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Purdue 67, Rutgers 61: Boilermakers hang on

By MURRAY EVANS Modified: March 30, 2009 at 1:20 am •  Published: March 30, 2009
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It seemed Purdue couldn’t do anything wrong, and in crunch time, Rutgers struggled to do anything right.

The sixth-seeded Boilermakers shot nearly 53 percent from the field while seventh-seeded Rutgers committed two costly turnovers in the final minute to waste a rally from 16 down in a 67-61 loss to Purdue on Sunday night at the Ford Center.


Purdue advances to Tuesday night’s regional finals against Oklahoma for a berth in its fourth Final Four.

The Boilermakers (25-10) got 18 from Lakisha Freeman and 15 from Jodi Howell — her most in nearly two months — but it was an unexpected jump shot from FahKara Malone that clinched it. The 5-foot-3 point guard hit a 15-foot, fadeaway jumper as the shot clock expired with 49 seconds to play.

"It’s tournament time,” said Purdue forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. "When you’re feeling it ... she had some key buckets down the stretch.

"We’re playing well as a team right now.”

Purdue’s lead peaked at 16 late in the first half and was 13 with less than nine minutes remaining.

Rutgers cut the score to 63-61 with 1:45 left but committed consecutive turnovers with an errant pass and a traveling violation, allowing Purdue to close it out.

The hot-shooting Boilermakers will give themselves a chance at a surprising Final Four run if they continue to get balanced offense like they did Sunday.

"We just have a lot of confidence right now,” Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said. "It’s a mindset right now. Everybody is physically gifted when you get to this point. Right now, it’s mental toughness.

"Now we have it.”


"We just have a lot of confidence right now. It’s a mindset right now. Everybody is physically gifted when you get to this point. Right now, it’s mental toughness. Now we have it."
Sharon Versyp
Purdue coach

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