MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Eighth-ranked Purdue opened its Big Ten Conference schedule with a 70-58 win over Wisconsin.
After a close first half, the Boilermakers took control of the game immediately after halftime and did not let up, handing the Badgers their first home loss of the season.
Holding on to a slim three-point lead at the break, Purdue went on a 12-0 run to open the second half and pulled ahead by as many as 13, never letting the Badgers get back into the game.
The Boilermakers got incredible balance from their offense, with seven players scoring at least seven points. Guard Kelly Komara led the charge with 12 and forward Katie Douglas added 11. Douglas and Komara also combined for 11 assists and six steals. Shalicia Hurns came off the bench to score seven points and lead the team with eight rebounds.
Three players made up the bulk of the Badgers' production. Starters LaTonya Sims, Jessie Stomski and Tamara Moore scored 39 of the team's points and passed for eight of the team's 11 assists.
Purdue (11-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot a dismal 37 percent (22-of-59) from the floor but hit half of its 14 3-point attempts and sank 79 percent (19-of-24) of its free throws.
Wisconsin (5-4, 0-1), which had averaged 93.5 points in its previous two games, opened strong but held its last lead at 11-10. The Boilermakers went up as many as seven in the first half before the Badgers narrowed the gap in the closing moments.
The victory gave Purdue its third straight win and improved their road record to 3-1.