WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Purdue women's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 66-59 win over Western Illinois on Sunday at Mackey Arena.
Tamara Farquhar and Ae'Rianna Harris combined for 31 rebounds, as the Boilermakers outrebounded the Leathernecks by 22.
Purdue never trailed and held the led for 38:33 of the game. The hosts extended the advantage to its largest gap at 13 points early in the fourth quarter, before Western Illinois (2-2) chipped it down to five with 7:03 to play.
Out of a timeout, the Boilermakers connected on three of their next four shots to extend the lead back out to 11 points. Purdue held the Leathernecks to 0-for-4 from the field during that stretch to seal the game.
Purdue featured a quartet in double figures, led by Dominique Oden's 16 points. The Boilermakers shot 40% from the field, with a 44.9% clip inside the arc. The hosts knocked down a season-high 16 free throws.
Farquhar and Harris were relentless on both ends of the floor. Farquhar tallied a season-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, hauled down 14 rebounds, seven offensive, blocked two shots and dished out five assists. Harris dropped 14 points and grabbed 17 boards to go with a trio of rejections.
Oden went 5-of-6 at the line and nabbed a six of her eight rebounds on the offensive end. The senior also doled out a game-high six assists. Karissa McLaughlin recorded her first double-digit game of the year with 11 points.
CLEAN UP ON THE GLASS
While the gap never grew beyond 13 points, the Boilermakers crashed the glass to ensure that Western Illinois would not have any second-chance opportunities. Purdue finished the game with a rebound margin of plus-22 (56-34), including 18 on the offensive end. Every Boilermaker that played at least two minutes grabbed a rebound. The hauls by Harris and Farquhar marked the first time Purdue had two players in double figures since Feb. 7 at Nebraska last season.
Head coach Sharon Versyp on the rebounding performance…
"When you there are five players who can shoot the three, it's hard to box out, and that's what we talked about. Rebounding is a focus all the time for us. The biggest thing was to crash the offensive boards and keep them off the boards, so they didn't have opportunities. We did that pretty well for 39 minutes."
Coach Versyp on Farquhar and Harris…
"Tam and Ae'Rianna rebounded exceptionally well. I liked Tam's seven offensive boards and Dominique's six. That needs to be our emphasis. We need to keep doing that have other players come off the bench to do the same."
Ae'Rianna Harris on what was different in the rebounding game…
"Most of it was boxing out. We spent a lot of time on it last week, because it was something we needed to work on. Tam and I should be doing this every game. We did okay the first couple of games, but today was what we should be doing every night."
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Western Illinois 9-0 and holds a 15-0 mark against Summit League opposition.
• The Boilermakers are 3-0 for the 21st time in program history.
• Harris and Oden have been in double figures in all three games this season.
• Purdue has held a lead for at least 38 minutes in all three games.
• Harris finished one rebound shy of her career high set against Indiana on Feb. 12, 2018.
• Oden was one assist short of her career-best in assists, which was against Penn state on Jan. 28, 2018.
• McLaughlin reached double figures without a 3-pointer for just the second time in her career.
• The 17 rebounds by Harris vaulted her into fourth in program history with 838, passing Donna Gill's mark of 832.
• Harris is also the fourth player in program history to amass 600 defensive rebounds in a career.
• Sunday was the 150th non-conference win of the Versyp era.
The Boilermakers will have the week off before they welcome Northern Illinois to Mackey Arena next Sunday at 2 p.m.