WEST LAFAYETTE – Brittany Rayburn scored 22 points to help Purdue beat Indiana 76-66 on Thursday in the only regular-season meeting between the in-state rivals this season.
Chelsea Jones had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double, and Jodi Howell added 11 points for the Boilermakers (7-6, 2-1 Big Ten). Purdue has won four of five, including two straight in conference play.
Jori Davis and Aulani Sinclair each scored 16 points, and Jamie Braun added 14 for Indiana (8-5, 1-1).
The Hoosiers shot 48 percent in the first half, but 26 percent in the second. Indiana made 8 of 8 free throws in the first half, but 10 of 15 in the second.
The Boilermakers shot poorly, but forced 24 turnovers.
Rayburn scored Purdue’s first 11 points. Alex Guyton’s turnaround basket with 11:12 left in the first half was the first basket a Purdue player other than Rayburn scored.
Purdue took a brief lead, 22-21, on a three-pointer by Howell. Indiana’s Braun was fouled on a three-pointer, and the four-point play quickly gave the Hoosiers the lead again. A three-pointer by Davis increased Indiana’s lead to 31-24 six minutes before halftime.
Purdue tied it with a 7-0 run highlighted by a layup by FahKara Malone, but Indiana withstood the rally and led 38-35 at halftime. The Boilermakers shot 32 percent in the first half, but forced 16 turnovers.
Rayburn hit a three-pointer that gave the Boilermakers a 47-43 lead with 15:19 left. She later scored and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Purdue got the ball after a scramble. Sam Ostarello got a putback on the extra possession to give the Boilermakers a 57-50 lead with just under 8 minutes to play, and Purdue led by at least seven points the rest of the way.
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