Jan. 27, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -
No. 13/17 PURDUE (18-3, 8-0) at IOWA (11-10, 3-5)
Tipoff: Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET
Location: Iowa City, Iowa - Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Television: Live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play and Lisa Stone analysis.
Internet: Live stats are 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 35-25
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Iowa is not ranked.
Iowa (11-10, 3-5) is tied for seventh place in the Big Ten and have lost two of the last three contests since dropping a close one at Purdue. The Hawkeyes have three players averaging double-figures, led by Preseason All-Big Ten Selection, Jaime Printy's 17.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. Point guard Kamille Wahlin averages 11.3 points and 3.6 assists while Morgan Johnson adds 14.0 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per outing. Iowa averages 70.8 points per game and is tops in the conference in free throw percentage at 82.4 percent on the year. The Hawkeyes are second in the Big Ten with an average of 6.7 three-pointers per game.
This is the 61st meeting between Purdue and Iowa in women's basketball, with the Boilermakers holding a 35-25 series edge. Purdue is 16-4 in the last 20 meetings and 8-2 in the last 10 games. The Boilermakers have won seven of the last eight contests including earlier this season, 57-55 on Jan. 15, in Mackey Arena. The last loss against the Hawkeyes was on Jan. 31, 2010, by a score of 70-50 in Iowa City and Purdue is 10-15 all time in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 390-213 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 39-17 (.696) versus the Gophers, 43-19 (.694) against Northwestern, 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
Courtney Moses scored a career-high 29 points and KK Houser added 21 to help Purdue win its 11th in a row, 80-70 at Northwestern. The Big Ten's only unbeaten women's team, 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. 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.
Last Time Against Iowa
Brittany Rayburn scored 14 points and came up with a key block late to help Purdue defeat Iowa 57-55 on Jan. 15. She made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left to give Purdue the lead, then blocked Kelly Krei's potential game winning three-pointer with one second on the clock. Courtney Moses added 10 points and Sam Ostarello had 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena to take on No. 19/21 Nebraska on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET on BTN.com.
Balance Scoring Leads To Increased Production
In the Boilermakers last three wins, they have averaged 76.3 points - almost 13 points above the season average - including a season-high 82 points at IU. Five Purdue players scored in double-figures against the Hoosiers, four reached double-figures against Michigan State and at Northwestern, the Boilermakers had two players score over 20 points for the first time this season. In the last three games, seven players (Howard, Rayburn, Houser, Moses, Ostarello, Jones and Guyton) are averaging between 7.0 and 15.7 points.
A win at Iowa would give Purdue its first blemish free record in the month of January since going 8-0 in 2005-06. The Boilers have gone undefeated in Jan. on two other occasions: 10-0 in 1999 and 7-0 in 2001. Purdue ended both of those seasons in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament.
Since being upset at Central Michigan, Purdue is on a 11-game win streak, the most consecutive wins under head coach Sharon Versyp. The 11-straight wins is the best in the conference and tied for fifth longest in NCAA Division I. The Boilermakers started the season winning six straight before losing at No. 6 Duke. In Sharon Versyp's first year as Purdue's coach in 2006-07, the Boilermakers had a 10-game win streak to close out the season before losing to North Carolina 84-72 in the Elite Eight. That team finished with a 31-6 record, Versyp's best as a collegiate head coach.
On The Record
At 18-3, the Boilermakers are off to their best record since a 19-3 start in 2006-07, Versyp's first season as head coach.
Moses And Houser
Courtney Moses and KK Houser each scored career highs at Northwestern. Moses finished with a game-high 29 points, hitting 3-of-3 from three in the first half and a career-high 14-of-14 from the free throw line. Houser recorded 21 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals. It was Purdue's first game this season with two 20+ point scorers. The duo's accomplishments were needed as leading scorer Brittany Rayburn was 0-of-12 from the field and finished with four points.
KK Houser contributes 13.5 points per game in conference game - six points higher than her non-conference average. Antionette Howard is averaging 9.1 ppg - three points above her average outside the Big Ten.
Taking Care Of The Rock
The Boilermakers are doing a better job of taking care of the basketball in conference games. They are averaging 15.9 turnovers per game in league play after averaging 19.7 miscues against non-conference opponents.