Harris Leads Purdue Women’s Basketball by Miami 75-66

by | Nov 16, 2017 | RRSN News | 0 comments

Harris Leads Purdue Women’s Basketball by Miami 75-66

The Boilermaker sophomore had her first career double-double

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball’s Ae’Rianna Harris had a breakout game for the Old Gold & Black on Wednesday, posting a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-66 win over visiting Miami University at Mackey Arena. The sophomore forward connected on 10-of-14 from the field in her first career double-double as the Boilermakers improved to 2-0.

Harris was the rock inside for the Boilermakers, leading a charge of 54 points in the paint and a 28-point edge inside over the Redhawks. The total is Purdue’s highest inside since tallying 56 against Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on November 28, 2012. She went on to add three blocks, an assist and a steal in a career-most 36 minutes of action.

The first quarter was a see-saw battle with Miami leading by as many as four points, but the Boilermakers finishing the frame with a 15-14 lead after an and-one finish by freshman Karissa McLaughlin in the closing seconds. Purdue got things cooking in the second, using a 14-2 run over the last five minutes to race out to a 39-26 halftime lead, and outscoring Miami 24-12 in the quarter. The Redhawks had cut it to one on a jumper by senior Kayla Brown, 25-24, but the Boilermakers started getting out in transition, getting a couple quick buckets from sophomore Miracle Gray and then three straight to close the half from senior Andreona Keys.

Miami sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson got things going in the second half for the Redhawks, hitting her first four shots after being held to 1-of-10 shooting in the first half. However, the Boilermakers had an answer every time, getting clutch buckets from Keys, sophomore Lamina Cooper and a triple from fellow sophomore Tiara Murphy to keep Miami at bay. Despite 20 second-half points from Dickerson, Miami could draw no closer than eight points in the final 20 minutes and Purdue held on for the win.

Joining Harris in double figures were Keys, Cooper and Murphy, posting 12, 10 and 10, respectively. Keys added eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals to her scoring total, while Cooper dished out a career-high six assists and Murphy finished 4-of-5 from the field. McLaughlin chipped in five assists for the Boilermakers, while fellow first-year Tamara Farquhar added eight points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

Miami falls to 1-1 with the loss, despite an impressive stat line from Dickerson. The Indianapolis native finished with 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds, while junior teammate Kendall McCoy chimed in with 16 points and five boards and sophomore Savannah Kluesner added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Purdue is back at home Saturday, hosting Lamar University for a 1 p.m. tip in Mackey Arena. The game marks the first-ever meeting between the Boilermakers and Cardinals and the 194th opponent in program history.

Related Content

Dec 06 2023

Indiana high school football players winning both on the gridiron and the classroom

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea Jake Tippmann has had plenty of things to be thankful for in 2023. Not only did the Fort Wayne Snider linebacker help the Panthers...
Dec 05 2023


Things were a little above average the second time around as I went 21-7 (78 percent) last week. My overall record is 34-11, which leaves me at 76 percent for the...
Dec 04 2023


SENSATIONAL SEVEN Riley (4-0): Ayden Kent scored 16 points as the Wildcats are 4-0 for the first time since the 2020-21 season with an 80-70 win over Merrillville. Penn...
Dec 03 2023

No.2 Indiana Wesleyan WBB roll past Bethel

MARION, Ind. --- Bethel University Women's Basketball team (2-7, 0-3) couldn't upset the #3 Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (7-1, 3-0) on the road and fell 92-56....
Dec 03 2023

Early Hot Shooting Helps Bruins Top Beacons

Early Hot Shooting Helps Bruins Top Beacons Belmont started the game red hot from 3-point territory, hitting three 3-pointers over the game’s first 90 seconds to jump...