Jan. 25, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 13/17 PURDUE (17-3, 7-0) at NORTHWESTERN (12-8, 2-5)
Tipoff: 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 26
Location: Evanston, Ill. - Welsh-Ryan Arena
Internet: Live video web stream on BTN.com and purduesports.com and live stats are available via Gametracker at purduesports.com.
Radio: live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM), the Purdue Radio Network and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 42-19
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Northwestern is not ranked.
Northwestern (12-8, 2-5) is coming off a 75-55 loss at Wisconsin on Sunday. The Wildcats have three players that average double-figure scoring, junior forward Kendall Hackney (15.8), freshman guard Morgan Jones (14.5) and junior center Dannielle Diamant (12.6). All three players also average a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. Freshman Karly Roser leads Northwestern with 107 assists and 40 steals. The Wildcats have earned four of the 11 Big Ten Freshman of the Week Awards, with Jones being honored three times and Roser once. As for the upperclassmen, Hackney is two points away from recording her 1,000th career point.
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.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 389-213 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (26-39, .400) and Nebraska (0-0). The Boilermakers have the highest winning percentage vs. Michigan (48-15, .762), followed by Illinois (47-16, .746) and Wisconsin (44-17, .721). Purdue is 42-19 (.689) against Northwestern, 39-17 (.696) versus the Gophers, 48-25 (.658) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 25-15 (.625) against Penn State. Purdue holds a 35-25 (.583) record versus Iowa and Michigan State.
Last Time Out
Alex Guyton and Chelsea Jones each scored 12 points to help Purdue defeat Michigan State 67-49. Brittany Rayburn scored 11 points, KK Houser finished with 10 and Courtney Moses added eight points and six assists for the Boilermakers, who won their 10th straight and remained alone atop the Big Ten standings. Jones had 10 points in the second half - after Guyton scored 10 in the first half - and finished with six rebounds and four blocks. Purdue held Michigan State to 28.1 percent shooting and a season-low point total. The Boilermakers have held every opponent under 38 percent shooting during their winning streak.
Last Time Vs. Northwestern
On Jan. 16, 2011, the Boilermakers opened the game on a 13-4 run in which they held Northwestern without a field goal. At the half, Purdue led 26-15. Drey Mingo recorded a double-double, with team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Rayburn contributed 11 points and was the only other Boilermaker in double figures. Alex Guyton came up with four steals and point guard Courtney Moses was Purdue's second-leading rebounder with six. For Northwestern, Amy Jaeschke scored a game-high 19 points. Beth Marshall added 10 points for the Wildcats, who were just 1 of 14 for 7.1 percent from three-point range. Rebounds were a key component of Purdue's victory as the Boilermakers outrebounded Northwestern 45-31, including a 19-7 advantage on the offensive boards.
Keeping It Rolling
In Purdue's last two wins, at Indiana and against Michigan State, the Boilermakers never trailed in either contest and averaged a 20.0 margin of victory. The Boilermakers averaged 74.5 points in the wins - almost 12 points above the season average, including a season-high 82 points at IU. Five Purdue players scored in double-figures against the Hoosiers and four in the win over the Spartans, while in the two-game span, seven players (Howard, Rayburn, Houser, Moses, Ostarello, Jones and Guyton) averaged between 8.0 and 13.0 points.
Chelsea Jones and Alex Guyton led the Boilermakers in scoring with 12 points each against Michigan State. It was a season high for Jones who also tied her season best with four blocks. She was 5-of-5 from the floor, hit 2-of-3 free throws, pulled down six rebounds (four offensive), had two assists and two steals. Guyton hit 6-of-7 free throws, had three rebounds, a block and a steal in 14 minutes. Sam Ostarello contributed seven points and seven rebounds in the win. It was Ostarello's 11 game in a row with seven or more rebounds.
Stepping Up In Conference Play
In Big Ten games, the Boilermakers are in the top half of 13 of the 21 statistical categories, including first in scoring defense (55.3 ppg), scoring margin (+10.7), field goal percentage defense (.338), blocked shots (6.6) and steals (11.1); second in turnover margin (+4.3) and third in assists (14.3). Purdue is fifth in scoring offense in conference games (66.0 ppg), five spots better than its ranking in all games (10th - 62.7 ppg).
The Boilermakers will travel directly to Iowa for the second clash of the year Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Purdue-Iowa contest will be broadcast live on BTN.
Howard Provides Depth
Redshirt senior guard/forward Antionette Howard had a breakout game at Indiana, scoring a season-high 20 points, while recording a team-high eight rebounds (six offensive), and assist, a block and a career-high four steals. Howard has been in double-figures five times this season. She scored 13 points against Minnesota and Notre Dame, and had 12 points versus Wisconsin. The Duluth, Ga., native is Purdue's third leading scorer in conference games with an average of 9.6 points per contest.
In conference, Brittany Rayburn is averaging 16.0 ppg - an increase of nearly 2 points from non-conference, KK Houser contributes 12.4 - a nearly five point increase and Antionette Howard is averaging 9.6 ppg - 3.5 points above her average in non-conference games.
Taking Care Of The Rock
The Boilermakers are doing a better job of taking care of the basketball in conference games. They are averaging 16.0 turnovers per game in league play after averaging 19.7 miscues against non-conference opponents.