Dominique Oden hits game-winner to lift Purdue over Michigan 71-70

Junior Dominique Oden poured in 26 points, including the game-winning shot, and sophomore Tamara Farquhar scored a career-high 16 points to guide the Purdue women's basketball team to a 71-70 victory over visiting Michigan at Mackey Arena on Saturday.

Posted: Jan 5, 2019 9:43 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 3:36 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Junior Dominique Oden poured in 26 points, including the game-winning shot, and sophomore Tamara Farquhar scored a career-high 16 points to guide the Purdue women's basketball team to a 71-70 victory over visiting Michigan at Mackey Arena on Saturday. The amazing game featured eight ties and 13 lead changes as Oden's final and decisive bucket came with 24 seconds left on the clock and Purdue held off the Wolverines on the final possession to earn the win.

Purdue's victory snaps a four-game skid against Michigan in Mackey, dating to 2013, and is the Boilermakers' second straight in dramatic fashion over the Wolverines after knocking them off in overtime in Ann Arbor last season 81-79. The Boilermakers are now 9-1 on their home floor this season and have won four in a row in Mackey after the double-overtime defeat to South Carolina on Dec. 16.

Oden's 26 points were one shy of her career high, posted earlier this season against Miami, while Farquhar's career night was her fourth double-figure scoring effort of the year. Oden hit three triples, added three rebounds and two assists, while Farquhar stuffed the stat sheet to the tune of eight rebounds, four offensive, a career-high four assists against one turnover and a pair of blocked shots. Junior Ae'Rianna Harris was just short of a triple-double with 15 points, nine rebounds, seven blocks and four assists, while sophomore Karissa McLaughlin tallied a quiet 10 points and five assists.

Michigan got out to a quick seven-point lead in the first quarter, but Purdue settled in and erased the deficit behind the hot hands of Oden, Farquhar and Harris. Through the rest of regulation neither team would lead by more than four points.

A 15-15 second quarter left the Wolverines holding a 34-33 edge at the half, but both teams exploded out of the locker rooms in a 44-point quarter that saw them combine to shoot 64 percent from the field. Michigan struck first, building a four-point edge, 41-37, behind a triple from sophomore Deja Church, but Oden answered with a pair of triples over the next few minutes to push things back the Boilermakers' direction, 51-48 with three minutes to play in the third.

Michigan freshman Amy Dilk finished the quarter strong with five straight points, giving her 16 for the game, and put the Wolverines up 55-54 in the closing seconds of the third, but a strange finish to the period allowed Purdue to regain the lead. Farquhar's lone miss of the game just beat the shot clock and Michigan caught the rebound and started walking off the floor as they thought the quarter had ended, forcing officials to call a travel with three seconds left. The Boilermakers capitalized as freshman Kayana Traylor lobbed the ball into Harris who finished at the buzzer to make it 56-55 Purdue.

The Boilermakers pushed their lead to four twice in the fourth quarter, getting a triple from McLaughlin in the opening minute and again on a pair of Harris free throws at the 7:27 mark, but couldn't extend their advantage as Michigan refused to go away. Seniors Hallie Thome and Nicole Munger knotted the score at 63-63 with 6:27 left, and after four straight Purdue misses at the free throw line over the next four minutes, Thome got back-to-back buckets in the last two minutes to give Michigan a 70-69 edge with 50 seconds to play.

Oden willed home the game-winner, taking her defender off the dribble late in the shot clock, splitting a double team and trickling home a runner to score her final bucket of the day and put Purdue on top with 24 seconds left. A chess-match of timeouts ensued, and Michigan was left with one-last opportunity as time ran down. Sophomore Hailey Brown took the final attempt in the closing second over the outstretched arms of Farquhar and Harris but bounced long as time expired.

The Boilermakers improved to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play with the win, hitting a season-best 55.1 percent from the floor. Purdue committed only 12 turnovers in the game, including two in the second half, and held the Wolverines to just 26 rebounds (seven offensive), 18 under their season average.

Michigan fell to 10-5 (1-2 B1G). Dilk and Thome paced the Wolverines with 16 points apiece, while Thome added seven boards and Dilk had six assists. Munger finished with 12 points and Brown had 10 points and six rebounds.

Purdue returns to action Thursday, hosting No. 19 Iowa for an 8 p.m. ET tip at Mackey Arena.

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