Written by Courtney Wills
After being â€œon the bubbleâ€ at the end of last season, the Purdue Boilermakers have proven why in the last few weeks, they should be considered a threat to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this season.
Purdue stunned the Michigan State Spartans with their strong outside perimeter shooting by junior guard Katie Gearlds, and tough defensive tactics causing the Spartans to turn the ball over 11 times in the first half alone.
Gearlds, who was named one of the All-Big Ten preseason players, shot five three-pointers, one shy of her career high of six.Â Within the last seven minutes of the game, Gearlds hit two key three-pointers raising the Boilers lead to 25.
One of the reasons why Purdue has been so successful this season is due to the fact that at the end of last seasonâ€™s disappointing finish, head coach Kristy Curry decided to take her entire team on an overseas trip to learn about team comradity.
As a result, Purdue has won 12 straight games and remains unbeaten in the Big Ten after beating Michigan State 73-53.Â This is Purdueâ€™s eighth straight win against the Spartans in the last 10 meetings.
The Spartans unfortunately could not hold onto a decent rhythm to remain competitive with the red hot Boilers.
The only time the Spartans came close within the Boilers were in the first two minutes of the second half.Â Liz Shimek scored six straight points to put MSU within six of Purdue.Â Shimek finished with 12 points for the night.
This is the second straight loss for the Spartans where in both games, MSU fell apart in the second half leading early in the first half.
Purdue shut down two of MSUâ€™s leading scorers, senior point-guard Lindsay Bowen and junior guard Victoria Lucas-Perry, forcing the Spartans to use their bench especially freshman guard Tiffanie Shives.
Shives scored a career average of seven points off the bench trying to keep the Spartans within range.
However, this would not be enough for the Spartans to beat the number eight ranked Boilermakers.Â MSU once again came up short losing by twenty.
The next game for the Spartans will be at 2:00 on Sunday, January 29th at the Breslin Center against the Indiana Hoosiers.