No. 14/11 PURDUE (18-3, 7-1) at No. 7/8 PENN STATE (17-3, 7-1)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 4 Location: Bryce Jordan Center - University Park, Pa. Television: Live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins providing play-by-play and Stephanie White 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 26-16 and has won the last five matchups at Penn State. The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Penn State is ranked No. 7 in the AP and No. 8 in the coaches' poll.
The Last Meeting
March 3, 2012
No. 21 Purdue Advances To The Big Ten Tournament Final
Brittany Rayburn's driving layup with 1.4 seconds left gave No. 21 Purdue a 68-66 win over No. 9 Penn State in a Big Ten tournament semifinal. Rayburn finished with 14 points, while Courtney Moses scored 21 and Antionette Howard had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers (23-8). Purdue outrebounded Penn State 54-32. Indianapolis native Alex Bentley led Penn State with 22 points, but she fouled out in the final minute. Nikki Greene scored 12 points and Mia Nickson added nine points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (24-6), who had won eight straight. Maggie Lucas, who scored 28 points in a regular-season win over Purdue, finished with nine.
Penn State (17-3, 7-1) suffered its first conference loss of the season, 63-61 at Wisconsin on Thursday, breaking an 11-game win streak. The Lady Lions had not lost since Dec. 6 when Connecticut bested them 67-52. Junior guard Maggie Lucas paces Penn State, averaging 19.9 ppg, which puts her third in the conference rankings. Senior center Nikki Greene leads the team in rebounding at 8.7 rpg. Coquese Washington is in her sixth year as the head coach at Penn State. Last year she led the Lady Lions to their first Big Ten Championship since 2004. Penn State leads the league in scoring and rebounding at 73.6 ppg and 43.0 rpg and is second nationally for three-point field goal percentage at 39.6 percent as a team.
This is the 43rd meeting between Purdue and Penn State in women's basketball, the first and only matchup of the regular season. Purdue holds a 26-16 series advantage, including a 12-3 mark in the last 15 contests. The Boilermakers are 8-9 in University Park, but have won the last five meetings in the Bryce Jordan Center. Head coach Sharon Versyp is 9-2 versus the Lady Lions, including 8-2 against Coquese Washington.
Last Time vs. Penn State Brittany Rayburn's driving layup with 1.4 seconds left gave No. 21 Purdue a 68-66 win over No. 9 Penn State in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal. The Boilermakers outrebounded Penn State 54-32 and advanced to the championship game for the fourth time in six years. Rayburn finished with 14 points against the Lady Lions, while Courtney Moses scored 21 and Antionette Howard had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers. Alex Bentley led Penn State with 22 points, but she fouled out in the final minute. Nikki Greene scored 12 points and Mia Nickson added nine points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Lions. Lucas, who scored 28 points in a regular-season win over Purdue, finished with nine.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 402-219 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 347-171 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, 50-25 (.667) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 26-16 (.619) against Penn State. Purdue is 37-26 (.587) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-27 (.565) record versus Iowa.
The Boilermakers have a bye on Feb. 7 and will return home to face Michigan on Sunday Feb. 10 at noon ET on BTN. It is the only matchup in the regular season between the two teams. Purdue will travel to Wisconsin on Feb. 14 before playing host to Iowa on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena. The Michigan game is the designated National Women and Girls and Sport Day with a free pregame sports clinic in Lambert Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 10 rebounds Thursday to lead Purdue to a 59-42 win over Indiana. It was the eighth double-double of the year for the senior and the 13th of her career. KK Houser and April Wilson scored 12 points apiece for the Boilermakers. Taylor Manuel added 11 points for Purdue, which held a 45-30 rebounding edge. Linda Rubene scored 13 points and Aulani Sinclair scored 11 for Indiana. Rubene and Sinclair each had a team-high six rebounds. Purdue's leading scorer, Courtney Moses was held scoreless for just the third time in her career. The Boilermakers never trailed and opened up a quick 12-2 lead, but Indiana tied the game three times late in the first half, the last at 26 before Purdue scored the last six points of the half.
Figuring It Out
In the last three game stretch, freshman Taylor Manuel has led the Boilermakers in scoring with a 13.0 ppg average. Manuel, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week tied her season-high with 16 against Northwestern, scored 12 at Michigan State and 11 points versus Indiana. She is getting plenty of help however as both Drey Mingo and KK Houser averaged 11.7 ppg and Courtney Moses contributed 11.3 ppg. Sam Ostarello put up 9.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in the last three games.
Manuel Picks Up Second Freshman of Week
Freshman Taylor Manuel was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time on Jan. 29 after averaging 14.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 71 percent from the floor in Purdue's two wins. Manuel tied her career high with 16 points in 17 minutes in the 77-73 win over Northwestern on Jan. 24. She followed that up with 12 points, three assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal in the Boilermakers' overtime victory at Michigan State on Sunday, the first Purdue win in the Breslin Center since 2007. On the season, Manuel leads Purdue in field goal percentage, having hit 60-of-106 shots for 56.6 percent. She is averaging 8.1 points and 3.0 rebounds on the year. Manuel also was awarded the weekly honor on Dec. 10 and is the first Boilermaker to earn multiple Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors since Courtney Moses was tabbed six times in 2010-11.
The Boilermakers have recorded 14 double-doubles this season. Leading the way is Sam Ostarello with eight for a total of 13 in her career; good for a tie for seventh all-time at Purdue for career double-doubles. Ostarello's 19 points and 14 rebounds against Minnesota was her third consecutive double-double, tying for third at Purdue for consecutive double-doubles. The school record is four which was last accomplished by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2009. Drey Mingo has recorded four double-doubles this year and KK Houser has two, one for points and assists and one for points and rebounds.