No. 6 Purdue 94, Northwestern 37
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Shereka Wright led five players in double figures with a career-high 19 points, and No. 6 Purdue put the game away early with a full-court press that forced 32 turnovers in beating Northwestern 94-37 Sunday.
Purdue (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) scored the first 10 points. When Kelly Komara hit a 3-pointer at 15:10, all five starters had scored. Eight of the 10 players who played in the first half also scored.
The Boilermakers, winners of seven straight, were relentless in their full-court press. They trapped in the corners and at halfcourt and never allowed Northwestern (4-11, 0-5) to run its offense without being under pressure.
Lindsey Hicks scored a career-high 14 points, Shalicia Hurns had 12, Erika Valek had 11 and Camille Cooper added 10. Leslie Dolland led Northwestern with eight points.
The 57 points were the largest margin of victory for Purdue this year, surpassing 30-point wins against Valparaiso and then-No. 14 Stanford.
After starting 3-1, Northwestern has lost 10 of its last 11 games. It previous low point total was 58.
The Wildcats had 18 turnovers in the first half, and Purdue caused 14 of those by steals. The Boilermakers finished with 22 steals.
When the Wildcats did get the ball across halfcourt, they weren’t very good. They missed their first eight shots before Dolland scored on a layup. Northwestern made only 8-of-38 first-half shots and shot 30 percent overall.
The Boilermakers led 25-12, then scored the next 12 points and cruised to a 48-21 halftime lead. Purdue eased up on the press in the second half but remained aggressive, closing with a 30-6 run.