Lindstrom has 15 points, 12 rebounds in loss to Purdue
The Sports Xchange
Ashley Morrissette scored a game-high 24 points to help lead No. 9 seed Purdue past eighth-seeded Green Bay 74-62 in a first-round NCAA women's tournament game at Notre Dame's Purcell Pavilion.
Dominique Oden had 13 points and Ae'rianna Harris added 12 as the Boilermakers (23-12) earned a second- round date against No. 1 seed Notre Dame or No.16 Robert Morris in Sunday's second round.
Mehryn Kraker, the Horizon League player of the year, scored 23 points while Jessica Lindstrom added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (27-6).
The Boilermakers took charge with a 15-0 run on their way to a 21-9 lead after 10 minutes.
Green Bay cut the deficit to 34-26 by halftime but Purdue used a 22-16 third-quarter scoring surge to take a 56-42 lead into the final quarter.
The Phoenix scored eight straight and a Lindstrom 3-pointer with 5:53 left and an Allie Leclaire layup a minute later left Green Bay down by just eight at 60-52.
But two free throws by Andreona Keys and a Kraker 3-pointer restored a 13-point Purdue advantage with 3:53 showing.
Green Bay got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Boilermakers shot 21 of 41 (51.2 percent) from the field, hit 6 of 12 from 3-point range and were 26 of 30 from the free-throw line. Morrissette, an all-Big Ten first-team honoree, hit three from beyond the arc and was 7 for 7 from the free throw line.
The Phoenix shot just 23 of 70 (32.9 percent) from the field and connected on 10 of 26 from behind the 3-point arc. Kraker struggled with 9-of-24 shooting.
Friday's meeting was the third all-time between the programs, with each team claiming one victory previously.
Green Bay, the Horizon League regular-season and tournament champion, is a perennial conference power that has made 16 NCAA appearances and owns a single-digit seed for the second time in the last three years.
Purdue, in the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time, qualified as at-large entry after playing in last week's Big Ten championship game, falling to No. 4 Maryland 74-64. Purdue was fourth during the regular season.
The Boilermakers are now 47-24 all-time in 26 NCAA trips and own an NCAA title (1999), three Final Four trips, eight Elite Eights and 12 to the Sweet 16.