The Purdue women’s basketball team’s quest for a Big Ten title ended Sunday as they hoped, with a win in the conference’s tournament championship game. But, it started months ago halfway around the world.
The Boilermakers beat 24th-ranked Nebraska, 74-70, in double overtime to win their 8th tournament crown in 15 seasons. It was just as they pictured when they envisioned the moment last summer thousands of miles away.
By her standards, Brittany Rayburn had an off night. But, the Purdue senior stepped up when it mattered most to give the Boilermakers a 68-66 win over Penn State and a trip to the Big Ten Tournament final.
With the game tied at 66-66, Rayburn drove baseline and hit a runner with 1.4 seconds to play. A full court heave by the Nittany Lions fell well short and secured the Boilermakers’ 11th trip to the tournament’s final day in 18 years.