Dec. 21, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team was defeated 56-55 by Gardner-Webb despite a game-high 26 points from sophomore Brittany Rayburn Monday evening in front of 8,698 fans in Mackey Arena.
Gardner-Webb (10-2) got a three-point basket from Monique Hudson with 14 seconds remaining to complete a comeback after trailing by as many as seven points in the final three minutes. Purdue (5-6), which entered the game ranked 12th in the NCAA in scoring defense, held the Lady Bulldogs to their lowest output of the season and 14 points below their season average.
Rayburn tied career highs with 26 points, reaching double figures for the seventh time this season and 23rd time in her young career, and 37 minutes played. The Attica, Ind., native also saw her streak of consecutive free throws made end at 38. She missed her second of two free throws with 14:13 remaining in the second half to end a streak, which betters All-American Katie Gearlds' run of 33 in a row from Jan. 30, 2005-Nov. 25, 2005, that began Nov. 27.
Sophomore Samantha Woods led the Boilermakers with a career-high three blocks and joined classmate Chelsea Jones and freshman Sam Ostarello to pace the team with five rebounds. Ostarello also threw in seven points, and senior FahKara Malone added six.
Sophomore Alex Guyton recorded one block and grabbed one steal while playing six minutes in her first game action this season after recovering from a stress fracture suffered during pre-season practice.
The Boilermakers ended the first half on a 15-4 run over the final 6:00 to storm back and take a 29-23 lead into the locker room. Rayburn led the way as she scored seven points during the run and finished the half with 15.
Purdue returns to action Dec. 28 when it hosts Minnesota. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, with the Big Ten Network providing coverage.