The Boilermakers (3-1) jumpstarted the game with eight unanswered points. They kept the Golden Knights (0-2) without a field goal until sophomore Celeste Hudson sank a three-pointer at 15:20 to cut the visitor's lead to 14-5. Purdue's advantage climbed to 22-11 at 13:09 before both squads hit a scoring drought that lasted close to three minutes. Gearlds ended the Boilmakers' dry spell at 10:22 with a fastbreak layup, and a trey by freshman LaShaunda Slade at 9:12 cut PU's lead to 12.
From that point, Purdue took advantage of their
offensive opportunities to pull away and led by a first half high of 31 points
at 2:58, but had to settle for a 51-21 favor at the intermission. Although both
teams had an equal 30 chances from the field in the opening period, the
Boilermakers hit 21of theirs (70%), while UCF sank only seven
The Golden Knights shot better from the field in the second half
going 9-for-26 (34.6%) even as Purdue saw their percentage drop to a still
respectable 42.9% (12-for-28). In fact, the Boilermakers only outscored UCF
36-31, but the damage had already been done.
With 1:55 remaining to
play, PU went up by a game-high 39 points when Sharika Webb made the second of
her two free throws. The Golden Knights finished on a 7-3 run.
played UCF in many aspects of the game – including a 37-33 advantage on the
boards despite UCF leading the offensive glass by a 17-10 margin. The Golden
Knights turned over the ball 21 times – 12 in the first half - to the
Gearlds and fellow rookie Erin Lawless combined for a
total of 30 points off the bench for Purdue. UCF got a team-high nine points
from Hudson, Slade and sophomore LaShay King.
In the earlier game, Wake Forest (3-0) defeated Nicholls State (1-2) by a score of 79-47 thanks to 12
points from each from Keila Evans and Liz Strunk.
The Golden Knights
Classic finishes on Saturday when the Boilermakers take on Wake Forest at 3 p.m.
and UCF tips off against Nicholls State at 5 p.m.
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