In the first game of the St. Pete Showcase, Purdue fell to No. 22 ranked West Virginia 65-57 in what was their toughest test to date. It seemed like West Virginia was certainly in the giving mood tonight by handing the Boilermakers a silver plater to slide in for the upset win, but Purdue failed to take advantage of said offerings.
This was a frustrating game for the Katie Gearlds-led Boilermakers as they had the chance to make a statement early on in the season, get a little more national exposure, and set a standard for themselves. Another tough game that will indeed help the Boilermakers grow as they mature, but winning that would have been awfully nice.