WEST LAFAYETTE – Whitney Bays scored 20 points and Courtney Moses added 12 as Purdue routed Akron 84-55 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
It proved to be a milestone day for the Boilermakers (22-8). Moses tied the school’s career record for 3s. She made two, giving her 238 – the same total Katie Gearlds had during her All-American career. The win also gave coach Sharon Versyp her 300th career win, and it set up a Monday night showdown between the fourth-seeded Boilermakers, who have won 11 of 13, and fifth-seededOklahomaState.
The Cowgirls advanced with a 61-60 overtime win over 12th-seededFloridaGulfCoast.
Akron(23-10), the Mid-American Conference champion, was led by Rachel Tecca with 18 points and Hanna Luburgh with nine in its first ever NCAA tourney game. It wasn’t nearly enough.
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