WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Courtney Moses drained an NCAA Tournament record nine three-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points, leading 12th-ranked Purdue to a 83-68 victory over South Dakota State in the opening round of postseason play Saturday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Boilermakers improved to 25-8 overall and will face fifth-seeded South Carolina in second-round action Monday night. SDSU, which was making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, ended its season 24-9 overall.
Purdue led wire to wire, putting together a 12-4 run in the opening five minutes to build a 16-7 lead after the first of Moses' three-pointers. The Boilermakers extended their lead to 12 points at 23-11 on the third-pointer of the game by Moses at the 13:09 mark.
SDSU trimmed the deficit to two points, 38-36, on a traditional three-point play by Sunnarborg 38 seconds into the second half. However, Purdue countered with a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to build the lead back to double figures.
The Jackrabbits got back to within eight at 62-54 on a pair of Leah Dietel free throws with 8:55 remaining, but Purdue slammed the door shut with a decisive 13-3 run that included another Moses three-pointer and a three-point play by Brittany Rayburn, who tallied 12 points in the game. K.K. Houser also scored a dozen for the Boilermakers, adding six assists and five steals.
Jill Young led SDSU with 19 points as she made 4-of-5 attempts from three-point range in becoming the Summit League career leader with 305 three-pointers. Sunnarborg ended the afternoon with 17 points, while Katie Lingle contributed nine off the bench.
SDSU finished the game 22-of-55 from the field, 40 percent, including 10-of-21 from three-point range. The Jackrabbits converted 14-of-18 attempts the free throw line for 77.8 percent.
Purdue ended the afternoon an even 50 percent from the field, 32-of-64, including 11-of-22 from behind the arc. The Boilermakers made 8-of-11 free throws, 72.7 percent.
The Jackrabbits wound up with a 33-30 advantage on the boards, with Ashley Eide pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Fort Pierre native Sam Ostarello paced Purdue with 11 rebounds to lead all players.
NOTES: Purdue leads the all-time series, 3-0, with all three meetings taking place at Mackey Arena ... SDSU dropped to 2-13 all-time against ranked Division I opponents ... Young moved into 15th on the SDSU career scoring charts with 1,356 points, passing former teammate Jennifer Warkenthien (1,349 points from 2006-09) ... Young's 83 three-pointers this season are the third-most by a Jackrabbit player ... Young was 5-for-6 at the free throw line, ending her senior season 86-of-95 (90.5 percent) ... Sunnarborg moved into 23rd in career scoring at SDSU with 1,232 points, passing Ann Just (1,227 points from 1993-96) ... Sunnarborg also finished fourth in career blocked shots with 112 ... SDSU held a 19-17 advantage in bench points ... Purdue recorded 23 assists on 32 baskets and committed only seven turnovers, compared to 15 miscues by the Jackrabbits ... attendance was 2,825