Feb. 21, 2014
Tipoff: 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Feb. 23
Location: Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play and Stephanie White providing analysis.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network (http://video.btn.com/allaccess/) and BTN2Go
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 leads the all-time series against Wisconsin, 46-17, including a 25-4 mark in Mackey Arena and three straight wins over the Badgers. The Boilermakers won 13 in a row from 2002 to 2009, before Wisconsin turned the tables and won four of the next five over the next two seasons. Purdue regained control last season with a trio of wins, including a 74-62 Big Ten Tournament win.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 21st by the Associated Press and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ Poll. Wisconsin is unranked.
Sunday will feature a pair of special recognitions as the Boilermakers welcome back their alumni and honor the service men and women of our country. Purdue women’s basketball alumni are welcomed back to Mackey Arena and will be honored during halftime, while all military, police, firemen and hospital staff (active or retired) will receive $2 general admission tickets to the game. The first 500 service men and women to check in at the promotional table will receive a USA-themed Purdue t-shirt. Also don’t forget to take advantage of the “Celebrate Sunday” ticket package and get four GA tickets and a $20 concessions voucher for $40.
Wisconsin comes to Mackey Arena on Sunday at 10-16 overall and 3-11 in conference play, having lost five straight Big Ten games and six consecutive contests on the road. Despite their conference record, the Badgers have played several of the conference’s best down to the wire, including a four-point loss at Michigan State and a one-point overtime loss to Nebraska. Junior Michala Johnson leads Wisconsin with 16.5 points and seven rebounds per game, and ranks among the conference’s best in scoring and field goal percentage. Seniors Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige join her in double-figure scoring average at 12.7 and 12.2 points per game.
Senior Courtney Moses made a huge jump on the Purdue career scoring list on Thursday, scoring 27 points to push her career mark to 1,591. Moses surpassed head coach Sharon Versyp and honorable mention All-American Camille Cooper to rank 11th in school history and is just 10 points shy of passing Carol Emanuel and invading the Boilermakers’ career top-10.
Getting Those W’s
With Thursday night’s win at Minnesota, head coach Sharon Versyp became the second-winningest coach in Purdue history, improving to 180-86 in eight seasons at the helm of the Boilermakers. She remains just 26 wins shy of Linn Dunn’s Purdue record of 206 at Purdue, and is just three wins shy of the 300th for her coaching career.
3’s on 3’s on 3’s
The Boilermakers own the No. 11 three-point percentage in the nation at 38 percent, cashing in 178 triples this season. Moses has done the bulk of the damage, draining 40 percent from behind the arc, good for first in the Big Ten and fifth in NCAA Division I. Her 229 career triples are five shy of a spot on the Big Ten’s top-10 list and nine short of Katie Gearlds’ school record.
Spectacular Sunday, Fabulous February
The Boilermakers are 9-1 this season on Sundays and are in the midst of one of the best February’s in recent history at 4-1. Purdue hasn’t finished February with just one loss since 2009.
Purdue’s defense is responsible for creating the two worst shooting games in conference play and one of the two lowest single-game point totals in Big Ten action. The Boilermakers held Indiana to just 25.7 percent shooting on Jan. 17 (18-70), and limited Minnesota to just 26.8 from the floor on Thursday (15-56). The Golden Gophers put up just 42 points on Thursday, matching Ohio State’s effort at Penn State on Jan. 16. for the lowest single-game scoring total.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women’s Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 766-405 all-time.
- Purdue is 180-86 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 297-151.
- The Boilermakers are 359-181 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 91st time in their last 94 games, sitting 21st in the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
- Purdue is 400-123 all-time at home, including a 205-63 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 166-115 all-time in the month of February, including a 98-44 record at home and an 6-4 mark on Feb. 23.
- The Boilermakers are 9-1 on Sunday’s this season and are 4-1 in February.
- Purdue is 24-8 all-time in its 27th game of the season.
- Purdue leads the all-time series against Wisconsin, 46-17, including a 25-4 edge in Mackey Arena.