Reserve Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 14 points and Katie Gearlds added 13 to help No. 24 Purdue hand No. 10 Notre Dame its first loss of...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Reserve Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 14 points and Katie Gearlds added 13 to help No. 24 Purdue hand No. 10 Notre Dame its first loss of the season, 65-54 on Wednesday night.
The Irish (6-1) were playing their third game without ill coach Muffet McGraw.
Purdue coach Kristy Curry had stressed that this would be Purdue’s last chance to claim a quality win before Big Ten play. She said it was the kind of game that could determine whether the Boilermakers will go to the NCAA tournament.
The Boilermakers (5-2) responded by holding Notre Dame guard Megan Duffy to 12 points, six below her average. She didn’t make a field goal for the first 19 minutes of the game as Purdue took a 39-22 halftime lead. The Boilermakers shot 48 percent from the field in the first half while holding the Irish to 29 percent shooting.
The Boilermakers led by as many as 21 points in the second half.
Aya Traore scored 11 points and Erin Lawless had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Purdue, which outrebounded the Irish 47-34.
Courtney Lavere scored 10 points for Notre Dame, and Crystal Erwin finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.
The Boilermakers let an opportunity for a quality win slip in a 65-54 loss to DePaul on Saturday. They remembered that feeling Wednesday.
“Coming off that loss at DePaul and not playing very good, this game was huge,” Gearlds said. “The fact that it’s Notre Dame … that it’s an in-state rival. It was our biggest game up to this point.”
Duffy got going in the second half, but her team trailed by as many as 21 points.
“They ran a lot of people at me,” she said. “They didn’t leave me too often. It freed up our inside people, but we just weren’t able to connect offensively.”
Purdue increased its series lead to 14-5. Notre Dame won 86-69 in South Bend last season when the Irish were ranked seventh.
Gearlds said Wisdom-Hylton and Traore were the difference Wednesday.
“It seemed like Lindsay had 10 points real quick, and Aya, too,” she said. “They were both aggressive and knocking down shots. A lot of people can’t guard both of them.”
Other Top 10 games
No. 1 Tennessee 59,
at George Washington 43
Candance Parker scored 14 points and the Volunteers (8-0) held George Washington scoreless for 8 ½ minutes in the second half.
Jessica Simmonds led the Colonials (2-3) with 13 points.
No. 9 Maryland 88, at Monmouth 55
Marissa Coleman had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Terrapins (7-1). Crystal Langhorne added 20 points despite missing nearly nine minutes in the second half because of foul trouble, while Shay Doron had 17 points and 10 assists.
Brianne Edwards led Monmouth (1-5) with 12 points.
• The No. 19 Texas Longhorns have lost forward Earnesia Williams for the season with a knee injury. The Longhorns also said reserve forward Kalee Carey has quit the team.