Purdue women rally, top IU in Big Ten tourney
Dominique Oden scored a career-high 24 points, Ashley Morrissette added 21 and fifth-seeded Purdue rallied from 17 points down in the second half to defeat fourth-seeded Indiana 66-60 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.
The Boilermakers (21-11), who play top-seeded and ninth-ranked Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday, took the lead with a late 10-0 run. Dominique McBryde started it with a basket at 1:55. On the next possession Andreona Keys’ layup put Purdue ahead 56-55. The dagger was a three by Oden with 38.3 seconds to go. Three free throws followed and it was 62-55 with 21.5 to play.
There was some drama as Karlee McBride made three free throws with 17.1 to go, but Oden and Morrissette made two free throws each.
Indiana (20-10) had 10-0 and 8-0 runs in the second quarter, shot 50 percent in the first half with six three-pointers, and led 39-24 at the break.
After the Hoosiers scored first in the third quarter, Purdue reeled off 14 straight points to get back in the game, trailing 45-43.
Indiana shot 22 percent – missing all 10 of its three-pointers – in the second half. Tyra Buss scored 16 points, Alexis Gassion and Amanda Cahill added 14 apiece with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.