IUWBB: Indiana vs. Purdue

FINAL: Indiana 72, Purdue 55

2:35: IU is holding on to a 64-51 lead. A lot of free throws being shot on each end. A lot of fouls. This is going to be a grind-it-out contest the rest of the way.

7:54: Purdue has cut the lead to 12 points, 50-38. They were on an 8-0 run before Larryn Brooks hit one of two free throws. But turnovers are just sapping the Boilermakers’ momentum. Another before we went to the most recent timeout — 17 for the game.

13:57: Larryn Brooks hit her second 3 of the half, making it 45-28 IU. That 3 brought Brooks to 800 points for her IU career, making her the seventh player in program history to reach that mark in her first two seasons. The last player to do that was Jamie Braun (2006-07/2007-08).

15:16: A 42-28 lead for IU. Amanda Cahill picked up her third personal foul on an illegal screen with 17:30 left in the game. Purdue has been able to close the distance just a smidge. The Hoosiers missed their first four shots of the half, until Larryn Brooks hit a 3-pointer. But they are 1-of-8 through the second half thus far.

HALFTIME: Indiana 39, Purdue 17

3:58: It’s 34-17, IU. Everyone is hitting shots for the Hoosiers. Lyndsay Leikem forces Sharon Versyp into calling a 30-second timeout after she buries a jumper. Hoosiers are 4-of-9 from deep, including two treys for Alexis Gassion. She leads all scorers with eight points.

On the other hand, Purdue is 7-of-18 from the field, 0-of-2 from 3.

7:59: Hoosiers are maintaining a lead. Five killer turnovers for the Boilermakers, including their last one — a big block on a drive by Jess Walter by Torrie Thornton turns into a possession for Purdue. But then they double dribble. 24-15 IU.

10:51: Hoosiers continue to shoot it well, at 9-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3. Alexis Gassion just buried a trey to make it 20-9. Confidence is building.

14:46: Purdue has settled in a little here. Liza Clemons with a bucket to make it 11-6 after a block by Whitney Bays on Jenn Anderson in the post. Hoosiers are 5-of-9 from the field, though. Teri Moren believes the Hoosiers play better if they hit their shots early, so this is an encouraging statistic.

17:12: The Hoosiers have jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Amanda Cahill started the game with a free-throw line jumper. Then she nailed a 3 from the corner. Then, she came up with a steal and started a possession that ended with a Tyra Buss drive to the basket.

The Hoosiers (12-8, 2-7 Big Ten) surely remember their last meeting with Purdue, an 86-64 defeat at Mackey Arena. They have lost five of six games since.

It hasn’t been a good run for Purdue (10-11, 3-7) since that game, either. The Boilermakers have lost six of seven since that matchup.

So both teams come into this contest at Assembly Hall, an 8:30 p.m. tip, hoping to reverse some trends.

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