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No. 23 Purdue cruises behind Gearlds' 28 points

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Katie Gearlds scored 28 points,
including six of nine 3-pointers, and Aya Traore added 23 points
Sunday to help No. 24 Purdue beat Valparaiso 70-55.

Betsy Rietema paced Valparaiso (4-4) with 13 points and Carrie
Myers added 12.

Gearlds made consecutive 3-pointers to cut Valparaiso's lead to
47-46. Purdue (6-2) took the lead for good on Erin Lawless's layup
with 7:54 left.

Gearlds sparked another run later. She made a 3-pointer and
another basket that gave the Boilermakers a 60-52 lead with 2:36
left.

Valparaiso led 34-26 at halftime and increased its lead to 41-28
before the Boilermakers went on a 9-0 run early in the second half.

The Boilermakers made five of nine 3-pointers in the second half
in their first game since beating No. 10 Notre Dame 65-54 on
Wednesday.