Hoosiers Use Late Comeback to Stun Purdue in OT

Grace Berger leads Hoosier comeback
Grace Berger leads Hoosier comeback(IU Athletics)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 11:03 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) -WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Teri Moren knows she can always count on one thing.

“As long as there is time on the clock, we are always going to be in the game,” Moren said. “The people in that locker room will not quit.”

Grace Berger scored 24 points and Aleksa Gulbe added 21 as the sixth-ranked Hoosiers rallied to beat Purdue 73-68 in overtime Sunday.

The Hoosiers (14-2, 6-0 Big Ten), who were without two starters, overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes of regulation.

Tied at 60, Indiana scored the first six points of OT on 3s by Gulbe and Ali Patberg and went on to win its ninth in a row.

“We had a shot, they just made a couple more plays than we did,” Boilermakers coach Katie Gearlds said. “We needed to get stops and we didn’t do that. Their big-time players made big-time plays for them down the stretch. They’re (No. 6) for a reason.”

Abbey Ellis scored 19 and Brooke Moore 18 points for Purdue (11-6, 2-4). Madison Layden added 15 points, but made just 5 of 15 shots.

Berger hit a short jumper in the lane to give Indiana a 60-59 lead with 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Berger said the play was designed for Gulbe but she wasn’t open, so she took the shot.

Ellis was fouled and hit the second of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to send it into overtime.

“Abbey is a competitor and she is going to beat herself up,” said Gearlds, adding there were plenty of other plays that could have changed the outcome.

Purdue led 55-47 after Ellis sank a 3-pointer with 3:21 left in the fourth quarter. Indiana cut the lead to 57-55 on Berger’s basket with 28 seconds left.

After Layden hit two free throws for Purdue, Patberg sank a 3-pointer to pull Indiana within 59-58 with 19 seconds left.

“First and foremost, we were trying to stay calm,” Berger said. “We were trying to get stops. We never gave up.”

Moren said Berger’s play was big down the stretch and Patberg hit some big shots late after struggling early. Patberg was 4 of 16 from the field.

“As I said to my kids, they all had to make a play at some point, whether scoring or getting a big defensive stop or a steal,” Moren said.

The Hoosiers were without Mackenzie Holmes, who was sidelined with a knee injury for the second consecutive game. Holmes, a 6-foot-3 forward, averages a team-high 17.9 points. Kiandra Browne started in her spot.

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