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Jones sinks four 3-pointers

11/17/2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A raucous home crowd and a
determined Emily Heikes were too much Sunday for Kansas State.

Heikes' tough defense on preseason All-American Nicole Ohlde and
her timely offense propelled No. 7 Purdue to a 79-69 win over the
fifth-ranked Wildcats in the second game of the Women's Tip-Off
Classic.

"I think everyone knows who Heikes is now," Purdue coach
Kristy Curry said. "She works really hard and does what she is
good at very well."

It turns out that Heikes is very good at defense, and Ohlde
found that out. Giving up at least five inches in the post to the
6-5 Ohlde, Heikes refused to let Ohlde catch the ball in scoring
position.

Heikes also had 11 points and seven rebounds in the
season-opener for both teams.

"Our expectation every time we play is to establish a post game
first and always," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "We
didn't do that tonight."

Shereka Wright scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, Erika
Valek had 16 points and seven assists, and Beth Jones added 12
points on 4-of-4 shooting from 3-point range for Purdue.

Laurie Koehn scored 22 points, including four 3s, to lead the
Wildcats, who were overwhelmed by Purdue's intensity from the
opening tip.

"They definitely were the aggressors today," Patterson said.
"I wish we could have given them a little better battle."

Jones' fourth 3-pointer gave Purdue a 58-49 lead midway through
the second half.

The fiery senior pumped her fist after hitting the shot in
transition, spurring a 9-0 Purdue run that put the Boilermakers in
control.

"Purdue really just tore us up on the defensive end of the
floor," Patterson said. "It put us in a position for us to learn
a lot of things."

The Wildcats mounted a mini-comeback late in the second half,
reeling off eight straight points to pull to 70-61, but couldn't
get closer.

The Boilermakers rode hot shooting and a big home court
advantage to a 41-35 halftime lead.

Jones made three 3-pointers in the half and Valek jump-started
Purdue's fast break to key the good start. Purdue shot 56 percent
from in the half, while Kansas State made 44 percent.

The Wildcats just couldn't match the Boilermakers'
aggression.

"If we scored on offense, they came right down and jammed it
down our throats on the defensive end," Kendra Wecker said.

Ohlde became Kansas State's all-time leading scorer in the
second half. She came in six points shy of Diana Miller's 1,705
career points.

It took her longer than expected, however, because she picked up
three early fouls.

Finally, with 7:13 to play, Ohlde hit a turnaround jumper in the
lane to break the record. The preseason All-American scored just
nine points, giving her 1,708 for her career.

"I'm not really thinking about that right now," she said.

Wecker added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Playing in her first regular-season game, freshman Katie Gearlds
had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds for Purdue.

Third-ranked Texas beat No. 2 Duke 85-77 in the first game of
the Classic.