Jan. 11, 2014
Tipoff: 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Jan. 12
Location: Bryce Jordan Center - University Park, Pa.
Television: ESPN with Joe Davis providing play-by-play and LaChina Robinson providing analysis
Internet: ESPN3 - http://es.pn/WBK-PURvsPSU
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play.
The Series: Purdue leads the all-time series with the Lady Lions, 26-17, but trails the series in University Park, 8-10. After 11 straight Boilermaker victories from 2005 to 2011, Penn State has captured three of the last four meetings, including a 69-61 win at the Bryce Jordan Center last season. Purdue's lone recent win came in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament as the Boilermakers took a 68-66 victory en route to the conference tournament title.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 21st by the Associated Press and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Penn State is ranked 14th by the Associated Press and 15th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll.
The Lady Lions are off to a solid start in Big Ten Conference play, winning at Iowa, 87-71, and at Illinois, 82-76, to improve to 11-3 overall on the season. Led by preseason All-America pick Maggie Lucas, Penn State sits near or atop the conference standings in points per game (77.5), free throw percentage (.798), field goal percentage defense (.351) and rebounding (45.5). Lucas is the conference's leading scorer at 21.7 points per game, while senior classmate Dara Taylor leads the Big Ten with 2.9 steals per game and sits sixth with 4.4 assists per game. The Lady Lions' frontcourt, led by senior Ariel Edwards, is the biggest in the conference, averaging a height of approximately 6'3" per player.
Long Distance Calling
The Boilermakers have connected on 39.6 percent (103-of-260) of their three-point attempts this season, good for third in the conference and eighth in the nation. Senior Courtney Moses has led the attack, making 33-of-75 (.440) and ranks 26th in the NCAA in the category.
Moses is closing in on her 200th career three-point field goal, heading into Sunday's game with 193, good for third all-time at Purdue. She trails just Katie Gearlds and Brittany Rayburn on the all-time list, despite having more than 100 fewer attempts than either in her career. Moses also sits sixth all-time on Purdue's career three-point percentage list, knocking down 38.6 percent (191-495) as a Boilermaker.
Life On the Road
Sunday's game marks the third straight Big Ten Conference road game for Purdue, marking just the second time in school history they've had to do so. The occasion follows a three-game trip to start the 1992 Big Ten schedule, in which the Boilermakers went 2-1 with wins against Michigan and Illinois and a loss at Michigan State.
Big B1G Beginnings
Senior KK Houser is off to a quick start in conference play, sitting fifth in the Big Ten with 19.0 points per game and leading the conference with 4.5 three-point field goals per game.
The Only Good Red
Junior post player Camille Redmon had a breakout game at Northwestern on Thursday, posting her first career double-double with a career-high 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 757-402 all-time.
- Purdue is 171-83 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 288-148.
- The Boilermakers are 350-178 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 80th time in their last 83 games, sitting 21st in the AP Poll and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Purdue is 241-216 all-time on the road, including a 148-117 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 205-121 all-time in the month of January, including an 86-79 record on the road and a 6-4 mark on Jan. 12.
- Purdue is 27-11 all-time in its 15th game of the season.
- Both teams have been ranked in 24 of the 43 all-time meetings, with Penn State holding a 14-10 advantage under the circumstances. The Lady Lions have been the higher-ranked squad 16 times, winning 10 of those matchups, including six times in University Park.