WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue women’s basketball team got the 2013-14 slate off to an outstanding start on Sunday afternoon, posting a 102-33 exhibition victory over Clarke University at Mackey Arena.
Eleven of the 12 Boilermakers found the scoring column as Purdue put up its largest exhibition total since 2000, while holding the Crusaders to an exhibition-record low scoring mark.
Senior Courtney Moses led the way for the Old Gold and Black, pouring in 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting, including three three-pointers. Freshman Bridget Perry announced her arrival as well, connecting on seven-of-10 from the floor for 18 points.
"It was very fun to play with a group that can score like we do and I think the most fun part is that whenever somebody gets a rebound, it's not like they have to find an outlet because they can dribble up. So that helps us get going and as long as we rebound and take care of the ball we will continue to play like this," said Moses.
Other statistical standouts included juniors Whitney Bays (10 points, eight rebounds), Liza Clemons (11 points, three blocks) and Camille Redmon (nine points, seven rebounds five blocks). Sophomore Ashley Wilson and freshman Ashley Morrissette paced an incredibly stingy Purdue defense with six steals apiece.
The Boilermakers last cracked the 100-point barrier for the first time since a 107-point outburst against IPFW in the 2004 season-opener, and for the first time in an exhibition game since 2000, when they put up 104 points against the Mexican National Team. Purdue forced an impressive 36 turnovers while racking up 29 steals, and committed just 14 turnovers of its own, including just six in the first half.
Clarke came out swinging, scoring the first bucket of the game right off the tip and following up with a three-pointer from the top of the key by junior Anna Hahn to take a 5-2 lead. However, this was the end of the Crusaders’ fireworks as the Boilermakers went on a 15-2 run and never looked back.
Purdue went on to put together a 22-point run over an eight-minute span, including 12 straight points from Moses, to build a 41-14 lead with five minutes left in the half. Perry had a pair of and-one finishes on the offensive end as well, bringing the Mackey Arena crowd to its feet.
The second-half brought more of the same as the stifling Boilermaker defense held Clarke to just one field goal in the first 10 minutes, and held them to just 13 for the half. The defensive pressure led to lay-up after lay-up for the Old Gold and Black, including a string of three-straight for Bays in a 32-second span at one point.
“It was good for our team to play against somebody else, and it was great to see us push the basketball the way we did,” said Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp. “We were able to play a lot of people today, and have the type of play we’re hoping to showcase all year.”
Purdue held Clarke to just 24.5% (13-of-53) shooting for the game, including just 17.6% (three-for-17) from three. Senior Katelyn Hoppman led the Crusaders in scoring with six points, while freshman Ashley Werner grabbed a team-best four rebounds.
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