WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana coach Kathi Bennett couldn't
even look at the stat sheet.
The Hoosiers' numbers were startling. They shot just 19 percent
from the floor, including 10 percent in the second half, were
outrebounded 45-36 and made just 1 of 12 from 3-point range.
It all added up to a 54-31 loss at Purdue (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) on Thursday
night, the lowest point total in school history.
"Honestly, it was embarrassing," said Bennett, who didn't make
her players available to the media. "It was really a lack of trust
and confidence on our part."
Emily Heikes and Katie Gearlds each scored 11 points for Purdue,
which shot a pedestrian 39.5 percent, but that was more than enough
to win for the 10th time in 11 games against their intrastate
The Boilermakers (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) went more than 8 minutes in
the first half and more than 9 minutes in the second without a
field goal, but got to the foul line often enough to hold off the
Hoosiers (7-6, 0-3).
Purdue was 18-for-25 from the line, while Indiana was just
The Hoosiers also missed a bevy of open layups and jumpers in
the horrendous outing. Their previous low for points was 33 against
William Penn in 1976-77.
"They missed a lot of easy looks, for whatever reason," Purdue
coach Kristy Curry said.
Indiana was led by Angela Hawkins' eight points. Leading scorer
Cyndi Valentin, who came into the game averaging 17.8 points,
scored one point and missed all 10 of her field goals.
"We did a good job of not letting Cyndi touch the ball,"
Gearlds said. "That disrupted their flow on offense."
Sharika Webb started a late 11-2 run with a 3-pointer, and
Lindsey Wisdom-Hylton got two layups, the last giving Purdue a
50-29 lead with just under 4 minutes to play.
The victory allowed the Boilermakers to bounce back from a loss
at No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday.
"We've been working hard because we don't want to lose again in
conference," said Heikes, who also grabbed 11 rebounds. "That's
The Hoosiers scored just three points in the final 10 minutes
and made 3-of-30 field goals in the second half to lose their
fourth straight game.
"I do want to credit Purdue. They're really long and big on the
perimeter which definitely affected us, but I take a lot of the
responsibility," Bennett said. "I thought that our ability to
finish and concentrate was just woeful."
The Boilermakers got on a roll to start the game, outscoring
Indiana 12-2 in the first 5 minutes.
Heikes scored six points during the spurt for Purdue, which used
an 11-0 run minutes later to take a commanding 23-5 lead.
Heikes was one of the few players on either side who shot well.
She made 4 of her 5 field goals in the best game of her senior
"I personally felt I needed to play better because I haven't
been playing well," said Heikes, who had scored just 13 points in
the last six games combined. "You can't really go down more than I
was playing. The only way to go was up."