After their biggest offensive output of the season in their last contest, Purdue continued their hot shooting streak against Nebraska as they out shot the Huskers to cruise to an 83-72 win at home.
The Boilermakers began the game in a back and forth battle with Nebraska in the first quarter before really getting things going in the second. At the 9:19 mark of the second quarter the Corn Huskers took a 24-23 lead on a basket by Sam Haiby, then Purdue responded with an 18-4 run to take control of the game. The Boilermakers were able to stay out of striking distance for the rest of the contest.
Purdue improved on their turnover margin committing 12 turnovers compared to 19 in their previous outing. This is a step in the right direction, but against stiffer competition they will be to be as sound as possible with the basketball in order to win the tough Big Ten matchups that lie ahead.
Kayana Traylor has been playing the best basketball of her career as of late scoring 21 points on 7/16 shooting and adding 7 assists along the way. This comes on the heels of her career best 28 point, 5 assist game last time out against Penn State. Traylor is becoming the leader of this team along with the go to option offensively.
Karissa McLaughlin made her season debut against Penn State on Sunday but played only 5 minutes, today she was able to make her presence felt more as she put up 13 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor including a perfect 3-3 from distance in only 14 minutes. With McLaughlin working herself back into the swing of things, it is nice to see another upperclassmen in Traylor showing her potential that could make for a lethal backcourt duo.
The senior center Fatou Diagne had herself quite the ball game as well, scoring 9 points but snatching 17 rebounds including 6 on the offensive glass. Keeping Diagne on the floor and out of foul trouble will be another key for the Boilermakers success as she’s proved she can make a significant impact on the game.
Sharon Versyp has now moved the Boilermakers to 5-2 on this young season as Purdue is finish with games in 2020 before heading into 2021. Purdue will be back in action on January 3rd against the 25th ranked Michigan State Spartans inside Mackey Arena.