Purdue had a golden opportunity to get a win in Lincoln and snap a losing streak and they didn't waste it; Nebraska was missing starters Rachel Theriot and Kyndal Clark. Theriot was a game time decision and Clark has suffered a season ending injury. Purdue harassed a less experienced Husker line-up all game long winning 68-50.
In the first half Purdue brought the pressure limiting Nebraska to 33% shooting and forcing them into 11 turnovers. Andreona Keys and company made life tough for Nebraska's guards and bigs coming up with nine steals and five blocked shots. With less offensive options on the outside to defend Purdue was able to double team center Jessica Shepard ultimately limiting her to only two points. Keys had all four of her steals in the first half. The Boilers converted the Husker mistakes into 10 points. After the first quarter Purdue was up 17-11. As good as Keys was on defense she also corralled five offensive rebounds in the first half. At the break Purdue was up 30-21.
Purdue started the second half slow committing three offensive fouls as Nebraska drew within five, 40-35, with 4:11 left in the third quarter. Purdue went back to what worked in the first half picking it up on defense fueling an 11-0 run. Purdue forced Nebraska into three turnovers over the stretch converting each for two points. Nebraska never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Andreona Keys finished the night with 10 rebounds- 8 offensive, 8 points, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 4 steals. Ashley Morrissette led Purdue with 19 points. April Wilson scored 13. Dominique McBryde and Bree Horrocks both had eight points. The team shot 47% from the field pulling down 45 rebounds.
Nebraska shot 36% and only had 26 rebounds.
ESPN analyst Charlie Creme has Purdue as one of the last four teams in the tournament.
Purdue has two games left this season, both at home: Thursday against Rutgers and Sunday against Wisconsin.