Purdue 76 – Georgia Tech 63

Purdue went on a tear in the first half tonight taking a 20 point lead into the half. Katie Gearlds scored 18 points in the first half to pace the Boilers. She seemed to score at will to start the game. Her biggest highlight of the first half though was a pass. She led a fastbreak down the court, and pulled up to fake a three. As the defense moved towards her she made a great pass that found Wisdom-Hylton in stride for an easy bucket. This seemed like an early season game, not a NCAA Tournament game. They shot 79% in the first half, including 6-8 from three point range. They also dished out 11 assists.
Both teams came out in the second half, and just started trading baskets. Purdue already had a 20 point lead I didn’t mind. Since the game was really not going anywhere the announcers started talking about the fact that both coaches were former Boilers. Michelle Joseph the coach of Georgia Tech is Purdue’s all-time leading scorer. Sharon Versyp is no slouch herself. They did bring up some good points. Right now Purdue has three 1,000 point scorers on the team. That has only happened three times in the history of the program. One of those times Versyp was on the team, and the other time Joseph was on the team. They were trying really hard to draw a lot of comparisions. It is something that both of the coaches are two of the best players to go through the program, but only one can move on. Unfortunately the announcers would not move on. Gearlds left the game with two minutes left, and finished the contest with 26 points. Purdue put in a lot of subs at that point. The Boilers (30-5) now will go to Dallas to face Georgia. They have the possibility of facing Notre Dame with a shot at the final four on the line. Notre Dame must beat North Carolina, and win one more game for that to happen. It is not a likely scenario, but would be interesting.
I really like how Minnesota’s arena looks. I may have to add that to the list for next year. I will already be up there in late September, but I may have to add another trip later in the year.


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