STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Courtney Moses scored 25 points and No. 21 Purdue upset No. 14 Penn State 84-74 on Sunday.
Purdue (11-4, 1-2), which lost its Big 10 opening games to Ohio State and Northwestern was up 46-37 over Penn State (11-4, 2-1) at intermission.
“Penn State’s one of the best teams in the country, besides in our conference and we knew we had to stay steady and get out to a good start, try to keep a lead, we knew they were going to make a run in the second half, I know they cut it down to two or four, but we were then able to score and execute what we needed to,” Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp said.
In the second half, Moses put the Boilermakers in front 58-43, hitting a 3-pointer at 13:41.
Penn State clawed back and two free throws by Tori Waldner capped a comeback effort and the Lady Lions trailed Purdue by just two points, 68-66 with seven minutes to play.
On cue, Purdue intensified their efforts and ran off six straight points in taking a 74-66 lead into the final minutes. KK Houser iced the victory for Purdue landing a jump shot and making four free throws in the final 1:16.
“Coach was emphasizing that we got to make a statement this game, we got to come out hard and like she said get a good start and do the little things like we’ve been talking about and today we really did the little things we need to do to get the win,” junior forward Whitney Bays added.