No. 12 Purdue Wins Sixth Big Ten Tournament Crown with 64-52 Defeat of No. 5 Ohio State

Katie Gearlds scored 25 points in the championship game to lead Purdue to its sixth win in nine final game appearances.

Katie Gearlds scored 25 points in the championship game to lead Purdue to its sixth win in nine final game appearances.

March 5, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 12 Purdue upset No. 5 Ohio State 64-52 Monday night to win the Big Ten tournament championship.

The Buckeyes, who've dominated the league the last three seasons - winning the regular season titles and the coach and player of the year awards - looked weary.

While Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, the Buckeyes (28-3) always seemed a step behind Purdue and lost for only the second time in 23 games.

Wisdom-Hylton provided the inside presence Purdue (28-5) needed to contend with Davenport and Star Allen, and senior Katie Gearlds delivered the outside punch by scoring 25 points in the last college game in her home state.

The victory extended Purdue's conference tournament title record to six and gave the Boilermakers the Big Ten's automatic bid in the NCAA tournament.

And they made it look easy.

The Buckeyes missed their first 13 shots, and Purdue took advantage by breaking to a 21-0 lead. Wisdom-Hylton and Gearlds combined for 17 of the Boilermakers' first 23 points.

Davenport finally got the Buckeyes righted. She hit two short jumpers to start a 10-2 run that made it 25-12 and Ohio State closed the half on an 8-2 run to close to 31-20.

But Purdue used a 7-0 run early in the second half to rebuild a 47-29 lead, and Ohio State never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.