Nov. 3, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 17 LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE at No. 21/18 PURDUE
Tipoff: 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 4
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Live video web stream on the Big Ten Digital Network via purduesports.com All-Access. 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 1-0 in exhibition play
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Lindsey Wilson is ranked No. 17 in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll.
Lindsey Wilson College is a four-year liberal arts college located in Columbia, Ky. LWC was founded in January 1903, as Lindsey Wilson Training School and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school was named in memory of Lindsey Wilson, the deceased nephew and stepson of Mrs. Catherine Wilson of Louisville, Ky. The Blue Raiders are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and were selected No. 17 in the NAIA Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll. LWC is led by two-time NAIA All-American Ashley Rainey who averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds a game last season. The Blue Raiders will be playing their third game in three days, having defeated Mid-Continent 86-49 on Friday and playing host to Miami University Middletown before traveling to West Lafayette.
Purdue opens regular-season competition at home against University of South Carolina Upstate on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be available as a live video web stream at purduesports.com.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Boilermaker point guard, Sharon Versyp is entering her seventh season as head coach at Purdue. She has a 136-70 record and has amassed the third most wins in school history. The Mishawaka, Ind., native has a career mark of 253-135 in her 13th year as a collegiate head coach. At Purdue, Versyp is averaging 22.7 wins per season, while leading the Boilermakers to three Big Ten Tournament championships (2007, 2008, 2012) and to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice (2007 and 2009).
Purdue in Exhibition Games
- The Boilermakers are 38-3 in preseason exhibition games.
- Purdue played its first preseason exhibition game Nov. 11, 1989, defeating a team from New Zealand 79-57.
- Purdue's last preseason exhibition game was an 88-73 victory over NCAA Division II Edinboro on Nov. 6, 2011, in Mackey Arena.
Drey Mingo is looking to complete her first full season with the Boilermakers after being granted a clock extension by the NCAA for a sixth year. The 6-foot-2 forward transferred from Maryland and sat out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules. She missed four games the next year due after contracting a life-threatening case of bacterial meningitis right before Thanksgiving. The illness left her with permanent hearing loss in her left ear. Fully recovered for the 2011-12 season, Mingo tore the ACL in her right knee on Oct. 29 in a closed scrimmage at Indiana State, setting up the waiver by the NCAA to return for this season. The Atlanta, Ga., native is a three-time captain, pursuing a graduate degree in occupational and environmental health sciences. She led the Boilermakers in rebounding in 2010-11 with an average of 5.8 rebounds per game and set a school single-season record for three-point field goal percentage at 48.1 percent. Mingo was recently named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, one of four players in the Big Ten to be recognized as such.
Purdue is ranked in both major preseason polls, starting the season where it ended last year at No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. The Boilermakers start out this year at No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll after finishing No. 13 last season. The Big Ten coaches have picked Purdue as the No. 3 team in the preseason and honored junior guard Courtney Moses with Preseason All-Big Ten team accolades.
Experience And Youth
Purdue lost five seniors off last season's 25-9 Big Ten Tournament championship squad, including leading scorer Brittany Rayburn (14.8 ppg), but return four players who have combined for a total of 164 starts. Preseason All-Big Ten selection Courtney Moses leads the way, having started 64 of the 66 games in her career and was the second-leading scorer at 10.8 ppg. Point guard KK Houser was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media last year after averaging 9.9 points and team highs of 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals. Sam Ostarello also was a media selection for honorable mention All-Big Ten and led Purdue in rebounding at 8.4 rpg, good for third-highest average in the Big Ten. Drey Mingo started 24 of 29 games in her illness-shortened redshirt junior season. Head coach Sharon Versyp has brought in a talented freshman class in Hayden Hamby, Taylor Manuel, Joslyn Massey and April Wilson and will have the services of 6-foot-4 post player Camille Redmon, a transfer from Kansas State and Grayson County College.