Purdue's Women's Basketball team (10-16, 3-12) is still in search of a win to break their streak.
Purdue played extra time against Northwestern but didn't have enough left to get the win losing 73-65. This was the Boilers fifth contest this season that went to overtime which is a program record; Purdue is 1-4 in overtime games this season. Purdue played a great first half shooting 48.5% and were up 36-29 at the break. Purdue cooled off in the second half and Northwestern took advantage. The teams battled hard trading the lead numerous times through the second half. Neither team scored over the last 1:53 of regulation so regulation ended in a tie. In OT Northwestern hit all their free throws in addition to hitting a few other baskets while Purdue managed only five points in the overtime period.
Three Boilers recorded double-doubles. Bridget Perry was the high point scorer with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Liza Clemons was the team's leading rebounder with 13 boards and 10 points. Whitney Bays scored 13 points to go with 11 rebounds.
April Wilson suffered a concussion during the game.
Purdue struggled mightily against Rutgers without Wilson. Purdue lost 78-49 to the Scarlet Knights. The Boilers hung tough through the early parts of both halves but couldn't sustain the effort. Turnovers were the undoing for the Boilers. Rutgers shot 52.9% from the field. Prime shot selection buoyed the numbers for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers scored 30 points off of 22 Purdue turnovers, 26 points coming on fast breaks.
Bridget Perry was the lone Boiler to reach double figures, 13 points. Whitney Bays grabbed 10 boards.
Purdue's struggles persisted against Ohio State. The Buckeyes used a big first half to help them to a 92-60 win. The game was tied 11-11 when OSU broke it open with a 24-4 run. Ohio State didn't cool off and they led 52-29 when the half ended. The second half was more closely contested but the deficit was much too large for the Boilers to overcome.
Whitney Bays led with a career high 27 points. Ashley Morrissette scored 15 points.
Erica Moore was reinstated before the Penn State game and has since been averaging 6 minutes of playing time each game. Torrie Thornton has now missed four games with a foot injury. Thornton will be out till the Big Ten Tournament.
Saturday Purdue will take on Illinois (13-14, 4-11).