Feb. 1, 2014
Tipoff: 1:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Feb. 2
Location: Breslin Center – East Lansing, Mich.
Television: Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play and Shelley Till providing analysis.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network (http://video.btn.com/allaccess/) and BTN2Go
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and analysis.
The Series: Purdue holds a 38-27 all-time edge over the Spartans, but trail the series in East Lansing, Mich., 20-12. The Boilermakers have won four of the last six against Michigan State, including a 67-62 overtime win at the Breslin Center last season, and a 62-47 win over the Spartans in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship game. The last two meetings at Michigan State have both gone to overtime, splitting the contests.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 19th by the Associated Press and 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ Poll. Michigan State is unranked.
The Spartans sit second in the conference standings at 6-2 in Big Ten play and 14-7 overall on the year, winning their last two games over Ohio State and Wisconsin after losing home contests to Penn State and Illinois. Michigan State features a balanced scoring attack with six different players averaging at least eight points, led by senior Annalise Pickrel’s 13.6 points per game and freshman Aerial Powers’ 13.5 points per game. Both average more than seven rebounds per game, while Powers chips in nearly two steals per game as well. The Spartans are one of the Big Ten’s top rebounding teams, grabbing just shy of 40 boards per game, while holding opponents to 35.1 rebounds per game in conference action.
Climbing the Charts
Ranked 15th in school history in scoring, Courtney Moses is 15 points from matching All-American Stacey Lovelace and 50 points shy of matching head coach Sharon Versyp on the Boilermakers' career list. Moses is also sitting 12th in career points per game (12.5), 15th in career field goals (522), second in three-point field goals (216) and fifth in career three-point field goal percentage (.393).
Moses and KK Houser are irst and second in conference play in three-pointers per game, making a combined 6.1 triples per game. The pair account for 70 percent of the Boilermakers' offense from behind the arc. Michigan State is tied with Purdue for 11th in the conference in three-point defense, surrendering more than 33 percent of opponents’ attempts.
Bays on the Boards
Coming off a career-high 15 rebounds against Penn State on Thursday, Whitney Bays is averaging seven rebounds per game on the season and 9.3 boards per game in conference play. Her conference average is up more than four boards per game over non-conference play.
Bays and Michigan State freshman Tori Jankoska have been two of the top players off the bench in the Big Ten this season. Bays averages 11 points and seven rebounds for the Boilermakers, while Jankoska averages 12 points and three rebounds, despite starting the last two games for MSU.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women’s Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 762-404 all-time.
- Purdue is 176-85 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 293-150.
- The Boilermakers are 355-180 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 86th time in their last 89 games, sitting 19th in the AP Poll and 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
- Purdue is 244-216 all-time on the road, including a 151-117 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 162-114 all-time in the month of February, including a 61-65 record on the road and a 4-5 mark on Feb. 2.
- Purdue is 18-18 all-time in its 22nd game of the season.