NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Stasha Carey made three free throws in the final nine seconds of overtime as No. 20 Rutgers survived blowing a 14-point late in regulation to beat Purdue 65-63 on Wednesday night and stay alone atop the Big Ten.
The Scarlet Knights (14-3, 6-0) won their ninth straight game and are 9-0 at home but almost lost their first game since making their AP Top 25 season debut this week. Their 6-0 Big Ten record is their best since joining the conference in 2014-15.
Rutgers used a 10-run to lead 54-40 with just under five minutes left when Purdue responded with a period-ending 14-0 run, tying the game on an Ae'rianna Harris basket underneath with 17 seconds left.
Rutgers opened overtime with five points, including a 3-pointer by Charise Wilson, and led the rest of the way. Carey made two free throws with nine seconds for a four-point edge then another with two seconds remaining after Dominique Oden hit a 3-pointer for Purdue.
Arella Guirantes scored 17 points, Stacy had 11, going over 1,000 in her career, nine rebounds and three blocks, her 12th straight game of least three blocks. Wilson scored 10 points.
Homestead graduate Karissa McLaughlin and Oden scored 18 points each for the Boilermakers (13-6, 4-2), who had a three-game win streak snapped. Harris added 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
No. 2 BAYLOR 94, KANSAS 68: In Lawrence, Kansas, Chloe Jackson scored a season-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting and had eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals to lead Baylor.
Kalani Brown added 15 points, DiDi Richards 14 and Lauren Cox and NaLyssa Smith had 13 apiece for the Bears (14-1, 4-0 Big 12). With Texas losing at Kansas State, Baylor took over sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
No. 2 UCONN 75, TULANE 33: In New Orleans, Megan Walker scored a career-high 34 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 17 to power UConn.
The Huskies (15-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) pounded Tulane (13-4, 3-1) with its size and strength, holding the Green Wave to 18.3 percent shooting and forcing 22 turnovers.
Tulane had no one in double figures. Kaila Anderson led the Green Wave with seven points.
NORTHWESTERN 75, No. 25 INDIANA 69: n Bloomington,Lindsey Pulliam scored a season-high 27 points and Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah had the 30th double-double of her career for Northwestern.
Veronica Burton hit five 3-pointers and contributed a career-high 19 points for the Wildcats (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten) and Kunaiyi-Akpanah had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ali Patberg had 22 for the Hoosiers (15-3, 4-2), who fell to 8-1 at home.
No. 23 IOWA 89, PENN STATE 82: In State College, Pennsylvani, Luka Garza matched a season high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Iowa.
Jordan Bohannon added 19 points and Ryan Kriener had 15 off the bench for the Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-3 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight and ninth in 10.
Josh Reaves and Rasir Bolton each scored 16 for the Nittany Lions (7-11, 0-7),