Jan. 1, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 14/14 PURDUE (11-2) at ILLINOIS (7-5)
Tipoff: 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 2
Location: Assembly Hall (16,618) - Urbana-Champaign, Ill.
Internet: Live video web stream available on BTDN at purduesports.com/allaccess. Live stats available via Gametracker at purduesports.com.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 48-16
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 14 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls and Illinois is not ranked.
Illinois (7-5) is coming off a 70-59 victory at home over No. 6/7 Georgia. The Illini were led by Karisma Penn's 27 points and 19 rebounds. Penn's performance earned her Big Ten and espnW's Player of the Week honors. The 6-foot-2 senior forward is averaging team bests of 19.8 points and 10.8 rebounds and leads the Big Ten in rebounding and blocked shots (2.8 bpg). Senior guard Adrienne GodBold made her season debut and contributed 11 points, three rebounds and three steals against Georgia.
The Series vs. Illinois
Purdue holds a 48-16 series advantage against the Illini and has won seven of the last eight matchups, including both games last season. Purdue is 10-2 vs. Illinois under head coach Sharon Versyp and 19-11 overall at Illinois.
Last Time vs. Illinois
Sam Ostarello scored a career-high 21 points and matched her season-high with 13 rebounds to help No. 15 Purdue remain on top of the Big Ten with a 77-66 victory over Illinois. Courtney Moses also had 21 points and a career-high five steals for the Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2 Big Ten), who were coming off a thrilling triple overtime loss to Nebraska. Trailing 26-25 late in the first half, Purdue scored eight of the final 10 points before break to take a five-point halftime advantage. The Boilermakers continued the push to start the second half, expanding their lead to 44-30 on Brittany Rayburn's three-pointer. Illinois rallied to within 62-58 with seven minutes left before Moses scored four quick points to put Purdue comfortable back in front.
Last Time vs. Illinois in Assembly Hall
Purdue and Illinois met exactly one year ago, on Jan. 2, 2012, in Champaign, and Courtney Moses made a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired, to give No. 20 Purdue a 64-63 win against the Illini. Ivory Crawford made two free throws with 25 seconds left to give Illinois a 62-61 lead, but Lydia McCully hit just 1 of 2 free throws with seven seconds left for a two-point lead before Moses nailed the game-winner. Brittany Rayburn had 17 points to lead Purdue, including 13 in the second half. The Boilermakers held Illinois to 37 percent shooting. Kersten Magrum led all Illini players with 18 points, while Crawford had 14 points, all in the second half. Purdue jumped out with a 12-1 run to start the game, but Illinois had a 12-2 run of its own to draw to 28-24 at halftime. Illinois didn't hold a lead until there was 8:40 left in the second half, when Karisma Penn's jumper gave the Illini a 48-46 advantage.
Purdue will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the first time in school history to take on the 19th-ranked Huskers on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on CBS Sports.
As of Dec. 31, Purdue's three-point field goal average of 38.6 percent was 10th-highest in the nation and third in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers were the fifth-best three-point shooting team in the country before going 0-11 at Notre Dame. It was the first time Purdue had failed to make a three-pointer since March 1, 2009, at Michigan State and just the 52nd time in school history. The Boilermakers hit a season-high 13-of-22 threes against No. 2 UConn, tying for third most in school history.
Purdue's three-point field goal defense has been impressive. The Boilermakers are holding opponents to 27.2 percent from beyond the arc. IUPUI was limited to a season-low 7.1 percent (1-of-14), while Wake Forest had the season high with 38.5 percent (5-of-13).
Based on statistics through Dec. 31, Purdue is ranked in the top 50 among Div. I institutions in several offensive categories. In addition to holding the No. 10 spot for three-point field goal percentage (.386), the Boilermakers are No. 7 for free throw percentage (.789), No. 14 for field goal percentage (.463), No. 21 for win/loss percentage (.846) and No. 32 for assists per game (16.3).
At 78.9 percent, Purdue leads the Big Ten and is seventh nationally for three throw percentage. The Boilermakers are shooting a higher free throw percentage than the school season record of 77.7 percent set in 2010-11. Four players are shooting over 82.0 percent, led by Courtney Moses at .926. Drey Mingo is shooting .870, KK Houser .837 and Sam Ostarello a career-high .828. April Wilson is not far behind at .792.