Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Drop Battle with Boilermakers, 73-51

    Go Hoosiers! Nikki Smith led the Hoosiers against Purdue with 13 points.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Nikki Smith led the Hoosiers against Purdue with 13 points.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 14, 2007

    Box Score

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two Hoosiers scored in double figures for the Indiana women's basketball team, as IU fell to 13th-ranked Purdue, 73-51 at Mackey Arena on Jan. 14.

    Nikki Smith led the Hoosiers with 13 points, while Whitney Thomas added 10 points and nine rebounds.

    Down by five, the Hoosiers (13-6, 2-4) used an 8-2 run sparked by a jumper from Smith at the 18:21 mark to tie the game up at 10-10 with 16:31 remaining in the first half. A pair of free throws from Purdue's Erin Lawless followed by a jumper from Lindsay Wysdom-Hylton put the Boilermakers (16-3, 5-0) back up by four, 14-10, with 15:29 on the clock. Indiana knotted the game at 14-14 by way of a layup from Thomas and a jumper from Sarah McKay, but a 19-10 run by Purdue sent the two teams into the break with the Boilermakers leading 33-24.

    Purdue's Katie Gearlds got things going for the Boilermakers in the second half with a jumper at the 19:35 mark to increase the lead to 35-24, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Smith and Leah Enterline put the Hoosiers back in the game and down by five, 35-30, with 18:30 on the clock. A free throw from Wysdom-Hylton increased Purdue's lead to six, but a jumper from Thomas kept IU within four, 36-32, with 17:37 remaining in the game. However, a 14-4 run increased the Boilermaker advantage to 49-37 with 12:13 to go in the game. Purdue held on with at least a 12-point lead en route to a 73-51 win.

    Purdue claimed this year's Battle of the Barn Burner trophy for a ninth straight time.

    The Boilermakers shot 37.1 percent (23-of-62) to the Hoosiers' 29.2 percent (19-of-65). Purdue held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding Indiana, 52-34. However, Indiana forced Purdue into committing 19 turnovers, while the Hoosiers collected 11 steals.



    Indiana returns home for a rematch with the Boilermakers on Sunday, Jan. 21. Tip-off against Purdue on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall at 2:05 p.m. ET.


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