Feb. 8, 2014
Tipoff: 12 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Feb. 9
Location: Crisler Arena - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Television: Big Ten Network with Mike Couzens providing play-by-play and Vera Jones 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: Despite a loss to the Wolverines at Mackey Arena this season, the Boilermakers hold a 50-16 all-time advantage over Michigan, including a 19-10 edge in Ann Arbor. Michigan’s win on Jan. 15 gave the Wolverines just their fourth win streak in series history over the Boilermakers, whose longest streak in the series was a three-game run in 1981 and 1982. Purdue won 18 straight over Michigan from 2000-to-2008, and 21-in-a-row from 1986-to-1997.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 25th by the Associated Press and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ Poll. Michigan is unranked.
Michigan enters Sunday’s game at 15-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play, having lost three of their last five, but winning at Northwestern on Thursday, 70-68. The Wolverines are one of the top three-point shooting and rebounding teams in the Big Ten, ranking second in the conference with a +8.1 rebounding margin and sitting tied for second from behind the arc with the Boilermakers at 38.4 percent. Junior Shannon Smith leads Michigan in scoring at 14.2 points per game, but freshman Siera Thompson is right behind her at 14.1 points per game, and is the top three-point shooter in the Big Ten at 48.3 percent.
In Her Honor
Senior Courtney Moses made a tremendous gesture this week, switching her jersey number from 15 to 22 to honor injured teammate KK Houser. Moses will wear 22 the remainder of the season, barring a comeback attempt by Houser.
After passing All-American Stacey Lovelace on the Boilermakers career scoring list this week, Moses is now 28 points shy of matching head coach Sharon Versyp for 13th all-time at Purdue. The vast majority of Versyp’s 1,565 career points came without the aid of the three-point line, as it was introduced in her senior season, while 218 of Moses’ 530 career field goals have been from distance, accounting for more than 42 percent of her points.
After not reaching the scoring column in four straight games, senior Dee Dee Williams has averaged nine points over the last two outings, including matching her season-high with 10 points against Ohio State on Thursday. Williams was a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line against the Buckeyes, marking her best career performance from the charity stripe.
Dialing From Distance
Purdue and Michigan are not only two of the top three-point shooting teams in the Big Ten, but are tied for ninth nationally from behind the arc at 38.4 percent. Wolverine freshman Siera Thompson leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally, making 48.3 percent from three, while Moses is third in the conference and 10th in the NCAA, converting 46 percent from distance.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women’s Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 763-405 all-time.
- Purdue is 177-86 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 294-151.
- The Boilermakers are 356-181 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 88th time in their last 91 games, sitting 25th in the AP Poll and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
- Purdue is 244-217 all-time on the road, including a 151-118 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 163-115 all-time in the month of February, including a 61-66 record on the road and a 5-1 mark on Feb. 9.
- Purdue is 23-11 all-time in its 24th game of the season.