Since our last update on Women's Basketball the team has moved to 4-1. Purdue picked up their fourth win of the season Friday night over Belmont, 76-46. They also suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of #6 Stanford, 86-69. The team is spending their Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Against Belmont Purdue was able to win despite limited contributions from KK Houser and Courtney Moses. Their absence from the scoring column was remedied by four Boilers scoring double figures. Freshman Ashley Morrissette led in scoring with 12 points.
The Purdue offense and defense both had solid performances. The Purdue defense forced 20 turnovers and limited Belmont to 25% shooting from the field. On offense Purdue took care of the ball and shared the ball. They only committed 12 turnovers and assisted on 22 of 29 field goals. Purdue had a 35-24 lead at the half despite turning the ball over 10 times.
Tuesday night Purdue suffered their first lost. Stanford started the game shooting 50+% but only had a five point lead at the half 40-35. Purdue limited turnovers and grabbed offensive boards to improve their offensive efficiency to keep up with the Cardinal. It helped too that All-American Chiney Ogwumike only played nine minutes in the first half.
In the second half Purdue continued their strong play and even tied the game at 40, but Stanford soon took over. Purdue had to go small due to foul trouble and was never able to find their shooting touch. Stanford converted from the free-throw line while Purdue struggled to shoot from outside. Ogwumike took over inside against Purdue's smaller line-up and scored 17 points in the second half. Houser and Moses were the leading scorers for Purdue with 20 and 12 points.
Purdue plays their second game in Mexico on Thanksgiving against TCU. Then they'll take the week off before they face Duke in the ACC/B1G Challenge.