Jan. 18, 2014
Purdue Game Notes
5 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Jan. 19
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Neb.
Television: Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play and Stephanie White providing analysis.
The Last Meeting
March 9, 2013
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Women Advance to Big Ten Title Game
The third-seeded Purdue women's basketball team knocked off second-seeded Nebraska 77-64 to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the 13 time in school history. The Boilermakers improved to 13-1 all-time in the semifinal round of the conference tournament with victory.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network (http://video.btn.com/allaccess/) and BTN2Go
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads the all-time series against Nebraska, 3-1, winning the last three in a row after dropping the inaugural matchup. Three of the four meetings between the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers have gone to overtime, including a triple-overtime, 93-89 win for Nebraska in the first-ever meeting and a 74-70 double-overtime victory for Purdue in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament Championship game.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 22nd by the Associated Press and 19th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Nebraska is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll.
Nebraska heads into Sunday's game at 13-3 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten Conference play, fresh off an 88-85 overtime victory over Minnesota on Thursday night in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers are led by preseason All-Big Ten senior Jordan Hooper, who enters Sunday's game averaging 20.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Other standouts for Nebraska include junior forward Emily Cady, who adds 14.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, and sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot, who chips in 13.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. Nebraska owns the Big Ten's largest scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 14.8 points per game, and is one of the conference's top rebounding teams, pulling down 42.6 boards per game.
Senior KK Houser returns to her hometown of Lincoln, Neb., tomorrow for her last collegiate game in her home state. The 2010 Nebraska Miss Basketball is the first player in school history from the state and has had solid performances against her hometown team, including 13.3 points and 4.5 steals per game.
Junior Whitney Bays has come into her own in Big Ten play, averaging nearly a double-double at 11.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals in five conference games. Bays had her biggest game as a Boilermaker on Friday against Indiana, finishing with 16 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in just 22 minutes of play.
See the Three, Be the Three
The Boilermakers have made a conference-best 33 three pointers through five games, including 31 from Houser and fellow senior Courtney Moses. Moses' 16 triples are Purdue's and the Big Ten's most in conference action, while Houser's 15 are tied for second. Nearly 30 percent of the Boilermakers' offense this season has come from behind the arc as they are shooting 38.9 percent from three.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 759-403 all-time.
- Purdue is 173-84 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 290-149.
- The Boilermakers are 352-179 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 82nd time in their last 85 games, sitting 22nd in the AP Poll and 19th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Purdue is 242-216 all-time on the road, including a 149-117 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 207-121 all-time in the month of January, including an 87-79 record on the road and a 6-5 mark on Jan. 19.
- Purdue is 28-9 all-time in its 18th game of the season.
- The Boilermakers are 100-142 all-time against ranked opponents, 84-87, when both Purdue and its opponent are ranked and 47-116 versus higher-ranked teams. Purdue is 5-1 all-time against the No. 18 team in the country.