LINCOLN, Neb. (Purdue Sports) — The Purdue women's basketball team held off a late rally by Nebraska on the road to win 76-68. The Boilermakers picked up their second road win in the Big Ten this season and moved to 13-7 overall and 4-4 in the league.
Ae'Rianna Harris had an inspired night for the Boilermakers off the bench with a season-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Karissa McLaughlin connected on a trio of 3-pointers to tally 19 points, and Dominique Oden dropped in 14.
Purdue shot 47% on the night and buried six triples. The Boilermakers finished with a plus-nine in the rebounding (40-31) and notched 19 assists on 28 made field goals.
The Boilermakers flew out of the gates with a 26-point first quarter. Harris, Oden and McLaughlin tallied six points each, as Purdue went 11-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers.
Harris and McLaughlin split an eight-point run for the visitors in the second, which led to a 21-point advantage before halftime. The Boilermakers shot 58.6% over the opening 20 minutes, while holding the Cornhuskers to just a 25% clip shooting. The hosts managed to trim the gap to 10 with an 11-0 swing to finish the first half.
Nebraska battled back in the second half to take a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
After being outscored by 14 over the first 15 minutes of the second half, Purdue closed the game on a 17-5 run. Cassidy Hardin put the game to bed with 1:37 with a corner 3-pointer off an Oden assist. The Boilermakers were aided by a five straight field goals in the final four minutes, while Nebraska went 1-of-6 during that span.
The Boilermakers will welcome back scores of former players Sunday for Alumnae Day. Purdue will square off with Penn State at 2 p.m. on BTN.