March 1, 2014
Tipoff: 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Feb. 23
Location: Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi providing play-by-play and Roslyn Gold-Onwude providing analysis.
Internet: ESPN3.com or WatchESPN app
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott providing analysis.
The Series: The Boilermakers hold a dominant 4-1 edge in the all-time series against the Cornhuskers, winning four straight in the series heading into Sunday’s game. The young rivalry between the two teams has been an intense one, already featuring six overtimes, including a triple-overtime thriller, and four of the five decided by four points or less. Two of the five meetings have come in the Big Ten Tournament, with the Boilermakers taking a 74-70 double-overtime victory in the 2012 championship game and Purdue earning a 77-64 win in the 2013 tournament semifinals.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 19st by the Associated Press and in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ Poll. Nebraska is ranked 16th by the Associated Press and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ Poll.
Sunday is the final regular season home game for seniors KK Houser, Courtney Moses and Dee Dee Williams. We will celebrate their careers with a postgame celebration. Members of the Boilermaker Kids Club will receive two free tickets, while general admission is just $5 for fans. In addition, we will give away an iPad to the fan that returns Purdue Pete’s wallet after he lost in somewhere in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. Also don’t forget to take advantage of the “Celebrate Sunday” ticket package and get four GA tickets and a $20 concessions voucher for $40.
Nebraska is the hottest team in the Big Ten right now, winning nine straight entering Sunday’s contest. The Cornhuskers split their first six conference outings, but have all systems firing over the past month. Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Jordan Hooper leads the way, averaging 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while sophomore Rachel Theriot and juniors Emily Cady and Tear’a Laudermill offer ample offensive support, each averaging double-figures in scoring.
Lots on the Line
There's a lot up for grabs in the season finale as Nebraska is playing for a share of the Big Ten regular season title, while a Purdue win guarantees a first-round bye at next week's Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers have only played on the first day of the postseason conference tournament once in school history, and no team that has played in the opening round has ever won the event.
The 2014 senior class of Houser, Moses and Williams are 106-54 over the course of their careers, leading the Boilermakers to three straight NCAA Championship appearances and back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles.
Defense Meets Offense
The Boilermakers' defense has ramped up over the last five games, holding four of its last five opponents under 60 points for an average of 56.6 points per game. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers are averaging 77.3 points per game during their nine-game win streak, scoring more than 70 in eight of the nine meetings. Purdue is 10-0 on the year when holding opponents under 60 points and 15-1 when keeping foes under 70 points.
Getting In the Top-10
Courtney Moses is just shy of a pair of incredibly prestigious top-10 lists, looking to break in this weekend. She is three-points from tying Carol Emanuel for 10th on Purdue’s career scoring list, and just four three-pointers from matching Wisconsin’s Katie Voigt for 10th place all-time in the Big Ten.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women’s Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 767-405 all-time.
- Purdue is 181-86 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 298-151.
- The Boilermakers are 360-181 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents.
- Purdue is ranked for the 92nd time in their last 95 games, sitting 19th in the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
- Purdue is 401-123 all-time at home, including a 206-63 mark against Big Ten opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 119-59 all-time in the month of March, including a 38-15 record at home and a 9-3 mark on March 2.
- Purdue is 20-9 all-time in its 28th game of the season.
- The Boilermakers are 101-143 all-time against ranked opponents, 85-88, when both Purdue and its opponent are ranked and 48-117 versus higher-ranked teams. Purdue is 2-8 all-time against the No. 16 team in the country.