Feb. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 17/19 PURDUE (19-7, 9-4) at MICHIGAN STATE (16-10, 8-5)
Tipoff: 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 19
Location: Breslin Center - East Lansing, Mich.
Television: live on ESPN2 with Holly Rowe providing play-by-play and Kayte Christensen 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 Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 35-25
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 17 by the Associated Press and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Michigan State is not ranked.
Promotions: The game has been designated by Michigan State as a 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. A win also would give Purdue double-digit conference wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
The Boilermakers are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
At 9-4, the Boilermakers are in third place in the Big Ten, behind Penn State (11-3) and Ohio State (10-3) and a half game ahead of Iowa (9-5).
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.
Alex Guyton led Purdue with 12 points against Penn State. It was the 6-foot-3 senior's fourth time to lead Purdue in scoring this season and she is one of seven Purdue players to have scoring honors this year. Rayburn leads the way with 10.
The Boilermakers are still in contention for a Big Ten title, a game and a half off the lead. Purdue has won seven Big Ten championships and a league best seven Big Ten Tournament championships, but its last regular season title was in 2002.
In Purdue's last four games, Sam Ostarello is averaging 13.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 2.8 apg while shooting .512 from the field and .714 FT. Guyton is averaging 9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg and .552 field goal percentage and .833 FT in the same stretch.
Michigan State (16-10, 8-5) is tied with Nebraska for fifth place in the Big Ten and is coming off a 62-46 win at Wisconsin. Senior Porsche Poole is averaging a team-high 13.3 points, while Lykendra Johnson averages 10.5 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. The Spartans have a balanced offensive attack with seven players averaging five points or more a game. As a team, Michigan State averages 64.4 points and 39.2 rebounds a contest and is second in the conference behind the Boilermakers in steals, averaging 9.7 per game.
This is the 61st meeting between Purdue and Michigan State. Purdue is 11-9 in the last 20 meetings, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Spartans with a 67-49 victory in West Lafayette on Jan. 23. The Boilermakers lost won in the Breslin Center 70-60 on Jan. 11, 2007, and are 11-19 all time in East Lansing. The last time the two teams met in the Breslin Center, the 11th-ranked Spartans came away with a 76-57 victory on Feb. 6, 2011.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 391-217 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 25-16 (.610) against Penn State. Purdue is 35-25 (.583) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-26 (.574) record versus Iowa.
Last Time Out
Maggie Lucas scored 28 points and No. 12 Penn State maintained its Big Ten lead by defeating No. 17 Purdue 74-63. Lucas scored 20 of her points in the second half, when Penn State pulled away from a 35-33 halftime lead. Mia Nickson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Lions. Alex Bentley and Zhaque Gray added 10 points apiece. Alex Guyton had 12 points to lead Purdue, while Brittany Rayburn contributed 11 and Courtney Moses added 10 points. Chantel Poston had a game- and career-high 12 rebounds for the Boilermakers along with eight points and three assists. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Lady Lions 41-40, shot better from the field, but connected on just 1-of-10 three-pointers and were outscored at the free throw line by six points
Last Time Vs. Michigan State
Alex Guyton and Chelsea Jones each scored 12 points to help Purdue defeat Michigan State 67-49 on Jan. 23 in Mackey Arena. Brittany Rayburn scored 11 points, KK Houser finished with 10 and Courtney Moses added eight points and six assists for the Boilermakers, who won their 10th straight game. Jones had 10 points in the second half - after Guyton scored 10 in the first half - and finished with six rebounds and four blocks. Purdue held Michigan State to 28.1 percent shooting and a season-low point total.
Purdue is 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.