Purdue’s late shot sinks Wisconsin
The Badgers (17-7) nearly won at Purdue for the first time since 1984. Instead, they dropped into a tie with Penn State for third in the Big Ten Conference at 7-6.
“We were dry in the second half offensively,” Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said. “We were stagnant. We had nothing inside, we turned it over, and we got fed up.
“I give credit to Purdue there too, but this was a heartbreaker. We led the entire game until that last basket. Our kids fought their tails off. I am very, very proud of them. They left it on the court.”
Wisconsin led 56-53 with 1:46 to play before Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn sank a three-pointer to tie it at 56. With 44 seconds remaining, a three-point attempt by UW’s Taylor Wurtz just missed.
The Badgers’ Alyssa Karel blocked a shot by FahKara Malone with 11 seconds left. Karel grabbed the ball, and as she attempted to call a timeout, she was called for a travel as she fell to the floor.
The Boilermakers got the ball back under their basket with 10 seconds remaining, and Jones scored from the right baseline with three seconds left. Wisconsin’s half-court shot fell short as time ran out.
Purdue improved to 13-11 overall and took sole possession of second place in the Big Ten at 8-5.
The Badgers shot 63 percent (15-of-24) from the field, including 67 percent (4-of-6) from three-point range, in the first half.
Both teams, however, went cold to begin the second half.
The Badgers missed their first 10 shots after the break, and Purdue missed its first five attempts. Neither team made a field goal for the first five minutes of the second half.
Wisconsin finally scored a field goal with 14:47 to play when Lin Zastrow put back a lay-in off an offensive rebound by Anya Covington. Purdue didn’t score its first field goal until the 13:42 mark, when KK Houser made a layup to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 38-31.
Wisconsin shot just 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from the field in the second half, including 30 percent (3-of-10) from long range. For the game, the UW shot 47.9 percent, and 43.8 percent from behind the arc.
Purdue went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half, taking advantage of three Wisconsin turnovers and a two-minute scoring drought.
Purdue converted two Wisconsin turnovers into baskets and scored off two offensive rebounds for eight straight points to tie the game at 53 with 2:59 remaining.
Karel led the Badgers with 13 points, while Rayburn led the Boilermakers with 19.
The Badgers next play Indiana on Sunday in Madison.