WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Erin Lawless scored a career-high 26
points and grabbed seven rebounds and Purdue (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) beat Western
Michigan 74-42 on Sunday.
Katie Gearlds and Aya Traore each scored 13 points for the
Boilermakers (6-2), who improved to 5-0 all-time against the
Broncos and won their 17th straight game against teams from the
Kelly Koerber had 15 points and Carrie Moore added 12 points and
11 rebounds to lead Western Michigan (0-5), which stayed with the
Boilermakers for most of the first half before Purdue pulled away.
Purdue had 10 blocked shots and 17 steals, while the Broncos
finished with 24 turnovers.
During a sloppy first half by both teams, the Broncos looked
like they were ready to give Purdue a scare. Western Michigan took
its biggest lead following an 8-0 run, which was capped by Moore's
layup with 13:30 left that gave the Broncos a 15-9 lead.
The Boilermakers responded with a 6-0 spurt of their own to tie
the game, and then Purdue's defense took over. The Boilermakers
scored nine straight points near the end of the half, holding the
Broncos without a basket for almost 5 minutes while taking a 30-21
Purdue came out strong in the second half and quickly built its
lead to 38-25 following five straight points from the 6-foot-2
Lawless. Her second basket was a three-point play after a steal on
defense and an assist from Emily Heikes on the fastbreak.
Purdue opened a 43-28 lead minutes later after a Gearlds'
3-pointer and a free throw by Heikes with 14:14 left.