West Lafayette, Ind. - Gardner-Webb junior guard Monique Hudson hit two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds of the contest to lift the Lady Bulldogs over the Purdue Boilermakers with a 56-55 win.

 

The Lady Bulldogs seemed to be out, as Gardner-Webb was down 54-48 with only 54 seconds remaining on the clock.  Yet the heart of the Lady Bulldogs shown through, Gardner-Webb outscored Purdue 8-1 in the final 54 seconds of the game to come away with the 56-55 road win.

 

Down 54-48, junior guard Courtney Epps scored on a slashing lay up to cu the Purdue lead to four at 54-50 with 34 seconds remaining in the game. 

 

With no timeouts remaining, Gardner-Webb was forced to foul the Boilermakers in order to stop the clock and attempt to extend the game.  The Lady Bulldogs fouled Purdue leading scorer Brittany Rayburn, who entered the game shooting an amazing 93.2 percent from the free throw line.

 

Rayburn, who finished with a game-high 26 points, missed both of her free throw attempts giving the Lady Bulldogs life. 

 

On the ensuing possession, Monique Hudson, who was playing the game with protective eye wear due to an eye injury which required three stitches on her eye, drained a contested three-pointer from the left wing, cutting the Purdue lead to one at 54-53 with 20 seconds on the game clock.

 

Again, Gardner-Webb was forced to foul, as this time Dominique Hudson fouled out and again sent Rayburn to the free throw line.  This time Rayburn connected on the first to push the Purdue lead to two at 55-53, yet missed on the second where freshman guard Brianna Dillard came up with a huge rebound for the Lady Bulldogs.

 

With no timeouts left, GWU pushed the ball up the court, where Epps found Monique Hudson at the top of the key.  Hudson fired from 26 feet out and hit nothing but net with less than 14 seconds on the game clock, giving the Lady Bulldogs a 56-55 lead.

 

Purdue pushed the ball up the court where Rayburn attempted a jump shot from just inside the three-point line at the top of the key.  The shot hit the front rim and bounced off as time expired, stunning the 8,698 fans in attendance, as Gardner-Webb upended Purdue with the 56-55 win.

 

The contest was tight throughout, as the game had six ties and seven lead changes throughout the 40 minutes of play.

 

Gardner-Webb overcame an eight point Purdue lead in the second half and weathered a 14-4 Boilermakers' run, finishing the game on a 10-2 run in the final 1:17 of the contest to come away with the win.

 

The Lady Bulldogs were led by senior Margaret Roundtree, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, while Monique Hudson added 15 points, none bigger than the Lady Bulldogs final six points of the game.  Epps, who struggled from the outside in the game, had 11 points and a team-high five assists.

 

Rayburn led Purdue with 26 points, as the sophomore guard was 6-of-18 from the field and 12-of-18 from the free throw line in 38 minutes of play. 

 

Gardner-Webb improves to 10-2 on the season with the win, its first ever win over a Big Ten opponent.

 

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on December 30th, as Gardner-Webb will kick off a five-game home stand against the Longwood Lancers.  Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Paul Porter Arena.

 

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