Purdue and Kansas went back and forth in the second half, but it was Purdue who was able to come out on top 71-68. Kansas's front court outscored us 42-28, but our guards picked up the slack with strong outside shooting in the second half going 7-10 from three point land.
The teams traded baskets to start before Kansas separated themselves with a run to go ahead 18-9. Purdue got within five before another Kansas spurt extended their lead to 10. This helped Kansas to a 33-26 advantage at the half. Purdue struggled shooting in the first half, the starters went 6-22.
Three quick triples to start the second half helped Purdue tie the game at 37 which was the first of eight ties and seven lead changes in the second half. The Boilers were able to get a five point lead twice but they were short-lived as Kansas quickly closed the gap. Kansas went up 65-63 but April Wilson drilled a three from the corner which was the turning point. Kansas would tie the game back up twice but was never able to retake the lead. Whitney Bays free throws got us the lead for good and KK Houser sealed the victory with two more free throws after Purdue stopped Kansas in the closing seconds of the game
Courtney Moses led the team in scoring with 21 points, KK Houser had 14 points, eight assists, and five boards, Whitney Bays added 12 points and seven boards.
Purdue travels to Wisconsin to take on Green Bay on Wednesday then comes back home to face Bowling Green on Sunday. In recent years Green Bay has dominated the Horizon League and reached the NCAA tournaments five years in a row. Bowling Green is 8-1 and has beaten Michigan and Ohio State this season. Both teams should be good match-ups and help us improve heading into conference play.