The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

March 5, 2013

Purdue women secures Big Ten Tournament bye

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A bye in the Big Ten tournament was at stake when Illinois traveled to face Purdue in women’s basketball.

Whichever team won the game would finish in the top four of the conference and earn a bye while the other would finish no better than fifth meaning they would have to play one of the dreaded Thursday games when the tournament tips off in the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates later this week.

In the end, it would be Purdue getting the day off as they won by the score of 76-65.

Illinois scored first, a pair of free throws by Karisma Penn, but Purdue took the lead on a jumper by Drey Mingo and a trey by Courtney Moses. Amber Moore re-tied with a 3-pointer of her own.

The Illini went out in front 9-7 and 11-9, but both teams struggled to score as they kept shooting off-balance shots. Purdue grabbed the lead but gave it right back only to get it again.

It was a case of Purdue turning the ball over with bad passing while Illinois was overly aggressive trying to get to the basket with the result that neither squad could dominate the game.

Purdue looked as if they might gain control when they went on a 9-0 run keyed by baskets by Moses and Mingo to lead 24-19 then extended the margin to eight at 31-23 with about four minutes left in the half.

Keying the run was good ball movement by the Boilermakers, but after getting the lead, they began making unforced errors.

Illinois took advantage to reel off six straight points to cut the margin to two. The Boilermakers got a trey at that point from April Wilson but could only lead by four, 32-32 at intermission.

Matt Bollant, the Illinois head coach said that Purdue took advantage of the defense played by his team.

“Our half-court defense was okay,” he said, “but we gave them points in transition and our weak-side help was poor as it led to them getting lay-ups.”

Both teams made too many turnovers in the first half to please either coach with Purdue having nine and Illinois having a dozen.

The second half started well for Illinois as they tied the game in the first minute and then neither team could gain an advantage of more than one or two baskets until 11:23 mark of the half.

At that point, Illinois led 50-47, but Purdue went on a 13-0 run in the next four minutes to lead 60-50.

“We had too many turnovers that led to their points,” said Bollant. “We didn’t play with poise.”

Another key, according to Purdue coach Sharon Versyp, was the ability for her team to get the ball inside during that run. She also noted they changed to a zone defense that allowed her team to slow down the game and take control.

Illinois tried to respond and they cut the margin to eight a couple of times, but they could never put together the kind of run they needed to get back into the game.

When asked about going into the Big Ten tournament after a couple of losses and having to play the extra game as a result, Bollant said, “It’s a great opportunity to make a run. We tied for fifth which is the best we’ve done in at least five or six years.”

Penn was not worried about playing the extra game, explaining, “I played on the first day my sophomore year. It’s not as big a deal as some people think.”

Before the game, Versyp said the key to her team winning was to play hard. Afterwards, she said, “I liked our effort. We played really well, executed our game plan well and adjusted well.”

She was particularly pleased with the team only giving up seven offensive rebounds to the Illini.

Versyp wants her team rested and plans to take advantage of not playing on Thursday.

“We’ll give them two days off,” she said, “then we’ll prep on Wednesday and go up there on Thursday.”

Illinois with its No. 6-seed will face number No. 11 Wisconsin in the second game of the day on Thursday with the winner facing Purdue in the second game on Friday.

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT- CN0420 - Danville baseball photo 1 Vikings continue to learn Vikings continue to learn BY AARON PATTERSON sports@dancomnews.com

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0420- NV Softball photo 2 The Mustangs, Falcons split twinbill VEEDERSBURG, Ind. - Too many mistakes cost the Fountain Central softball team any chance of defeating North Vermillion in the first game of their double header. At least that is how Mustang head coach Allison Alexander saw the game. "We had nine erro

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Salt Fork softball continues with strong start CATLIN -- The Salt Fork softball team continued its undefeated start with a sweep of Unity on Saturday by identical 10-0 scores. In the first game, Kayln Learnard had a triple and two RBIs while Kaylee McFadden, Lea Hall, Kylie Summers and Camryn Tod

    April 20, 2014

  • Saturday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Danville Stadium Game 1 Normal Community 8, Danville 1 Normal Community 400 003 1 — 8 11 0 Danville 100 000 0 — 1 4 2 WP — Mike Shepard (3-1). LP — Mike Vascura. Two or more hits — NC: Luke McC

    April 20, 2014

  • SPT- CN0419 - Bis-Henn Baseball photo 1 Taylor slows Blue Devils BISMARCK -- After a perfect game from Ross Learnard on Tuesday, the Salt Fork baseball team received another outstanding pitching performance on Friday from Cole Taylor, who struck out nine and allowed only one hit over five innings as the Storm beat

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0419 - Danville softball photo 1 Danville blasts three homers to beat Westville WESTVILLE -- Danville coach Corey Pullin knew it was just a matter of time until junior Alissa Peelman and sophomore Lindsey Lowenstein started seeing positive results at the plate. On Friday afternoon, the duo of Peelman and Lowenstein gave the Viki

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Danville girls track wins Raider Invitational BLOOMINGTON -- The Danville girls track team picked up four wins as they were able to beat the pack at the Lady Raider Invitational on Friday. Sadie Elliott won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 51.75 seconds for Danville, while Aariona Graham won the long ju

    April 19, 2014

  • Friday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Salt Fork 15, Bismarck-Henning 0 Salt Fork 040 0(11) -- 15 14 0 Bis-Henn 000 0 0 -- 0 1 8 WP -- Cole Taylor. LP -- Dustyn Ingram. Two or more hits -- SF: Ross Learnard 3, Max Stutsman 3, Garrett McFadden, Lane West

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT- Cn0418 - Covington softball photo 2 Trojans cruise to victory COVINGTON, Ind. - The Covington softball team had a big first inning as they scored five runs on their way to defeating Attica 11-1. Attica threatened to score in the first, getting Karrah Pattengale to second, but they were unable to drive her home.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lunger steps up for Buffaloes GEORGETOWN -- In only the second start of his career, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman pitcher Tyler Lunger pitched a five-hit complete game as the Buffaloes defeated Milford 8-2 on Thursday in Vermilion Valley Conference action. "I feel I threw well

    April 18, 2014

E-edition
NCAA basketball
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday