INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue women’s basketball team was knocked out of the Big Ten tournament on Friday afternoon in an 87-80 loss to No. 23 Iowa at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
No. 17 Purdue (21-8) led by as many nine and seemed in control before a late charge by the Hawkeyes (25-7). The Boilermakers failed in their quest to win the tournament for a third straight season.
Fourth-seeded Purdue fell to 4-2 in tournament meetings with the Hawkeyes, the No. 5 seed.
Ally Disterhoft, who had 12 points and eight rebounds, gave Iowa the lead for good at 71-70 on a driving bank shot with 3:38 to play. Disterhoft scored on another drive to make it 77-74.
Courtney Moses scored a game-high 24 points for the Boilermakers, while Whitney Bays had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Purdue made 14 of 28 shots in the first half and used 14 points from Moses to lead 39-35 at intermission.
The attendance for the early session was 5,503.
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