In a Big Ten battle, the Purdue women’s basketball team survived a second-half rally from Rutgers to secure a home win 77-76.
Purdue took a commanding lead in the first quarter led by Maddie Layden and Rashunda Jones who combined for 14 points in the first ten minutes. The Boilers held a ten point lead heading into the second quarter but Rutgers pulled it to within three as the Scarlet Knights hit a triple at the end of the half.
Purdue opened up the second half going 11 of 16 shooting, scoring 29 points in a team effort. The Boilers led by as much as 23 before Rutgers came storming back.
Rutgers pulled it to within six in the fourth and Purdue went cold missing their final seven shots. Rutgers capitalized off the Boilers foul trouble hitting 10/11 to end the game and pull within one.
The Scarlet Knights down by one, had the ball and 3.3 seconds on the clock with a chance to win. Harper and Terry locked in on defense, disrupting the last second shot helping Purdue hold on at Mackey Arena.
Maddie Layden shot 50% from the field with 19 points. Jeanae nearly had another double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds while Abbey Ellis chipped in 13.
The Boilers head to College Park on Saturday to face off against Maryland. The game will be streamed on BTN with a set tip-off at 4:30.