Feb. 25, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
INDIANA (6-22, 1-14) at No. 22 PURDUE (20-8, 10-5)
Tipoff: Noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 26
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Live on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart providing play-by-play and Stephanie White 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 Jane Schott analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 48-25
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press and is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Indiana is not ranked.
Promotions: Pink Zone, Project Perfect and Senior Day. Wear pink to the game and support breast cancer research with your donations. Details are here.
The Hoosiers (6-22, 1-14) are coming off their first conference win of the season with a 62-60 victory at home against Wisconsin on Thursday. Indiana's leading scorer, Jasmine McGhee (12.6 ppg) is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in her left foot. Junior Aulani Sinclair is the Hoosiers' active leading scorer at 12.6 ppg, averaging a team-high 1.9 threes per game, while Sasha Chaplin contributes 8.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
This is the 74th meeting between Purdue and Indiana in women's basketball and the second of the season. Purdue holds a 48-25 series advantage, including a 17-3 mark in the last 20 matchups. The Boilermakers currently have a six-game win streak against the Hoosiers. Earlier this season, Purdue defeated Indiana 82-60 on Jan. 19 in Assembly Hall.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 392-218 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 (49-15, .766), 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.
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 15 of the 18 contests. Last season, Purdue won its second-consecutive Barn Burner Trophy and the fourth under head coach Sharon Versyp, with a 55-50 victory on Jan. 9 in Bloomington. Dee Dee Williams was awarded the Most Valuable Player honor for her defensive efforts in the contest.
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. Purdue has won the trophy three times and tied twice, while Indiana has claimed outright victory five times. Currently the Crimson & Gold Cup standings are tied at 4.5 points for each school.
Last Time Out - At Michigan
Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points to help Purdue break a three-game losing streak with a 60-49 victory over Michigan. Rayburn hit double figures for the 88th time in her career, tying Stacey Lovelace for seventh most in school history. Chantel Poston added 12 points and Courtney Moses 11 for the Boilermakers. It was Poston's second-consecutive game in double figures. Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 15 points. Carmen Reynolds added 11 points and Jenny Ryan had game highs of 10 rebounds and four steals. The Boilermakers shot 45 percent (23 of 51), including 50 percent in the second half, when they extended their 27-23 halftime lead. Michigan was limited to 37.7 percent shooting (20 of 53) but outrebounded Purdue 36-30.
Last Time Vs. Indiana
Purdue scored a then season-high 82 points as Antionette Howard recorded a season-best 20 points, had eight rebounds and a career-high four steals to lead Purdue past arch rival Indiana 82-60. The Boilermakers had five players in double-figures for the first time this season, as Rayburn scored 14 to move past head coach Sharon Versyp and Camille Cooper for 10th all time in scoring at Purdue, Houser contributed 12 points, five assists and three steals, Sam Ostarello recorded 11 points and seven rebounds and Courtney Moses chipped in 10 points, four assists and three steals. Purdue grabbed a season-high 17 steals in the contest, forcing 21 turnovers by the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers shot .422 (27-of-64) from the field and hit 25-of-30 free throws (.833), while outrebounding IU 49-29, which included 22 offensive boards.
The Boilermakers await their final seeding for the Big Ten Tournament which will be held March 1 to 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Tickets are still available at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse ticket office or ticketmaster.com.
Sunday is Purdue's Pink Zone initiative for breast cancer awareness and proceeds will benefit the Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A silent auction will include the game jerseys (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 pink tennis balls are available- one for $2 or three for $5 - that fans can throw at a target at halftime for prizes. This is the fifth season that Purdue has participated in the WBCA's breast cancer awareness event with over $32,000 donated for breast cancer research.
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 1,694 points she also is second among active Big Ten players for career points, trailing only Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis and needs just six for her 1,700th career point. Rayburn leads the Boilermakers in scoring so far this season with an average of 14.3 ppg which is 11th 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 second most by a Big Ten player this season. Rayburn is tied at seventh with former All-American Stacey Lovelace for career double-figure scoring games with 88. Rayburn has moved into seventh on the all-time school scoring list and needs 54 points to pass former All-American Joy Holmes for sixth place.
Purdue will recognize six senior student-athletes after the conclusion of the Barn Burner Trophy game on Sunday. The seniors are 6-foot-3 forward Alex Guyton, 6-foot guard/forward Antionette Howard, 6-foot-4 center Chelsea Jones, 6-foot-2 forward Drey Mingo, 6-foot guard Brittany Rayburn, 6-foot-3 forward Samantha Woods. The Boilermakers are hoping that it is the first of two senior days for Mingo who's petition to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility will be submitted soon.