Minnesota 68, No. 19 Purdue 67
Jan. 08, 1995
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Cara Pearson's two free throws with no time remaining gave Minnesota a 68-67 upset Sunday of No. 19 Purdue.
The Boilermakers had a chance to force overtime when Minnesota was assessed a technical foul for excessive celebrating after Pearson sank her first free throw.
Purdue's Stacy Lovelace's first free throw was good, but her second attempt rolled off the left side of the rim, and Minnesota won its second straight game over a ranked team. Minnesota (8-5, 3-0 Big Ten) beat No. 8 Penn State 71-56 on Friday.
Pearson led the Gophers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, with Lori Lawler adding 14 points, Cheri Stafford 12 and Shannon Loblein 11.
Lovelace led Purdue (9-5, 1-2) with 19 points. Nicole Erickson scored 12 and Shannon Lindsey, 10.
Minnesota, led by its disciplined frontcourt, took 22-16 lead. The Gophers committed just one turnover in the first 12 minutes against one of the Big Ten's top defensive teams.
Purdue regained the lead on Erickson's strong shooting. Her fourth 3-pointer of the first half helped the Boilermakers close with an 11-5 run that gave them a 34-30 halftime lead.
Minnesota went to a running game to start the second half, converting on several breaks. But Purdue's inside game, including baskets by Danielle McCulley and Melina Griffin, gave the Boilermakers a 45-37 lead with 15:16 remaining.
Minnesota took the lead, 64-63, for the first time in the second half on Lawler's layup at 1:57. Lovelace hit a jumper with 21 seconds left to tie it 66-66. Pearson was fouled after a scramble under the Minnesota basket. Following a Purdue time out, she sank the winning free throws.