Purdue women's basketball uses hot start to beat Chattanooga 66-34

From the outset, the Purdue women's basketball team was in total control of its road game on Thursday night at Chattanooga. The Boilermakers jumped out front and never looked back in a 66-34 over the Mocs.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 11:02 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2019 2:09 AM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Purdue Sports) — From the outset, the Purdue women's basketball team was in total control of its road game on Thursday night at Chattanooga. The Boilermakers jumped out front and never looked back in a 66-34 over the Mocs.

Purdue found its rhythm from the floor early, connecting on 11 of its first 14 shots in the first quarter to take a 26-12 lead. Ae'Rianna Harris powered the way with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the frame, as seven different players scored.

The control carried over into the second quarter on the defensive end. The Boilermakers allowed just two points in the frame, trying the program record. Purdue held the Mocs to 1-of-10 shooting in the second and 6-of-30 in the opening 20 minutes.

Offensively, the Boilermakers shot 18-of-27 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc in the first half. Karissa McLaughlin, Dominique Oden and Roxane Makolo all had a plus-minus above 20 to start the game.

Harris finished with a game-high 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting and snagged five rebounds. Oden joined her senior counterpart in double figures with 11 points, five board and three steals. Makolo and Lyndsey Whilby added tallied a trio of steals, as Purdue record 12 steals and forced 21 turnovers for the game.

DROPPING DIMES
• Purdue notched 19 assists on the night on 29 made field goals, including 9-of-11 in the second half. Karissa McLaughlin and Kayana Traylor recorded four assists apiece. The Boilermakers had six players notch at least a pair of helpers.

NOTES
• The Boilermakers are now 145-55 all-time in inaugural matchups, with Chattanooga as the 200th different opponent in Purdue's history.
• Tamara Farquhar led the team in rebounds for the second straight game with seven.
• Harris scored her 16 points in 25 minutes of action.
• McLaughlin moved into a tie with KK Houser for ninth in program history with 167 career 3-pointers.
• Purdue shot 52.7% from the field for the game, the team's highest mark since a 55.1% clip against Michigan on Jan. 5 last season.
• Rickie Woltman scored her first career points in the fourth quarter.
• Fatou Diagne was efficient over 11 minutes with six points six rebounds and no fouls.
• The Boilermakers controlled the paint, scoring 44-of-66 points (66.6%) in the lane.
• Transition offense was also a factor, as Purdue tallied 18 points on the fast break.
• Purdue's largest run of the game, a 12-point swing, came in the second quarter, while the Mocs' largest run of the game was five points.

UP NEXT
The Boilermakers will look to go 3-0 on the year when they return to Mackey Arena on Sunday against Western Illinois at 2 p.m.

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