The Purdue Women's Basketball (10-11, 3-7) team has played four games since the last time we checked in with them. During the stretch the team went 1-3 playing overtime twice.
Purdue struggled against No. 16 Nebraska and lost 69-59. In the first half Purdue committed 12 turnovers. Nebraska turned those 12 turnovers into 15 points. At the break Nebraska was up 33-24. Purdue took a little better care of the ball in the second half which allowed them keep hanging around. Purdue drew within three twice, but the Huskers answered with a three each time.
April Wilson led Purdue with 18 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Whitney Bays had her ninth straight double-double with 14 points and rebounds each.
Next Purdue pulled out an overtime upset win on the road at No. 21 Minnesota. Purdue started hot in the first half. Minnesota had the early lead but they didn't have it for long. April Wilson hit a three to break a 4-4 tie. From there Purdue kept hitting shots. Whenever Minnesota would draw within one or two Purdue would go right back down the floor and hit a basket. Purdue shot 60% in the half and was up 50-39 when it ended.
In the second half it was Minnesota who had the hot hand. Purdue's enjoyed a double digit lead over most of the first 10 minutes of the half. With 9:18 left Purdue was up 69-59. Minnesota would outscore Purdue 20-10 down the stretch to force overtime. Shae Kelley was the hero for the Gophers at the end of regulation. Kelley hit one free throw with 1:33 left to cut the margin to three. After Purdue failed to score Kelley hit a basket and drew a foul for a three-point play that she converted. Purdue had two chances to break the tie but failed, as did Minnesota on their lone possession.
Neither team had a firm grasp on the lead in overtime. When one team would score then the other would answer and tie it right back up. Luckily for Purdue they scored late enough that Minnesota didn't have time to answer with a quality shot. Whitney Bays scored with three seconds left in OT to get the win for the Boilers.
Whitney Bays led Purdue in scoring with 25 points but sadly her double-double streak ended as she only had four rebounds on the night. Liza Clemons and April Wilson both had double-doubles. Clemons posted 19 points and 10 rebounds. Wilson finished with 17 points and 12 assists. Ashley Morrissette also reached double figures with 19 points.
Overtime wasn't as kind to the Boilers against Ohio State as they fell 79-71 in extra time. The first half was an ugly affair with a lot of misses. The two teams combined to shoot 31.7% from the field. There were five ties and 10 lead changes as neither team could drum up enough offense to go on any sort of run. The largest lead in the half was three points which was the margin at the break; OSU was up 25-22.
Purdue battled with Ohio State over the first five minutes of the half and were eventually able to take the lead and a start a run. Purdue broke open a 34-all tie with a 19-7 run. It was around this time that Ohio State Freshman Kelsey Mitchell was just getting started. Mitchell would score 25 points in the second half; she finished with 37 on the night. Mitchell scored 11 straight for OSU to draw the Buckeyes with five, 55-50 with 7:30 left. Mitchell kept driving and getting to the line and got Ohio State back their lead. With three minutes left the Buckeyes were up 64-60. Liza Clemons hit one of two free-throws to draw Purdue within three. Ohio State didn't score and Ashley Morrissette was able to come down and hit a three to tie the game at 64 with 47 seconds left. Mitchell missed a jumper but Purdue didn't convert a basket despite having the ball for the last 39 seconds of the game.
Ohio State jumped all over the Boilers in overtime and made the most of their opportunity to seize the victory. The Buckeyes scored first and often in route to their win.
All five Purdue starters reached double figures. Whitney Bays had a good all-around game with 22 points, 19 rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and two steals. April Wilson had 12 points and six assists. Andreona Keys contributed 11 points, three assists, and three steals. Ashley Morrissette and Liza Clemons both had 10 points; Clemons also pulled down nine rebounds.
In a game of runs it was Rutgers who came out on top. Purdue fell to the Scarlet Knights 58-49. Purdue struggled right away missing their first eight shots getting down 11-1. Purdue did answer and tie the game at 15 before letting Rutgers go on another run. Purdue finally started hitting shots and kept Rutgers' lead from growing. At the break Purdue was down 26-22.
Purdue made a mini run to start the second half but they couldn't sustain any offense. The Boiler two-point lead quickly vanished and Rutgers took control. The Scarlet Knights eventually stretched their lead to 12.
Whitney Bays led the Boilers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Ashley Morrissette added 11 points.
Monday night Purdue will take on IU (12-8, 2-7) in Bloomington for the Barn Burner Trophy. Purdue dominated in the previous match-up this season winning 86-64. Whitney Bays poured in 27 points during the game. IU's balanced scoring couldn't keep pace with the Boilers. Tyra Buss leads the Hoosiers with 12 ppg followed by Larryn Brooks' 11.7 ppg and 4.3 apg. Amanda Cahill leads the front court with 11 ppg and 8.3 rpg.