Karissa Mc Laughlin led Purdue to a 72-50 victory over Illinois on Thursday night with 23 points. This was her best Big Ten conference scoring effort this year.
“We got back to playing defense and that showed,” Coach Sharon Versyp said after the game, “We were very aggressive on the offensive end. We were attacking more rather than just running through things. I thought tonight we played one of our best games thus far, sharing the ball, playing aggressive and using our bench.”
That defense showed in the second quarter as Purdue went on a 15-0 scoring run holding Illinois to shooting only 2-12, 16.7% during that quarter. Purdue took a 37-26 halftime lead and cruised from there. Purdue shot 48.1% for the night and made 83.3% of their free throws.
This victory was the 400 victory for the Lady Boilermakers in Big Ten conference. Ohio State and Iowa are the other two with at least 400 victories. It also snapped a 3 game losing streak. Next up Purdue will travel to Nebraska on Sunday and then face Minnesota at home next Thursday the 14th.