7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana coach Kathi Bennett couldn't even look at the stat sheet.The Hoosiers' numbers were startling. They shot just 19 percent from the floor, including 10 percent in the second half, were outrebounded 45-36 and made just 1 of 12 from 3-point range.It all added up to a 54-31 loss at Purdue (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) on Thursday night, the lowest point total in school history."Honestly, it was embarrassing," said Bennett, who didn't make her players available to the media. "It was really a lack of trust and confidence on our part."Emily Heikes and Katie Gearlds each scored 11 points for Purdue, which shot a pedestrian 39.5 percent, but that was more than enough to win for the 10th time in 11 games against their intrastate rivals.The Boilermakers (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) went more than 8 minutes in the first half and more than 9 minutes in the second without a field goal, but got to the foul line often enough to hold off the Hoosiers (7-6, 0-3).Purdue was 18-for-25 from the line, while Indiana was just 6-for-10.The Hoosiers also missed a bevy of open layups and jumpers in the horrendous outing. Their previous low for points was 33 against William Penn in 1976-77."They missed a lot of easy looks, for whatever reason," Purdue coach Kristy Curry said.Indiana was led by Angela Hawkins' eight points. Leading scorer Cyndi Valentin, who came into the game averaging 17.8 points, scored one point and missed all 10 of her field goals."We did a good job of not letting Cyndi touch the ball," Gearlds said. "That disrupted their flow on offense."Sharika Webb started a late 11-2 run with a 3-pointer, and Lindsey Wisdom-Hylton got two layups, the last giving Purdue a 50-29 lead with just under 4 minutes to play.The victory allowed the Boilermakers to bounce back from a loss at No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday."We've been working hard because we don't want to lose again in conference," said Heikes, who also grabbed 11 rebounds. "That's our goal."The Hoosiers scored just three points in the final 10 minutes and made 3-of-30 field goals in the second half to lose their fourth straight game."I do want to credit Purdue. They're really long and big on the perimeter which definitely affected us, but I take a lot of the responsibility," Bennett said. "I thought that our ability to finish and concentrate was just woeful."The Boilermakers got on a roll to start the game, outscoring Indiana 12-2 in the first 5 minutes.Heikes scored six points during the spurt for Purdue, which used an 11-0 run minutes later to take a commanding 23-5 lead.Heikes was one of the few players on either side who shot well. She made 4 of her 5 field goals in the best game of her senior year."I personally felt I needed to play better because I haven't been playing well," said Heikes, who had scored just 13 points in the last six games combined. "You can't really go down more than I was playing. The only way to go was up."
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