INDIANAPOLIS With any loss comes the natural desire for a shot at redemption.
With a loss like the one Iowa suffered at Purdue earlier this season, the hope for a rematch is heightened.
Iowa let a 16-point halftime lead slip away in a 74-73 loss to the Boilermakers last month in West Lafayette, as Purdue’s Courtney Moses hit two free throws with seven seconds left to secure the win.
No. 23 Iowa will get its shot at redemption when it meets No. 17 Purdue in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“I think we learned a lot from that game,” Iowa junior Sam Logic said. “Teams are going to keep coming back at you, and they are a good team. They are ranked 17th in the country and they are going to be playing for another championship this year, but we’ll keep that in the back of our minds for a little extra motivation if we need any.”
Fifth-seeded Iowa (24-7) downed Illinois 81-62 Thursday to set-up today’s rematch with No. 4 seeded Purdue (21-7).
The Hawkeyes have won four straight games since the one-point loss to the Boilermakers on Feb. 16, including a 19-point win over No. 12 seed Illinois in Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament opener.
“We had to definitely focus on Illinois first, and now that that game is over, we can focus on Purdue,” junior Bethany Doolittle said. “I think that’s a huge focal point for us, and we’re looking for that revenge tomorrow night.”
The two teams have been nearly as even all season as their one-point contest in February would indicate.
Both teams finished 11-5 in Big Ten play this season and feature nearly identical season records.
Iowa led the regular-season meeting 44-28 at halftime, but allowed 46 points on 57 percent-Purdue shooting in the second half, and Ally Disterhoft’s last-second jumper rattled out allowing Purdue to survive.
“Our last game with Purdue, we felt like it was our game and we kind of gave it away,” Disterhoft said. “We have to come out strong from the beginning and carry that throughout the game. They’re going to play physical and we just have to match that.”
The two-time defending Big Ten Tournament champion, Purdue enters Friday’s s game riding a six-game winning streak.
The Boilermakers are 37-10 all time in the Big Ten Tournament and have won a conference-best nine tournament titles since it began in 1995.
“We didn’t really look too far ahead because you have to win them one at a time, but we are excited about it,” Logic said. “They are a great team, they play great here, they play great during the Big Ten tournaments, so we are going to have to play well.”
Purdue is led by first-team All Big Ten selection Courtney Moses.
The senior guard averages 15.2 points per game and had 16 of her game-high 25 in the second half in the first meeting between the two teams.
Moses was 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the second half against Iowa and finished 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.
“Courtney Moses is playing very, very well right now,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “We just cannot let her have an incredible night like she had in the second half against us the first time that we played them.”
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