Jan. 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 15/13 PURDUE (16-3, 5-1) at No. 25/RV MICHIGAN STATE (16-3, 4-2)
Tipoff: 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 27
Location: Breslin Center - East Lansing, Mich.
Television: Live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins providing play-by-play and Stephen Bardo analysis.
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 36-26
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Michigan State is ranked No. 25 in the AP and receiving votes in the coaches' poll.
Michigan State (16-3, 4-2) is coming off a 59-54 loss at Nebraska on Thursday. The Spartans are one of the top defensive teams not just in the Big Ten, but in the country, holding opponents to conference-best 48.3 points per game on the season. Michigan State also leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.336), three-point field goal percentage defense (.247) and rebound margin (+9.4). On the offensive end, the Spartans present a balanced attack with six players averaging 8.6 ppg or higher, led by Klarissa Bell's 12.4 ppg. Sophomore guard Kiana Johnson (10.4 ppg) is the only other Spartan averaging double-figures for the season. Head coach Suzie Merchant is in her sixth season as the head coach at Michigan State and has had to overcome the loss of three potential starters to season ending injuries. Redshirt sophomore Madison Williams re-injured her ACL, while freshman Aerial Powers tore her Achilles tendon and on Dec. 13, freshman Branndais Agee tore her ACL.
This is the 63rd meeting between Purdue and Michigan State with the Boilermakers holding a 36-26 series edge. In the last 20 meetings, the teams have split the series at 10 wins apiece. Last season, the Boilermakers snapped a five-game losing streak against the Spartans with a 67-49 victory in West Lafayette on Jan. 23. Purdue went 2-1 last year, losing 67-52 in overtime Feb. 19 in East Lansing before winning 73-64 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 2. The Boilermakers last victory in the Breslin Center was a 70-60 decision Jan. 11, 2007, and they are 11-20 all time in East Lansing.
Last Time vs. Michigan State
Brittany Rayburn scored 29 points to lead No. 21 Purdue to a 73-64 victory over Michigan State in the Big Ten women's tournament quarterfinals. Rayburn was 7 of 10 from three-point range. Courtney Moses added 14 points and Chantel Poston scored 10 for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers. Purdue led 38-27 at halftime and built its biggest lead, 54-34, with 15:14 to play. Michigan State never came closer than nine points after that. Lykendra Johnson led Michigan State with 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Jasmine Thomas had 12 points and Porsche Poole added 10 points for the Spartans.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 400-219 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 345-171 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, 44-19 (.698) 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 return to Mackey Arena to take on instate rival Indiana (10-9, 1-5) on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on BTN. A half point will be on the line in the Crimson and Gold Cup, while the Barn Burner Trophy game is the Feb. 20 contest at Indiana.
Last Time Out
Courtney Moses scored a season-high 26 points and No. 15 Purdue held on to beat Northwestern 77-73. Moses hit a three-pointer 19 seconds into the game for her 1,000th career point. Freshman Taylor Manuel tied her season high with 16 points and Sam Ostarello had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Boilermakers. It was the seventh double-double of the season for Ostarello and the 12th of her career. Drey Mingo also had 10 points for Purdue. Northwestern trailed by 19 in the second half, but closed within 71-69 with 28 seconds to play after Dannielle Diamant's three-pointer. Moses made four free throws and Ostarello hit a pair in the final 25 seconds for Purdue. Maggie Lyon led the Wildcats with 18 points. Kendall Hackney scored 17, Karly Roser had 14 points and eight assists, and Lauren Douglas scored 12 points for Northwestern. Moses recorded her 1,000th point in her career in her 85th game as a Boilermaker, tying Jannon Roland for 10th fastest in school history to achieve the feat. The junior guard currently has 1,023 career points.
1,000 Point Club
Junior guard Courtney Moses became the 27th member of Purdue's 1,000 point club with a season-high 26 points against Northwestern. The Sweetser, Ind., native accomplished the feat in 85 career games, tying Jannon Roland for 10th fastest in school history and with 1,023 points is currently 25th all time on the Purdue scoring chart.
Manuel Making Impact
Freshman Taylor Manuel pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds at Iowa and followed that up by tying her career high with 16 points against Northwestern.
KK Houser had a team-high seven assists against Northwestern, has dished out five or more assists 10 times this season, including three games of career-high 10 assists, and needs just three assists to move into the top 15 all-time at Purdue.