March 2, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Katie Gearlds scored 26 points and No. 15 Purdue escaped with an 82-79 overtime win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Gearlds shot 8-for-18 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in another big game against the Badgers. She scored 41 points in Purdue's 69-60 win on Feb. 18 in Madison.
Erin Lawless had 15 points and 10 rebounds and FahKara Malone added 13 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Boilermakers (26-5).
Jolene Anderson scored 27 points for Wisconsin, but made a critical mistake late in overtime.
In the final minute of the extra period, Malone missed the second of two free throws and a jump ball gave Wisconsin, down 80-77, a chance to tie in the closing seconds.
Purdue's defensive pressure forced Wisconsin out of its comfort zone, and Anderson, instead of going for the tie, made a driving layup with about three seconds left to cut Purdue's lead to 80-79.
Gearlds was fouled and made two free throws at the other end with 1.2 seconds left to bump Purdue's lead to 82-79. Wisconsin (19-12) took the ball out under its basket and never got off a shot to tie.
Janese Banks scored 14 of her 16 points after halftime for the Badgers. Anderson and Banks shot a combined 13-for-40 from the field.
Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said her team's approach was that it needed to win the tournament to claim an NCAA bid. The Badgers hadn't beaten a ranked team all season.
Purdue led 39-31 at halftime, but Wisconsin opened the second half with a 15-4 run. Two 3-pointers by Anderson helped even the score, and Brittany Heins made a 3-pointer with 15:38 left to give Wisconsin a 46-43 lead.
Purdue led 66-61 when Wisconsin's Mariah Dunham got a friendly bounce on a runner and was fouled. She converted the free throw to trim Purdue's lead to 66-64 with 2:57 left.
Purdue led 68-64 when Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton committed her fifth foul. The resulting free throws by Anderson cut Purdue's lead to 68-66 with 51.4 seconds to go.
On the next possession, Gearlds missed a fadeaway as the shot clock wound down, and the ball went off a Purdue player to give Wisconsin possession with 15.7 seconds left. Anderson scored on a drive with 10 seconds left to force the extra period.