Purdue rolls Arkon, 84-55, in NCAA tourney opener

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(AP) Whitney Bays scored 20 points and Courtney Moses added 12 as Purdue routed Akron 84-55 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

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It proved to be a milestone day for the Boilermakers (22-8). Moses tied the school’s career record for 3s. She made two, giving her 238 – the same total Katie Gearlds had during her All-American career. The win also gave coach Sharon Versyp her 300th career win, and it set up a Monday night showdown between the fourth-seeded Boilermakers, who have won 11 of 13, and fifth-seeded Oklahoma State.

The Cowgirls advanced with a 61-60 overtime win over 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast.

Purdue broke out to a 20-2 lead, scored the first six points of the second half and never let the Zips get closer than 14.

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