Boilermakers shut down Belmont

Purdue put together a strong defensive showing, beating Belmont at Mackey Arena, 76-46.

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Defense is the trademark of Purdue's basketball programs. On Friday evening, Sharon Versyp's Boilermakers put on a clinic.

The numbers were staggering. In No. 18 Purdue's 76-46 win, it held Belmont to just 25 percent from the field and forced 20 turnovers.

"We hurried them up a lot, and our size effected them," head coach Sharon Versyp said after the win.

Purdue's scoring was efficient, though there were a couple alarming trends. KK Houser finished the game with just four points and whiffed on eight shot attempts. April Wilson had 11 points but that came on 5-of-14 from the field. Courtney Moses, who posted 30 points in Sunday's win at Toledo, finished with just five points.

There were struggles at the charity stripe, too, where Purdue posted a subpar 9-of-20 mark.

The boost came from the Boilermakers' bench, where there were three scorers in double figures. Ashley Morrissette had 12 while Whitney Bays and Camille Redmon each posted 10.

Redmon's contributions came in the second half, where she posted seven of her 10 points. She gained confidence in the tail end of the first half and carries it into the second stanza.

"After that, it was about what I could do for my team and capitalizing on every opportunity," Redmon said.

It was never really much of a contest. Purdue started with six straight points and never surrendered its lead. Morrissette scored the final bucket of the first half which gave the Boilermakers an 11-point halftime lead, and it never would drop below a double-digit margin.

Even though the shooting effort was far from its usually showing, Purdue made up for it with tight defense and a strong all-around effort.

"If the shots aren't falling, mature players get it," said Versyp. " …You play just as hard, whether the shots are falling or not."

With the win, Purdue moves to 4-0 on the season. However, the challenge is about to get a lot tougher. The Boilermakers meet with No. 3 Stanford on Tuesday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.

Purdue will need stronger contributions from Hauser and Moses to hang with one of the game's best. While the defensive effort was strong on Friday, this will be a much more difficult task.

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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