Boilers cruise to round two

Purdue cruised to a 77-43 round-one victory over Liberty, advancing to play fifth-seeded Louisville in the next round of the NCAA women's tournament.

The key for Purdue was winning the boards, facing a Liberty team which leads the nation in rebounding margin. Senior forward Sam Ostarello was up for the challenge.

Ostarello posted a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds, neutralizing the Lady Flames' usual advantage on the boards, and fourth-seeded Purdue cruised to a 77-43 victory in round one of the NCAA women's tournament.

Purdue pulled away early in the game, using an 11-0 run to pull away after Liberty had taken a 10-9 lead. That would be the Lady Flames' only lead of the day.

Louisville native April Wilson sent Purdue into halftime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer in front of her hometown crowd, putting an exclamation point on the Boilermakers' half.

Courtney Moses led all Purdue scorers with 21 points on 8-of-12 from the field, including five 3-pointers. K.K. Houser chipped in with 15 points. Liberty's Devon Brown also had 21 points, reaching the 2,000-point mark for her career in her final collegiate game.

Purdue will meet with fifth-seeded Louisville on Tuesday in the Cardinals' own building, the KFC Yum! Center. UL earned a 74-49 victory over Middle Tennessee State in its round-one matchup.

Stay with Boiler Sports Report for updates throughout Purdue's run in the NCAA women's tournament.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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