Purdue women hold off South Dakota St. 83-68

MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Published:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue's Courtney Moses took matters into her own hands Saturday.

With the Boilermakers struggling to put away South Dakota State, Moses grabbed the ball.

She set a NCAA women's tournament record by making nine 3-pointers, tied her career high with 29 points and led fourth-seeded Purdue past pesky South Dakota State 83-68.

The Boilermakers will face fifth-seeded South Carolina, an 80-48 winner over Eastern Michigan, in Monday night's second-round game. The winner earns a ticket to the regional semifinals in Fresno, Calif.

Moses was 9 of 14 from beyond the arc, 10 of 17 overall and seemed to hit all the big shots the Boilermakers (25-8) needed to advance. Brittany Rayburn and KK Houser each finished with 12 for the Big Ten tourney champs, who will take a six-game winning streak into Monday night.

South Dakota State (24-9), the Summit League champs, lost in the first round for the fourth consecutive year. Jill Young finished with 19 points, and Jennie Sunnarborg had 17. But nobody else reached double figures on a night the Jackrabbits allowed a season-high point total.

Several times, it looked as if Purdue were ready to pull away.

But each time South Dakota State charged back, staying close enough to create concern throughout the half-filled Mackey Arena, Purdue's home court.

The Boilermakers couldn't seal the win until making a late 12-3 run, which included two more 3s from Moses. The last came with about 1 minute to go and broke the record.

South Dakota State just refused to go away.

After trailing by as much as 23-11 midway through the first half, the Jackrabbits went on a 16-6 run to close to 29-27 with 6:22 to go in the half. The Boilermakers answered with a 9-4 run to take a 38-33 halftime lead.

Sunnarborg opened the second half with a three-point play for South Dakota State to make it a two-point game, but Purdue answered with a 14-4 run and extended the lead to as much as 61-45.

This time, South Dakota State rallied with a 7-0 spurt to close to 61-52.

That's when Moses and Purdue finally put the game away.