IOWA (16-10, 5-7) at No. 18 PURDUE (19-5, 8-3) - Play 4Kay
Tipoff: 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 17 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: Live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins providing play-by-play and Nell Fortner analysis. Internet: Live video webstream on ESPN3.com. 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 35-27 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 18 in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Iowa is unranked. Promotions: Play 4Kay and Project Perfect - Wear pink to support breast cancer or periwinkle in support of Terry Kix's battle with stomach cancer. Silent auction of jerseys and Play 4Kay basketballs, tennis ball toss at halftime and donation opportunities.
The Last Meeting
January 20, 2013
Iowa City, Iowa
No. 12 Purdue falls to Iowa 62-46
Courtney Moses led the Boilermakers (15-3, 4-1) with 11 points. Purdue's only previous losses were to No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Connecticut.
Iowa Game Designated Play 4Kay
Sunday's game has been designated as the Play 4Kay contest for breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, or periwinkle in support of supervisor of operations Terry Kix's battle against stomach cancer. The first 5,000 fans through the door will receive a free pink Purdue t-shirt. The team will wear white Nike uniforms with pink trim as well as pink shoes and accessories. Fans can make donations for cancer research at the Fan Experience table at the Southwest entrance, participate in the silent auction of player jerseys and game basketballs or purchase pink tennis balls for a halftime ball toss on Keady Court. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through the Purdue student group, Colleges Against Cancer. This is the sixth season that Purdue has participated in the WBCA's breast cancer awareness event with over $36,200 donated for breast cancer research.
ESPN2 Whip-Around Coverage
The Purdue-Iowa game is one of four women's basketball games on ESPN2 in the 5 p.m. slot on Sunday and one of eight total as part of the Play 4Kay initiative. 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-Iowa game will be home market-protected in Indiana, Iowa 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.
Iowa (16-10, 5-7) is coming off an 81-69 loss at home to Penn State on Thursday. The Hawkeyes are on a five-game losing streak, having won two games after defeating Purdue on Jan. 20, then losing the next five, but are 6-1 on the year against ranked opponents. Senior center Morgan Johnson, a Preseason All-Big Ten Team selection leads the Hawkeyes at 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Senior guard Jaime Printy contributes 14.0 points and sophomore Samantha Logic averages 9.5 points and a conference-best 6.7 assists per game.
This is the 63rd meeting between Purdue and Iowa in women's basketball, with the Boilermakers holding a 35-27 series edge. Earlier this year, the Boilermakers lost 62-46 at Iowa, marking the seventh straight time in the series that the home team has won. Purdue's last victory over the Hawkeyes was a 57-55 decision in Mackey Arena on Jan. 15, 2012. The Boilermakers are 20-9 all time in West Lafayette and have won 12 consecutive home games against Iowa. The last Hawkeye victory in Mackey Arena was a 73-67 win on Feb. 6, 1998. As Purdue's head coach, Sharon Versyp is 9-4 against Iowa.
Last Time vs. Iowa
Jaime Printy and Melissa Dixon scored 15 points apiece and Iowa never trailed in defeating No. 12 Purdue 62-46. Theairra Taylor had nine points and 10 rebounds, and Samantha Logic had 10 assists as the Hawkeyes handed Purdue its first conference loss of the season. Bethany Doolittle had eight points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots for Iowa. Taylor was 3 for 3 from three-point range, and Printy and Dixon also made three threes. The Hawkeyes led 41-18 at halftime. They were up 17-3 before Purdue managed its second basket with 8 1/2 minutes left in the half. In the second half, the Boilermakers only got as close as nine points once before Iowa built a 17-point lead again. Courtney Moses was the only Boilermakers in double-figures with 11 points and freshman Taylor Manuel pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds.
The Boilermakers have two road games before returning home for two home contests, the last two games of the regular season. Purdue plays at Indiana on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Barn Burner Trophy game and then will play at Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Boilermakers will be on the Big Ten Network for the final home contests, Feb. 28 against Michigan State and March 3 versus Illinois. The Big Ten Tournament has moved to Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside of Chicago and will be held March 7 to 10.
Last Time Out KK Houser scored 20 points, Drey Mingo added 12 points and eight rebounds, and No. 18 Purdue rallied in the closing minutes for a 68-58 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday. Houser was just 6 of 14 from the floor but was 5 of 9 from three-point range for the Boilermakers. Jacki Gulczynski led the Badgers with 19 points. Nicole Bauman scored 14, and Cassie Rochel had nine points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Purdue erased a 28-20 halftime deficit to go ahead 45-42 with 6:47 left, but Wisconsin tied it on Gulczynski's free throw with 5:07 to play. The Badgers wouldn't score again until Bauman's three-pointer with 1:39 left; by then, the Boilermakers scored eight straight points to go ahead for good.
Manuel and Wilson Among League's Best Freshmen Taylor Manuel, a 6-foot-2 forward from St. Louis, Mo., and April Wilson, a 5-foot-7 guard from Louisville, Ky., have been important contributors all season long for Purdue, and are the Boilermakers fifth and sixth leading scorers. In the Big Ten, the duo are among the top freshmen in the league in most of the major categories. At 8.0 ppg, Manuel, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week has the third-highest scorer average among freshmen, while Wilson's 6.1 ppg average is tied for 7th. Manuel is tops in field goal percentage (.522) for those freshmen with 50 or more field goal attempts, and has led the conference in that category for most of the Big Ten season. Wilson is sixth for freshmen with 50 or more field goal attempts at .440. Among freshman playing 20 games or more, Manuel is sixth in rebounding, eighth in steals, third in blocked shots and 13th for assists. Wilson is fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.373), third for three throw percentage among the freshmen with 20 or more attempts (Manuel is seventh), second in steals (1.52) and seventh in assists (1.74).
Houser Makes Career Number of Threes
Starting point guard KK Houser responded from her scoreless outing against Michigan by tying her season high with 20 points at Wisconsin, hitting a career-high five three-pointers. The Lincoln, Neb., native helped Purdue overcome an eight-point halftime deficit by going 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the second period. Houser finished 5-of-9 from three, contributed four rebounds and four assists. The 5-foot-6 guard did have five turnovers, but as a team, Purdue had a season-low 10 miscues against the Badgers.
Twenty Wins Within Reach
WIth a win, Purdue achieves a 20-win season for the 21st time in school history, the fifth time under head coach Sharon Versyp and the third year in a row.