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Women’s Basketball: Purdue splits the week, drops conference opener to Minnesota

After a four game win streak, Purdue lost a thriller in Minneapolis

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Purdue came away with a convincing win over Southeast Missouri State last Wednesday 83-57. Jeanae Terry had the first non-point double double in the nation as she recorded 11 assists and 10 rebounds helping Purdue to win before their conference opener.

It was a team effort as four Boilers scored in double figures led by Caitlyn Harper’s 22 points. Abbey Ellis continues to be the foundation for this team getting her ninth straight double figure game with 13 points while Freshman Mary Ashley Steven had 11 points, 7 rebounds and a block.

Purdue then opened their conference slate on Sunday at Minnesota. The Boilers lost by 2 after battling their way back in the second half.

Purdue just couldn’t get anything going in the first half only scoring 18 points but their defensive efforts kept them in the game holding the Gophers to just 35% shooting and 18 points below their average overall.

Maddie Layden exploded in the third quarter scoring 16 points after the Boilers trailed at half. A pair of triples gave Purdue a 43-38 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Gophers then went on a 9-0 run to take back the lead but Purdue didn’t stop fighting as they tied it back up at 58 with 13 seconds to play. Purdue turned the ball over and fouled giving Minnesota a chance to win it at the charity stripe as Amaya Battle made both and clinched the win.

Taking care of the basketball was an issue for Purdue as Minnesota turned 19 turnovers into 17 points including the two at the end to win the game.

Next up, Purdue faces #14 Notre Dame on Sunday at Joyce Center. They’ll finish up their non-conference slate next Wednesday against Indiana State.