WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A little rest was all Purdue senior
Ava Traore needed to overcome a stomach flu.
Traore matched her career-high of 23 points and led
Purdue (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP) to a 61-59 victory Sunday over No. 7 Ohio State.
The Boilermakers (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten) claimed their sixth
consecutive victory after Ohio State's Ashley Allen took a chance
at a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired, only to watch it
bounce off the rim.
Purdue coach Kristy Curry said Traore didn't practice Saturday
after suffering from a stomach flu all week long. But plenty of
fluids and rest apparently did the trick.
"I talked to her on the phone [Saturday], and she had a little
giggle in her voice and I knew she'd be OK," Curry said.
Traore helped Purdue overcome a nine-point halftime deficit. She
had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field in the second
"We just fed off of her," said Purdue guard Sharika Webb, who
contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds to the victory.
Purdue trailed 33-24 at halftime after missing eight consecutive
shots from the field. Ohio State (9-2, 1-1) took its first lead as
Marscilla Packer scored eight consecutive points in an 11-point
run. Erin Lawless scored 12 for Purdue.
The Buckeyes shot 50 percent (13-for-26) and limited Purdue to
37.5 percent (9-for-24) shooting from the field in the first half.
Ohio State also was 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
Purdue scored seven consecutive points to start the second half,
including six by Traore.
"We knew we had to start the second half like we did the first
half," she said.
The Boilermakers had their biggest lead of the half, 54-48, with
7:52 remaining, but Ohio State rallied.
Packer led Ohio State with a career-high 19 points, shooting
5-for-6 from behind the arc. Jessica Davenport, Ohio State's
leading scorer with an 18.4 average, was limited to five field goal
attempts and 10 points.
It was Packer, not Allen, who coach Jim Foster wanted to take
the final shot.
"We wanted to get the ball in Packer's hand. She was open. She
should have had the ball," said Foster, adding that he believed
his team "stopped moving the ball and became too individualistic
in the second half."