Purdue's Defense Dominates The Purple Aces

Dec. 19, 2009

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers forced Evansville into turnovers early and often on Saturday afternoon in Mackey Arena en route to a 73-42 victory. Evansville committed 19 turnovers in the first half, finishing the period with two more miscues than points scored (17). Purdue took advantage, scoring 17 points off the Purple Aces turnovers, while shooting 50 percent (18-36) from the field to take a 42-17 lead into the locker room. The 42 points was the highest total the Boilermakers have scored in a first half this season.

Purdue improves to 5-5 and has won its last two contests. The 73 point total is the highest offensive output of the season and Evansville's 42 points is the lowest by an opponent this season since the Boilermakers defeated Seattle 69-38.

Sophomore guard Brittany Rayburn led Purdue with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting and tied her career high with four assists. Freshman forward Sam Ostarello had her best day as a Boilermaker, recording career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds for her first career double-double. She also contributed two steals, three blocks and two assists in an impressive effort. Ostarello was not the only Boilermaker to achieve career bests. Senior forward Laura Garriga made the first start of her career and tallied a career-high six points in eighteen minutes of action and freshman guard KK Houser dished out a career-high four assists while grabbing a career-high four steals and scoring eight points.

Senior guard Amy Gallagher led the Purple Aces with 13 points. The loss drops the Aces to 2-7.

The Boilermakers will play Gardner-Webb (9-2) on Monday at 7 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena. It is the second of a five-game home stretch for Purdue and the last game before the team takes a four-day break for Christmas.




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