Purdue Women’s Basketball defeated Purdue Northwest Pride 98-67 in their exhibition game on Sunday afternoon.
Purdue went flat in the first quarter, turning the ball over three times on its first four possessions. Coach Katie Gearlds said the slow start had to do with the Purdue North West area which they hadn’t anticipated, “It kind of slowed us down, started guessing a bit. We only got one pass decisive for 10 turnovers at the end of the first quarter.”
Directed by At Cassidy Hardin’s three-point precision shot, Purdue made the necessary adjustments and scored 34 points in the second quarter. Hardin started the offense for the Boilermakers with back-to-back marks from beyond the arc just 36 seconds apart. Hardin finished with 9 points and led the team with three marks from three points.
As a team, Purdue shot 73% from the field in the second quarter, with lasha petree and Caitlyn Harper each scoring 8 points.
“We didn’t tell them to do anything different in the second quarter,” Gearlds said. “Just play instinct, make basketball plays, use your talent and our group just responded in the second quarter.”
Building on their strong second quarter, Purdue shot the ball well for the rest of the game. The Boilermakers finished the game shooting 56.6 percent from the floor and scored an impressive 98 points. Last season, they only eclipsed that mark once, against Denver when they scored 101 points.
Lasha Petree, Caitlyn Harper, Jayla Smith, Rickie Woltmanand Jeanae Terry dialed in all five Boilermakers to finish the game scoring in double digits,
The two transfers brought by Katie Gearlds paved the way for Purdue. Caitlyn Harper, a transfer from Cal Baptist, had a game-high 22 points and a 10-13 record in field goals. Harper topped Purdue Northwest’s undersized low post. She used a variety of moves around the basket to score.
Katie Gearlds said of Harper: “I think we did a really good job getting the ball going when she was open, but she timed things well so she could have some scoring chances.”
Lasha Petree also made a stellar debut at Purdue after arriving from Rutgers this offseason. Early on, Petree was the most active defensive player for both teams. She finished with two interceptions and a block, but there were a dozen times she knocked the ball out of bounds or forced an errant pass. She was also second in scoring behind Harper, scoring 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
“She just gives us a bit of length, a great great athlete. She’s long anyway, but when she puts her arms there, it just feels like they last forever,” Gearlds said when was asked what Petree’s defense brings to this team.
Pride shot 50% from the field in the first half which saw them score 40 points. Petree played a big part in Purdue’s defense by stalling in the second half when they held Purdue Northwest to just 27 points on 23% shooting.
Harper said of the exhibit, “I think there’s a lot we can learn from it. We can improve in many places, but I think it was good to get out there and play against someone else.
Lead guard Abbey Ellis left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. There was no update immediately available.
Purdue’s regular season opener comes in four days when they host Marshall at Mackey Arena on Thursday night.
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