HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Purdue Calumet extended their win-streak to six by stealing a 77-67 road victory from the 21st-ranked HU women’s basketball team Tuesday evening.
It was a night where offense trumped defense. PUC entered the contest with the 14th most potent offense in the NAIA averaging over 81 points per outing while the Foresters’ defense ranked ninth in the nation for points allowed at 55.44 ppg.
Purdue Calumet picked apart the Foresters’ defense for 77 points, 11 more points than any other opponent had logged against HU through their first nine contests.
The Peregrines were led by Alex Starr’s 16 points. Kami Graber finished with 15 while Madison Gervais and Patrice McBee added 11 and ten respectively. Gervais along with teammate Amanda Gaskin shared rebounding honors with 13.
Pazia Speed paced HU with 19 points and five assists. Allison Greene was the only other double digit scorer for the Foresters with 17. Taylor Foley and Lauren Meese each grabbed eight boards in the losing effort.
After playing to an 11-11 tie through the first seven minutes, it looked like HU was on their way to taking control of the contest by piecing together a 19-7 run to open up a 30-18 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the half.
But Purdue Calumet’s offense came to life, outscoring HU by 14 to close out the half and take a 40-38 advantage into intermission.
The second half was all Purdue Calumet as they picked up where they left off offensively while giving the Foresters a taste of their own medicine defensively by limiting Culler’s squad to eight second half field goals on 26.7 percent shooting.
The Peregrines scored the first seven points of the final period to grow their lead to nine at 47-38. Sparked by two quick buckets by Speed, HU trimmed the lead to one at 49-48 but Purdue Calumet once again pulled away by scoring 15 points over a four-minute span to stretch the lead to 12 at 64-52.
HU had one more surge late in the game to pull within four at 67-63 with just over two minutes remaining but once again Purdue Calumet had an answer, this time by way of the charity stripe where they went a perfect 8-for-8 down the stretch to secure the win.
The Foresters are off until December 15 when they travel to Kentucky to take on Asbury University for a 2:00 p.m. matchup.