Feb. 4, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
ILLINOIS (8-15, 2-8) at No. 15/17 PURDUE (18-5, 8-2)
Tipoff: 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 5
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 Jane Schott analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 47-16
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Illinois is not ranked.
Feb. 16: Penn State - all tickets are just $5.
Vote For Rayburn
Brittany Rayburn is one of 10 finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote once a day until March 18 at seniorclassaward.com, and fan voting constitutes one-third of the selection process. With Robbie Hummel named as a men's finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, Purdue is the only school to have a men's and women's basketball player as finalists.
The Illini (8-15, 2-8) have won two of their last three contests, a 71-62 overtime victory at Michigan State on Jan. 26 and a 72-67 win at home against Minnesota on Feb. 2. Karisma Penn (14.2) leads Illinois in scoring and is one of the conference's top rebounders at 7.7 boards per game. Illinois' second leading scorer, Kersten Magrum, missed three games with concussion symptoms, before playing at Michigan State and versus Nebraska, and then did not see action against Minnesota on Thursday.
Purdue holds a 47-16 series advantage against the Illini and has won six of the last seven matchups, including the last time these two teams met in Mackey Arena, a 92-63 Boilermaker victory on Feb. 13, 2011. Purdue is 9-2 vs. Illinois under head coach Sharon Versyp, defeating the Illini 64-63 when the teams played earlier this season Jan. 2 in Champaign.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 390-215 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 (0-1). 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
No. 15 Purdue's battle with No. 16 Nebraska resulted in the first triple overtime game in school history. The Huskers prevailed 93-89 to move into a tie with Purdue for first place in the conference at 8-2. The Boilermakers were down by as many as 12 points in the first half, battled back to trail by seven at the half and cut it to three 1.5 minutes into the second period. The Boilermakers took their first lead with 3:14 remaining in regulation but one of two free throws by Emily Cady followed by a missed three-point attempt by Antionette Howard, sent the game into the first overtime. Jordan Hooper had 27 points to lead the Cornhuskers while Alex Guyton had 16 points and tied her career high with 13 rebounds, recording the first double-double of her career. Five Boilermakers scored in double-figures and Purdue committed just 13 turnovers in 55 minutes of action, but gave up a school record 13 three-pointers by the Huskers.
Last Time Vs. Illinois
Courtney Moses made a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired, giving Purdue a 64-63 win against Illinois on Jan. 2. Lydia McCully hit just 1 of 2 free throws with seven seconds left for a 63-61 lead before Moses nailed the game-winner. Antionette Howard grabbed the rebound off the missed free throw by McCully, dribbled to near the top of the key at Purdue's end and, when Moses curled behind her, dished off to Moses for the game winning shot at the buzzer. Brittany Rayburn had 17 points to lead Purdue, including 13 in the second half. KK Houser scored 16 points and made a career-high three three-pointers. The Boilermakers held Illinois to 37 percent shooting. Kersten Magrum led all players with 18 points, while Ivory Crawford had 14 points, all in the second half. Illinois didn't hold a lead until there was 8:40 left in the second half, when Karisma Penn's jumper gave the Illini a 48-46 advantage.
The Boilermakers have a bye on Thursday before playing at No. 11 Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
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.
Notes From Nebraska
- It was the first triple-overtime game in Purdue's history, the second overtime contest of the season (Kansas State) and the first game with multiple overtimes since a double overtime victory at Ohio State (74-71) on Feb. 11, 2001.
- Alex Guyton led Purdue in scoring and rebounding, recording the first double-double of her career with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The 13 boards tied her career high.
- KK Houser played a school record 49 minutes and Brittany Rayburn logged a career-high 46 minutes.
- Nebraska hit 13 three-pointers, a school record number by an opponent.
- Purdue scored a season-high 89 points but gave up a season-high 93.
- The Cornhuskers hit 59.1 percent (13-of-22) of their shots in the first half and 50.0 percent (11-of-22) in overtime.
- Purdue committed just 13 turnovers in 55 minutes and forced Nebraska into 26 turnovers. KK Houser tied her career high with six steals.
- The Boilermakers had 92 field goal attempts, the most since 98 attempts vs. Kent State on Dec. 8, 1990.
- Purdue had season highs for rebounds (50) and offensive rebounds (25). The 25 offensive rebounds ties for eighth most in school history.
-Purdue had five players score in double-figures for the second time this season but allowed Jordan Hooper to score 27, the most by an opponent this year.
Academic Honor For Rayburn
Brittany Rayburn was named first team Capital One Academic All-District by CoSIDA on Thursday. It is Rayburn's second-consecutive first team All-District selection after being named second team All-District as a sophomore. The Capital One Academic All-America teams program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.