STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Jess Strom scored 23 points and
Tanisha Wright added 22, leading Penn State to a 77-54 victory over
Purdue (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) on Thursday night.
Strom scored 11 straight points in the second half, including
nine in a 19-2 run. Wright finished the outburst with six straight
points to give the Lady Lions (11-6, 6-0 Big Ten) a 60-40 lead with
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton led the Boilermakers (10-7, 3-3) with 16
points on 7-for-10 shooting. Katie Gearlds added 14 for Purdue,
which shot 2-for-13 from 3-point range and was outscored 32-14 in
Purdue lost its third straight overall and fifth consecutive
game in State College.
Penn State beat a top-25 team at home for the third time this
season and defeated its fifth ranked opponent overall while
improving to 7-0 at home.
Purdue closed within 41-38 on Erin Lawless' free throw with
Strom hit a layup, stole the ball from Sharika Webb for another
basket, drove for a third, then hit a 3-pointer with 8:14 left to
give Penn State a 50-40 lead with 8:14 remaining.
Following a Jen Harris jumper and Amanda Brown layup, Wright
made three layups to finish the run.