No. 15 Purdue gets past Illinois

Boilermakersí Ostaello scores career-high 21 points

The Associated Press

Last Updated - February 5, 2012 6:48 GMT

Purdue Athletics
Purdue Athletics

No. 15 Purdue assumes first place in the Big Ten with win against Illinois.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sam Ostarello scored a career-high 21 points and matched her season-high with 13 rebounds to help No. 15 Purdue remain on top of the Big Ten with a 77-66 victory against Illinois on Sunday.
Rebounds 45 32
Assists 15 11
Field-goal percentage 41 37
Courtney Moses also had 21 points for the Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2 Big Ten), who were coming off a thrilling triple overtime loss to Nebraska on Thursday. They moved a half-game in front of the Cornhuskers in the conference standings.
Trailing 26-25 late in the first half, Purdue scored eight of the final 10 points before break to take a five-point halftime advantage.
The Boilermakers continued the push to start the second half, expanding their lead to 44-30 on Brittany Rayburn's 3-pointer.
Illinois rallied to within 62-58 with seven minutes left before Moses scored four quick points to put Purdue back in front.
Adrienne Godbold scored 25 points and Alex Burke added 17 for Illinois (8-16, 2-9).