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Women's basketball drops back-to-back games with loss to Purdue

January 27, 2013
	<p>Junior forward Annalise Pickrel chases after the ball Jan. 27, 2013, at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost to Purdue, 67-62. Julia Nagy/The State News</p>

Junior forward Annalise Pickrel chases after the ball Jan. 27, 2013, at Breslin Center. The Spartans lost to Purdue, 67-62. Julia Nagy/The State News

Photo by Julia Nagy | The State News

The No. 25 MSU women’s basketball team has lost two consecutive contests for the first time this season after being downed by Purdue in overtime today, 67-62.

Purdue’s Drey Mingo scored a game-high 22 points, including the tying layup with 31 seconds left to force overtime at Breslin Center.

With 56 seconds left in overtime, junior guard Klarissa Bell’s layup put MSU within one point of the No. 15 Boilermakers.

Purdue took a timeout prior to its next possession, which resulted in a jumper from reserve guard April Wilson as the shot clock dwindled. Wilson’s shot put Purdue up 65-62 with 29 seconds left to play.

Sophomore center Jasmine Hines missed a layup and put-back attempt during a scrum under the basket on MSU’s next possession, forcing the Spartans to foul down by three points.

A pair of free throws by Purdue’s Courtney Moses and Wilson in the final 15 seconds gave the Boilermakers a five-point lead, which would be enough to seal the win at Breslin Center.

Sophomore forward Becca Mills finished with 11 points before fouling out in the second half, while senior guard Jasmine Thomas had 10 points and eight rebounds.

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