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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM First place in the Big Ten Conference is on the line Thursday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
First place in the Big Ten Conference is on the line Thursday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 16, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

No. 12/17 PENN STATE (20-5, 10-3) at No. 17/19 PURDUE (19-6, 9-3)

Tipoff: 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 16
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Live on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart providing play-by-play and Mary Murphy 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 25-15
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 17 by the Associated Press and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Penn State is ranked No. 12 and No. 17.

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Notables
-A win on Thursday 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. A win also would give Purdue double-digit conference wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

-The Boilermakers are looking to avenge a 73-61 loss to Penn State in last year's Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions' victory in the league's postseason tournament snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Boilermakers in the series between the two.

-Brittany Rayburn has taken a team-high 25 charges this season. The next highest is three by KK Houser.

-At 9-3, the Boilermakers are a half-game behind Penn State for the lead in the Big Ten standings.

-The Boilermakers dropped just their second game of the season when leading at halftime on Sunday. Purdue is 15-2 when taking a lead into the break.

-Sunday loss to the Buckeyes marked the first time this year that Purdue dropped a game in which it outrebounded the opposition. Purdue grabbed 41 rebounds to OSU's 24.

-Finishing 3 of 6 from three-point range against Ohio State on Sunday, Rayburn broke the tie she shared with Stephanie White on Purdue's career three-point field goals made list. With 186 triples in her four-year career, Rayburn stands third all-time at Purdue, and merely three away from passing Jodi Howell for second.

-With 12 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio State, Sam Ostarello recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the fifth of her career. It was her ninth double-digit rebounding effort of the year.

The Opponent
The Big Ten-leading Lady Lions head to West Lafayette sporting a 20-5 overall record and a 10-3 mark in league games. Currently enjoying a four-game winning streak, Penn State enters Thursday's contest ranked 12th in the AP poll and 17 by coaches. As a team, the Lions are averaging 75.5 points per game and own a conference-best +15.3 scoring margin. Individually, PSU features three players that average double-figures. Sophomore Maggie Lucas leads the way (19.1), followed by junior Alex Bentley (14.6) and senior Zhaque Grey (10.0). Junior Nikki Greene is fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.1 boards per game.

The Series
This marks the 41st meeting between Purdue and Penn State, with the Boilermakers leading the all-time series 25-15. The Lady Lions won the last meeting, 73-61 in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, but the Boilermakers have won 11 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2004-05 season. Penn State has lost six consecutive games in Mackey Arena, having last won in West Lafayette on Jan. 2, 2004 (47-42). Thursday will be the only regular-season meeting between Purdue and Penn State.

Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 391-216 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (26-40, .394) and Nebraska (0-1). The Boilermakers have the highest winning percentage vs. Michigan (48-15, .762), followed by Illinois (48-16, .750) and Wisconsin (44-17, .721). Purdue is 39-17 (.696) versus the Gophers, 43-19 (.694) against Northwestern, 48-25 (.658) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 25-15 (.625) against Penn State. Purdue is 35-25 (.583) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-26 (.574) record versus Iowa.

Last Time Out
In a game that featured 12 lead changes and eight ties, the No. 16 Boilermakers could not maintain an eight-point second-half lead and fell at No. 10 Ohio State, 80-71, in Columbus on Feb. 12. Leading 37-31 at the half, the Boilermakers surrendered a season-high 49 second-half points to the Buckeyes and saw their half-game lead atop the conference standings slide away. OSU guard Samantha Prahalis scored a game-high 26 points, including a wide-open three-pointer with 41 seconds left, to lead the way. Backcourtmates Amber Stokes and Tayler Hill added 14 and 12 points, and center Ashley Adams chipped in with 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Senior Brittany Rayburn led all Boilermakers with 22 points and Sam Ostarello added 12 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year. Purdue outrebounded Ohio State 41-24, but the Buckeyes earned 27 free throw attempts to the Boilermakers' 13.

Last Time Vs. Penn State
Second-seeded Penn State defeated the seventh-seeded Boilermakers 73-61 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. Purdue had knocked off the Lady Lions twice in the regular season. In a fast paced first half, Purdue earned its biggest lead at 31-24 at 3:04 on a three-pointer by Courtney Moses, but Penn State closed out on a 6-0 run to cut it to 31-30 at the break. The Lady Lions scored the first four points of the second half to take a 34-31 advantage and never again relinquished the lead. The teams traded baskets until Penn State pulled ahead by 11 by knocking down three consecutive three-point shots - two by Maggie Lucas and one by Julia Trogele - to make it 55-44 with 9:03 to play. The Boilermakers would cut it back to single digits, but would get no closer than eight points on three occasions, the last coming on a layup by Antionette Howard at 69-61 with 1:01 on the clock. Penn State's Alex Bentley led all scorers with 19 points, one of four Lady Lions in double-figures. Three Boilermakers reached double-digits, led by Moses' 17 points. Drey Mingo scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Rayburn chipped in 11 points and a game-high five assists.

Next Up
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.