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November 17, 2012
With less than 14 minutes remaining Saturday night at SIUE, Purdue led 52-18.
The big margin, as it turned out, was needed, as the Boilermakers limped toward the finish, but had plenty to earn a 66-51 victory in their first road game of the season.
"The officials called the game completely different in the second half," Coach Sharon Versyp said during a post-game radio interview. "It's hard for players and coaches to adjust to that. So it was extremely difficult but we have to learn that. And we can't foul as much as he did and they just destroyed us on the boards."
But No. 14 Purdue (2-0) was dominant in the first 26 minutes, as it raced out to a 34-point lead. The Cougars, in scoring their first 18 points of the game, shot only 14-percent from the field.
It was a near resersal from there, however, as Purdue went cold from the floor, gave up too many second-chance points and turned the ball over; they had 18 for the game.
"It was a tale of two halves," Versyp said.
Purdue led 34-13 at the break, shooting 54 percent to SIUE's 13 percent; the Cougars made only three of their first 23 shots, and had nearly four times as many turnovers as field goals made in the first 20 minutes.
But once Purdue's margin reached 34 on Courtney Moses' layup with 13:39 left, the Boilers went cold. A 15-4 run got the hosts to within 23 points with eight minutes left. Then later, a 14-2 stretch cut the margin to 12 with only two minutes remaining.
"The second half we didn't understand a scouting report," she said. "They did the same play four or five times in a row and our veteran players made the mental mistakes, so we need to focus."
Moses led Purdue with 14 points, while Drey Mingo chipped in 11 and April Wilson had 10 off the bench. Sam Ostarello tied her career-high with 14 rebounds, and had six points, four assists and four steals in 32 minutes.
Purdue shot 47 percent from the field, but was only 2-of-8 from three-point range. SIUE shot only 26 percent and had 15 turnovers.
"We'll learn a lot from this," Versyp said. "We ended up not playing a lot of people in the second half. We put them in and if there's not going to be results and if people aren't going to get after it and do specific things, they will learn really quick that it's part of the game.
"But it's a win and it's great when you can win on the road."
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