December 10, 2006

Butler Falls At Home To Purdue

Dec. 10, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 24 points and Katie Gearlds ended a four-game shooting slump with 20 points to lead No. 10 Purdue to an 81-38 victory over Butler on Sunday.

Purdue (8-2) forced a season-high 28 turnovers by the Bulldogs (2-7), broke the game open with a 20-0 run from late in the first half to early in the final period and built its lead to as many as 45 points down the stretch.

The 20 points by Gearlds, Purdue's leading scorer for the season, were her most since she had 23 in a victory over Baylor in the WNIT championship. She was 8-for-15 from the field for the game after shooting just 25 percent the previous four games.

It was Butler that couldn't shoot the ball this time.

The Bulldogs, unable to take the ball inside against the taller Boilermakers, shot mainly from 3-point range early in the game and managed only one field goal over the final 10 minutes of the first half.

Butler's only basket from inside the 3-point line in the opening period was on a layup by Lade Akande, cutting Purdue's lead to 22-14. Wisdom-Hylton then hit one of two free throws and FahKara Malone stole the ball and scored on a fast break to start a 13-0 Purdue run over the final 7 minutes of the half.

Baskets by Erin Lawless and Gearlds pushed the lead to 29-14, then Wisdom-Hylton scored the final six points of the half to give the Boilermakers a 35-14 lead. Two free throws by Lawless, a basket and free throw by Gearlds and another basket by Gearlds after a steal by Malone completed the 20-point run by the Boilermakers in the first minute of the second half.

Butler, which shot only 17 percent in the first half and 28 percent for the game, was led by Ellen Hamilton with 12 points, all on 3-pointers.