March 27, 2009
NCAA Regional Game Notes
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 6 Seed Purdue (24-10, 13-5 Big Ten) vs. No. 7 Seed Rutgers (21-12, 9-7 Big East)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
7:30 p.m. Eastern
Ford Center (19,599)
Dave O'Brien: play-by-play
Nancy Lieberman: analysis
Beth Mowins: reporter
WBPE BOB_FM (95.3 FM)
Tim Newton: play-by-play
Jane Schott: analysis
On The Web
ESPN360.com will provide live coverage of all NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament games.
Live stats through Gametracker at purduesports.com
- This will be the Boilermakers 12th trip to the Sweet 16 and their fifth in the last seven years.
- Danielle Campbell and Lakisha Freeman are closing in on the 1,000-point scoring plateau. Campbell needs 18 points and Freeman 22 to become the 24th and 25th Boilermakers to score 1,000 career points.
- Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton needs 10 points to move into eighth place in career scoring at Purdue. She owns the school record for rebounds (947) and blocks (281).
- Wisdom-Hylton is one of the 40 players in consideration for 10 spots for the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.
- Against North Carolina, Campbell set the school record with 138 career games played.
Check Us Out
Purdue's practice on Saturday, March 28, is open to the public and will be held from 1:05 p.m. until 2:05 p.m. CT in the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.
The sixth-seeded Boilermakers (24-10) advanced to the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 with an 85-70 victory over No. 3 seed and 11th-ranked North Carolina. With the win, Purdue now faces No. 7 seed Rutgers at 6:30 p.m. Central Sunday in the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. The Scarlet Knights (21-12) defeated No. 2 seed Auburn 80-52 on Monday at home in Piscataway, N.J.
The Other Game
The second game of the evening is top-seed Oklahoma (30-4, 15-1 Big 12) taking on No. 4 seed Pittsburgh (25-7, 12-4 Big East). This game will also be broadcast on ESPN2 and is set to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Purdue-Rutgers matchup, so approximately 9 p.m. CT. The winners of Sunday's games will play on Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. CT.
Purdue In The NCAA Tournament
Purdue is making its 20th overall and 16th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The last time the Boilermakers missed the Big Dance was in 1993. The Boilermakers own a 41-18 all-time NCAA record, a winning percentage of .695 percent. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994, Purdue has advanced to the second round of the tournament 15 of 16 times. This year marks Purdue's 12th appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 and the fifth in the last seven seasons. The Boilermakers played in the 1994, 1999 and 2001 NCAA Women's Final Fours; they won the title in 1999 and finished as runners-up in 2001, the last time the Final Four was held in St. Louis.
Keeping The Streak Alive
The Boilermakers are making their 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the fourth-longest streak among the nation's women's basketball programs. Only Tennessee (28 straight), Stanford (22) and Connecticut (21) have more.
Purdue's Postseason Success
Purdue is the winningest Big Ten team in postseason play. Since 1989, the Boilermakers are 71-26 in postseason games: 30-8 in the Big Ten Tournament, and 41-18 in the NCAA Tournament. Purdue owns a conference-best seven Big Ten Tournament titles.
History Of The Seeds
Purdue is a No. 6 seed for the first time in school history. The Boilermakers are 7-4 in the Sweet 16.
Records Against Seeds
Purdue is 3-1 all-time against No. 7 seeds, with its last win coming in 2007, against Georgia Tech in Minneapolis. The Boilermakers are 2-8 against No. 1 seeds and 2-1 against No. 4 seeds.
Oklahoma City Regional
For the second consecutive year, the Boilermakers were placed in the Oklahoma City Regional. Purdue is making its 12th Sweet 16 appearance and its fifth in the last seven years by defeating Charlotte 65-52 in the first round and North Carolina 85-70 in the second round in Chattanooga, Tenn. The other regionals are Berkeley, Calif., Raleigh, N.C.; and Trenton, N.J.
Purdue Against The NCAA Tournament Field
Heading into first-round NCAA Tournament action, Purdue had a 6-8 record against the NCAA field. The Boilermakers had victories against Minnesota (2), Iowa (2), Prairie View and Texas. The losses were to Maryland, Michigan State (2), Notre Dame, Ohio State (3) and Stanford.
Hot Shooting Too Much For UNC
The Boilermakers poured in a season-high 55 points behind a season-high 69.6 percent from the field in the second half against North Carolina. Purdue's 85 points in the 85-70 victory is the second-most scored by the Boilermakers this season and the third-highest total the Tar Heels surrendered. The Boilermakers finished the game shooting a season-best 57.1 percent, the highest allowed by North Carolina this year. Seniors Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Lakisha Freeman hit 6 of 9 (66.7 percent) from the field, freshman guard Brittany Rayburn connected on 7 of 13 (53.8 percent) and freshman Chantel Poston was a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor. Purdue made 5 of 9 threes for 55.6 percent and a season high 24 free throws on 27 attempts for 88.9 percent. Purdue had five players score in double-figures for the second time this season.
Balanced Attack Leads Purdue Past Charlotte
The Boilermakers forced Charlotte into a season-high 28 turnovers en route to a 65-52 victory in first-round NCAA Tournament action. Four Purdue players reached double-figures: Danielle Campbell (12), FahKara Malone (11), Brittany Rayburn (11) and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (10).
Purdue is one of just six schools with both its men's and women's teams in the Sweet 16 of their respective NCAA Division I tournaments. The Boilermakers' elite company includes Connecticut, Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. Moreover, both Purdue teams have advanced to the regional semifinals in the same year for the fourth time in school history. It first happened in 1994, when the men advanced to the Elite Eight and the women to the Final Four, in 1998, when the men reached the Sweet 16 and the women the Elite Eight and in 1999 when the men were in the Sweet 16 and the women won the national championship.
Shooting The Rock
In the postseason, Purdue is shooting 50.2 percent from the floor, including 44.9 percent from the three-point line. In their five postseason games, the Boilermakers are averaging 70.8 points, compared to their 64.0 ppg average before tournament competition. In the five-game stretch, Wisdom-Hylton is averaging 15.4 ppg while shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Brittany Rayburn is averaging 14.6 ppg over the same span, shooting 51.0 percent, including 54.5 percent from three-point range. Lakisha Freeman is shooting 56.8 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.
The Boilermakers bring a two-game win streak into Sunday's contest and have won 11 of their last 14 games. The three losses were to Big Ten opponents Michigan State and Ohio State who have also reached the Sweet 16.
Sweet 16 By Conference
For the first time since 2005, the Big Ten Conference has three schools in the Sweet 16. The Big East and Big 12 lead the way with four teams each in the regional semifinals, while the Pac-10 is tied with the Big Ten with three teams. The ACC and SEC each only have one team in the round of 16.
Purdue Vs. Rutgers
- Purdue is 1-0 against Rutgers with the only matchup coming in the 1999 Midwest Regional Final. The top-seeded Boilermakers defeated the No. 3 seed Scarlet Knights 75-62 on March 22, 1999, in Normal, Ill. Purdue went on to defeat Louisiana Tech and Duke for the national championship.
- Purdue is 32-19 against teams that are current members of the Big East. The only Big East opponent that the Boilermakers faced this season was Notre Dame, losing 62-51 on Dec. 7 in South Bend, Ind.
Purdue Vs. Oklahoma
- Purdue is 0-2 against Oklahoma, losing 76-74 at home to the fourth-seeded Sooners in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20, 2000. Purdue's other loss was Nov. 11, 2001, 80-75 in the State Farm Tipoff Classic in Durham, N.C.
- Purdue is 11-8 all-time against Big 12 teams. The only Big East opponent that the Boilermakers faced this season was Texas, who they beat 66-55 on Jan. 5 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue Vs. Pittsburgh
- Purdue is 0-1 against Pittsburgh. The only meeting was 29 years ago, a 66-62 loss at home.
- Purdue is 32-19 against teams that are current members of the Big East.
Neutral Court Results
Purdue is 105-59 all-time on neutral courts, and is 5-2 on neutral courts this season, including a 2-1 record in the Big Ten Tournament and 1-1 in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic in Hawai'i.