Aug. 7, 2011
Prague, Czech Republic - After half day of sightseeing, the Purdue women's basketball team loaded the bus for a 30-minute drive to its contest against Slovanka Praha, which the Boilermakers won 89-51.
Purdue's opponent, Slovanka, is a professional team from Prague and Sunday's game was played using FIBA rules which differ slightly from the college game. The major differences are that the game is four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves, the shot clock is 24 seconds instead of 30 and there is an eight-second backcourt rule.
The Boilermakers' starting line up included KK Houser, who was playing in her first contest since tearing her ACL in the first regular-season game last year. Also starting for Purdue was sophomore Courtney Moses, junior Chantel Poston, seniors Antionette Howard and Drey Mingo. The Boilermakers got off to a sluggish start, beleaguered by turnovers and foul trouble in the first half. Purdue held just a 32-26 edge at halftime, despite 10 points each by Houser and Mingo.
In the second half, the Boilermakers tightened up their defense and took care of the basketball, creating greater offensive efficiency that resulted in 57 second-half points. All 12 Boilermakers played and 10 scored. Mingo led all scorers with a game-high 20 points and she also pulled down nine rebounds. Houser finished with 12 points, Brittany Rayburn contributed 14, Howard pitched in 11 and Moses scored 10 points to give Purdue five players with double-figure scoring.
Junior Sam Ostarello recorded a game-high 12 rebounds to help Purdue to a 48-28 advantage on the backboard.
Freshman Liza Clemons pulled down six rebounds to go with her three points. Classmate Torrie Thornton did not score but contributed four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Houser recorded a team-high five assists to go along with three steals, while Dee Dee Williams had a game-high five steals. Rayburn contributed four steals and Mingo totaled three takeaways.
Petra Pospisilova was the only player for Slovanka to reach double-figures with 17 points. She also grabbed four rebounds.
A tour of the Moser Glass Factory is on the Boilermakers' agenda for Monday, followed by a game against Karlove Vary at 5:30 p.m.