Feb. 10, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 16/19 PURDUE at No. 10/10 OHIO STATE
Tipoff: 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 12
Location: Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Television: live on ESPN2 with Marc Marc Kestecher providing play-by-play and Tamika Raymond 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.
The Series: Ohio State leads 39-26
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 16 by the Associated Press and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Ohio State is ranked No. 10 in both polls. Promotions: The game has been designated by Ohio State as the Pink Zone/Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game.
-A win on Sunday would give Purdue its second-consecutive 20+ win season, the 20th in program history and the fourth in coach Versyp's six years at Purdue. Versyp's best record as the Boilermaker head coach was a 31-6 mark in 2006-07.
-Purdue is looking for its first win in Columbus since Jan. 22, 2004. Ohio State has a 39-26 series lead against Purdue, and the Buckeyes have won three-straight against the Boilermakers.
-Brittany Rayburn has taken a team-high 24 charges. The next highest by a Boilermaker is KK Houser with three.
-After spending most of the season with just one player averaging double-figure scoring, Purdue has three players averaging double-digits: Brittany Rayburn (14.0), Courtney Moses (10.6) and KK Houser (10.0).
-Purdue is 15-1 when leading at the half, 11-0 when outrebounding the opponent,16-0 when leading with two minutes left and 7-1 when margin is 10 points or less. The Boilermakers are 17-1 when holding opponents to 60 points or less.
-At 9-2, the Boilermakers have a half-game lead over Penn State in the conference standings.
-Rayburn leads Purdue in scoring at 14.0 ppg. Rayburn is second on the team in rebounding with a career-best average of 4.3 rpg.
-Rayburn has 1,629 career points and is ranked eighth all-time in career scoring at Purdue. Her career-high 38 points at Minnesota are the most by a Big Ten player this season.
-Sam Ostarello leads Purdue in rebounding, and is fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 8.1 rpg.
The Buckeyes are coming off a one point loss at Illinois, 66-65, on Thursday. Tayler Hill hit a layup with 19 seconds left to give Ohio State the lead, but Illinois' Alexis Burke answered with a layup of her own with 3.2 remaining for the win. Ohio State is ranked No. 10 in both polls and has lost only three games this season, all in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are led by the high-scoring guard tandem of Hill (21.4 ppg) and Samantha Prahalis (19.5 ppg). Prahalis also is dishing out a league-best 6.8 assists per game and center Ashley Adams leads the Big Ten in blocks at 2.9 per contest.
This marks the 66th meeting between Purdue and Ohio State, with the Buckeyes leading the series 39-26. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight contests, including the last three. Purdue has not won in Columbus since a 74-68 victory Jan. 22, 2004. Last season, Ohio State swept the Boilermakers, winning 90-67 in Columbus and 76-74 in West Lafayette. Sunday's game will be the lone regular-season meeting by these single-play opponents.
Last Time Out
Sam Ostarello scored a career-high 21 points and matched her season-high with 13 rebounds to help Purdue to a 77-66 victory over Illinois. Courtney Moses also scored 21 points and a career-high five steals for the Boilermakers. Trailing 26-25 late in the first half, Purdue scored eight of the final 10 points before break to take a five-point halftime advantage. The Boilermakers continued the push to start the second half, expanding their lead to 44-30 on Brittany Rayburn's three-pointer. Illinois rallied to within 62-58 with seven minutes left before Moses scored four quick points to put Purdue comfortably back in front. Adrienne Godbold scored 25 points and Alex Burke added 17 for Illinois.
Last Time Vs. Ohio State
Ohio State's Brittany Johnson hit a three-pointer with 0.7 seconds on the clock to give the Buckeyes a 76-74 win against the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena on Feb. 20, 2011. Halfway through the first period, the Boilermakers were up by 11, Purdue's largest lead of the game and led 38-31 at halftime. With just under 10 minutes to go, Courtney Moses made her second trey of the night, putting Purdue's lead at 10 points. But with 1:54 remaining, Johnson made a three-pointer - one of nine on the night by the Buckeyes - to cut the margin to two. A three-ball by Prahalis with 41 seconds on the clock gave Ohio State its first lead since 2-0. Purdue responded with regained the lead on a layup by Antionette Howard with 20 seconds left. Purdue's defense kept forced the ball out of the hands of Lavender and Prahalis, but Johnson hit a three-pointer in the deep corner with 0.7 seconds on the clock. Purdue attempted a half court pass to Rayburn that was intercepted by the Buckeyes to seal their victory. Drey Mingo scored a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Rayburn contributed 14 points while Moses ended up with 11. For Ohio State, Lavender finished with 23 points and nine boards. Prahalis added 19, Brittany Johnson contributed 15, all on three-pointers and Tayler Hill scored 12. Buckeye freshman Ashley Adams had seven blocks as Ohio State blocked a season-high 10 shots.
Purdue has four regular season games remaining, two at home at two on the road and all nationally televised. First, the Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena to face Penn State on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. on BTN. Purdue is at Michigan State on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by a contest at Michigan on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. ET on BTN. The Boilermakers' final game of the regular season is Sunday, Feb. 26 at noon against Indiana, live on the BTN. Purdue will celebrate Senior Day and Pink Zone for breast cancer awareness against the Hoosiers.
ESPN Whip-Around Coverage
The Purdue-Ohio State game is one of four women's basketball games on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Throughout the games, ESPN will encourage fans to contribute to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund though the V Foundation, via 800-4JIMMYV, the official Web site or at Play4Kay.org. The regionalized games will include frequent switches to and updates from the other games as action dictates. The Purdue-Ohio State game will be home market-protected in Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area. In the home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain with the game of local interest. ESPN3 will offer every Play 4Kay game in its entirety. The rest of the country will be part of ESPN2's national telecast, allowing the viewer to see the most compelling action from multiple games. Fans tuned to the ESPN2HD channel will see the national telecast. If you wish to watch your local home market-protected game in its entirety, you must tune to your regular standard-definition ESPN2 channel.