The eleven game win streak is a memory.
Traveling to West Lafayette to face a team they topped at home two weeks ago, Rutgers women came up cold in their shooting and fell to Purdue (11-7, 2-2), 47-33. It was the lowest point total for RU this season.
The Knights (16-3, 4-1) were averaging just under 70 points per game, so the score put RU an astounding 37 points under that average. They shot a paltry 27.3% for the game. The Boilermakers weren’t much better, hitting only 33% from the field.
While not a deciding factor, Rutgers only had four foul shots on the night, making two. In contrast, Purdue was 13 of 20 from the charity stripe. What was a critical problem was shooting from beyond the arc; Rutgers hit only one of their 15 shots from long range.
Rutgers was led by Tyler Scaife (9) and Stasha Carey (7). For Scaife it was a performance 12 points below her season average.
The first half pretty much set the tone and told the story of the game. Rutgers scored just ten points in the first 20 minutes. After scoring the first two points of the game, Rutgers never had the lead again, trailing after two periods, 25-10.
Rutgers, which was in first place in the conference and had just entered the Top 20, next faces Minnesota at home this Saturday in a 2:00 pm tip.