Feb. 1, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 16/18 NEBRASKA (18-3, 7-2) at No. 15/17 PURDUE (18-4, 8-1)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 2
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Live video web stream available on BTN.com and purduesports.com and 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 Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Nebraska is No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the Coaches' Poll.
The Cornhuskers are in their first season as members of the Big Ten Conference, having moved over from the Big 12. Nebraska is tied with Ohio State for second in the Big Ten, just one game behind the Boilermakers. The Huskers are led by sophomore Jordan Hooper who is third in the conference in scoring with a 19.7 ppg average and tops in rebounding, pulling down 9.5 per game. Junior guard Lindsey Moore averages 16.0 points and 5.8 assists, while freshman Emily Cady contributes 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for Nebraska. The Huskers average 73.6 points per game while holding opponents to 59.7 points and lead the Big Ten with an average of 7.2 threes a game.
This is the first meeting between Purdue and Nebraska in women's basketball and the only one of the regular season between the two teams.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 390-214 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 is 35-25 (.583) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-26 (.574) record versus Iowa.
Last Time Out
Kamille Wahlin scored all 13 of her points in the second half and Iowa upset Purdue 59-42 on Saturday, snapping the Boilermakers' 11-game win streak. Morgan Johnson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Brittany Rayburn hit a three-pointer to cut Iowa's lead to 40-37 with 11 minutes left, but the Hawkeyes answered with a 16-2 run over an eight-minute stretch to pull away. Iowa led just 23-21 at halftime. The teams combined for 43 fouls and 29 turnovers.
The Boilermakers will play the second contest of their only two-game home stand in conference play this year when they play host to Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. ET. Courtney Moses hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Purdue a 64-63 victory at Illinois on Jan. 2, in the teams' previous matchup this season. Sunday's game will be broadcast as a live video web stream on BTN.com and purduesports.com.
Purdue's final two games of the regular season have been picked up by the Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers' game time at Michigan on Feb. 23 has been set for 6 p.m. ET and the home contest against Indiana on Feb. 26 will tip at noon ET; both will air live on BTN.
Brittany Rayburn is one of 10 finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School," the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The animal sciences major has over a 3.7 GPA and interviewed with Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine on Jan. 20. Fans can vote once a day until March 18 at seniorclassaward.com/vote, and fan voting constitutes one-third of the selection process with the remaining two-thirds determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members. Purdue is the only school to have a men's and women's basketball player as finalists. Robbie Hummel is one of 10 men's basketball players selected.
It's All About The Defense
The Boilermakers are among the leaders nationally in several defensive statistical categories. Purdue is 11th among NCAA Division I institutions for field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to an average of 33.6 percent shooting on the year and by limiting foes to 53.9 points per game are 26th nationally in scoring defense. The Boilermakers are 15th in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.7 per contest and are 60th in steals with an average of 10.6 per game. Purdue leads the Big Ten in all four of the categories mentioned above.
Individuals In The Big Ten
Purdue holds a one-game lead in the Big Ten and has several individuals that rank among the statistical leaders in conference play. Three Boilermakers are in the top 30 in scoring: Brittany Rayburn (14.0) at No. 15, KK Houser (12.8) is tied for 21st and Courtney Moses (10.3) at No. 28. Sam Ostarello is tied for third in rebounding (9.1), Houser is sixth in assists (4.4), fifth in steals (2.7) and sixth for three-point field goal percentage (.424), while Moses is third in free throw percentage (.913) and Rayburn is seventh (.870). As for blocked shots, Chelsea Jones is tied for third (1.8) while Ostarello and Alex Guyton are tied for seventh (1.3).
KK Houser is from Lincoln, Neb., and will be facing the hometown team for the first time in her career. Houser played AAU basketball with Nebraska freshman Emily Cady.
On The Record
At 18-4, the Boilermakers are off to their best record since a 19-3 start in 2006-07, Versyp's first season as head coach.