CHICAGO – The No. 18 Purdue University Calumet women’s basketball team held off a furious fourth-quarter rally from host Roosevelt University for a 82-71 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Saturday at RU’s Goodman Center.
Three Peregrine players reached the 20-point mark, led by junior guard Dariyan Morris (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville), who pumped in 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting to go along with four assists. The 25-point effort was one shy of her career best. Junior Cassidy Deno (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central) and senior Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) added 22 points each and both had double-doubles, with Deno pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds and Buggs snagging 11 boards to go with seven assists.
Sophomore Katie Wampler (Scottsburg, Ind./Scottsburg) also hit the double-digit mark in rebounds with 11 while adding give points and two blocks.
The Peregrines jumped out to an early nine-point lead to start the game, as Purdue Calumet came out of the gate with a 14-6 lead. But Roosevelt’s Becky Williford’s 3-point shooting prowess helped the Lakers get back in the game, as the senior guard drained 4-of-4 triples in the first quarter to score 17 points and send the host into the second frame tied at 24-all. Purdue Calumet regained control in the second quarter scoring both inside and out, as the Peregrines hit 7-of-12 3-pointer in the first half. Morris and Deno led the charge with three 3-pointer apiece in the first half, while junior Darien Thompson (Anderson, Ind./Anderson) added one.
After Buggs found Ellie Michalski (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) inside for a layup with seconds remaining in the second, Roosevelt’s Becca Bergman made the Peregrines pay for leaving time on the clock with a deep 3 that banked in the buzzer as Purdue Calumet took a 47-35 lead into halftime.
Purdue Calumet used a steady inside game led by Buggs, who finished 10-of-19 from the field, to hold a 63-54 heading into the fourth quarter.
But the Lakers had one last run in them, as Roosevelt erased a 12-point deficit using a 8-0 over a span of 2:35 to cut Purdue Calumet’s lead to just four, 68-64, with five minutes to play. Deno hit a key triple at the 4:00-minute mark to stall the run, and the Peregrines went back to their inside game with two buckets by Wampler and Buggs to extend the lead back to double-digits with two minutes left.
Purdue Calumet shot 42.6 percent (29-of-68) for the game compared to 36.0 percent (27-of-75) for Roosevelt. Both teams struggled at the free-throw line, with the Peregrines shooting 9-of-21 (53.6 percent) and the Lakers 6-of-14 (42.9 percent). Purdue Calumet won the rebounding battle, 54-44, and dominated the paint, outscoring Roosevelt 36-18 inside.
Thompson finished with six points, five assists and three rebounds for the Peregrines in the win, their fourth straight.
Paige Gallimore led Roosevelt with 20 points and Williford had a quiet second half, finishing the game with 18 points after her 17-point outburst in the first quarter.
Purdue Calumet returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 3, when they take on eight-ranked Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.