Purdue Women fall to Ball State 66-60

The Purdue women’s basketball team lost its second straight game on Monday, falling to Ball State 66-60, marking the Boilermakers’ first home loss of the season and their first loss to Ball State since 1979. Purdue rallied in the 4th quarter, trimming the deficit down as close as four but just couldn’t get over the hump, falling to 5-4 on the season.

Purdue got off to a slow start, missing on its first seven shots and turning the ball over five times in the opening minutes to spot Ball State a 10-3 lead. A 3-pointer by Tiara Murphy sparked a 13-4 run over the final 3:39 of the period and the Boilermakers took a 16-14 lead after the first. Everything went cold for the Boilermakers over the next 20 minutes however, shooting just 21.9 percent in the next two frames and allowing Ball State to open up a 44-32 lead going into the fourth. Purdue ramped up the pressure in the final 10 minutes, forcing eight Ball State turnovers and crashed the glass for five offensive rebounds. Unfortunately the Cardinals just couldn’t miss, shooting 66.6% in the fourth, including a banked 3-pointer by junior point guard Carmen Grande to beat the shot clock with 2:31 remaining, and pushed Ball State’s lead back to 60-52.

Purdue rallied one final time however, using back-to-back baskets from sophomore Dominique Oden and senior Andreona Keys to cut it to four, and after a three from Ball State’s Mariah Monaco, true freshman Karissa McLaughlin answered with an and one with 1:12 left to make it 63-59. However, the Boilermakers’ missed their next three shots and Ball State hit a couple of late free throws to seal the game and beat the Boilers for the first time in 38 years.

Lamina Cooper led Purdue with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, as she and Oden both scored seven each in the final quarter. Keys added 11 points, 9 boards and 4 assists, while  Ae’Rianna Harris scored 10, picked up nine boards and also had five blocks. Oden finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Harris became the fastest Boilermaker to reach 100 career blocks on Monday night, hitting the mark in just her 45th game and breaking the previous record of 55 games, set by now assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.

Monaco led the way for Ball State with 18 points and 11 boards, while Grande had 17, seven assists, six rebounds and four blocks. Frannie Frazier also added 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals as Ball State continues their best start in program history at 7-0.

Purdue will play Valparaiso on Friday at 7pm.

 

Stats

Bold=Led Team in Category

Bold Italics=Led Game in Category

Purdue

Starters

So. 6-1 Forward #32 Ae’Rianna Harris- 10pts (4-6), 9 rebs, 5 blks (30 mins)

Fr. 5-7 Guard #1 Karissa McLaughlin- 7pts (2-10), 3 rebs, 3 ast. (22 mins)

Sr. 5-10 Guard #10 Andreona Keys- 11pts (4-12), 9 rebs, 4 ast. (39 mins)

So. 5-8 Guard #11 Dominique Oden – 9pts (3-14), 5 rebs, 5 ast. (36 mins)

So. 5-9 Guard #40 Lamina Cooper- 16 pts (7-13), 7 rebs, 3 ast (33 mins)

Reserve

So. 5-7 Guard #3 Tiara Murphy- 3pts (1-9), 1 ast (19 mins)

So. 5-6 Guard #5 Miracle Gray- 0 pts (0-0), 1 reb (3 mins)

Jr. 6-6 Center #12 Nora Kiesler- 0 pts (0-1) 1 reb, 1 blk (1 min)

Fr. 6-0 Guard #25 Tamara Farquhar- 4pts (2-4), 7 rebs, 3 blks (17 mins)

 

Ball State

Starters

Sr. 5-11 Forward #22 Destiny Washington- 4 pts (2-5), 4 rebs, 3 ast, 2 blk (18 mins)

Sr. 6-0 Forward #33 Moriah Monaco- 18 pts (6-18), 11 rebs, 1 ast. 1 blk. (39 mins)

Jr. 5-8 Guard #3 Carmen Grande- 17 pts (8-18), 6 rebs, 7 ast (38 mins)

Sr. 5-9 Guard #20 Frannie Frazier- 12 pts (6-9), 4 rebs, 4 ast, 3 stl (34 mins)

Jr. 5-9 Guard #24 Jasmin Samz- 8 pts (2-6), 3 rebs, 3 ast (30 mins)

Reserve

Fr. 5-8 Guard #5 Maliah Howard-Bass- 3 pts (1-3), 2 rebs, 1 blk (16 mins)

Fr. 6-0 Forward #32 Oshlynn Brown- 4 pts (2-5), 3 rebs, 1 stl (18 mins)

So. 5-10 Forward #34 Aliyah Walker- 0 pts (0-2), 3 rebs, 2 stls (7 mins)

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