RV/- MICHIGAN STATE (20-7, 8-6) at No. 25/22 PURDUE (20-7, 9-5)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 28 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: Live on BTN with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play, LaChina Robinson analysis and Rob Blackman 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 Jane Schott analysis. The Series: Purdue leads 37-26 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Michigan State is receiving votes in the AP Poll.
The Spartans have just one player, senior Jasmine Thomas (11.5 ppg) averaging in double-figures, but have five others averaging over eight points per game. Senior Courtney Schiffauer averages a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game while Thomas is second best with a 6.0 rpg average. Michigan State holds opponents to a league-best average of 51.4 points per game. Head coach Suzy Merchant is in her sixth year at Michigan State and has led the injury depleted Spartans to a 20-7 record, including 8-6 in the Big Ten, which has them tied for fifth with Michigan. The Spartans are coming off a 67-60 loss at Ohio State on Monday.
This is the 64th meeting between Purdue and Michigan State with the Boilermakers holding a 37-26 series edge. In the last 20 meetings, the teams have split the series at 10 wins apiece. Earlier this year, Purdue won in East Lansing for the first time since 2007, with a 67-62 overtime victory. Last season, the Boilermakers snapped a five-game losing streak against the Spartans, winning 67-49 in West Lafayette on Jan. 23. Purdue was 2-1 last year against Michigan State suffering a 67-52 in overtime loss Feb. 19 in East Lansing before winning 73-64 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 2.
Last Time Vs. Michigan State Drey Mingo had 22 points and 10 rebounds and No. 15 Purdue defeated No. 25 Michigan State 67-62 in overtime on Jan. 27. KK Houser scored 16 points and also had 10 rebounds for Purdue. Taylor Manuel scored 12 points. Kiana Johnson led Michigan State with 19 points. Becca Mills scored 11 points and Jasmine Thomas scored 10 for the Spartans. In overtime, Purdue held Michigan State to three points. The Spartans made just 1 of 11 shots in the extra period. Mingo's basket with 31 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 59. Her layup 50 seconds into overtime gave the Boilermakers the lead for good. Neither team led by more than eight points in a game that had nine ties and seven lead changes.
In the final game of the regular season, Purdue will play host to Illinois on March 3 at 4 p.m., with the game scheduled to be broadcast live on BTN. The Big Ten Tournament has moved to Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside of Chicago and will be held March 7 to 10.
Last Time Out Courtney Moses scored 23 points Sunday as No. 22 Purdue defeated Minnesota 75-63. KK Houser and Drey Mingo scored 14 points each, and Sam Ostarello had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers, who had lost two in a row. Purdue is tied for third in the Big Ten. Rachel Banham led Minnesota with 21 points. Micaella Riche had 13 points and nine rebounds, Sari Noga added 12 points and Kionna Kellogg scored 10 for the Gophers. Minnesota only trailed 65-63 with three and a half minutes left, but the Gophers did not score again. Purdue scored the final 10 points, the last eight from the free-throw line.
Mingo Garners Another Honor - Allstate WBCA Good Works Team
The WBCA announced Tuesday that sixth-year senior Drey Mingo is one of five Division I women's basketball players named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes a unique group of men's and women's college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. Mingo, who plans to become a pediatric cardiologist, has turned her experience with bacterial meningitis into a positive for others. The sixth-year senior has started a not-for-profit organization, the Sounds of Serenity to help raise awareness about the effects of hearing loss in children and young adults, as well as raise funds to provide hearing aids to children in need. Mingo has partnered with the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, the Hear Now Foundation and the Purdue Audiology Clinic. For more information on Sounds of Serenity, please visit teamsounds.net. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2013 WBCA Convention and at the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans, and also will participate in a local community project while there. Just this season, Mingo has been named a finalist for both the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup and the Senior CLASS Award, a quarterfinalist for America's Choice Honoree for Courage in Sports by CBS and the winner of the Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.
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., 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. Manuel led the Boilermakers at IU, tying her season high with 16 points. At 8.0 ppg, Manuel, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week has the third-highest scoring average among freshmen, while Wilson's 5.7 ppg average is ninth. Manuel is tops in field goal percentage (.516) for those freshmen with 100 or more field goal attempts. Wilson is eighth for freshmen with 100 or more field goal attempts at .418. Among freshman playing 25 games or more, Manuel is fifth in rebounding, seventh in steals, third in blocked shots and ninth for assists. Wilson is third for three-point field goal percentage (.368), third for three throw percentage among the freshmen with 25 or more attempts (Manuel is 6th), tops in steals (1.50), eighth in rebounds and sixth in assists (1.69).
Moses Rebounds by Scoring
Purdue's leading scorer, Courtney Moses broke out of her mini-slump with a 23 point outing at Minnesota. She shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the field, including 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from three-point range and made all six of her free throws. In the four games prior to the matchup against the Gophers, Moses had shot just 23 percent overall, including just 2-of-13 from long range. Moses played 36 minutes at Minnesota and grabbed four rebounds and two steals in the Boilermaker victory. It was Moses' fifth 20+ point game of the season.
The Boilermakers have recorded 17 double-doubles this season with Sam Ostarello's 10 points and 10 rebounds at Minnesota the most recent. Ostarello has a team-high 10 double-doubles this season for a total of 15 in her career; tying for fourth for all time at Purdue for season double-doubles and fifth all time for career double-doubles. 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. Mingo has recorded five double-doubles this year and KK Houser has two, one for points and assists and one for points and rebounds.