WEST LAFAYETTE -- In the first half, Purdue looked like the better team but never was able to pull away. With Purdue only up 4 at halftime, Coach Versyp told her team to keep playing hard.
“In the first half we had open looks just weren’t knocking them down,” Versyp said. “I told them that if we keep getting good looks at the basket the shots will start falling.”
Did they every because, Purdue ended up pulling away by the end and ending up beating Wisconsin, 72-54.
A big factor in Sunday’s win was April Wilson. She always plays good defense, but today, her offense was going. Wilson led the Boilermakers with 18 points. She said it was just getting open shots.
“My teammates set me up well and I was just able to knock down a lot of them today,” Wilson said.
Wilson was 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from the outside, also hitting five of her six shots from the free throw line. She continues to play more of a vital role in the offense since the injury to KK Houser.
The other big time contributors were Whitney Bays and Liza Clemons. Clemons ended up with 10 and Bays ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds coming off of the bench. They were able to influence Purdue on the offensive side of the ball.
Clemons knew that she needed needed to step up in this game, and didn’t disappoint.
“Coach Versyp always tells us that if you don’t perform she can’t keep you in there, so I always got to tell myself to be aggressive and it defiantly helped me today,” Clemons said.
The Boilers earned their fifth Big Ten win in a row, a season-best winning streak. They are getting hot at the exact right time and different players are stepping up, something Purdue needed after losing Houser to injury.
Purdue can only hope its run of success will carry on to the postseason.