Early today I changed my plans for the day to head down to West Lafayette for a men’s and women’s basketball double header. I was curious to see if the Lady Boilers could beat Depaul to add some new hardware to the trophy case. Although the final score was 67-58, Purdue did not have an easy time with Depaul.
The first half was a battle back and forth between the two teams. Purdue would threaten to take the lead only to have Depaul go on a mini run. Neither team was shooting the ball exceptionally well so every made basket was important. Even more important were the free throws. Purdue only made five field goals in the second half, but made 26 of 30 free throws to win the game. You always say that you have to make your free throws, and Purdue won this game by doing just that.
If you had told me that the Boilers would only hit 25% of their shots in the second half and commit 21 turnovers for the game I would have told you that they did not stand a chance. To think that they actually took the lead shooting 25% is amazing, and a credit to their presence at the charity stripe.
It was nice to see the Boilers win the tournament, but even better to see them start the season 4-0. I wonder if they will make an appearance in the top 25. They head to Mexico now for the holiday weekend. Maybe they can come home with even more hardware for the new trophy cases that will be on display next season.
Player of the game: I will cheat and say that both Rayburn and Mingo get the player of the game honors. They both scored 21 points, and earned spots on the all tournament team. Rayburn of course was named the tournament MVP for her efforts. The both were a huge part of the Boilers winning the game. Lost in all of that was the play of freshman Courtney Moses. She had eleven points on the night herself. She was very clutch at the free throw line. That is something that you like to see from a true freshman this early in the season. Rayburn, Mingo, and Moses scored 53 of Purdue’s 67 points on the day. They really were the offense on a slow scoring day.
Play of the Game: For some reason I keep coming back to the play where Courtney Moses was fouled while shooting a three, and made all three of her tries from the line. To me that was a big moment for the Boilers, and the freshman made the most of it.
I will have pictures of the game up on the site tomorrow, and pictures of the post game celebration up on Tuesday. It was a great day at Mackey that is worthy of three total posts.