Dec. 28, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 17/19 Purdue women's basketball team had everything working on the offensive end on Saturday as they put up 109 points in a 109-97 victory over Central Michigan at Mackey Arena. Four different Boilermakers topped the 20-point mark, led by junior Whitney Bays' 24-point, career-high outburst, as they improved to 10-2 in their final non-conference game of the season.
Purdue's 109 points is the fourth-highest single-game total in school history, its first time over the century mark since putting up 107 against IPFW on Nov. 21, 2004, and the 18th 100-point game in school history. The Boilermakers' 58 second-half points is their most in half this season and matches the eighth-highest for a Purdue squad all-time.
The Boilermakers also matched the single-game record for three-point field goals in a game, netting 15-of-29 attempts, equaling their Jan. 12, 2012 output at Minnesota in which Brittany Rayburn tied an NCAA record with 12 threes. Senior Courtney Moses led the three-point barrage, hitting six threes for the sixth time in her career and second time this season, all of which came in the second half.
Purdue had all things firing from the get-go as senior KK Houser fueled the Boilermakers' engine en route to her second career double-double, finishing with 21 points and a career-high 11 assists. Houser, Bays, junior Liza Clemons and sophomore April Wilson all reached double figures before the half as Clemons and Bays combined for 10-of-11 shooting, while Houser had 10 points and six assists and Wilson hit three threes on her way to 11 points and three assists. Moses played just three minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.
Moses got in on the act in the second half, scoring all 20 of her points in 16 second-half minutes, making seven-of-10 shots and six-of-nine from behind the arc. The Boilermakers were a scorching 60 percent from the field after the half (18-of-30), and finished up 20-of-23 from the charity stripe, improving its Big Ten Conference-best free throw shooting percentage to 79.9.The Chippewas were impressive across the board, and are the first team to ever score more than 90 points and come away winless against the Boilermakers. Junior Jessica Green led all scorers with 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including 18 in the second half, while senior Niki DiGuilio came up just one point shy of 1,000 for her career with 21 points. Junior standout Crystal Bradford was battling the flu coming into Saturday's game and finished with 10 points, a game-high eight rebounds and four assists in just 25 minutes. Central Michigan falls to 4-7 on the year with the loss.
The Boilermakers have won five straight to close out the non-conference season and open Big Ten Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 9-6 on the year and host North Carolina Central tomorrow at noon before Purdue comes to town this week.