Boilermakers Get Back On Track

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Howell led Purdue with 13 points.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Howell led Purdue with 13 points.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 28, 2009

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first 9:35, the Boilermakers never looked back, recording their first Big Ten victory of the season, 51-43 at home against Minnesota. Purdue forced 14 first-half turnovers and held the Golden Gophers to just 20 percent from the field to lead 24-13 at half. The 13 points was the lowest opponent output since the Boilermakers held Northwestern to 13 points on Jan. 25, 2007.

Senior guard Brittany McCoy recorded Minnesota's first point of the game from the free throw line with 10:25 remaining in the first half. The Golden Gophers' first field goal came with 9:35 remaining in the first half as junior guard China Antoine drained a 15-foot jumper.

The Boilermakers used a balanced attack in the first half with seven players recording at least two points while senior guard Jodi Howell led the way with six points, on 2 of 4 shooting from the three-point line.

In the second half, the Golden Gophers cut the lead to just five with 12:47 to play but the Boilermakers used an 11-0 run over the next 8:15 to put the game out of reach. The run featured as much defense as it did offense. Purdue forced Minnesota into two shot clock violations and converted both violations into points.

The Boilermakers took care of the ball, committing just 15 total turnovers, a season low and nearly seven below their season average.

Howell finished the game as the only Boilermaker in double figures recording 13 points, but sophomore Chelsea Jones contributed seven points and eight rebounds while playing stellar defense that included helping hold Minnesota's second leading scorer, Ashley Ellis-Milan to just one point. Brittany Rayburn chipped in eight points in the win.

Antoine led the Golden Gophers with 17 points. The loss drops the Gophers to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.

The victory moves the Boilermakers to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.

Purdue will square off against rival Indiana on New Year's Eve in Mackey Arena. The game is scheduled for Noon ET on the Big Ten Network and is the only meeting of the regular season between the instate foes.