Allen Leads Purdue Northwest Women in 73-51 Loss to Wayne State
DETROIT, Mich. – Despite 13 points by freshman Lanie Allen (East Noble, Ind./East Noble), the Purdue Northwest women’s basketball team never led in a 73-51 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road loss to Wayne State University (Mich.) Sunday afternoon at the Matthaei Center in Detroit, Mich. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 10, but was pushed back a day due to the recent winter storm.
Freshman Taylor Vauters (Rockville, Ind./Riverton Parke) finished in double figures as well for the Pride Sunday scoring 11 points. Senior Ellie Michalski (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) added seven points and game-high 12 rebounds. As a team, Purdue Northwest struggled offensively connecting on just 28 percent (15-for-53) of its total field goal attempts for the game.
PNW fell behind 15-4 over the first four-and-a-half minutes of the game and could not get shots to fall throughout the opening period before heading to the second quarter down, 22-10. The Warriors continued to build on their lead in the new period and took a 40-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
A three-pointer by freshman Danielle Nennig (Wrightstown, Wis./Wrightstown) early in the third quarter sparked a 9-0 run for the Pride that trimmed the deficit to seven points, 41-34, with 4:50 remaining in the frame. Unfortunately for Purdue Northwest, WSU heated up again and pushed its lead back into double digits before taking a 54-41 edge into the game’s final quarter.
Allen hit a pair of free throws to bring her team within 11, 54-43, to open the fourth quarter, but Wayne State responded with an 8-1 surge to pull away for good. The Pride had no answer for WSU sophomore Nastassja Chambers, who finished the game with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor.
Purdue Northwest (4-17 overall/3-13 GLIAC) hosts Tiffin University (Ohio) on Thursday, February 15, in a GLIAC battle at H.D. Kesling Gymnasium in the James B. Dworkin Complex in Westville, Ind. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. CT start and PNW Athletics also hosts its “Leo’s Late Season Madness” event during the game with free food and t-shirts for students in attendance.