No. 25 Huskies Fall to No. 13 Purdue, 88-64
Nov. 17, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior guard Katie Gearlds provided the offense and junior forward Linds Wisdom-Hilton the defense as 13th-ranked Purdue earned an 88-64 victory over No. 25 Washington Friday at Mackey Pavilion.
The 6-foot-1 Gearlds looked every bit the national player of the year candidate that she is, scoring 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including five-of-eight from beyond the three-point arc.
'It seemed like it didn't matter who was defending her, she found ways to score,' said 11-year head coach June Daugherty of Gearlds. 'She's an outstanding player.'
Gearlds scored five points in the final 35 seconds of the first half, including a three-pointer at the buzzer that gave Purdue (4-0) a 43-34 lead entering the break. That was more than enough cushion for the Boilermakers' defense, which limited Washington (0-2) to just 24 percent shooting, and blocked nine Husky shots, including a school-record seven blocks by Wisdom-Hilton.
'She's like a human fly-swatter,' Daugherty said of Wisdom-Hilton. 'She made it very difficult for us inside.'
Washington didn't need to go inside early, hitting on all of its long-range attempts in the game's opening moments to take a 15-14 lead with 12 minutes to play. The Huskies couldn't, however, take advantage of Purdue's 14 first-half turnovers, and thus found themselves trailing by four, 38-34, when Gearlds ignited the Boilers with her half-closing barrage.
Whether inspired by Gearlds shot or not, Purdue came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the first 14 points of the second half in just five minutes to bury Washington in a 57-34 hole from which it could not climb out. The Huskies missed on each of their first nine second-half attempts before Plouffe connected on a long three more than five minutes into the frame to end a 19-0 Boilermakers' run.
'The last two minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half killed us,'' Daugherty said. 'We let our intensity lapse during that time, and it cost us. We need to bring that same intensity all the time, and get back to playing Husky basketball for 40 minutes.'
Washington will play its third-straight game on the road at Eastern Washington on Tuesday, before opening the home slate next Saturday against Saint Louis in the second game of the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic.
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