INDIANAPOLIS – With all-conference guard KK Houser watching from the bench in a knee brace, Purdue's stay at the Big Ten tournament was a short one.
Coach Sharon Versyp said Houser, scheduled for surgery Monday, could have played if Purdue needed a specialist to break a press or make clutch free throws. The situation never presented itself, and the senior's career comes to an end. All she can do now is cheer on her Boilermakers in the NCAA tournament.
Here are some more notes from Purdue's 87-80 loss to Iowa on Friday:
- Guard Courtney Moses made three 3-pointers, leaving her two shy of the Boilermakers' career record (238).
- Whitney Bays' double-double was the sixth of her career. She has registered at least 10 rebounds in six consecutive games.
- Purdue now has eight losses, and led at halftime in five of them.
- Moses made 7 of 7 free throws. It is her fourth game this season in which she was perfect at the line on at least five attempts.
- Purdue fell to 37-11 all-time in the conference tournament.
- Purdue entered the day eighth in the RPI, the best mark of any Big Ten team.
- Purdue dropped to 102-144 all-time against ranked opponents. The Boilermakers are 3-4 against top-25 teams this season.
- Purdue won its first matchup against Iowa 74-73 after overcoming a 16-point deficit. Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder reminded her team of that when they faced a seven-point hole midway through the second half. “We had to remind them, 'They came back on us, and we can turn the tables,' ” Bluder said.
- Iowa's Ally Disterhoft bumped her head on the basket support and missed her first nine shots. She made all the big plays down the stretch, scoring 10 points in less than three minutes. Over that time, the Hawkeyes went from down five to up three. “We believe in each other so much,” Disterhoft said. “When you have that, you can do some pretty great things, and that's what we did here today.”
- Versyp was terse in her description of Purdue's 20 turnovers. “We needed somebody to take control out there, and nobody (did),” she said.