BANGOR, Maine (Purdue Sports) – The Purdue women’s basketball team opened its season in tough fashion Friday, falling at the University of Maine’s Tip Off Tournament against the host Black Bears, 67-47. Maine used a 25-6 first quarter to pull away from the Boilermakers and never looked back, dealing Purdue its first season opening loss since 2001.
The Boilermakers struggled to find the basket Friday, shooting 30.6 percent (15-49) from the floor, including a 3-for-17 clip from behind the 3-point arc. The poor shooting along with 17 turnovers allowed Maine to post a 24-10 advantage off turnovers as the Black Bears shot 48.1 percent (25-52) from the floor and 7-of-14 from 3.
Purdue played Maine nearly even over the final three quarters (42-41), but every time the Boilermakers made a small run, the Black Bears answered with one of their own. Purdue got no closer than 11 points down the stretch as key 3-pointers and three-point plays seemed to follow every big Boilermaker bucket.
Freshman Dominique Oden paced the Boilermakers with 11 points and four rebounds in her collegiate debut, while senior Ashley Morrissette finished with 10 points. Dominique McBryde turned in seven points and seven rebounds, and freshman Ae’Rianna Harris was especially impressive in her first college outing, finishing with six points, four rebounds, two steals and a block, in addition to several incredibly athletic plays.
Maine had four players in double-figures, led by senior Sigi Koizar and freshman Bianca Millan with 17 points apiece. Sophomore Tanesha Sutton chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds for Maine as well, which avenged a 23-point loss in Mackey Arena last season.
The Boilermakers return Saturday Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. ET, facing the loser of 10th-ranked Mississippi State and Villanova.