West Lafayette, IN — First the wrestling team, then the men’s team and now the women’s basketball team; all three defeated a rival Indiana University this weekend.
Freshman Kayana Traylor led the Lady Boilermakers in the upset at home against the 25th ranked IU Hoosiers. Traylor attacked the Hoosiers with mid range shots from the left side of the lane. With 15 points, 5 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the foul line, she set a new career high in the win.
This rivalry matchup was played close by both teams. The lead changed seven times throughout and was tied up 11 times.
The biggest difference on the court came down to foul trouble. IU shot 5/6 on foul shots. The high success rate didn’t factor in when Purdue was at the line 21 times and drained 16 of them.
Purdue’s standout guard Karissa McLaughlin went 6/6 from the foul line, adding to her 14 total points. The shots Purdue was allowed from the foul line gave it the advantage of scoring more as well as remaining outside of foul trouble.
A change in the defensive approach after halftime allowed Purdue to limit IU’s shooting. A clean full court press trapped the Hoosier’s Bendu Yeaney with minimal mistakes. IU scores 18 in the second period and then was held to just 11 and 10 in the remaining two.
The full court defensive gave the Boilers 19 points from turnovers, opposed to IU’s 11.
The final minutes consisted of several ties and lead changes. Purdue would be trailing by one with under four minutes left when McLaughlin worked her way to the post for 2. Another clutch 2 from McLaughlin gave Purdue the lead with seconds left.
Missing from Purdue’s game was any type of range. Traylor and Cassidy Hardin hit the only shots outside the circle. The team was 2/8 on 3s. IU finished 6/16.
Purdue starts Big 10 road tour to see Minnesota Thursday and Iowa on Sunday. The team is now 14-6, 5-2 in Big 10 play.