Purdue Tops Hoosiers in Regular Season Finale
Feb. 26, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana had no answers for the Purdue attack on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena as the Boilermakers topped IU, 90-58. Sasha Chaplin led Indiana with 15 points as Aulani Sinclair scored 14 points and Candyce Ussery poured in a career-high 10 points
The Boilermakers set the defensive tone early by not allowing an IU field goal until 4:29 into the game with a Sinclair jumper that made it a 7-5 Purdue lead with 15:31 left in the first half.
Indiana later trailed, 17-9, before Sinclair was fouled while hitting a baseline jumper. Sinclair completed the three-point play with the free throw to make the deficit just five, 17-12, at the 11:17 mark.
Purdue then put together a 7-0 run before IU's Candyce Ussery hit a field goal to silence that push as the Boilermakers led by 10, 24-14. The margin stayed around that mark as Sinclair connected on another field goal to make it a 10-point contest again at 29-19 with 6:43 on the clock.
The Boilermakers then scored 12-consecutive points, which is momentum they would ride the rest of the half to take a 45-25 advantage into the locker room.
In the second half, Purdue's lead was too much to overcome for the Hoosiers on the road. The Boilermakers went on to take the win in the regular season finale.
Ussery's career-high point total was achieved on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with two rebounds and a steal. The Boilermakers shot 48.4 percent for the game led by Brittany Rayburn's 24 points. Purdue also caused 21 IU turnovers.
The Hoosiers will next play in the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 1. Indiana will play the final game of the second session that night, approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of the 6 p.m. ET game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The rest of Sunday's Big Ten games will determine who IU will play to open the tournament.
Sasha Chaplin led Indiana in scoring with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Chaplin also had six boards. She has now scored in double-figures 12 times this season.
Candyce Ussery scored a career-high 10 points on the day on 4-of-7 shooting and 1-of-2 from 3-point range. Ussery's previous career high was eight points.
Aulani Sinclair poured in 14 points with a steal and an assist. Sinclair has scored in double-figures 18 times this year and in 32 games in her career.
Andrea Newbauer finished with a team-high five assists. Newbauer has now had five or more assists in nine games this year.
Indiana won the rebounding battle, 39-34, marking the 15th time this year IU has topped its opponent in rebounds.
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