Women's Basketball Opens Big Ten Tournament Play Friday

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The Boilermakers are coming off a 90-58 victory over Indiana on Sunday.

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
The Boilermakers are coming off a 90-58 victory over Indiana on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 1, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

2012 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

No. 4 seed Purdue (21-8, 11-5) vs. winner of No. 5 seed Michigan State/No. 12 seed Indiana

Tipoff: approximately 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2
Location: Indianapolis - Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,345)
Television: live on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart providing play-by-play, Stephanie White analysis and Lisa Byington sideline reporting.
Web Stream: live video web stream of the postgame press conferences will be available on BTN.com and purduesports.com.
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.

Pep Rally
The John Purdue Club is partnering with the Purdue Alumni Association to host the Boilermaker Fan Headquarters at Scotty's Brewhouse in downtown Indianapolis during the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament from March 1 to 4 at Bankers Life (formerly Conseco) Fieldhouse. Friday's two-game evening session starts at 6 p.m., so the Purdue pep rally at Scotty's Brewhouse will begin at 5 p.m. Purdue staff will be at Scotty's starting at 11 a.m. until the start of Purdue's quarterfinal game. Come spend the day at Scotty's located at 1 Virginia Avenue, just one block north of Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is open to all and there is no cost to attend.

Notables
- Purdue is ranked No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.

- Brittany Rayburn has been added to the Naismith College Player of the Year midseason 32 list.

- Rayburn, KK Houser and Sam Ostarello earned Big Ten postseason awards, with Rayburn picking up second team All-Big Ten accolades by both the coaches and media and Houser and Ostarello being named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media.

- At 21-8, Purdue has its second-consecutive 20-win season, the 20th season of 20 or more wins since the 1987-88 campaign and the fourth in coach Versyp's six years at Purdue. With an 11-5 Big Ten record, Purdue earned double-digit conference wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

- At 11-5, the Boilermakers finished in a four-way tie for second with No. 2 seed Ohio State, No. 3 seed Iowa and No. 5 seed Michigan State.

- Rayburn has scored in double-figures 24 times this season and 89 times in her career, seventh all-time at Purdue for double-figure scoring games. She has a streak of eight-straight games in double-digits.

- Rayburn has taken a team-high 25 charges this season. The next highest is four by Houser.

- With 191 triples in her four-year career, Rayburn stands second at Purdue for career three-pointers.

- Ostarello has grabbed 235 rebounds this season, No. 13 on Purdue's season rebounds list.

- In the last five games, Rayburn is averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 3s while shooting .508 (30-of-59) FG; .364 (8-of-22) 3FG.

- Purdue is 18-1 when holding opponents to 60 points or less and 18-1 when shooting a higher FG% than the opponent.

- Follow on the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament action on Twitter by checking out the hastag #B1GTourney.

Purdue In The Big Ten Tournament
The second-place Boilermakers head to Indianapolis as the No. 4 seed and the conference team with the most Big Ten Tournament success. Purdue has posted a 31-10 record in Big Ten Tournament games, including coach Versyp's 9-3 record, has won a conference-best seven tournament titles and has made it to the championship game in 11 of the 17 tournaments.

By The Numbers
Purdue is the No. 4 seed in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament for just the second time. The last time the Boilermakers were the No. 4 seed was in 1996 when they made it to the championship game but lost to No. 2 seed Penn State 71-69. The Boilermakers have only been out of the top five seeds once (the No. 7 seed in 2011) and therefore only played on the opening day of the Big Ten Tournament one time in the 18-year history of the event.

2011 Big Ten Tournament
Last season, the No. 7 seed Boilermakers defeated No. 10 seed Indiana 66-62 in the first round behind Brittany Rayburn's 23 points. In the quarterfinals, Purdue lost 73-61 to No. 2 seed Penn State while being led in scoring by Courtney Moses (17 points).

The Opponent - Indiana
The No. 12 seed Indiana Hoosiers (6-23, 1-15) ended the season with a 90-58 loss at Purdue. Indiana's former 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 12.7 ppg, averaging a team-high 1.8 threes per game, while Sasha Chaplin contributes 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.

The Opponent - Michigan State
Michigan State (19-10, 11-5) was part of the four-way tie for second in the Big Ten, but earned the No. 5 seed by virtue of the tie-breaker. The Spartans come into the Big Ten Tournament with a four-game win streak that includes a 67-52 victory in overtime against the Boilermakers on Feb. 19. Senior Porsche Poole is averaging a team-high 13.6 points, while Lykendra Johnson averages 10.7 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game. As a team, Michigan State averages 66.5 points and 40.1 rebounds a contest and is second in the conference behind the Boilermakers in steals, averaging 9.6 per game.

The Series - Indiana
If the Hoosiers prevail on Thursday, it will be the 75th meeting between Purdue and Indiana in women's basketball and the third of the season. Purdue holds a 49-25 series advantage, including a 17-3 mark in the last 20 matchups and a seven-game win streak. In the last regular season contest, the Boilermakers defeated IU 90-58 in Mackey Arena. Purdue is 5-2 versus Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament, beating the Hoosiers 66-62 in the first round last season.

The Series - Michigan State
If the Spartans prevail on Thursday, it will be the 62nd meeting between Purdue and Michigan State. Purdue is 35-26 all time against the Spartans, but 10-10 in the last 20 meetings, having lost six of the last contests, including the most recent, 67-52 in overtime at Michigan State on Feb. 19. Purdue is 2-0 against the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament, with the last matchup a 64-61 victory in the semifinals of the tournament in 2007.

Last Time Out - Vs. Indiana
Brittany Rayburn scored 24 points to lead Purdue to a 90-58 victory over Indiana. KK Houser had 15 points and seven assists for the Boilermakers while Alex Guyton scored 11 - 10 in the first half - and Sam Ostarello added nine points and nine rebounds. Rayburn, who hit four three-pointers, reached double figures for the 89th time and passed the 1,700-point mark for her career with 1,718. She passed Jodi Howell for second all time at Purdue for career three-pointers. Sasha Chaplin led the Hoosiers with 15 points. Aulani Sinclair scored 14 and Candyce Ussery a career-high 10. Purdue, which shot 48 percent, turned a 29-19 lead into a 41-19 edge with a 12-0 run late in the first half. The Boilermakers forced 21 turnovers while committing only nine.

Last Time Vs. Michigan State
MSU's Becca Mills scored 17 points, 15 of them coming in the second half and overtime, and the Spartans defeated Purdue 67-52 in OT. 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 in a game the Spartans never trailed. 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 victory in the final 34 seconds, but could not convert.