Women's Basketball
Illini Drop Overtime Thriller to No. 14 Purdue, 67-66

Adrienne Godbold recorded a double double with team highs of 20 points and nine rebounds
Adrienne Godbold recorded a double double with team highs of 20 points and nine rebounds

Jan. 2, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior Adrienne GodBold recorded her first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but the Illini missed two free throws in overtime and Kersten Magrum's runner in the lane wouldn't fall as No. 14 Purdue escaped Assembly Hall with a 67-66 win on Wednesday night.

"I'm really proud of our team," Illinois head coach Matt Bollant said. "In the second half, we battled and fought and gave ourselves a couple of chances to win the basketball game and knock off our second ranked team in a row. We really gave great effort and great energy, and did the right things to give ourselves a chance to win the game.

"Kersten tried to take a charge on the last play (where Purdue scored) and we didn't get to the weak-side glass. I'm disappointed that we gave up an easy shot late in that possession. Otherwise, I thought we executed well down the stretch. We got a great look going to the basket, it just didn't fall."

Illinois (7-6 overall, 0-1 in the Big Ten) out-scored the Boilers (12-2, 1-0) 38-28 in the paint and held a 28-8 advantage scoring off turnovers, forcing a season-high 34 miscues by Purdue. The Illini led by as many as eight, 49-41 at the 11:14 mark of the second half, after hitting nine of their first 12 shots after halftime. But Purdue used a 13-0 run over 5:09 to grab a 56-50 lead. Illinois clamped down defensively, though, holding the Boilers to only one field goal and forcing two turnovers over the final three minutes of regulation.

The lead changed hands 10 times and there were seven ties in the game. Purdue out-rebounded the Illini 54-31, but that was largely offset by the wide disparity in turnovers.

After a choppy start by both teams, Purdue took a 13-8 lead with 9:41 remaining on a jumper by Chantel Poston. But Taylor Tuck and GodBold sandwiched jumpers around a Boiler turnover to bring the Illini within one at 13-12.

Ivory Crawford nailed a three-pointer with 7:20 left to give Illinois its first lead of the game, but Purdue tied it on a pair of free throws by KK Houser. The Illini took advantage of a few Purdue fouls, making 5-of-6 free throws to go up four before a jumper in the paint by GodBold put Illinois ahead 22-16 with 4:36 and force a Boiler timeout.

Purdue scored seven straight points to go ahead 23-22, but back-to-back layups by GodBold and Penn pushed Illinois up 26-23. But Houser hit a three and Courtney Moses made a layup and sank the free throw for a three-point play, then Houser hit a running three at the buzzer that gave the Boilers a 32-26 halftime lead.

The Illini came out on fire, getting consecutive layups by Alexis Smith and GodBold to get within two. The teams traded buckets until GodBold made another layup with 17:29 remaining, Purdue turned it over and Penn hit a jumper to tie the game, 35-35.

Both teams increased the offensive execution over the next stretch, but Illinois turned up the defense to reel off a 7-0 run - including five points by GodBold - and grab a 46-39 lead that drew a Boiler timeout with 11:57 left.

Illinois grew the lead to eight after Penn finished a three-point play, pushing the margin to 49-41, but that's when the Illini went cold from the field, missing 13 consecutive shots as Purdue went ahead 56-52.

Crawford snapped the eight-minute field-goal drought with a leaning jumper from the free-throw line at the 3:09 mark, bringing the Illini within 56-52. Each team made 1-of-2 free throws its next trip down the floor, then Chantel Poston drained a jumper to put Purdue up 59-53 with 2:12 left.

Amber Moore turned it over, but Penn stripped Courtney Moses and made a layup on the other end. After a missed three by the Boilers, a foul by GodBold and the missed front end of a one-and-one, Penn snared the rebound and grabbed an offensive board when Crawford's three-pointer rimmed out. She fed it back to Crawford, who drained a trey to bring the Illini within 59-58 at the 1:13 mark.

Moses hit 1-of-2 freebies on the other end then, after a timeout, Penn drained a jumper to tie it up. Smith picked Dee Dee Williams' pocket but GodBold turned it back over and Purdue's last-second heave was off target as the game moved to overtime.

In the extra session, the Boilers went up three at the 3:57 mark, but Tuck, who replaced GodBold when the senior fouled out 28 seconds into the extra period, drove across the lane and laid it in. Crawford swiped it from Poston and made a layup on the other end, putting the Illini up 64-63, their first lead since the 5:43 mark of the second half. Drey Mingo hit a pair of free throws, pushing the Boilers ahead by one, then Smith turned it over.

But Mingo missed a jumper and Magrum, who replaced Karisma Penn when she fouled out with 2:31 remaining, grabbed the rebound. Houser fouled Tuck, but the sophomore missed both free throws and Mingo snared the carom. Houser turned it over again, though, but Crawford's jumper rimmed out.

Poston rebounded that miss, but Crawford stole it from Houser and threw it ahead to Tuck, who found Smith leading the break for a wide-open layup that gave the Illini a 66-65 advantage with 23.7 seconds left. Purdue called timeout and Sam Ostarello missed a jumper, but Moses - at 5-feet, 6-inches - grabbed the board and put it back in uncontested for a 67-66 Boiler lead.

The Illini called timeout and set up a play. Smith drove the lane and dished to her left to Magrum, who was cutting to the hoop behind her. But Magrum couldn't get a good look at a runner off the glass to fall and Purdue escaped with a 67-66 victory.

Illinois returns to action on Sunday when it visits Ohio State, who is ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll. That game begins at 1 p.m. CT at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.