INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andreona Keys scored a career-high 26 points and fifth-seeded Purdue defeated No. 12 seed Illinois 72-58 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Keys made 10 of 14 shots and all five free-throw attempts along with six rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (20-11), who will face No. 4 seed Indiana on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Bridget Perry added 16 points and five assists, Ashley Morrissette added 13 points and six assists while Ae’Rianna Harris had five blocks.
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Kennedy Cattenhead scored 15 points, Brandi Beasley had 14 and Ali Andrews 10 for Illinois (9-22). Andrews had a career-high 24 points and six of the Illini’s tournament record 14 treys in a win over Nebraska on Wednesday, but she had just two 3s and the team was 7 of 25 from the arc on Thursday.
Purdue never trailed though the teams were tied at the six-minute mark of the third quarter when the Boilersmakers finished the period on a 12-7 run to go up for good. Keys scored seven points to open the fourth quarter for a 12-point lead. Illinois closed to within five with four minutes to go but was outscored 14-5 down the stretch.