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January 20, 2013
Playing its third game in seven days, a stretch that started with a triple overtime win, the Boilermakers looked understandably fatigued vs. Iowa on Sunday.
Particularly considering April Wilson, Drey Mingo and now KK Houser are dealing with the effects of flu-like symptoms. The trio played vs. the Hawkeyes, but they - like many of their teammates - were ineffective in a 62-46 loss.
"It definitely looked like this was our fourth game in seven days," Coach Sharon Versyp said on her post-game radio interview. "When you have three overtime games, and KK - you saw on her on the sidelines - she got very sick. And April didn't practice.
"It is what it is. They beat us very badly in the first half."
Indeed, it was the opening that doomed the No. 12 Boilermakers (15-3, 4-1), as they saw their four-game winning streak snapped in their first loss of the conference season.
The Hawkeyes led 41-18 at the break after leading 17-3 nearly 12 minutes into the game. Purdue's second basket came with only eight-and-a-half minutes remaining 'til halftime.
The Boilers shot only 24.2 percent for the half.
"Every (shot) was short," Versyp said. "We just weren't as fluid and you've got to set the tone on defense."
The Boilermakers tried to make it a game in the second, using a 13-3 run to pull within nine, 52-43, with 5:26 remaining. But Iowa's Melissa Dixon hit a layup, then Theairra Taylor a three-pointer to reestablish a 14-point advantage. It stretched to as many as 17 in the closing minutes.
"I just challenged the kids," Versyp said of her half-time speech. "That's not the type of team that we are and we got after it. I was pleased with the effort in the second half, they went as hard as they possibly could. We definitely need some rest."
Iowa shot only 36.5 percent, but hit nine three-pointers and committed only 14 turnovers. The Hawkeyes were led by Jaime Printy and Dixon, who each scored 15. Taylor just missed a double-double, with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Purdue had only one in double-figures, as Courtney Moses scored 11. Drey Mingo had nine points and eight rebounds, while Sam Ostarello, who battled first-half foul trouble, contributed only two points with six rebounds.
Ostarello, who's been outstanding of late, is dealing with what looks to be a severely sore right shoulder, so much so that she favors it during stoppages in play. She committed four of the Boilermakers' 18 turnovers.
Purdue got six points and 12 rebounds from freshman Taylor Manuel off the bench, and one point and four boards from reserve classmate Hayden Hamby.
"They gave us break production," Versyp said. "? This (game) allowed a lot of minutes for some other kids."
Now, Purdue will try to take a day to rest before prep for Northwestern on Thursday night in Mackey Arena.
"When we're fresh, we're good," Versyp said. "We looked tired and we've got sickness going on and we looked it. We've got to get some rest these next couple days."
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