Jan. 11, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
PURDUE (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) at WISCONSIN (8-8, 3-1 Big Ten)
Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 13
Location: Madison, Wis. - Kohl Center (17,142)
Television: live on the Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly providing play-by-play and Mary Murphy analysis.
Web Stream: none
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 second-place Badgers (8-8) are coming off a 47-42 win at home over Minnesota to move to 3-1 in the conference. Wisconsin has had its share of injuries with leading scorer Alyssa Karel (14.5 ppg) and second leading scorer Lin Zastrow (12.2) missing three or more games each. Sophomore forward Taylor Wurtz leads the Badgers in rebounding, averaging 7.1 boards per game while Tara Steinbauer contributes 6.1 rebounds and Zastrow 6.0 boards per game. Wisconsin is holding opponents to 57.7 points per game on the season and 58.0 points per game in conference play.
This is the 60th meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue. The Boilermakers hold a 43-16 series advantage but the Badgers have won three of the last four matchups, including the last meeting, 68-66 in Mackey Arena. It was the first time since 1984 that Wisconsin had defeated the Boilermakers in West Lafayette. Purdue is 7-3 in the last 10 matchups and 16-4 in the last 20 games. The last time Purdue won in Madison was on a three-pointer by Brittany Rayburn with 7.8 seconds to play, giving Purdue its first lead of the second half and a 52-51 victory.
It is like déjà vu backwards when for the second time in two weeks the Boilermakers follow up a game against Wisconsin by taking on Northwestern. Purdue will look to avenge a 76-64 loss in Evanston when it plays host to the Wildcats on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. in a contest that will be available via a live video web stream on bigtennetwork.com. It is National Girls and Women in Sports Day and Girl Scout Day at Purdue with a free sports clinic in Lambert Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barn Burner Trophy And Crimson & Gold Cup
Purdue continues its dominance of the Barn Burner Trophy competition with Indiana. The Boilermakers' 55-50 win in Bloomington on Jan. 9, secured the trophy for this season and improves Purdue's record in the series to 15-3. Freshman Dee Dee Williams was named the Barn Burner Trophy game most valuable player for her defensive effort. Purdue also earned a half point in the Crimson & Gold Cup, an all-sports competition between Purdue and Indiana. The results of meetings between every varsity sport in which both schools compete figure in the final tally. For more information on the Barn Burner Trophy and Crimson & Gold Cup, see page 48 of the media guide.
Last Time Out
- Purdue won the Barn Burner Trophy game for the 15th time, defeating Indiana 55-50 in Bloomington.
- The Boilermakers set a school single-game record for free throw percentage, hitting 20 of 21 from the charity stripe for 95.2 percent. The previous best was 95.0 percent (19 of 20), twice in the 2002-03 season.
- Purdue held a 19-11 lead at 10:04 in the first half, but went 10 minutes without scoring, missing 11 shots and turning the ball over seven times. Chelsea Jones broke the drought by hitting two free throws with four seconds remaining in the period to bring Purdue within one, 22-21 at the break.
- Brittany Rayburn led Purdue with 12 points. She also recorded five rebounds, a block and two steals.
- Drey Mingo was the only other Boilermaker in double-digits. She had 10 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.
- Dee Dee Williams was awarded most valuable player for her defense. She helped hold IU's leading scorer, Jori Davis, to 12 points - 13 below her Big Ten scoring average. While Williams was in the game, Davis scored just four points on one field goal and two free throws. Davis was just 4 of 16 for the game with seven turnovers.
- Courtney Moses was clutch in the final minute of the game. She made all four of her free throws, came up with a big offensive rebound and blocked IU's potential game tying three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining. Moses finished with nine points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals, the block and zero turnovers.
- Purdue shot a season-low 29.3 percent (17 of 56), but a record-high 95.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boilermakers tied a season low for three-point percentage (.083) and were outrebounded 47-39, but had a plus-eight turnover margin compared to Indiana and outscored the Hoosiers in the paint 28-14.
The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense and rebounds allowed, holding teams to an average of 57.6 points per game and 33.2 rebounds. The Boilermakers are third in field goal percentage defense at 37.2 percent. Murray State scored only 25 points and shot 12.2 percent against Purdue on Dec. 12. Both totals are the lowest this season by an opponent. Purdue held Southern Illinois to 36 total points and 27.5 percent from the field. The Boilermakers have only allowed one opponent to reach 50.0 percent from the field - Notre Dame (31 of 62; 50.0%). Purdue has held 10 teams under 40 percent field goal percentage and eight teams to 56 points or less.
By The Numbers
Purdue is 10-2 when it outrebounds its opponents, is 4-0 when shooting 50 percent from the field or better and is 7-0 when scoring 70 points or more.
Keeping It Close
The Boilermakers have had their share of close games and are 3-2 in games decided by five points or less, including 2-0 in the last two games.
The Boilermakers have used eight different starting lineups this season with the combination of Courtney Moses, Brittany Rayburn, Chantel Poston, Ashley Wilson and Alex Guyton producing the best record at 4-1. Freshman Dee Dee Williams made her first career start at Northwestern.
Freshman Of The Week
Courtney Moses picked up her fourth-consecutive and fifth overall Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award on Jan. 10. in part on a 22-point performance at Northwestern. The starting point guard averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as Purdue went 2-0 in conference action last week. In Thursday's one-point win over Michigan, she drained six three-point shots and finished with 22 points, five rebounds and three steals. In the Boilermakers' contest against Indiana on Sunday, Moses recorded nine points, five assists, four rebounds, four steals and a block, which came in the final seconds to deny a potential game-tying three-pointer.
Rayburn Among Big Ten's Best
Preseason All-Big Ten selection Brittany Rayburn is living up to that mantle. She is eighth in the league in scoring with a 15.5 ppg average. She has scored in double figures in 13 games this season and has had four games of 20 or more points, including a career-high 30 at Gardner-Webb. Rayburn has hit two game-winning shots for Purdue this season, at Gardner-Webb and against Michigan.
Moses Continues To Grow
In the first contest against Wisconsin, Courtney Moses tied for game-high rebounding honors with a career-high eight boards. She had five rebounds against Michigan to go along with three assists and just one turnover. The Sweetser, Ind., native has led Purdue in scoring six times this year and is the second leading scorer among freshmen in the Big Ten. Moses is in the top 15 in the conference in six categories - 13th for FG% (.474), 3rd in free throw percentage (.892), tied for 13th for assists (3.1), 2nd for 3FG% (.482), 10th in threes per game (1.7), 11th assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and is 16th in the Big Ten in scoring at 13.0 ppg.
Ice At The Line
Brittany Rayburn leads the Big Ten and is ranked seventh nationally for free throw percentage, making 89 of 96 for 92.7 percent on the season. Purdue is tops in the league and 10 nationally for from the charity stripe at 77.6 percent. Purdue is on pace for a school record for free throw percentage; the previous best was 75.8 percent in 2002-03.
- Brittany Rayburn has scored 1,067 points in her career, ranking 22nd all time at Purdue.
- Rayburn is tied for 10th for career scoring average at 12.7 points per game.
- Rayburn is currently 11th in career made three-point field goals at Purdue with 116.
- Rayburn is tied for ninth in career made free throws with 329 and is third in career free throw percentage, averaging 83.3 percent (329 of 395).
Guyton Chips In
Junior forward Alex Guyton has contributed double-figure scoring in five games this season starting with 11 points against Maryland. She followed that up with 10 points at Notre Dame and then had a game-high nine rebounds at Texas A&M. The Bloomington, Ind., native scored 10 points and tied Antionette Howard for team-high rebounding honors with seven against Murray State. Versus Auburn she recorded a career-high 14 points and recorded game highs of nine rebounds and four steals. Against Southern Illinois, Guyton grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and tied a career high with five steals. She returned to double-digits against Michigan with 10 points . The 6-foot-3 forward leads the team in rebounding and steals.
Sophomore forward Ashley Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season due to academic ineligibility. The native of Wheeling, Ill., missed the first four games of the season while recovering from a second surgery on her lower leg. She was averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.