WEST LAFAYETTE – There were 6.9 seconds left in the game. Purdue’s best free throw shooter Courtney Moses comes to the line with her team down one. There was just one thing on her mind.
“I was thinking about all the times I was in there when there wasn’t 10,000 people watching and just knock down the shots for the team,” Moses said.
Moses did just that, knocking down both the free throws and when Iowa’s Samantha Logic didn’t get a shoot of before the final buzzer sounded, it gave Purdue a huge 74-73 victory.
This game was a tale of two halves. In the first half, Iowa shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and Purdue shoot only 36 percent, with the Hawkeyes jumping ahead to an 18-point halftime lead.
In the second half, Purdue came out on fire. The Boilers shot 57 percent from the field and posted 46 points, storming back to pull out a hard-fought victory.
A big contributor to the game was senior Dee Dee Williams, who took over for the injured K.K. Houser. Williams was all over the Iowa players on the defensive side of the ball.
“She is one of the best defensive players to ever put a jersey on,” said Coach Sharon Versyp.
Dee Dee playing such tight defense led to her confidence shooting the ball. She ended up with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and while hitting a pair from 3-point land.
This win was a big one for Purdue. Since it only plays Iowa once, this was pivotal, something Coach Versyp knew that.
“We definitely talked about that,”Versyp said. This game goes along way for our confidence and positions us in the top four of the Big Ten.”
Now with only three games left in the regular season, Purdue is looking good for seeding in the Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers are still learning how to play without Houser, but each game they get a little better. By tourney time, they should be able to handle it well.
Purdue has a tough next game on the road next Thursday versus Minnesota. It’s another chance for this team to grow.