MINNESOTA (13-4, 2-1) at No. 12/11 PURDUE (14-2, 3-0)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 17 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: None Internet: Live video web stream via BTDN on purduesports.com/allacces. 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 leads 39-17 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Minnesota is unranked.
The Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-1) are coming off an 83-74 victory at home against Ohio State on Jan. 10. Minnesota is led by sophomore guard Rachel Banham's 20.8 ppg scoring average, which is the second highest average in the Big Ten. Banham also contributes 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while junior forward Micaella Riche is averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds. The Gophers are playing their third road conference game and head coach Pam Borton has had a week to prepare for the Boilermakers.
The Series Purdue holds a 39-17 series advantage against the Gophers and has won seven of the last eight matchups, including three in a row. The Boilermakers are 22-4 in Mackey Arena against Minnesota, including five-straight home wins. Purdue lost the first three home contests in the series against the Gophers and then did not drop another game in Mackey against Minnesota until a 71-49 setback on Jan. 13, 2005.
Last Time vs. Minnesota Brittany Rayburn tied an NCAA women's record with 12 three-pointers and scored 38 points to help No. 17 Purdue cruise to a 72-55 win at Minnesota. Rayburn was 12 for 16, all from beyond the arc. Minnesota had drawn within 57-50 with 5:52 remaining before Rayburn drilled another 3 - her 11th of the night to set a Big Ten record - when some Gophers' fans took notice she was one away from a record and starting cheering for her to shoot again. She obliged with a final three with just over a minute remaining to tie the record. KK Houser added 10 points and 10 assists for the Boilermakers, with six of the assists coming on Rayburn threes. Katie Loberg led Minnesota with 18 points. Rachel Banham had 11 points.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference The Boilermakers are 398-218 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (27-40, .403). 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.
Next Up The Boilermakers will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Patricia Babcock McGraw providing the call. Purdue returns home Jan. 24 for the only matchup of the season against Northwestern. The tip is set for 8:30 p.m. ET live on BTN.
Last Time Out Courtney Moses scored 24 points, and Sam Ostarello had 22 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boilermakers beat Ohio State 82-75 in triple overtime. Moses led a rally in the second overtime. With Ohio State leading 68-62 with less than two minutes to play, Moses and Ostarello scored to get Purdue within a basket, and Moses scored with five seconds to play to force the third extra period. In the third overtime, Drey Mingo, who finished with 17 points, scored to put Purdue ahead for good at 72-70 and after the teams traded baskets, Dee Dee Williams made a three-pointer to make it 77-72. The Buckeyes almost pulled out a win without Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Tayler Hill, who was out with an illness. Ameryst Alston, who played all 55 minutes, had 24 points for the Buckeyes. Darryce Moore had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Raven Ferguson also had 16 points for Ohio State.
One Plays With 12 conference schools and a 16-game Big Ten regular-season schedule, Purdue will face six teams just 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.
No Extra Charge
All three of Purdue's conference games have gone to overtime, including the triple overtime victory against Ohio State. Before this season, Purdue had never had back-to-back overtime games and the three OT contest tied the school record for extra sessions. It was just the second triple overtime game in school history (93-89 3OT loss to Nebraska; 2/2/12). With three straight, Purdue is tied for second in the NCAA record books for consecutive overtime games. Wisconsin set the record with four in 1999. With the extra periods, four Boilermakers are averaging over 40 minutes per game in Big Ten play. Leading the way is KK Houser's 41.7 average, followed by Sam Ostarello (41.3), Drey Mingo (41.3) and Courtney Moses (40.3).
Ostarello Named Big Ten Player of the Week Sam Ostarello earned Big Ten Player of the Week after helping the Boilermakers to an 82-75 triple overtime win against Ohio State on Monday. Ostarello recorded 22 points, tied her career high with 19 rebounds and set a career high with eight blocked shots against the Buckeyes. It was the most blocks by a Boilermaker since Danielle Campbell set the school record with 11 against Butler on Nov. 17, 2007. The Fort Pierre, S.D., native played a career-high 51 of 55 minutes and added three steals and three assists, while converting a career-best 10-of-12 free throws in Purdue's third-straight overtime contest. It is the first conference weekly honor for Ostarello and Purdue's second of the season. KK Houser was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 3.