Feb. 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 22 PURDUE (19-8, 9-5) at MICHIGAN (19-8, 8-6)
Tipoff: 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 23
Location: Crisler Arena - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Television: live on BTN with Dan Kelly providing play-by-play, Vera Jones analysis and Megan Bower sideline reporting.
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 48-15
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press and is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Michigan is not ranked. Upcoming Promotions: Sunday, Feb. 26 is Purdue's Pink Zone game for breast cancer awareness and also is senior day and the Barn Burner Trophy contest.
Michigan (19-8, 8-6) is one game behind the Boilermakers but in seventh place in the Big Ten standings. The Wolverines are coming off a 61-48 victory at Indiana on Sunday in which Rachel Sheffer poured in 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Courney Boylan contributed 14 points and five assists. Sheffer and Boylan led Michigan in scoring this season, averaging 13.3 and 13.1 points per game, while 5-foot-9 guard Jenny Ryan leads the team in rebounds (6.1), assists (4.2) and steals (3.1).
This is the 64th meeting between Purdue and Michigan, with the Boilermakers owning a 48-15 series advantage. Purdue is 17-3 in the last 20 meetings, but the Wolverines have won the last three matchups in Ann Arbor, including a 57-45 victory on Jan. 23, 2011, in Crisler Arena, which is the last time the two teams faced one another. The Boilermakers split the series last year, with a 65-64 win on Jan. 6, 2011, in Mackey Arena. Purdue is 18-10 all time at Michigan.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 391-218 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 35-26 (.574) versus Michigan State and Iowa.
Last Time Out
Michigan State's Becca Mills scored 17 points, 15 of them coming in the second half and overtime, and the Spartans defeated Purdue 67-52 in overtime. Lykendra Johnson had 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Spartans, who scored the first 11 points in overtime and outscored the Boilermakers 18-3 in the extra five minutes. Porsche Poole added 13 points and Kiana Johnson had 11 points and seven assists for Michigan State. The Spartans never trailed in the game. Brittany Rayburn had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Purdue. KK Houser and Chantel Poston scored 10 points apiece. Houser's free throws with 1:22 left in regulation tied the game at 49 and the Boilermakers had two shots for the win in the final 34 seconds, but could not convert.
Last Time Vs. Michigan
Purdue scored just 20 points in the second half, losing at Michigan, 57-45. The score was knotted at 25-25 at the end of the first period. Michigan started the second half with seven-straight points by Sam Arnold and the Boilermakers did not score until Brittany Rayburn hit one of two free throws with 15:26 to remaining. Rayburn finished with a team-high 10 points. Three of the Boilermakers' four post players encountered foul trouble in the first half, with Alex Guyton, Sam Ostarello and Chelsea Jones all picking up two fouls before the break. Ostarello pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and contributed eight points. Drey Mingo scored nine points and had eight rebounds. She was instrumental in a late second-half push when she scored seven points, including a three-pointer, one of the two Purdue managed on the day. Michigan was led by Arnold's 13 points. Carmen Reynolds and Rachel Sheffer each scored 11 points for the Wolverines.
Purdue will celebrate Senior Day and Pink Zone for breast cancer awareness in the final regular season game, which is also the Barn Burner Trophy game versus the Hoosiers at noon ET on Sunday, live on the Big Ten Network.
Not only has senior Brittany Rayburn led Purdue in scoring the last two seasons with averages of 14.6 ppg (sophomore) and 14.4 ppg (junior), but with 1,679 points she also is second among active Big Ten players for career points, trailing only Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis. Rayburn leads the Boilermakers in scoring so far this season with an average of 14.3 ppg which is 12th in the conference. Rayburn has stepped up her rebounding in her senior campaign and is second on the team with a career-best 4.4 rpg average. The Attica, Ind., native has hit two or more threes in 10 games this season, with a career-high, NCAA record-tying 12 three-pointers at Minnesota. Rayburn's career-high 38 points in that game are the most by a Big Ten player this season and Rayburn is tied with head coach Sharon Versyp for career double-figure scoring games with 87. Rayburn has moved into seventh on the all-time school scoring list and needs 69 points to pass Joy Holmes for sixth place.
The Boilermakers contest against Michigan is the final conference one-play of the season. Purdue has gone 2-3 record in the previous one-plays, defeating Wisconsin at home and winning at Northwestern. The Boilermakers lost at home to Nebraska in triple overtime and at home to Penn State as well losing as at Ohio State.
Getting Back On Track
Purdue has lost five of its last six games and three of the five losses have come against ranked opponents: in triple-overtime to No. 16 Nebraska, at No. 10 Ohio State and at home against No. 12 Penn State.
The Boilermakers will honor those who have fought the battle against breast cancer with their Pink Zone game on Sunday, Feb. 26 against the Hoosiers. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and the players will be sporting white uniforms with pink trim, pink shoes and pink shooting shirts. The players' jersey will be auctioned off to raise money for the Central Indiana Affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Indianapolis. The silent auction will include the jerseys with bids starting at $175 and two autographed basketballs. Donations will be accepted based on either a flat rate or per free throw made by the Boilermakers and the promotion department will offer tennis balls, 1 for $2 or 3 for $5 that fans can throw at a target at halftime. If any ball lands in the target they will win a $100 Follett's Bookstore gift card.