Feb. 19, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 22/21 PURDUE (19-6, 8-4) at INDIANA (10-15, 1-11) - BARN BURNER TROPHY GAME
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 20
Location: Assembly Hall - Bloomington, Ind.
Internet: Live video web stream available on purduesports.com/allaccess. Live stats available via Gametracker at purduesports.com.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM), the Purdue Radio Network and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 50-25
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press Poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Indiana is unranked.
Indiana (10-15, 1-11) has lost 10 straight games, but has had a week to prepare for the Boilermakers after suffering a 72-42 loss at Michigan State on Feb. 13. The Hoosiers last win came against Northwestern on Jan. 6 in Assembly Hall. Senior forward Aulani Sinclair leads the Hoosiers at 15.8 ppg, while senior guard Jasmine McGhee is tops in rebounding with an average of 5.9 boards per game. Curt Miller is in his first year at Indiana after leading Bowling Green for 11 seasons. The Hoosiers average a conference-low 54.8 points per game, and rank No. 7 in the league in scoring defense by holding opponents to an average of 59.9 ppg.
This is the 76th meeting between Purdue and Indiana in women's basketball and the second of the season. Purdue holds a 50-25 series advantage, including a 17-3 mark in the last 20 matchups. The Boilermakers currently have an eight-game win streak against the Hoosiers and are 21-10 all time in Assembly Hall, including 11-1 since 1999. The last Indiana victory in the series came in Bloomington, on Jan. 19, 2009, by a 71-57 margin.
Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp spent one season as Indiana's head coach, in 2005-06, before taking over at her alma mater. Versyp was 1-2 against the Boilermakers while at IU, earning a 66-63 overtime victory in Mackey Arena on Feb. 19, 2006, when Purdue was ranked No. 10 and the Hoosiers were unranked.
Last Time vs. Indiana
Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 14 Purdue to a 59-42 win over Indiana. KK Houser and April Wilson scored 12 points apiece and Taylor Manuel added 11 points for Purdue, which held a 45-30 rebounding edge. Linda Rubene scored 13 points and Aulani Sinclair scored 11 for Indiana. Rubene and Sinclair each had a team-high six rebounds. The Boilermakers never trailed and opened up a quick 12-2 lead, but Indiana tied the game three times late in the first half, the last at 26 before Purdue scored the last six points of the half.
Barn Burner Trophy Game
The Barn Burner Trophy was established in the 1993-94 season as a traveling trophy between Purdue and Indiana in women's basketball. It is similar in concept to football's Old Oaken Bucket, volleyball's Monon Spike and women's soccer's Golden Boot. The winner of the wood plaque is responsible for bringing it back to its campus and adding a panel to denote its victory, complete with score and most valuable player. Purdue won the first Barn Burner Trophy game, 83-58 on March 2, 1994, in West Lafayette, and has won 16 of the 19 contests. Last season, Purdue won its third-consecutive Barn Burner Trophy and the fifth under head coach Sharon Versyp, with a 90-58 victory on Feb. 26. Brittany Rayburn was awarded the Most Valuable Player honor after scoring 24 points.
Crimson & Gold Cup
A half point is on the line in the Crimson & Gold Cup, an all-sports competition between Purdue and Indiana. The results of meetings between every varsity sport in which both schools compete figure in the final tally, with the winner of each event earning a point. In the sports that feature two meetings in one season, the winner is awarded half a point for a victory and the Purdue women's basketball secured half a point with the win earlier this season. Purdue has won the trophy three times and tied twice, while Indiana has claimed outright victory six times. Currently, Indiana leads the Crimson & Gold Cup standings 6.0-3.0.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 403-222 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 348-174 in league games. Purdue has the highest winning percentage vs. Michigan (49-16, .754), followed by Illinois (49-16, .753) and Wisconsin (45-17, .726). Purdue is 40-17 (.702) versus the Gophers, 44-19 (.698) against Northwestern, 2-1 (.667) when playing Nebraska, 50-25 (.667) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 26-17 (.605) against Penn State. Purdue is 37-26 (.587) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-28 (.556) record versus Iowa. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (27-40, .403).
The Boilermakers will play at Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and then 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
Samantha Logic scored a career-high 26 points Sunday to lead Iowa to a 72-52 win over Purdue. Logic made 10 of 13 shots and contributed nine assists, while Theairra Taylor had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The Hawkeyes ended a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in West Lafayette since 1998; Purdue had won the last 12 meetings at home between the two schools. Sam Ostarello led Purdue with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the ninth double-double of the season and the 14th all time for the senior forward. Drey Mingo contributed 14 points and KK Houser scored 12. Purdue's leading scorer, junior guard Courtney Moses was held scoreless for just the fourth time in her career.
The Boilermakers have recorded 15 double-doubles this season. Leading the way is Sam Ostarello with nine for a total of 14 in her career; good for a tie for sixth all-time at Purdue for career double-doubles and tied for fifth for double-doubles in a season. Ostarello's 19 points and 14 rebounds against Minnesota was her third consecutive double-double, tying for third at Purdue for consecutive double-doubles. The school record is four which was last accomplished by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2009. Drey Mingo has recorded four double-doubles this year and KK Houser has two, one for points and assists and one for points and rebounds.
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 7.8 ppg, Manuel, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week has the third-highest scorer average among freshmen, while Wilson's 6.0 ppg average is 8th. Manuel is tops in field goal percentage (.507) 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 .435. Among freshman playing 20 games or more, Manuel is sixth in rebounding, eighth in steals, third in blocked shots and 12th for assists. Wilson is fourth for three-point field goal percentage (.370), third for three throw percentage among the freshmen with 20 or more attempts (Manuel is 8th), second in steals (1.54) and sixth in assists (1.75).