WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue shook off its shooting slump
against Arkansas State.
The Boilermakers (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP), coming off poor offensive performances
in their last two games, shot 60 percent in the first half en route
to a 95-58 win over the Lady Indians on Tuesday night.
Purdue led 62-25 at halftime, the second-most points the
Boilermakers have scored in a half. The Boilermakers shot 30
percent from the field in a loss to George Washington and 36
percent in a win over South Carolina last week, but frequently
found the net early against the Lady Indians.
"I thought it was the best half of basketball that we've played
this year," Purdue coach Kristy Curry said. "We need to bottle
this effort up and carry it with us on the road."
Katie Gearlds scored all 17 of her points in the first half.
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 16 points, Erin Lawless had 15 and
Sharika Webb 11. Natasha Bodganova grabbed 13 rebounds for Purdue
The Boilermakers had 19 assists at halftime.
"We passed the ball extremely well in the first half," Gearlds
said. "We got good looks and shots just went down."
In all, the Boilermakers had assists on 26 of their 37 baskets
and outrebounded Arkansas State 46-30.
Rudy Sims led the Lady Indians (3-2) with 14 points. Arkansas
State center Adrienne Davie entered the game averaging 16 points
and finished with 12 on 5-for-13 shooting and seven rebounds.
Purdue shot 35 percent from the field in the second half and was
unable to satisfy the crowd's hopes for 100 points. The teams
scored 33 points each in the second half.
Purdue has held all four opponents to less than 60 points. The
Boilermakers forced 23 Arkansas State turnovers.
The Lady Indians lost to top-ranked Duke last Saturday, but beat
Big 12-member Missouri on Nov. 19 and were looking for a second win
over a team from a major conference.
"Missouri is no Purdue," Arkansas State coach Brian Boyer
said. "Right now, the way we're playing, we're out of our league
against Purdue and Duke."