Gophers women's basketball: Purdue tops Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Junior guard Brianna Mastey scored a career-high 17 points, but Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn had a game-high 27  as the Boilermakers held off numerous Minnesota runs to record a 60-50 on Thursday night.

Mastey, who had played sparingly over the past six games, had the best game of her career. The 6-foot-1 guard from Becker, Minn., made 6 of 8 field goals and 5 of 6 free throws, and tied her previous career-high with 13 points in the first half. But she was the lone Minnesota player to reach double-figures on a night when the Gophers were held to just 18-of-63 (.286) field goals, including 0-of-9 three-pointers.

Sophomore forward Katie Loberg had nine points and five rebounds for the Gophers, and junior forward Jackie Voigt pulled down a team-best 11 boards to go with eight points.

But Minnesota (11-15 overall, 3-10 Big Ten) was unable to stop Rayburn, who made 6-of-13 field goals and 12-of-14 free throws to lead the Boilermakers (18-9, 8-6 Big Ten). Drey Mingo had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 boards, as Purdue held a slim 44-41 edge in rebounding.

The Gophers hit the road for their next two games, beginning with Sunday’s contest at Northwestern. That game will tip off at noon and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

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