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January 26, 1999

Box Score

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.