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Final: Purdue 67, Illnois 66 (OT)

Courtney Moses scored on a rebound basket with 6.7 seconds left to lift the No. 14 Boilermakers to a Big Ten-opening victory.

On the final possession of the game, Illinois' Kersten Magram drove into the lane and missed a bank shot .

Adrienne GodBold led Illinois in scoring with 20 points before  fouling out early in overtime. GodBold also had a team-high 11 rebounds.

KK Houser led Purdue with 20 points.

Illinois fell to 7-6, 0-1 Big Ten, while Purdue improved to 12-2, 1-0.

PURDUE (12-2)
Mingo 4-11 3-4 11, Ostarello 2-5 3-7 7, Moses 6-15 2-3 16,  Williams 2-3 0-1 5, Houser 7-13 4-4 20, Hamby 0-0 0-0 0,  Clemons 0-0 0-2 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Redmon 0-0 0-0 0, Poston 2-4 0-0 4,  Manuel 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 24-52 14-23 67.
ILLINOIS (7-6)
GodBold 7-14 5-6 20, Moore 2-6 0-0 6, Penn 6-12 3-5 15,  Crawford 5-16 3-4 15, Smith 3-12 0-0 6, Tuck 2-6 0-2 4,  Magrum 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 11-17 66.
Halftime—Purdue 32-26. End Of Regulation—Tied 60. 3-Point  Goals—Purdue 5-14 (Houser 2-5, Moses 2-7, Williams 1-1, Poston 0-1),  Illinois 5-19 (Moore 2-4, Crawford 2-7, GodBold 1-2, Penn 0-1, Tuck 0-2,  Smith 0-3). Fouled Out—GodBold, Penn. Rebounds—Purdue 49 (Ostarello 12),  Illinois 29 (GodBold 11). Assists—Purdue 11 (Houser 4), Illinois 9  (Smith 4). Total Fouls—Purdue 16, Illinois 19. A—1,638.

End of regulation: Illinois 60, Purdue 60

Hero: Karisma Penn. Illini center scored with 24 seconds left on jumper in lane to tie score.

Goat: Purdue offense. Scored one point in final 2:10 after leading 59-53.

What I'm thinking:

-- Great game. Great comeback by Illinois

11:57 left in First Half

Illnois 46, Purdue 39

Hero: Adrienne GodBold

The Illini guard has picked up where she left on in the first half, scoring 11 points to help Illinois pull away to its lead. GodBold has 20 points for the game.

Goat: Purdue ball handers.

The Boilermakers have 25 turnovers with about 12 minutes still to play.

What I'm thinking:

-- Are we going to see Illinois knock off another ranked opponent? The Illini certainly are the better team right now.

-- Purdue freshman post player Taylor Manuel is one large player. Not towering, at 6-foot-2, but large and strong.

-- The Illini are basically going with a six player rotation. A seventh player, Kersten Magrum, played two minutes in the first half but hasn't seen the floor since.

--Will the coach Matt Bollant's ironman rotation pay off or will the Illini wear down later in the game? Something to look out for.

Halftime: Purdue 32, Illinois 26

Hero KK Houser

The Purdue junior guard has put up game highs of 12 points and five rebounds while leading her team in assists with three. The clincher: With Purdue having the final possession of the half, Hauser drove three-quarters court and beat the final buzzer with a long three-pointer to turn a three-point game into a six-point Illini deficit.

Goat: Illini rebounders

Illinois is getting killed on the boards. Purdue is outrebounding the Illini 24-10, with seven Boilermakers grabbing at least two rebounds.

What I'm thinking:

-- Illini recovered nicely from their slow start to take command of a good chunk of  the half. Didn't finish the job, however, as Purdue finished the half on a 16-4 run, with Houser accounting for half of the Boilermaker points in that run.

-- Adrienne GodBold has been particularly active for the Illini, recording team highs of nine pointsand four rebounds. Just needs to hang onto the ball. The senior guard has a team-high four turnovers, too.

-- After playing some great defense against Georgia on Friday, the Illini are giving Purdue some problems, too. Boilers have turned the ball over 19 times already, with Illinois scoring 13 points off those miscues. When the Boilers do get off a shot, however, they're taking advantage (12 of 23, 52.2 percent).

-- Karisma Penn, twice named a National Player of the Week following her great performance against Georgia, is way to quiet so far. The Illini senior center had two points, two rebounds, three turnovers. Purdue doing a good job of restricting her offensive opportunities. Penn has taken only four shots and has yet to get to the foul line.

-- Illini on pace for another double-figure night for steals with eight. In their first 12 games, the Illini seven times racked up 10-plus steals.

11:58 left in First Half

Purdue 9, Illinois 5

Hero: Illini fans.

It's REALLY cold outside tonight, and fans could have stayed home for that reason alone. On top of that, the Illini men's basketball team is playing at Purdue, with the game on TV and available in your cozy living room. Yet, a decent crowd is on hand for this one. Perhaps that big win last Friday against then-No. 6 Purdue has the attention of the community.

Goat: Shooters

Speaking of cold, both teams are frosty from the field. Illnois missed its first seven shots and is now 2 of 11 (18.2 percent). Purdue is shooting 33.3 percent (4 of 12).

What I'm thinking

-- The way this game started, you have to wonder whether Illinois is bound for its eighth loss in its last nine meetings with Purdue. When it comes to a nemesis, the Boilermakers certainly rank near the team for this Illini women's basketball program.

-- When Purdue has the ball in the half court, it is really making Illinois play defense for long stretches. The Boilermakers are fully capitalizing, however, on their methodical attack. Purdue also is turning the ball over, with eight so far.

-- Illini are losing the rebound battle 12-6. That was a concern of UI coach Matt Bollant entering the game.

-- Purdue fans follow their team. There's one section in A behind the Purdue bench with plenty of black attire. One of the signs Illinois has made strides will be when its fans also follow the team on the road. In case you wondered, Illinois returns the visit to Purdue on March 3.

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Welcome to our live report from the Assembly Hall for tonight's women's basketball game between the Illini and No. 14 Purdue.

Illinois (7-5) is coming off its most significant victory of the season -- a 70-59 knockout of then-No. 6 Georgia on Friday -- and enters its Big Ten opener tonight with some building momentum. The Illini have won three of their last four games, matching their best stretch of the season. Illinois also went 3-1 to open the campaign.

Now the Illini face Purdue (11-2), a team that has long been a nemesis of the UI, going 48-17 in the all-time series. Only Iowa (49-16) owns more victories over Illinois. The Boilermakers have won seven of the last eight meetings, 12 of the last 14, 24 of the last 27 and -- dating back to Feb. 20, 1987 -- 42 of the last 47. Whew!

While Purdue clearly has dominated this series. the Illini at least have fared better at home. Illinois is 12-18 against the Boilermakers in Champaign.

The last time these teams met at the Assembly Hall -- exactly one year ago - it was a heart-breaker for Illinois. Current junior guard Courtney Moses sank a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key just before time expired to lift Purdue to a 64-63 victory against the Illini. In that game, current redshirt junior forward Kersten Magrum led Illinois with 18 points and current sophomore guard Ivory Crawford contributed 14 points, all in the second half.

This season, Moses leads an ultra-balanced Purdue attack with 12.9 points per game. Four Boilermakers are averaging at least 8.5 points.

Purdue is off to its best start since the 2002-03 season, but the Boilermakers also are coming off an eye-opening beatdown. No. 5 Notre Dame took it to Purdue 74-47 on Saturday. Purdue, typically a good long-range shooting team, went 0 for 11 from three-point range against the Irish.

Illinois has an opportunity to defeat a ranked opponent in consecutive games, something it last accomplished in 1999.

Illini senior center Karisma Penn continues to be recognized for her 27-point, 19-rebound performance against Georgia. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Wednesday that Penn had received its Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week award. On Monday, she was named espnW National Player of the Week.

We'll update this report at the midpoint and the end of each half, so be sure to check back in.

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