LEBANON, Tenn. – The Purdue University Calumet women’s basketball team held off a late rally by Trevecca Nazarene on Friday afternoon, claiming a 62-49 victory in the final day of the Rosa Stokes Classic. The Peregrines end a two-game losing streak with the win, closing out 2011 with a 12-6 overall record.
PUC, who came into the game as the NAIA Div. II’s leader in free throw, won the game at the charity stripe, outscoring the Trojans 19-2 at the line. Purdue Calumet pulled down 17 offensive rebounds en route to a 47-42 advantage on the boards, as Amanda Gaskin dominated the glass once again with a game-high 15 caroms.
Stephaine Beck topped all players with 16 points, while Alex Starr recorded her second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn Short had another strong outing, finishing with nine points and a game-high seven assists.
The Black and Gold opened up the game late in the first half, as a layup from Beck capped off a 13-2 run that handed PUC a 30-18 advantage with three minutes left in the period. Purdue Calumet would go on to take a 34-24 lead into halftime.
The Peregrines maintained a comfortable margin throughout the first 10 minutes of the final stanza, before a 7-0 run by Trevecca Nazarene cut the lead to six, 47-41. However, PUC would use an 11-2 run over a four-minute span to put the game away.
Purdue Calumet will be back in action after the New Year, when it travels to Milwaukee to face Cardinal Stritch on Wednesday, January 4. The Peregrines will look to gain the inside trek on the CCAC regular season crown, when the two teams tip-off at 5:30 p.m.