Feb. 14, 2014
Purdue Game Notes
Tipoff: 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Feb. 16
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network (http://video.btn.com/allaccess/) with Tyler Goldberg providing play-by-play and Tommy Barrett providing analysis.
The Last Meeting
February 17, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott providing analysis.
The Series: Purdue holds a 35-28 advantage over Iowa in the all-time series, despite dropping the last three meetings to the Hawkeyes. The Boilermakers own a 20-10 edge in Mackey Arena, including 12 in a row from 2000 to 2012.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 23rd by the Associated Press and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Iowa is unranked.
The Boilermakers are hosting a pair of high-profile events in conjunction with Sunday's game, supporting the Play-4-Kay cancer initiative and National Girls and Women in Sport Day. The first 150 young women, eighth-grade and younger, to register at the Purdue promotions table will participate in a pregame event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Also, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive pink Purdue basketball t-shirts, and the Boilermakers will auction off their pink uniforms after the game with proceeds going to the Lafayette Community Cancer Network.
Iowa comes to Mackey Arena at 20-6 overall and 8-4 in Big Ten play after wins over Northwestern and Illinois this week. The Hawkeyes are the Big Ten's top scoring team, averaging 79.7 points per game (23rd in NCAA), in addition to leading the conference in assists (18.2 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3). All five Iowa starters average double figures in scoring, led by juniors Samantha Logic and Bethany Doolittle at 14.2 and 14.0 points per game, respectively. Logic leads the Big Ten with 7.4 assists per game, while Doolittle owns the conference's best field goal percentage at .569 and blocks a Big Ten-best 3.3 shots per game.
On the Honor Roll
Junior Whitney Bays earned a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll for the second time this season after averaging 15 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a pair of wins last week, including an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double at Michigan. Bays is averaging 13 points and 8.9 rebounds in conference play, in addition to one of the Big Ten's top free throw percentages at 82.4 percent.
After passing All-American Stacey Lovelace on the Boilermakers career scoring list this week, Moses is now 26 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.
Putting Up Points
Purdue and Iowa have been the top-two scoring teams in Big Ten play, averaging 74.7 and 76.2 points per game, respectively. The Hawkeyes have scored at least 70- points in 22 of their 26 games, while Purdue has hit the mark in 17 of its 24 contests. On the flip side, Iowa is surrendering a conference-worst 74.2 points per game in Big Ten play, while the Purdue defense has limited conference foes to 69.8 points per game. The Boilermakers are 13-1 this season when holding opponents under 70 points.
There's a Reason They're Free
The Boilermakers enter the weekend ranked third in the nation in free throw percentage, cashing in 78.9 percent (420-532) from the stripe on the season. Purdue has made at least 90 percent from the free throw line in three of its last four games, including 45 of its last 48 attempts, and 40 in a row in the second half over the last three games.
Purdue matched the third-lowest total in school history with just six turnovers in last weekend's 65-56 victory at Michigan. It was the Boilermakers' lowest single-game total since playing Iowa in 2008, and marks the second straight season-low total after turning it over just 10 times against Ohio State on Feb. 6.