Iowa 77, No. 8 Purdue 71 (OT)

Feb. 2, 2006

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Megan Skouby, Wendy Ausdemore and Kristi Smith combined for an Iowa freshmen season-high 57 points. Ausdemore (23) and Smith (15) tallid career highs, while Skouby contributed 19 points. Skouby also posted career highs in rebounds (9) and blocks (5).

Iowa out-scored Purdue 19-7 at the foul line tonight. The Hawkeyes converted a season-high 90.5 percent (19-21) from the charity stripe.

Iowa’s 77 points are the most scored by a Purdue opponent this season; the previous high was 65 by DePaul.

Tonight’s win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Boilermakers. Iowa’s last victory over Purdue came in a 90-75 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2002 when the Boilermakers were ranked ninth.

Iowa snapped Purdue’s 13-game overall winning streak and nine-game league winning streak. The Hawkeyes remain in a three-way tie for fourth place with Michigan State and Indiana with 6-4 conference records.

After converting 14 first-half turnovers, in which Purdue converted into 20 points, Iowa only recorded eight miscues the second half and overtime combined. Purdue ranks first in the conference in turnovers forced.

Crystal Smith, who entered the game ranked second in Big Ten scoring, was limited to four points tonight. In fact, she was held scoreless until 2:09 left in the second half. Although her double-digit scoring streak was snapped at 31-straight games tonight, she did dish out a game-high seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Iowa avoided its first three-game losing skid with tonight’s win. The Hawkeyes have snapped two-game losing streaks three times this year.

Iowa out-rebounded Purdue 42-34. The Hawkeyes improve to 8-0 when out-rebounding their foes in 2005-06.

Three Hawkeyes played over 40 minutes: Megan Skouby (42), Kristi Smith (42), Crystal Smith (40).

Purdue blocked a season-high 10 shots tonight, while Iowa rejected six.

Tonight’s win is Iowa’s second win over a top-ten ranked opponent this season. The Hawkeyes dropped then-No. 9 Michigan State (75-64) on Jan. 9 in Iowa City.

Iowa trailed the entire game, trailing by as much as 13 points, The Hawkeyes tied the game with a Wendy Ausdemore jumper with 17 seconds left. Iowa took its first lead of the game on another Ausdemore jumper at the 4:07 mark of overtime.

Iowa improves to 13-15 in overtime games in its 32-year history, including a 4-6 mark under Coach Bluder. Tonight was Iowa’s fifth overtime game against Purdue, the most against any other opponent. Iowa improves to 2-3 against the Boilermakers in overtime contests. Three of Purdue’s five league road games have gone into overtime. The Boilermakers are 2-1 in those contests.

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