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January 26, 1999

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By ANDY RESNIK%^$
Associated Press Writer%^$

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Stephanie White-McCarty scored 20 points and Camille%^$Cooper had 12 of her 14 in the second half as second-ranked Purdue shook off a%^$sluggish start and hung on to beat No. 19 Ohio State 64-56 Tuesday night.%^$

White-McCarty and Cooper scored 20 of Purdue’s first 23 second-half points%^$as the Boilermakers (17-1 overall, 9-0 Big Ten Conference) rallied from a 27-25%^$halftime deficit to win their 15th straight game.%^$

The defeat was Ohio State’s first against a ranked opponent in the Buckeyes’%^$new Value City Arena.%^$

White-McCarty hit a jumper and a pair of 3-pointers, and Cooper dominated in%^$the lane, getting six close-in baskets, to give Purdue a 50-37 lead with 8:27%^$remaining.%^$

White-McCarty’s first 3-pointer gave Purdue the lead for good at 30-27.%^$

Ohio State (13-5, 6-2) got within six points at 62-56 in the closing seconds%^$on two 3-pointers from Larecha Jones. But her third attempt at a late basket%^$from long range bounced off the rim, ending Ohio State’s chances.%^$

Jones led Ohio State with 20 points in 19 minutes of play. Marrita Porter%^$added 18 points.%^$

The Buckeyes trailed for most of the first half, but rallied to lead at%^$halftime on a layup by Larecha Jones in the closing seconds.%^$

Poor shooting kept the Boilermakers from capitalizing on several miscues by%^$Ohio State in the opening minutes, including a three-minute span when the%^$Buckeyes failed to hit the rim, let alone score.%^$

The Boilermakers never led by more than four points in the first half.%^$

Purdue hit 9-of-23 shots from the field in the opening half and missed%^$several chances for easy layups following Ohio State turnovers. The Buckeyes%^$had 11 turnovers in the half.