Indiana lost a 17-point second-half lead and dropped its Big Ten tournament opener Friday to Purdue, 66-60.
Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 16 points, but 14 of those were scored in the first half. Amanda Cahill and Alexis Gassion each finished with 14.
IU led 39-24 after two quarters, but shot 2-of-16 from the field in the third quarter and saw the lead reduce to 45-43 with a quarter remaining. A layup by Andreona Keys gave the Boilermakers a 56-55 lead with 1:29 remaining. Jenn Anderson was called for an offensive foul on the other end, and then Dominique Oden hit a 3-pointer on the following possession to give Purdue a four-point advantage.
Coming out of a timeout, Buss was called for an offensive foul with 39 seconds left. That gave possession to Purdue, and the Boilermakers were able to hit free throws down the stretch to win.
IU hit 7-of-32 from the field in the first half, after hitting 50 percent in the first two quarters. This is the second year in a row the Hoosiers were the No. 4 seed, with a double bye, and lost their third-round opener in the conference tournament.