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Rayburn's 14 leads No. 17 Purdue women past Iowa

By Cliff Brunt
AP Sports Writer / January 15, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Brittany Rayburn scored 14 points and came up with a key block late to help No. 17 Purdue defeat Iowa 57-55 on Sunday.

Rayburn made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left, then blocked Kelly Krei's potential game-winning 3-pointer on the other end. Rayburn followed up a performance in which she tied an NCAA record with 12 3-pointers in a win over Minnesota on Jan. 12

Courtney Moses added 10 points for the Boilermakers (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten), who won their eighth straight. Purdue has allowed 63 or fewer and held each opponent under 38 percent shooting during the streak.

The Boilermakers had 24 offensive rebounds to make up for 30 percent shooting.

Morgan Johnson scored 16 points, despite hurting her left ankle during the first half and struggling with it throughout the game. Jaime Printy scored 15 points and Krei added 10 for the Hawkeyes (10-8, 2-3).

Krei made two free throws with 37.7 seconds left to give the Hawkeyes a 55-54 lead.

Alex Guyton missed, but KK Houser got the rebound and Guyton was fouled. She made the first free throw and missed the second, but Rayburn rebounded and made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left to give Purdue a 57-55 lead.

Iowa had one last shot, but Rayburn stuffed Krei's shot.

Purdue led by 14 points in the first half, but just 32-28 at halftime. It was a rough-looking first 20 minutes -- the teams combined to miss 40 of their 61 shots and commit 21 turnovers.

Iowa took its first lead early in the second half on a 3-pointer by Krei. The Hawkeyes scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 37-32 lead and force the Boilermakers to call timeout. The Boilermakers went scoreless for the first 4:34 of the second half.

Purdue rallied with a 10-0 run, and a driving layup by Antionette Howard gave the Boilermakers a 44-39 lead.

Purdue expanded that lead to 48-39, but Iowa made another push. A 3-pointer by Printy trimmed Purdue's lead to 52-49 with 4:27 remaining. Iowa could have drawn closer, but Houser's steal led to a fast break layup by Howard that extended Purdue's lead to five points.

Printy and Wahlin scored back-to-back baskets to cut Iowa's deficit to one point, then Rayburn missed a 3-pointer and Iowa rebounded to set up the final minute.

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