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The Purdue Women’s basketball team jumped out to a seven-point lead twice today against Penn State at Mackey Arena.

But continued struggles with free throws and layups let the Lady Lions back into the game both times, with Penn State eventually winning 54-50.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Boilermakers and the first road win of the season for Penn State.

Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp says she liked her team’s defensive effort today, but says the offensive effort was lacking.

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Five players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Purdue women’s basketball team to a win today at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers lost to Ohio State 79-71 in overtime.

The Boilers struggled in the first half, shooting just 27.3% from the floor.

But the team rallied in the second half, building a 12-point lead with 9:49 remaining in the game.

The Buckeyes surged back, outscoring the Boilermakers 21-9 during the last nine minutes of regulation.

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 Long scoring droughts plagued both ends of the court, but Wisconsin was able to make up for lost time with a late second-half run that led to a 65-56 win.

While Wisconsin shot 45-percent from the field, Purdue flailed, making just 31-percent of its shots. This meant longer dry spells for the Boilers and more time for the Badgers to bank 12 points off of 11 Purdue turnovers.

"Our transition defense was God-awful in the last four minutes and that's when they got a run," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

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 Most basketball teams carry at least 12 players on their roster. And many play at least 8-9 per game, hoping to get points from as many contributors as possible. Though Purdue played nine of its dozen players Thursday night, it didn't get a single point from its bench.

And it didn't matter.

Coach Sharon Versyp's team rebounded against Kansas to snap a three-game losing streak, winning 61-48 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers gained 21 points on free throws alone and scored 24 points off of 23 Jayhawk turnovers.

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Florida State head coach Sue Semrau called it “a tale of two halves.”

The Seminoles outlasted Purdue 67-64 tonight in overtime at Mackey Arena.

The Boilers got out to a slow start offensively in the first half, shooting just 29-percent from the floor. They also gave up 11 second-chance points and got none themselves.

Purdue trailed by as much as 13 points early in the second half, but tightened up the defense, forcing Florida State turnovers and then scoring in transition.

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The Purdue women’s basketball team bounced back from a double overtime loss to Green Bay on Wednesday with a convincing 66-48 win over Toledo today at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked Boilermakers opened up a 14-point lead in the first half, thanks largely to 10 points from junior guard Hayden Hamby.

Head coach Sharon Versyp says the Boilers’ defense set the tone in the first half.

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“Green Bay outplayed us, outhustled us, and they wanted it more.”

That was the assessment of Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp following tonight’s 81-78 double overtime loss to Green Bay at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked  Boilermakers missed 7 of their last 9 free throws down the stretch, including one at the end of the first overtime that would have given them a 72-71 win.

Senior forward Whitney Bays had a double-double for the Boilers with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but she characterized her play as “horrible” overall.

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As she was being honored by the Indianapolis-Marion County Council Monday evening for a history of coaching and success leading the WNBA's Fever, former  Purdue women’s basketball head coach Lin Dunn couldn't help but mention the makeup of the body honoring her.

"I love seeing all these women in leadership roles," Dun said. "Keep it up. Next time I come back, I want it to be 50/50."

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The woman who’s been the Purdue women’s basketball coach for the last eight seasons now has a contract to remain in that job for another six.

Sharon Versyp has signed a contract extension through the 2019-2020 season. Since becoming coach, Versyp’s teams have won 184 games – that’s just 22 fewer than the program won during the tenure of its all-time winningest coach, Lin Dunn, who now coaches the NBA’s Indiana Fever.

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