INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Marie Ferdinand highlighted a 20-point second half with five in the final minute as No. 16 Louisiana State rallied to defeat sixth-ranked Purdue, 62-55.
Ferdinand was just 1-of-6 for five points in the opening 20 minutes but made 7-of-12 shots after the break. She was at her best down the stretch as LSU (6-3) erased a 15-point second-half deficit.
Reserves Stacey Newton and Roneeka Hodges had 10 points apiece off the bench for the Lady Tigers, who made only 6-of-23 shots in the first half. LSU trailed 45-35 with 10:15 to go before Ferdinand buried a jumper to start a 10-0 run.
The game was tied, 55-55, with 90 seconds remaining when when Ferdinand's three-point play ignited a game-ending 7-0 run. Angelia Crockett made two free throws with 21 seconds to play and Ferdinand capped the scoring with two free throws 10 seconds later.
Erika Valek made 6-of-11 shots and had 13 points to lead Purdue (8-3). The Boilermakers made just 3-of-9 free throws while LSU got to the line 30 times, making 23.