Jan. 13, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
OHIO STATE (10-6, 0-3) at No. 12/11 PURDUE (13-2, 2-0)
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 14
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: BTN with Kevin Kugler providing play-by-play and Stephanie White analysis.
Internet: 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 Jane Schott analysis.
The Series: Purdue trails 26-40
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Ohio State is unranked.
Promotions: Student Appreciate Night - tickets just $2 for all Purdue students.
The Buckeyes (10-6, 0-3) are coming off an 83-74 loss at Minnesota on Thursday to start 0-3 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2000-01. Ohio State is led by Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, Tayler Hill who is averaging a conference-best 21.3 points per game, including 29.3 ppg in league play. The Buckeyes' second-leading scorer, Amber Stokes (9.7 ppg) injured her knee against Illinois on Jan. 6 and is not expected to play. Ohio State leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, averaging 48.1 percent from the floor this season and is putting up an average of 71.7 point per game while holding opponents to 56.7 points. Head coach Jim Foster is in his 11th year at Ohio State and his 35th year overall.
This marks the 67th meeting between Purdue and Ohio State, with the Buckeyes leading the series 40-26. Ohio State has won eight of the last nine contests, including the last four. Purdue is 13-16 against Ohio State in Mackey Arena. Last season, the Buckeyes outlasted the Boilermakers 80-71 on Feb. 12, in Columbus. Purdue's last win at home was Jan. 25, 2010, when the unranked Boilermakers knocked off No. 4 Ohio State 63-61. The last meeting in West Lafayette also was a two-point affair. In 2010-11, Ohio State won 76-74 on a three-pointer by Brittany Johnson with less than a second remaining. Monday's game is the lone regular-season meeting this year between these single-play opponents.
Last Time vs. Ohio State
The No. 16 Boilermakers saw an eight-point second-half lead slip away, to lose 80-71 at No. 10 Ohio State. Ohio State trailed for most of the second half before Samantha Prahalis, who scored 21 of her 26 points after the break, led Ohio State back to a late lead. Purdue's Courtney Moses hit a left-handed follow with just over a minute left to narrow what had been a six-point deficit to 73-71. The Buckeyes called time out with 43 seconds left. Prahalis, the Big Ten's second-leading scorer at 21.4 points a game, tossed an inbound pass into center Ashley Adams, who quickly kicked it right back to her. Prahalis' 3-pointer from the right wing pushed the lead to five and spurred a clinching 7-0 run over the final minute. Sam Ostarello, who had 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the way to an overwhelming 41-24 advantage on the boards. They shot 48 percent from the field. Purdue was 9 of 13 at the line to Ohio State's 20 of 27.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 397-218 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (26-40, .394). The Boilermakers have the highest winning percentage vs. Michigan (49-15, .766), followed by Illinois (49-16, .753) and Wisconsin (44-17, .721). Purdue is 39-17 (.696) versus the Gophers, 43-19 (.694) against Northwestern, 2-1 (.667) when playing Nebraska, 49-25 (.662) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 26-16 (.619) against Penn State. Purdue is 36-26 (.581) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-26 (.574) record versus Iowa.
After a nine-day break between games, the Boilermakers have three games in seven days, starting with the Monday night contest against Ohio State. Purdue plays the second of a two-game homestand Thursday, Jan. 17 when it plays host to Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digital Network and then travels to Iowa City for a matchup against the Hawkeyes on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. ET on BTN.
Last Time Out
Sam Ostarello recorded 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds Saturday and No. 14 Purdue held off No. 25 Nebraska 69-66 in overtime. The Boilermakers never trailed in the extra period, but Ostarello's basket with 43 seconds left made it 68-66 Purdue. Courtney Moses and Drey Mingo also scored 17 points for Purdue in another close one between the schools. All three games between them have gone to overtime. Purdue beat Illinois 67-66 in overtime Wednesday in its Big Ten opener. Lindsey Moore led all scorers with 22 points for the Huskers. Moore also had eight assists and Jordan Hooper had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
With 12 conference schools and a 16-game Big Ten regular-season schedule, the Buckeyes are one of the six Big Ten teams that Purdue will face only once in the regular season. In addition to playing host to Ohio State, Purdue also faces Michigan and Northwestern in Mackey Arena only, while traveling to Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin.
At 13-2, the 14th-ranked Boilermakers are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season, when under first-year head coach Sharon Versyp, the Boilermakers started 14-2. The best record in school history was the national championship season in 1998-99 when Purdue went 34-1, including a 32-game win streak.
The Boilermakers are happy to be back in Mackey Arena, having played only one home game - Dec. 21 against IUPUI - since Dec. 6. Purdue has played six of the last seven games on the road and in that stretch the Boilermakers went 6-1, including a 5-1 record in away contests.