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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Recap (Kansas-Purdue)

Posted: Mon March 15, 1999 at 11:14 p.m. EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Katie Douglas scored 15 points as top-seeded Purdue rolled to its 28th straight victory, 55-41 over ninth seed Kansas is the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Women's Tournament.

The Boilermakers (30-1) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year and fourth time overall. They will face fourth seed North Carolina in the regionals semifinal Saturday at Normal, Illinois.

"There is no need to change things," said Purdue coach Carolyn Peck. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We will prepare for the next game just like we do for any of our games."

The Boilermakers broke a single-season school record with their 30th win.

The first half was a defensive struggle, as both teams shot poorly. Purdue led 22-16 despite making only 26 percent (8-of-30) of its field goals. Kansas was marginally better at 30 percent (8-of-26). The 16 points was the third-lowest total in school history.

The Jayhawks (23-10) closed within 30-28 with 9:19 to play, but were outscored 15-2 over the next five minutes and trailed by 15 points with 3:59 left. Ukari Figgs had six points during the run and Douglas added four.

"The fact that they were switching on everything caused a lot of problems for our offense," said Kansas forward Lynn Pride. "We can say that defensively we did a great job. We held a great team to a low percentage."

Purdue shot only 34 percent (17-of-50) from the field and was 4-of-14 from 3-point range. But they went to the line 21 times, making 17, compared to seven for Kansas. The Boilermakers also improved to 27-0 when leading at halftime.

Figgs had 14 points and Stephanie White-McCarty added 13 in their final game at Mackey Arena.

"It was a great atmosphere," said White-McCarty. "It was so loud one time that I didn't hear the shot clock violation. We have had great fan support throughout our career. We have had a lot of fun, and it was a nice way to finish at Mackey."

"It has been great playing at Mackey," Figgs added. "I am definitely going to miss playing here. But we have better things ahead of us, and hopefully our fans will follow us to Normal."

Brooke Reves was the only Jayhawk in double figures with 14 points. Pride added nine and nine rebounds for Kansas, which is 1-3 when she fails to score at least 10 points.

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