WEST LAFAYETTE -- Coach Sharon Versyp summed up the game very well during her postgame interview.
“You can’t shoot 30 percent from the field and expect to win a basketball game,” Versyp said of the Boilermakers’ 65-49 loss to Michigan.
Couldn’t have said it better myself, and that is exactly why the game was never really close. The Boilermakers just couldn’t figure out the 2-3 zone that Michigan used. It guarded Purdue’s main three-point shooters, Courtney Moses and KK Houser, the whole time they were on offense.
The scoring woes started right from the opening whistle. Michigan jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never relinquished the lead the entire game. The Boilermakers just never seemed to be able to get into a rhythm offensively and it showed on the scoreboard and in the stat sheet. When Moses shoots 3-8 and Houser shoots 1-8 its going to be really hard for Purdue to win basketball games.
Defensively, Purdue didn’t struggle like it did on offense. Michigan just made a lot of timely shots to keep its lead at a comfortable throughout the entire second half. The three-pointers really helped Michigan, which shot 38% from three. Meanwhile, Purdue, which normally is a very strong shooting team, only made 3 of 15 threes for the entire game. Especially when Purdue faced zone for most of the game, it needed to hit some threes to make Michigan think about switching to a man to man defense.
After all is said and done it was just one game. Yes, it was not even close to the way the Purdue women’s basketball team wants and knows it can play. However, one of the best things about basketball you get to play a game in two days and put this bad game behind you.
The next game Purdue plays is this Friday against rival Indiana. Purdue has to come out with passion and intensity, which shouldn’t be too hard against its most hated rival.