ILLINOIS (16-11, 9-6) at No. 25/22 PURDUE (20-8, 9-6)
Tipoff: 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 3 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: Live on BTN with Eric Collins 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 49-16 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Polls. Illinois is not ranked. Promotions: Senior Day - senior members of the spirit squad and Gold and Black Sound will be recognized at halftime, while senior Ready, Intense, Practice squad members and senior student athletic trainer, along with seniors Drey Mingo, Sam Ostarello and Chantel Poston will be honored following the game.
The Fighting Illini (16-11) lost 64-53 at home to Ohio State on Thursday. Illinois, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State are tied for third in the Big Ten with 9-6 conference records. Illinois has gone 10-6 since the return of senior guard Adrienne GodBold, the team's second leading scorer and rebounder at 17.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Preseason All-Big Ten selection Karisma Penn is tops on the team in both categories, with a 19.3 ppg average and 9.9 rpg, which is the second highest rebounding average in the conference behind Sam Ostarello. The Illini average 70.6 ppg and 12.8 steals per game for head coach Matt Bollant who is in his first year at Illinois.
This is the 66th meeting between the Boilermakers and the Fighting Illini in women's basketball and the second of the season. Purdue holds a 49-16 series advantage against the Illini and has won eight of the last nine matchups, including an overtime victory on Jan. 2 in Assembly Hall. Purdue is 11-2 vs. Illinois under head coach Sharon Versyp and is 26-4 all time against the Illini in Mackey Arena. Illinois has not won in West Lafayette since a 65-55 victory Feb. 2, 2005.
Last Time Vs. Illinois Courtney Moses hit a jumper with three seconds left in overtime Jan. 2, giving No. 14 Purdue a 67-66 victory over Illinois in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. Alexis Smith's layup with 23 seconds to play had put Illinois ahead 66-65, but Moses, who scored 16 points, helped the Boilermakers steal the win. KK Houser led Purdue with 20 points but committed nine turnovers, and Sam Ostarello pulled down 12 rebounds and scored seven points. Adrienne GodBold had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Karisma Penn and Ivory Crawford scored 15 apiece for the Illini.
Purdue vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 404-224 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 349-176 in league games. Purdue has the highest winning percentage vs. Michigan (49-16, .754), followed by Illinois (49-16, .753) and Wisconsin (45-17, .726). Purdue is 41-17 (.707) versus the Gophers, 44-19 (.698) against Northwestern, 2-1 (.667) when playing Nebraska, 50-26 (.658) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 26-17 (.605) against Penn State. Purdue is 37-27 (.578) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-28 (.556) record versus Iowa. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (27-40, .403).
The Boilermakers await their final seeding for the Big Ten Tournament which will be held March 7 to 10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Purdue will recognize three seniors after Sunday's game: Sam Ostarello, fifth-year senior Chantel Poston and sixth-year senior Drey Mingo. Poston has been part of 91 wins at Purdue, 106 counting the year she was out with an Achilles tendon injury. Ostarello has been part of 81 wins and in her two seasons of competition at Purdue, Mingo has 41 wins.
Mingo Garners Another Honor - Allstate WBCA Good Works Team Drey Mingo is one of five Division I women's basketball players named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes 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 hearing loss in children and young adults and to 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 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 and the Brady Comeback Scholarship Award.
Houser Distributes KK Houser had a game-high seven assists at Minnesota and has dished out five or more assists 13 times this season, including three games of career-high tying 10 assists and most recently with six assists at home against Michigan State. Houser is 12th all-time at Purdue with 309 career assists, 90 assists behind Katie Gearlds for 11th place.