March 14, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - There was Stephanie White, making a 3-pointer. There was Ukari Figgs, hitting a breakaway layup. And there was Washington, powerless to stop either of them.
White scored 30 points and Figgs added 29 Saturday as fourth-seeded Purdue beat No. 13 seed Washington 88-71 in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament.
The Boilermakers (21-9) will play 12th-seeded Colorado State (24-5) in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Monday night. The Rams beat No. 5 seed Drake 81-75 in the early game.
Jamie Redd led Washington (18-10) with 30 points. Amber Hall had 13 and LeAnn Sheets added 10.
Purdue led by as much as 13 in the first half, but Redd tied it at 38 on a rebound goal with 16:17 left to play. A timeout was called, and whatever Purdue coach Carolyn Peck said worked.
Michelle Duhart's rebound goal started a 14-5 run that gave Purdue the lead for good. White and Figgs each scored five points during the spurt, including a 3-pointer by White that brought the Mackey Arena crowd to its feet. Washington could do little to stop the spurt, as Figgs and White just ducked under or around the Huskies.
Redd finally ended the run with a jumper that cut the lead to 52-45 with 11:08 left, but Washington got no closer the rest of the game. The Huskies couldn't even capitalize when Purdue went cold. After their run, the Boilermakers managed just one field goal in six minutes.
But Washington was no better, making only two. And while Purdue was cold from the floor, it was 11-of-13 from the free throw line. The Boilermakers were 39-of-43 from the free throw line, setting an NCAA tournament record for free throws made.
The Huskies were a dismal 28-of-84 (33 percent) from the floor, and only 4-of-27 (15 percent) from 3-point range. Purdue was 23-of-50 (46 percent) from the floor.