Feb. 8, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
RV/- MICHIGAN (17-6, 6-4) at No. 13/14 PURDUE (18-4, 7-2)
Tipoff: Noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 10
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Live on BTN with Eric Collins 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 Jane Schott analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 49-15
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 14 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Michigan is receiving votes in the AP Poll. Promotions: Alumnae Day and National Girls and Women in Sports Day - Free sports clinic in Lambert Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, $2 tickets for Girl Scouts through group ticket sales and halftime recognition of former women's basketball players, managers and coaches.
Michigan (17-6, 6-4) broke a three-game losing streak with a 72-69 victory at home against Illinois on Thursday. The Wolverines have three seniors averaging double-figure scoring, led by 6-foot-4 guard Kate Thompson who contributes 15.0 points per game. Rachel Sheffer averages 13.0 points and Jenny Ryan is scoring 10.8 points, while leading the team in assists (5.1 apg) and steals (2.0 spg). First-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico has her team averaging 62.1 ppg while holding opponents to 53.7 ppg. Arico spent 10 years as the head coach at St. John's before taking over at Michigan.
This is the 65th meeting between Purdue and Michigan, with the Boilermakers owning a 49-15 series advantage, including a 24-4 record against the Wolverines in Mackey Arena. Purdue is 17-3 in the last 20 matchups, with the last meeting in West Lafayette resulting in a 65-64 Purdue victory (Jan. 6, 2011). Last season, the Boilermakers earned a 60-49 win in Ann Arbor in the only meeting of the year between the two teams.
Last Time vs. Michigan
Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points to help No. 22 Purdue to a 60-49 victory over Michigan. Chantel Poston added 12 points and Courtney Moses 11 for the Boilermakers. Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 15 points. Carmen Reynolds added 11 points, and Jenny Ryan had game highs of 10 rebounds and four steals. The Boilermakers shot 45 percent (23 of 51), including 50 percent in the second half, when they extended their 27-23 halftime lead. Michigan was limited to 37.7 percent shooting (20 of 53) but outrebounded Purdue 36-30.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 402-220 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 347-172 in league games. Purdue has 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 26-17 (.605) against Penn State. Purdue is 37-26 (.587) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-27 (.565) record versus Iowa. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (27-40, .403).
The Boilermakers have a road game at Wisconsin on Valentine's Day, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET in Madison on Feb. 14. The game will be available via a live video web stream on purduesports.com or BTN.com. The next home game is Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. ET against Iowa. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and is the annual Play 4Kay contest for breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, or this season, in support of Director of Basketball Operations, Terry Kix's battle against stomach cancer, periwinkle.
Last Time Out
No. 13 Purdue came up one run too short at No. 8 Penn State on Monday night. Courtney Moses scored 21 points, but the Boilermakers fell 69-61 to the Lady Lions. Maggie Lucas scored 17 points, Alex Bentley added 13 and Penn State finished off Purdue with a 12-6 run over the final 6:39. Purdue had narrowed a 12-point deficit to 57-55 before going the next five-plus minutes without a field goal. Drey Mingo added 13 points for Purdue, while Sam Ostarello had 13 rebounds including 12 on the defensive end.
Mingo Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
For the second-consecutive season and the third time under head coach Sharon Versyp, a member of the Purdue women's basketball team is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Drey Mingo is one of the final 10 women's basketball players for this year's prestigious honor. An acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School," the 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. Fans can vote once a day until March 25 at SeniorCLASSAward.com and at the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page. Fan votes will be combined with media and NCAA Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner, with the announcement being made at the NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans April 7 and 9.
Figuring It Out
After failing to reach double figures in Purdue's first five conference games, freshman Taylor Manuel has scored 10 or more in the last four contests. The two-time freshman of the week tied her season high with 16 points against Northwestern, scored 12 at Michigan State,11 points versus Indiana and contributed 10 points at Penn State. In that four game stretch, Manuel has the second highest scoring average on the team at 12.3 ppg, while also averaging 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. In that same four-game period, classmate April Wilson also has played well, averaging 7.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
Moses Plays Big
Junior guard Courtney Moses has stepped up in most of Purdue's biggest games this season. Against ranked opponents, Moses is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game, including two 20 point games (24 vs. UConn and 21 at Penn State). In those five games, the Sweetser, Ind., native is shooting 50.0 from the field, including 48.3 percent from three-point range while averaging 2.8 made threes per game. Moses also has hit 89.5 percent of her free throws against ranked opponents. Moses has four 20 point games on the season, recording a season-high 26 against Northwestern and tying her then-season high with 24 in the win over Ohio State. At 40.0 percent from long range, Moses is 25th nationally for 3FG%.