9:00 PM ET, March 19, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS -- Katie Gearlds finally had her big game at Williams Arena, and the well-rounded Purdue Boilermakers are moving on to a bigger stage.Gearlds led second-seeded Purdue with 26 points in a 76-63 win over seventh-seeded Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA women's NCAA Tournament on Monday night.Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers (30-5), who will play third-seeded Georgia next Sunday in the Dallas Regional semifinals.Gearlds, a first team All-Big Ten guard, was in prime form. After totaling 24 points on 10-for-33 shooting in three previous games here against host Minnesota, the senior with the smooth stroke sparked her team to a quick start and Purdue's fourth advancement to the round of 16 in the last five years."I really felt like we were right in her face," Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. "She was making shots that were just unbelievable." The Boilermakers, who allowed an average of less than 54 points per game this season to lead their conference, have much more to offer than Gearlds. They weren't pestered by Georgia Tech's fullcourt press, and in the second half when the game's pace bogged down and the possessions turned sloppy, they had control.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-61 (.344)||24-42 (.571)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-17 (.353)||6-11 (.545)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-19 (.789)||22-28 (.786)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|