WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Erin Lawless scored a career-high 26
points and grabbed seven rebounds and Purdue (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) beat Western
Michigan 74-42 on Sunday.
Katie Gearlds and Aya Traore each scored 13 points for the
Boilermakers (6-2), who improved to 5-0 all-time against the
Broncos and won their 17th straight game against teams from the
Mid-American Conference.Kelly Koerber had 15 points and Carrie Moore added 12 points and
11 rebounds to lead Western Michigan (0-5), which stayed with the
Boilermakers for most of the first half before Purdue pulled away.Purdue had 10 blocked shots and 17 steals, while the Broncos
finished with 24 turnovers.During a sloppy first half by both teams, the Broncos looked
like they were ready to give Purdue a scare. Western Michigan took
its biggest lead following an 8-0 run, which was capped by Moore's
layup with 13:30 left that gave the Broncos a 15-9 lead.The Boilermakers responded with a 6-0 spurt of their own to tie
the game, and then Purdue's defense took over. The Boilermakers
scored nine straight points near the end of the half, holding the
Broncos without a basket for almost 5 minutes while taking a 30-21
lead.Purdue came out strong in the second half and quickly built its
lead to 38-25 following five straight points from the 6-foot-2
Lawless. Her second basket was a three-point play after a steal on
defense and an assist from Emily Heikes on the fastbreak.Purdue opened a 43-28 lead minutes later after a Gearlds'
3-pointer and a free throw by Heikes with 14:14 left.