No. 6 Purdue 67, Indiana 59
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ Freshman Shalicia Hurns scored a season-high 19 points Sunday night and No. 6 Purdue held off a second-half rally to beat Indiana 67-59 for sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Hurns had three straight baskets early in the second half as the Boilermakers (14-3, 4-0) took a 22-point lead. But she didn’t score a point for the next 15 minutes as the Hoosiers (12-3, 3-1) made their comeback.
Two free throws by Jill Hartman finished a seven-point Indiana run that cut Purdue’s lead to 54-50 with under five minutes to go. Indiana still trailed by just five after a 3-pointer by Heather Cassady before a basket by Hurns.
Shereka Wright then hit one of two free throws, Hurns scored a rebound basket and Kelly Komara finished Purdue’s scoring with two free throws with 21 seconds to go. Cassady scored the final two baskets for Indiana in the closing seconds.
Katie Douglas, who sustained a mild concussion in Purdue’s last game on Thursday, backed Hurns with 13 points and Camille Cooper added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cassady led Indiana with 11 points while Tara Jones finished with 10.
The Hoosiers led only briefly early in the first half before a basket by Hurns and a 3-pointer by Douglas put the Boilermakers ahead for good.
Purdue did not allow Indiana more than two straight points the rest of the half and steadily widened the lead to 37-21 at the break. The Boilermakers’ biggest lead was at 45-23 three minutes into the second period.