Feb. 5, 2014
Tipoff: 7 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Feb. 6
Location: West Lafayette, Ind. - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network (http://video.btn.com/allaccess/) with Cory Palm providing play-by-play and Tommy Barrett providing analysis.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Tyler Goldberg providing analysis.
The Series: Ohio State is the only team in the Big Ten with a winning record against the Boilermakers, holding a 41-27 all-time edge. Purdue has won two of the last three at home against the Buckeyes, but have dropped five of the last six in series history. The Boilermakers' home record in the series is close to .500, but still trail, 14-16, all-time.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 25th by the Associated Press and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Ohio State is unranked.
Ohio State heads into the week at 14-11 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten play, having won just two of its last five after opening conference play 2-1. Sophomore Ameryst Alston is the fourth-ranked scorer in the conference at 17.0 points per game, including 18.6 points per game in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes feature the third-ranked scoring defense in the conference, holding opponents to just 63.9 points per game, and have played the nation's third-toughest schedule in the nation.
Bad Broken Streak
Thursday's game will break a string of 64 consecutive starts for senior guard KK Houser, who is out indefinitely after injuring her left knee at Michigan State on Sunday. Houser has accounted for approximately 21 percent of the Boilermakers' offense this season, scoring 349 points, and assisted on 14 percent on Purdue's field goals.
Who's Stepping Up?
There have been several questions on how the Boilermakers' will replace Houser, and the simple answer is they won't. Several guards will be asked to cover Houser's minutes, including sophomore Hayden Hamby and freshmen Ashley Morrissette and Bridget Perry. Morrissette has played the fewest minutes of the trio to date, but is shooting 50 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three. Perry has played the most minutes this season, averaging 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Courtney Moses has continued to climb the career scoring list and is closing in on a pair of Boilermaker legends. With 1,519 career points, she is eight points shy of matching All-American Stacey Lovelace, and 46 points away from tying head coach Sharon Versyp on Purdue's all-time scoring list.
Bays is Bringing It
Over the last six games, junior Whitney Bays is averaging 14.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals, including a 22-point outing at Michigan State last Sunday. Bays is shooting 51.7 percent from the field during the run and has shot 80.6 percent from the free throw line on the season, good for 13th in the Big Ten.
As a part of "Throwback Thursday" Purdue will celebrate the 2000's, honoring the Boilermakers' hoops successes in addition to themed music and contests during the game.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 762-405 all-time.
- Purdue is 176-86 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 293-151.
- The Boilermakers are 355-181 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 87th time in their last 90 games, sitting 25th in the AP Poll and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Purdue is 398-123 all-time at home, including a 203-63 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 162-115 all-time in the month of February, including a 96-44 record at home and a 6-5 mark on Feb. 6.
- Purdue is 18-17 all-time in its 23rd game of the season.