State Racers to the lowest point total by an opponent since 2002 and set a school record for opponent field goal percentage in a 71-25 victory in Mackey Arena.

The 25 points scored by Murray State (2-7) was a result of Purdue's smothering defense which limited the Racers to 12.2 percent from the field - a school and Mackey Arena record. The previous low was 14.3 percent by Valparaiso on Jan. 25, 1977.

Murray State did not make its first basket until the 16:43 mark of the first half and only scored three more baskets - two of those three-pointers - and four free throws for the rest of the half. At the 12:19 mark, Purdue led 12-10. The Boilermakers went on an 18-4 run to finish the half with a 30-14 lead.

Purdue continued its strong offense in the second half, making 65.5 percent of its shots and holding the Racers to a 9.1 percent field goal percentage. Murray State did not make a field goal in the second period until 13:58 remaining. The Racers managed only two field goals and 11 points in the second half. Purdue forced a season-high 28 turnovers and tied a season high with eight blocked shots, three of them by sophomore Sam Ostarello.

Purdue's offense was a balanced one, with three players tying for scoring honors. Brittany Rayburn, Ashley Wilson and Antoinette Howard each contributed 11 points. In addition, all 10 players scored at least one field goal and played at least 12 minutes.

Alex Guyton and Howard pulled down seven rebounds each, to lead the Boilermakers on the boards. The seven rebounds is a season high for Howard. Guyton also scored 10 points to give Purdue four in double-figures while not allowing a single Murray State player in double-digits. It is the third time this season that four Boilermakers have scored in double-figures.

Murray's State's offense was led by Mariah Robinson with eight points and Kayla Lowe with seven. Jessica Winfrey had two of the Racers' seven steals. Murray State made three three-pointers in the game, two more than the Boilermakers whose sole triple was by Samantha Woods in the second half.

The Boilermakers had season highs with 31 defensive rebounds and 18 steals.

The win is Purdue's fifth of the season and breaks a three game losing streak. The next opponent for Purdue will be Auburn in the Boilermaker Blockbuster in Indianapolis. The game will be at 1:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 18 at Conseco Fieldhouse.