NORTHWESTERN (9-9, 1-4) at No. 15/13 PURDUE (15-3, 4-1)
Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 24 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: Live on BTN with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play, Mary Murphy analysis and Kara Lentz reporting. 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 Sara White analysis. The Series: Purdue leads 43-19 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Northwestern is unranked.
The Wildcats (9-9, 1-4) earned their first conference win with a 62-58 victory at Illinois on Sunday. Northwestern is led by 6-foot-2 senior Kendall Hackney's 15.1 ppg average. Hackney is the only Wildcat averaging double-figures in conference play (16.6 ppg), despite the fact that three other players have double-digit season averages: freshman Maggie Lyon (12.2 ppg), senior Dannielle Diamant (11.7 ppg) and freshman Lauren Douglas (10.1 ppg). Diamant is the team's leading rebounder at 7.7 rpg, while Karly Roser dishes out a team-high 6.4 assists per game. Northwestern is led by head coach Joe McKeown who is in his fifth season with the Wildcats. This is the only meeting in the regular season between the two schools.
This is the 62nd meeting between Purdue and Northwestern, and the only one scheduled for the regular season. The Boilermakers holding a 42-19 series advantage. The teams split the series last season, with the Wildcats claiming a 76-64 victory on Jan. 2, in Evanston and the Boilermakers winning 54-43 on Jan. 16, in Mackey Arena. Purdue has won 23 of the last 25 meetings, but Northwestern has won two of the last four.
Last Time vs. Northwestern Courtney Moses scored a career-high 29 points and KK Houser added 21 to help No. 13 Purdue win 80-70 at Northwestern. The Boilermakers never trailed after Houser's baseline three-pointer opened a 28-26 lead with 6:20 left in the first half. Dannielle Diamant scored 21 points, and Morgan Jones and Kendall Hackney each had 13 for the Wildcats. Northwestern rallied from a 13 point deficit to make it 70-64 with 1:31 to play but never got closer. Purdue outscored Northwestern 11-3 in final 3:31 of the first half, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Moses, to open a 43-33 halftime lead. Moses made all 14 of her free throws. The Boilermakers were 28-for-30 from the line, offsetting their 24-for-63 effort (38.1 percent) from the field. Purdue scoring leader Brittany Rayburn scored just four points.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 399-219 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 344-171 in league games. 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 40-17 (.702) 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 35-27 (.565) record versus Iowa.
The Boilermakers will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to face the Spartans on Sunday, Jan. 27. The game will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
1,000 Point Club
Junior guard Courtney Moses is three points away from becoming the 27th member of Purdue's 1,000 point club. If Moses scores three or more against the Wildcats, the Sweetser, Ind., native will have accomplished the feat in 85 career games, tying Jannon Roland for 10th fastest in school history.
Giving Back Drey Mingo, who plans to become a pediatric cardiologist, decided to turn her experience with bacterial meningitis into a positive for others. The sixth-year senior has started a nonprofit organization, the Sounds of Serenity to help raise awareness about hearing loss in children and young adults, as well as raise funds to provide hearing aids to children in need. Mingo has partnered with the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, the Hear Now Foundation and the Purdue Audiology Clinic. For more information on Sounds of Serenity, please visit teamsounds.net.
Kix Battling Cancer
Purdue's supervisor of basketball operations, Terry Kix, has been diagnosed with stage 3 stomach cancer N1 (cancer cells in one lymph node near the stomach) and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Kix was diagnosed Nov. 14 and started chemo on Nov. 26. She will not travel with the team but will be on the bench at home games as her health allows.