Women’s basketball falls at Northwestern, 68-51

EVANSTON, Ill. – Timely jump shots and the free-throw line eluded Purdue Women’s Basketball in a fierce contest at Northwestern on Thursday night, as the Boilermakers gave home team Wildcats a 68-51 result on their senior day at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

With opportunities to cut Northwestern’s lead in the second half, Purdue was just off the mark on an otherwise solid night on the pitch. The Boilermakers finished the game with a 44.0 percent field goal performance (22 for 50), topping the Wildcats’ 36.9 percent (24 for 65).

The previously mentioned charity strip was the difference for Northwestern, as the home team scored 11 points (16 attempts) against Purdue’s two (3 attempts).

junior guard Jeanae Terry (Detroit, Michigan) finished one rebound from a double-double but tied a career high with 12 assists. Terry led the way on glass with his nine boards.

Carry the Head Coach Flag Katie Gearlds the team on the defensive front was the freshman guard Ava Learn (Hyde Park, NY), who totaled three blocked shots in the first half to reset his season-high in the category before the halftime break. She also finished the game with four points and six rebounds.

The block party wasn’t just for Learn, as Purdue’s eight total blocks as a team tied the team’s season-best, set back Nov. 17, 2021, at Illinois State (W, 76-64).

junior guard Ellis Abbey (Melbourne, Australia) had a record eight points for the Boilers at halftime, converting 4 of 6 field goal attempts. She finished with a team-leading 12 points for the game.

Northwestern’s Lauryn Satterwhite scored 20 points to lead the winning team. She sank 4 of 8 three-point field goal attempts in the Wildcats’ 9-for-28 overall performance. Conversely, Purdue posted a 5-for-17 night from beyond the three-point line.

The Boilermakers got off to a flying start, making 6 out of 11 field goal attempts in the first half for a 54.5% success rate. The frenetic first quarter ended with Northwestern holding a slim 17-15 advantage.

Purdue cooled slightly in the second quarter (5 for 13 FG), and Northwestern’s deep marksmanship helped the Wildcats establish a 34-25 halftime advantage. The home team was a perfect 3-on-3 in three-point territory during the second quarter.

FOLLOWING

Senior day for the Gearlds team is next with the Boilermakers returning to Mackey Arena to close out the 2021-22 regular season against Wisconsin. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, with live coverage on B1G+ and the Purdue Radio Network (95.3 BOB FM).

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