Women's Basketball Game Notes

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Katie Gearlds scored 20 points against Indiana when the Hoosiers visited Mackey Arena on Jan. 14.
Senior Katie Gearlds scored 20 points against Indiana when the Hoosiers visited Mackey Arena on Jan. 14.

Jan. 20, 2007


Purdue-Indiana Game Notes
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No. 12/14 Purdue vs. Indiana

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Date: January 21, 2007
Arena: Assembly Hall (17,357)
Location: Bloomington, Ind.

Television: None

Radio: WLFF, 95.3 FM, Tim Newton (play-by-play) and Sara White (color)

Internet: All games can be heard on purduesports.com. Click on the listen button under events or on the women's basketball schedule.

Records: Purdue 17-3, 6-0 / Indiana 13-6, 2-4
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 12th in the Associated Press and 14th in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Indiana is unranked.
Series: Purdue leads 39-23.

Coaches: Purdue - Sharon Versyp (Purdue '89) is 17-3 in her first year at Purdue and 134-68 in her seventh season overall. She has a 15-7 Big Ten record, including one season at Indiana.

Indiana - Felisha Legette-Jack (Syracuse '89) is in her 1st year at Indiana having taken over after coach Versyp's departure to Purdue. She has a school record of 13-6 and is 67-69 in her 5th season as a head coach. Legette-Jack has a 2-4 record in the Big Ten.

Web Sites: Purdue - purduesports.com and Indiana - iuhoosiers.com

Purdue vs. Indiana
The No. 12/14 Boilermakers (17-3, 6-0) are coming off a lopsided victory at Northwestern, 73-41. Purdue is led by senior guard Katie Gearlds who is averaging 17.5 points per game, tied for second-highest scoring average in the Big Ten. Junior forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton is Purdue's second leading scorer and leading rebounder at 14.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg while blocking a team-high 3.4 shots per game, good for fifth-best in the nation. Also averaging double-figure points for Purdue is senior Erin Lawless at 11.6 ppg. Purdue is ranked fourth in NCAA statistics for fouls per game with an average of 13.2, fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense, sixth nationally in scoring defense and tenth in blocked shots.The Boilermakers, who won the Preseason WNIT are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

Indiana (13-6, 2-4) had a bye this Thursday and has not played since losing 73-51 at Purdue on Jan. 14. First year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack guided her team to 11 non-conference wins, but the Hoosiers have lost 4-of-6 games in conference play. Indiana is averaging 67.2 points per game and presents a balanced attack led by junior guard Nikki Smith at 12.5 points per game. Six other players average between 9.6 and 7.2 points per game. The Hoosiers are led in rebounding by sophomore forward Whitney Thomas who pulls down 9.0 boards a game.

A Purdue Win Would...
- make them 18-3 in 2006-07
- give Purdue a 7-0 start to the Big Ten season
- improve them to 604-322 all-time
- bring Coach Versyp's record to 18-3 at Purdue; 135-68 all-time
- improve the series lead to 41-23 against Indiana
- move Purdue to 280-135 all-time against Big Ten opponents

Previous Meetings
Purdue leads the series against Indiana 39-23. This is the second match-up of the season with Purdue winning the Barn Burner Trophy game 73-51 in West Lafayette on Jan. 14. The Boilermakers played the Hoosiers three times last year, going 2-1. The two teams split the regular season games with Purdue winning 61-56 in overtime at Indiana on Jan. 5, 2006. The teams squared off again on senior day in Mackey Arena on Feb. 19 and coach Sharon Versyp's Indiana team pulled off a 66-63 upset in overtime. The final meeting of the year in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament was not such a closely contested game as the Boilermakers ran away with a 67-41 victory. Before last season, Purdue had a six game winning streak against Indiana dating back to Dec. 14, 2002.

The Crimson and Gold Cup
In 2001-02, Purdue and Indiana raised the stakes in their storied rivalry by creating the Simon Properties-sponsored Crimson & Gold Cup, an all-sports competition between the two institutions. The results of meetings between every varsity sport in which both schools compete figure in the final tally, with the winner of each event earning one point. In sports that feature two meetings in one season, the winner is awarded half a point for a victory. Indiana won the inaugural trophy by a score of 10-9. Purdue won the trophy in 2002-03 and 2003-04, but the Cream and Crimson reclaimed the crown in 2004-05 and again in 2005-06. This year the series is knotted at 3.5 points each going into the women's basketball game.

Purdue Vs. The Big Ten
The Boilermakers are 279-135 in regular season Big Ten games. Of all the Big Ten schools, Purdue has the best record against Michigan, 44-12 (.786). The team Purdue has the next best record against is Wisconsin at 36-13 (.735). Purdue's worst winning percentage is against Ohio State at 23-31 (.426). Purdue's 39-23 record against Indiana gives the Boilermakers a .629 winning percentage against the Hoosiers.

Notable Achievements
Junior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton surpassed the 500 rebound mark by pulling down eight rebounds at Northwestern. She currently has 506 career boards. Wisdom-Hylton is 20 points shy of 900 career points, 10 steals from 200, 14 blocks short of 200 and nine assists from 150 career assists.

New Record - Parts 1 and 2
Point guard FahKara Malone tied the freshman record for steals at Northwestern. Her two steals in that game give her 62 steals for the season, which puts her in a three-way tie with Stephanie White and Katie Douglas.

Late in the first half against Michigan on Dec. 28, Katie Gearlds broke Stephanie White's school record of 183 career three-pointers with her third three-pointer of the half. She went on to make five threes in that game. Gearlds owns the Purdue record with 196 career threes and is sixth in career three-point field goal percentage at 37.5 percent.

Familiar Faces
The match-up between Purdue and Indiana on Jan. 21 marks the first return of Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp to Bloomington to face her former team. Versyp was the head coach at Maine for five seasons before returning to her home state to coach the Hoosiers in 2005-06. After a successful 19-14 season at Indiana, the second-best turnaround by a first-year head coach in school history, Purdue was in need of a head coach and Versyp returned to her alma mater. She brought with her assistant coaches Jody Benner, Martin Clapp and Nadine Morgan. There are nine players on the Hoosiers roster that either played for or were recruited by Versyp and her staff.

As of Jan. 20, Purdue is ranked No. 4 in the College RPI and the Collegiate Basketball News RPI Ratings. Tennessee is in first place followed by Duke, Maryland. The Big Ten is the No. 2 rated conference in the RPI behind the SEC and ahead of the Big 12 and ACC. Purdue's schedule is ranked as the third toughest in the country.

As of Jan. 20, Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 52.2 points per game. The Boilermakers are first in the conference in field goal percentage defense allowing opponents only 32.4 percent field goal percentage per game. Purdue is also first in scoring margin at +19.3 points per game and first in turnover margin at +3.05 per game, averaging 16.4 turnovers and forcing 19.4 turnovers.

It's Raining Threes
Purdue is first in the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage making an average of 38.3 percent from three-point range. Individually, Jodi Howell is in first place in the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 45.1 percent. Against Michigan State on Jan. 11, Howell went 7-of-9 from the three-point line (77.8 percent) en-route to a new career high of 25 points. The Boilermakers also the league in made threes per game, averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game.

Conference Leaders
Individually, three Boilermaker players lead the Big Ten in four statistical categories. Jodi Howell leads the league in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 45.1 percent from behind the arc. FahKara Malone is first in the conference in steals currently averaging 3.1 swipes per contest, a tally which ranks her 20th nationally. Katie Gearlds ranks first in free throw percentage at 90.3 percent, an efficiency which ranks her 10th nationally, and average minutes played per game with 35.6 minutes per game. Additionally, Gearlds is tied for second in the league in scoring with 17.5 points per game . Junior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton ranks second in the league and fifth nationally in blocked shots with an average of 3.4 blocks per game.

Charitable Contribution
Katie Gearlds is Purdue's career free throw percentage leader having shot an average of 85.7 percent from the free throw line in her tenure. This season she is shooting 90.3 percent, having made 56-of-62 free throws, which leads the Big Ten.

Home Sweet Home
Purdue is ranked No. 8 in the nation in home game attendance averaging 6,982 fans over eight home games for a total attendance of 52,842. The Boilermakers are the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by Michigan State at No. 9, Minnesota at No. 11 and Penn State at No. 14. These numbers are unofficial attendance rankings compiled by Wisconsin and up-to-date as of Jan.15.

New Face
Kalika France, a junior guard who earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Maryland, joined the Boilermakers on Dec. 27 and is eligible now that Purdue has received written confirmation of degree completion. The 5-foot-9 native of Forestville, Md., averaged 11.3 points in two seasons at Maryland and was named to the 2004 ACC All-Freshman Team and honorable mention All-ACC the same year. France battled tendonitis in her knees throughout the 2004-05 season at Maryland but still averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds and started 31 of 32 games. Problems with her knees caused France to redshirt the 2005-06 national championship season with the Terrapins. Because she earned her undergraduate degree in three and a half years and only played two seasons, France is eligible and has the remainder of this season and next year at Purdue. France is enrolled in health and kinesiology graduate program at Purdue. France saw her first game action at Michigan State, scoring two points in three minutes of play.

On The Horizon
It is deja vu, all over again for the Boilermakers as they take on Northwestern (6-13, 0-6) for the second time in seven days when they play at home on Thursday, Jan. 25. Purdue defeated the Wildcats, 73-41 on Jan. 18 in Evanston, Ill. The match-up with the Hoosiers is also the second meeting in a week between the two squads.

Class of 2011
Michelle Clark, Lakeshia Mosley and Samantha Woods each have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Purdue beginning with the 2007-08 season. As of Nov. 7, All-Star Girls Report listed the Purdue recruiting class No. 15 in the nation.

Clark, a 5-foot-8 point guard, averaged 17 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.5 steals as a junior at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif. Clark is dangerous from the three-point line, making 77 three-pointers last season. She is a two-time first team all-state selection and twice named the Frontier League Most Valuable Player. Her team has won the league championship three years straight. Clark is rated No. 68 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 72 by HoopGurlz.com.

Mosley is a two-time first team all-state selection from Detroit. The 6-foot-1 forward led her team to a state championship in 2004, earning MVP honors after scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds in the championship game. She is a McDonald's All-America candidate and is one three candidates for the Michigan Miss Basketball honor. Mosley attends Detroit Community High School, which is ranked No. 2 in Class C. DCHS finished the season in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Mosley is rated No. 28 by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 83 by the All-Star Girls Report.

A 6-foot-3 forward from Bolingbrook, Ill., Woods is a two-time Street & Smith honorable mention All-American out of Bolingbrook High School. She averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds as a junior while connecting on 45 of 100 three-pointers while helping her team to a state championship. Woods versatility is one of her biggest assets. She is projected to play both power forward and shooting guard for Purdue. HoopGurlz.com has her ranked No. 51, while Collegiate Girls Basketball Reports lists her at No. 59 and All-Star Girls Report puts her at No. 87.