Purdue Women (18-7, 8-5) overcame a 18 point first half deficit narrowly defeating Iowa 74-73. Courtney Moses hit the game winning free throws and finished with 25 points.
Purdue started the game well enough grabbing the lead and holding it for most of the first seven minutes. But it was Iowa who had a better seven minute stretch. Starting with7:42 left Iowa went on a 21-7 run to finish the half and got up 44-28. Hot shooting fueled the run as Iowa shot 60% from the floor in the first half.
In the second half it was the Boilers who had the hot hand. In five quick minutes Purdue cut the margin to three. Iowa wouldn't relent though as they later stretched their lead back to nine with 6:24. Things began to unravel for the Hawkeyes though as Purdue went on a 9-0 run to tie the game up. From then on neither team had a lead larger than three.
After Courtney Moses hit a three to break a 67-67 tie it became a showdown between her and Iowa's Samantha Logic. Logic hit two free throws and layup. Moses countered with a jumper to give Purdue a 72-71 lead. Logic hit another layup but her foul sent Moses to the line with seven seconds to go. Moses hit both to put Purdue up 74-73. Iowa didn't get a last chance shot up.
Moses didn't most of the work at the end but Liza Clemons finished with 11 points, Whitney Bays put up a double-double with 10 and 10 and Dee Dee Williams put up 10 also.
Samantha Logic finished the game with a triple double for the Hawkeyes; 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. She also had 6 steals on the day. Theairra Taylor added 19 points and Bethany Doolittle had 15.
It was a tale of two halves. Iowa shot 27% in the second half while Purdue shot 57% going 6-8 from behind the arc. Purdue's free throw shooting was only 66% but Moses hits the ones that counted as Purdue narrowly escaped.
Next Purdue faces Minnesota on Thursday. The Golden Gophers are 6-6 in conference play and on a four game win streak. They've been blown out by Michigan State and Penn State but otherwise they've been playing everyone close, losing by 10 or less. They've dropped two games in overtime including one against then No. 18 Nebraska. They're led by guard Rachel Banham who is averaging 23 ppg in conference play.
Sunday afternoon Purdue will take on the Wisconsin Badgers. They're in 11th place in the conference. They're only wins have came against Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio State although they nearly knocked off Nebraska losing by one in overtime. Their leading scorer is former a UCONN center, Michala Johnson who averages 16 ppg and 7 rpg. Purdue will have to keep her in check in order to prevent an upset.