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Purdue Women's Basketball Defeats Toledo

Purdue beat Toledo Sunday afternoon 66-48. This weekend Purdue is playing in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas with Texas Tech, George Washington, and NC State.

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Sunday afternoon Purdue (2-1) took on Toledo. The Boilers put the pressure on and won 66-48. April Wilson rebounded from her performance against Green Bay to lead the Boilers with 12 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

Purdue started quick but Toledo quickly caught up. Down 7-0 Toledo went on a 15-5 run to go up 15-12. Back to back three’s put the Rockets up 13-12. Purdue countered with two baskets to take the lead back, 16-15. Toledo was able to answer, but their lead was short-lived. Two Bridget Perry free-throws helped Purdue get the lead for good, 18-17. The Boilers turned up the defensive pressure and didn't allow a single field goal over the last nine minutes of the half. The offense was just as effective down the stretch; Purdue led 34-20 at the break.

Toledo matched Purdue’s scoring through the early parts of the second half but Ashley Morrissette was there to deliver the knockout punch for the Boilers. Up 43-31 Morrissette scored eight straight to give Purdue a 20 point lead. Andreonna Keys tacked on another basket to push the margin to 22. The Rockets never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Hayden Hamby and Andreonna Keys were the other Boilers in double digits with 10 points each. Whitney Bays pulled down nine rebounds, scored six points, dished four assists, and picked three steals. Bridget Perry also had three steals. Torrie Thornton blocked three shots.

Purdue shot 49% from the field, 50% from three, and 73.3% from the line. The Boilers were out rebounded 36-33 and gave up 19 offensive rebounds. Toledo only shot 31% from the field. Three Rockets combined for 37 of the team’s 48 points.

Closing in on the end of the third week of the season eight of fourteen B1G teams are undefeated. Four other teams are above .500 so far. At the bottom Wisconsin and Penn State each only have one win.

So far this season Purdue has only received votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Purdue was No. 24 in the AP poll before they fell to Green Bay; in latest edition they were receiving votes.

Friday Purdue will take on Texas Tech (4-0) down in the Bahamas at the Junkanoo Jam. Texas Tech is led in scoring by Kelsi Baker with 15.3 ppg and 8 rpg. Dayo Olabode is another double-double threat for the Raiders posting 12.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Minta Spears has the hot hand for Tech averaging 11.5 ppg. This season Spears is shooting  68% from the field and has hit 10 of 14 three-pointers.

Depending on the results of Friday's games Purdue will either play George Washington or NC State Saturday.