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Purdue women’s basketball beats Northwestern 78-72 in Big Ten tournament


MINNEAPOLIS — Abbey Ellis made six free throws in the final 40 seconds to score 25 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter, and the 12th-seeded Purdue women’s basketball team defeated 13th-seeded Northwestern 78-72 in the first round of the Big Ten. defeated. The tournament is on Wednesday.

Freshman reserve Rashunda Jones scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and nine in the fourth quarter; This includes three-point shots. He opened the fourth with a fast-break layup and the ensuing free throw tied the game. It also started an 11-1 streak. Following her second and-1, Jeanae Terry made a free throw and the score was 71-61 with 1:30 left in the game.

That was enough of a boost to send the Boilermakers (13-17) into a second-round matchup with fifth-seeded Nebraska on Thursday.

Madison Layden scored 11 points for Purdue. Terry’s 16 rebounds and Ellis’ 10 rebounds helped the Boilermakers take control of the boards in the second half. They finished the game with 20 points on offense.

The turnover and foul, which resulted in two free throws, helped Northwestern take a 74-70 lead. Ellis, who scored 18 points in the second half, caught the line and took the lead with Purdue’s 18/15 in the fourth quarter.

Caileigh Walsh played with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Wildcats (9-21). Melannie Daley scored 21 points and Caroline Lau scored 10 points. Northwestern went 0 for 11 from 3-point range in the second half.

Walsh and Daley scored 25 points on 11 of 18 shooting in the first half, helping Northwestern take a 39-35 lead. The Wildcats went 3/7 from beyond the arc and shot 50% overall.

Northwestern went on an 8-0 run in the first quarter and eventually led 20-18.

He scored six points in Walsh’s 8-0 run, extending Northwestern’s lead to 49-37 midway through the third quarter. Jones scored eight points and Ellis scored seven; A three-point play by Jones cut Purdue’s deficit to 55-52, giving their side momentum heading into the fourth quarter.


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