Dec. 13, 2009
ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Purdue women's basketball team ended a three-game skid with a 71-64 victory at Oakland University on Sunday. The Boilermakers trailed by as many as eight in the first half and by four points, 42-38 with 14:02 to play but executed on both ends of the floor down the stretch to secure the win.
Sophomore Brittany Rayburn tied her career high with 26 points that included a career-best 12 of 12 performance from the free throw line. Senior FahKara Malone chipped in 18 points, five rebounds, an assist and three steals. The two guards scored 35 of Purdue's 45 second half points.
The Boilermakers outrebounded Oakland 40-32 and held the Golden Grizzlies to 36.7 percent (22 of 60) from the field. Purdue got to the free throw line 28 times in the contest, hitting 23 of them for a season-best 82.1 percent from the charity stripe.
Oakland had four players reach double-figure scoring and was led by freshman Bethany Watterworth's 15 points. Victoria Lipscomb scored 14, Melissa Jeltema 12 and Sharise Calhoun contributed 10 before fouling out.
The Boilermakers will be idle during the week due to exams and will return to the friendly confines of Mackey Arena on Saturday, Dec. 19, against Evansville at 12 p.m. ET.