No. 19 Purdue 73, No.13 Illinois 55
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Big Ten scoring leader Katie Douglas had 22 points and Kelly Komara had 18, including four 3-pointers, to lead No. 19 Purdue past No. 13 Illinois 73-55 Thursday night.
Purdue (11-5, 3-3 Big Ten) has won 23 of its last 25 against Illinois (14-7, 4-3), which hasn’t won here since 1984.
The Boilermakers trailed briefly before opening a 31-21 halftime lead as Illini star Tauja Catchings picked up three quick fouls. Illinois, averaging 78 points a game, shot just 36 percent in the first half (9-of 25) and 40 percent for the game.
Catchings, who fouled out with 15 seconds to play, led Illinois with 19 points and Susan Blauser had 13.
Purdue broke the game open with an 11-4 run to start the second half while the Illini missed their first six shots of the period. Camille Cooper, who finished with 14 points, ignited the run with two field goals and Purdue led 39-23 after a layup by Shinika Parks.
Illinois scored its first points of the second half on two free throws by Kylie Martin and the visitors didn’t get their first field goal of the half until Catchings scored with 15:31 to play.
Komara and Douglas each hit two 3-pointers as the defending NCAA champions built a 58-38 lead and the Illini trailed by double figures thereafter.
Purdue had a 38-24 rebounding advantage, with Michelle Duhart getting 10.