Women's Basketball Game Notes: SIU Edwardsville

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Dee Dee Williams is one of the Boilermakers top defenders.

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Dee Dee Williams is one of the Boilermakers top defenders.
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Jan. 26, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

SIU EDWARDSVILLE (7-12) at PURDUE (13-7, 4-4 Big Ten)

Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 27
Location: West Lafayette, Ind. - Mackey Arena (14,123)
Television: none
Web Stream: available live on bigtennetwork.com
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: First meeting

The Opponent
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (7-12) is on a five game win streak after losing seven straight games in December. Most recently, the Cougars defeated Murray State 70-56 on Tuesday. SIUE has transitioned from NCAA Division II, playing its first season on the Div. I level in 2008-09. The Cougars are independent in women's basketball but are playing an OVC schedule and will be a member in the conference next season. SIUE is led by freshman Jazmin Hill who is averaging a team-best 13.7 ppg and 3.1 apg. Sophomore Raven Berry leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 rpg while averaging 11.2 ppg. Amanda Levens is in her third season as the head coach of the Cougars.

The Series
This is the first meeting in women's basketball between Purdue and SIU Edwardsville.

Next Up
Purdue plays host to Indiana on Sunday at noon. The contest will be carried live on the Big Ten Network with Leah Secondo providing play-by-play and Stephanie White analysis. It is the second meeting of the season between the intrastate rivals and has been designated as Alumnae Day with activities for former Purdue women's basketball players, coaches and managers.

Last Time Out - Michigan
- Purdue was held to a season-low 45 points in the loss. The score was tied at 25 at the half, but the Boilermakers scored a season-low 20 points in the second period.
- Brittany Rayburn was the only Boilermaker to achieve double-figure scoring with 10 points.
- Purdue shot a higher percentage from the field than Michigan (.380 /.350) and outrebounded the Wolverines 41-32, but committed 12 more turnovers (20/8) and made six fewer three-pointers (2/8).
- Michigan's eight turnovers were a season low by an opponent.
- Purdue's 33 defensive rebounds were a season high.
- Sam Ostarello recorded a game-high 10 rebounds, tying her season-high. The 6-foot-2 sophomore also scored eight points in her 20 minutes on the floor.
- Drey Mingo scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

Stingy Defense
The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, holding teams to an average of 57.5 points and 37.4 percent from the field per game. Purdue is second in the Big Ten in rebounding defense, limiting opponents to an average of 33.0 rebounds per game. Earlier this season, Murray State scored only 25 points and shot 12.2 percent against Purdue on Dec. 12. Both totals are the lowest this season by an opponent. Purdue held Southern Illinois to 36 total points and 27.5 percent from the field. The Boilermakers have only allowed one opponent to reach 50.0 percent from the field - Notre Dame (31 of 62; 50.0%). Purdue has held 12 teams under 40 percent field goal percentage and nine teams to 56 points or less.

By The Numbers
Purdue is 11-3 when it outrebounds its opponents, is 4-0 when shooting 50 percent from the field or better and is 8-0 when scoring 70 points or more. Oddly enough, Purdue was 9-0 against non-conference opponents when winning the battle of the boards, but in Big Ten games, three of the Boilermakers' four losses have come when outrebounding the other team and Purdue was outrebounded in two of its four wins.