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Purdue Women Start Season with Win Over Jacksonville State

Slowly but surely Purdue distanced themselves from a pesky Jacksonville State squad.

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue was able to outscore JSU every period and got an outstanding effort from sophomore Andreona Keys to earn the win.

The first quarter featured runs for both teams. JSU scored first but wasn't able to get any momentum as Purdue ran off 10 straight to go up 10-2. Reversing fortunes it was Purdue's turn to go cold from the field as the Gamecocks struck with a three which Purdue answered with two Erica Moore free throws. From then JSU scored eight straight before cooling off. Bridget Perry ended Purdue's scoring drought with a layup and Purdue tacked on five more to go up 19-13 at the end of the first.

Early in the second quarter Jacksonville State was able to cut Purdue's lead to two. JSU scored on their first possession and later an April Wilson turnover was converted for a layup for the Gamecocks. The two teams traded baskets for a stretch. JSU might've been able tie the game or take the lead had they not committed four turnovers in 1:42; Purdue turned those four turnovers into four points and went up five. Purdue kept the pressure on and outscored JSU 13-6 the rest of the quarter including a nifty tap-in from Bridget Perry right at the buzzer. After shooting 38% in the half Purdue was up 38-26.

Like the first two quarters Purdue was able to outscore JSU in the third and increase their lead. To start the third Purdue went up 17 with the help of a Bridget Perry jumper and Ashley Morrissette trey. JSU mounted a mini-run outscoring Purdue 9-2 cutting the margin to 10 halfway through the period. Purdue though kept with it and locked it down on defense. JSU only scored one more basket in the period and two Perry free throws and a Morrissette triple at the end of the quarter pushed the margin to 15, 52-37.

What little chance JSU had of making a comeback was wrecked as the Gamecocks committed 8 turnovers in the 4th quarter. Andreona Keys sparked the Purdue offense in the period scoring nine of her 16 in the 4th. Purdue needed it as Bridget Perry missed minutes with an injury and April Wilson went down half way through the quarter and did not return. With Keys' nine, a Perry basket, another Morrissette trey and Bree Horrocks' free throw Purdue won 67-48.

JSU was led by Kelly Naughton's 16 points. JSU shot 35% from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 50% from the line. The Gamecocks had 19 turnovers and were outrebounded 42-31.

It was a less than stellar shooting night for the Boilers; Purdue shot 39% FG and 29% 3FG. Until the last minute though Purdue was perfect from the line finishing 13-14. Purdue committed 14 turnovers.

Andreona Keys posted a career high 16 points on perfect 7-7 shooting to go with four rebounds. Bridget Perry added a double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds and three steals. April Wilson finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Next Purdue faces University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday night in Mackey.