Missouri State 52

(17-15, 7-11 MVC)

Purdue 73

(25-6, 13-3 Big Ten)

    12:00 PM ET, March 19, 2006

    Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana

    1 2 T
    MOSU 27 2552
    PUR 32 4173

    Top Performers

    Missouri St: K. Koch 11 Pts, 4 Reb

    Purdue: A. Traore 20 Pts, 11 Reb

    Down 10 early, Purdue storms back to rout Missouri St.

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Aya Traore had 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and Erin Lawless scored a season-best 19 points to help Purdue beat Missouri State 73-52 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament on Sunday.

    Missouri State guard Kari Koch entered the game averaging 20.5 points, but was held to 11 on 5-for-17 shooting. She made a layup in the last two minutes to avoid her second single-digit scoring game of the season. Sarah Klaassen added 10 points for the Lady Bears.

    Fourth-seeded Purdue (25-6) trailed by 10 points in the first half, but the Boilermakers led by as many as 23 in the second. Purdue advanced to play UCLA in the second round of the Cleveland Regional on Tuesday.

    Missouri State (17-15) had a losing record before winning four straight in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on their home court, but the 13th-seeded Lady Bears couldn't overcome Purdue's athleticism and depth. Purdue outrebounded the Lady Bears 25-11 in the second half.

    The Boilermakers held Missouri State to 32 percent shooting, including 28 percent shooting in the second half.

    Missouri State freshman Kayli Combs opened the game with two 3-pointers to give the Lady Bears a quick 6-0 lead.

    Missouri State extended that lead to 22-12 before the Boilermakers went on a 14-2 run that forced the Lady Bears to call timeout. Purdue took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Jodi Howell with 5:03 left in the first half and never trailed again.

    Katie Gearlds, Purdue's leading scorer, didn't score until she drained a mid-range jumper with 6:40 left in the first half. She finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

    Purdue led 32-27 at halftime. The Boilermakers allowed just three field goals the last 10:22 of the first half and held Koch to 3-for-10 shooting before the break.

    Missouri State cut Purdue's lead to 32-31 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Purdue responded with a 7-0 run that included five points from Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.

    Purdue won the only previous meeting between the schools, 81-64 in the 2001 national semifinals when Missouri State was still called Southwest Missouri State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 52 73
    FG Made-Attempted 17-51 (.333) 26-52 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-23 (.261) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-12 (1.000) 18-22 (.818)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 23

    Game Leaders

    PointsK. Koch 11A. Traore 20
    ReboundsK. Koch 4A. Traore 11


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