After the first half of its exhibition game, Purdue leads Southern Indiana 35-23. 

It's the opening for women's basketball season, and Purdue's playing the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles in Mackey Arena in its open exhibition game. 

The first quarter started rough, while Purdue faced tight defense play from Eagles. The Eagles led 7-2 in the beginning by because of their two steals, then Purdue started to enhance its defense by using a full-court press, which helped regain the lead. 

After the first break, Purdue started to take control on both ends of the court.  

Purdue also won the battle on the boards so far — the Boilers grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and nine defensive rebounds. 

Neither team shot well from the 3-point line. Purdue shot 33% while Southern Indiana shot 38%.

The Boilers are making a strong effort to get as many second-chance points on offense as possible. Purdue has 11 second-chance points compared to the Eagles' 0.

So far, freshman Rickie Woltman has been making good impact on her first college game, with seven rebounds and 4 points so far. 

Southern Indiana senior Ashley Johnson had 9 points.

Purdue junior Karissa McLaughlin had 8 points in the first half and knocked down two 3s in the process.

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