Rayburn's dozen threes tie record; Purdue sinks U

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2012 - 6:57 AM

Brittany Rayburn scored 38 points for the Boilermakers on 12-for-16 shooting as Purdue dominated to win its seventh consecutive game.

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nomorebrewJan. 13, 12 7:28 AM

Borton should thank Tubby for taking the focus away from how she has ruined the womens program at the U. No more Morrill Hall to back you up.

raymondb62Jan. 13, 12 7:48 AM

As bad as looking at the boxscore for this game is, actually being in the stands for the game was much worse. I have tended to give the players a break because I don't think they are coached very well but last night there was plenty of blame to go around. No one on the team seemed interested in trying to guard Rayburn and routinely sagged off her to double-team post players who weren't doing a thing to warrent that attention. You would think after the first 4 or 5 threes went in, that the guards would stop sagging and stick on Rayburn like glue, but no. And the coaching staff did nothing to adjust their defensive plan to account for her hot hand. No double teams to prevent her from getting the ball; no extra switching off screens to avoid getting rubbed off and giving Rayburn a chance at the shot; nothing! Add that to the inept playmaking on the offensive end (dribble until the clock is under 10 seconds, then throw up an awkward 15 footer). How about preaching some ball movement by passing Coach? If you don't know what that is, watch the movie Hoosiers!! Overall bad game.

ddp55389Jan. 13, 12 7:57 AM

It was pathetic, we let one player score 38 points off of wide open 3's. Maybe this will be a wake up to Borton that her defense is not as good as it sounds.

acecatJan. 13, 12 9:49 AM

Used to be at all the games, especially the big Purdue games when Gophers were a good program. Saw that only 2853 fans were at the game and we all know how they inflate the attendance numbers. It's pathetic and sad U has let Borton bring the program down this low. I refuse to go back while she is still coaching.

InformedOneJan. 13, 12 4:58 PM

I agree that it was a tough game to watch, but we have to give Rayburn a little credit here, too. Rayburn tied the all time NCAA women's record for three's and it is unlikely that I will ever see a shooting performance like this live again in my life. It's true that the Gophers did not cover her well, but she was also possessed. The last time any NCAA D1 player had a night like this was 1995 and there have been plenty of UConn/Alcorn State style mismatches since that time where such a result would have been more expected. This was a typical Minnesota/Purdue "basketbrawl" game with the Purdue offense looking just as inept as the Gophers at times. If Rayburn shoots a more typical 35% from behind the arc (6 of 16) rather than 75% (12 of 16), Purdue goes home disappointed. Not a well played game by the Gophers, but let's be fair and give some credit where credit is due.

ddp55389Jan. 14, 12 8:43 AM

Lets see, maybe if we get to play them in the Big Ten Tourney, Purdue can set a new record in the Big Ten tournament game while the Gophers run around like their chickens with their heads cut off. Then we’ll have one more thing to congratulate Purdue for.

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