7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Coming off a big victory, Purdue viewed its game against Indiana as a trap.Katie Gearlds scored 19 points and No. 14 Purdue, fresh off Sunday's win over then-No. 7 Ohio State, held on for a 61-56 overtime victory over the Hoosiers on Thursday night.Gearlds said a loss to Indiana would have been devastating."It would have been just like losing to Ohio State," she said. "It's important to win at home, but it's really important to win on the road."Purdue coach Kristy Curry said her team played poorly. The Boilermakers (11-2, 3-0 Big Ten) shot just 37 percent from the field."I felt we had a major letdown for whatever reason," she said. "We expended a lot of emotion and energy [against Ohio State]. We're listening to everybody telling us how great we are right now. We've got to keep getting better."Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored on a short turnaround jumper with 18 seconds left in overtime to give Purdue a 59-56 lead. Indiana's Nikki Smith traveled, and Wisdom-Hylton then hit two free throws to seal it for the Boilermakers.Purdue ruined Indiana coach Sharon Versyp's first game against her alma mater. Versyp was a four-year starter for Purdue from 1984-88 and ranks ninth on the team's career scoring list.Wisdom-Hylton finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Purdue.Jenny DeMuth led Indiana (8-6, 2-1) with 13 points and 12 rebounds.Purdue had a chance to win with the score tied at 53 in the final seconds of regulation, but Sharika Webb was called for a charge with 4.9 seconds left. Indiana's Cyndi Valentin missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.Indiana went 4-of-13 from the free-throw line after halftime."We shoot a ton every week," Versyp said. "Sometimes you have that one game, and this was the wrong game to have it."Purdue extended its winning streak to seven games. The Boilermakers have won six in a row in the series with Indiana, including a 62-58 overtime win in Bloomington last year."We knew it was going to be a battle," Gearlds said. "It always is. Indiana-Purdue is the rivalry. It's just so rich. It's just a matter of pride."The Boilermakers were never comfortable in the first half. Their largest lead was six points, and Annika Boyd's putback at the buzzer cut Purdue's halftime lead to 29-26.Purdue shot 11-for-30 in the first half, but made up for it by outrebounding the Hoosiers 19-15 and scoring 12 second-chance points.Valentin continued her school record of consecutive free throws made to 56, four short of the NCAA record. She was averaging 18 points, but was held to 10 on 3-for-17 shooting.Valentin and the Hoosiers earned Gearlds' respect."They are a very good basketball team," she said. "We didn't play our best, but we found a way to win."