Morrissette paced the Boilermakers with 19 points and five steals
Aug. 16, 2015
INVERIGO, Italy – The Purdue women’s basketball team wrapped up its competition on its Italian tour on Sunday, taking down German professional team TK Hannover, 72-64. Junior Ashley Morrissette and senior April Wilson led the Boilermakers with 19 and 15 points, respectively, as Purdue finished the trip with a trio of victories.
The first quarter went back-and-forth as the two teams traded leads until Hannover wrapped up the 10 minutes with a 14-13 edge. Wilson did the bulk of the damage for the Boilermakers, scoring six points, while Morrissette cashed in a pair of buckets.
Purdue got things going in the second quarter, outscoring Hannover 22-16 to take a 35-30 advantage to the locker room. An eight-point burst gave the German squad a 22-17 edge early in the frame, but the Boilermakers came storming back behind Morrissette, Wilson and freshman Dominique McBryde, who scored five points in the quarter, including a last-second triple from the top of the key. Purdue assisted on seven of its nine field goals in the period, and kept Hannover off the offensive glass, securing 11 defensive boards.
TK Hannover closed the gap to two points in the third quarter, 47-45, as the Boilermaker scoring slowed and they made just four-of-13 from the field. Morrissette had three of the four buckets, including a clutch and-one bucket late in the session.
The fourth quarter brought a final scoring outburst from the Old Gold and Black as McBryde and senior Hayden Hamby dumped in seven points and junior Bridget Perry tallied five as the Boilermakers put up 25 points in the quarter and held on to the win. Morrissette canned the back-breaking bucket as she hit a long two late in the shot clock to put Purdue up by eight in the final minute. The highlight of the game came at the hands of freshman Abby Abel, who checked in with 45 seconds to play on her birthday and made a slick pass to Perry for the final score of the game, bringing the bench and the Boilermaker faithful to their feet.
Morrissette finished nine-of-17 from the field, adding two assists and five steals, while Wilson was six-for-13, chipping in five rebounds, three assists and six steals. McBryde totaled 14 points, going four-of-six from the field and five-for-five from the free throw line, adding four rebounds and a pair of blocks. Hamby put up solid numbers scoring nine points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, while Perry had seven points and five boards.
“We put together another great team effort today and it feels good to finish 3-0 for the trip,” said head coach Sharon Versyp. “TK Hannover is a very talented team with several former (NCAA) Division I players, and I liked that we were able to generate enough offense to beat them.”
Morrissette finished the trip averaging 16 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game, while Wilson averaged a matching 16 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and five steals per game.
“I’m very pleased with the play and progress of our squad this summer,” continued Versyp. “We needed to set the tone for the coming year, and we’ve accomplished that goal. I couldn’t be happier.”
Purdue will spend the next two days in Como, Italy, before finishing the trip in Montreux, Switzerland. The team returns home Thursday and starts the fall semester on Monday in West Lafayette.