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Final

(21) Purdue 61

(8-2, 4-2 away)

Mississippi St 42

(4-7, 3-4 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 20, 2005

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    #21PUR 35 2661
    MSST 12 3042

    Purdue takes Mississippi State Classic

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Katie Gearlds had 15 points and Purdue (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) beat Mississippi State 61-42 in the championship game of the Mississippi State Classic on Tuesday night.

    Erin Lawless added 14 points and Natasha Bogdanova had 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers (8-2), who led 35-12 at halftime and went on to win their fourth straight.

    Marneshia Richard led the Bulldogs (4-7) with 12 points.

    Purdue opened the game with a 20-4 run and led by as many as 27 while playing tough defense for the second straight night.

    The Boilermakers held Mississippi State to 25 percent shooting and forcing 28 turnovers. Purdue has forced eight of its 10 opponents into at least 20 turnovers.

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