Nov. 8, 2013
BALL STATE at No. 18/23 PURDUE
Tipoff: 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 10
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Live video web stream via the Big Ten Digital Network. Live stats available via GameTracker on 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 the all-time series against Ball State, 15-5, including wins in the last 12 meetings between the two schools. The Boilermakers have a 7-1 edge in Mackey Arena.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Ball State is not ranked.
Promotions: Purdue students may attend the game for just $2, and are welcome for pregame pizza and a tour of the Mackey Arena facilities.
Celebrate Sunday - Fans can get four upper arena seats and a $20 concessions voucher for just $40 at each of the Boilermakers' Sunday home games this season.
The Cardinals enters their second season under head coach Brady Sallee, returning all five starters from last year's squad. Ball State went 17-16 in 2012-13, including an impressive 12-4 mark in the Mid-American Conference, where they finished second. They accepted a bid to the WNIT, where they went 2-1 with wins over Minnesota and Northern Iowa before falling to Kansas State in the round of 16.
First Game Success
Purdue is 31-7 all-time in their first games of the season, including 11 straight victories. During this span the Boilermakers have averaged 80.5 points per game, while giving up just 50.6 points (+29.9).
Purdue is 349-178 all-time against non-conference opponents. The Boilermakers are 53-17 all-time against the Mid-American Conference, and have played Ball State more than any MAC team.
The Boilermakers are 87-25 all-time in the month of November, including a 1-0 mark on Nov. 10, and a 54-5 mark in Mackey Arena.
The Boilermakers had one of their finest exhibition outings in school history last weekend, topping NAIA foe Clarke University, 102-33. Purdue hit the century mark for the first time since 2004 (107 vs. IPFW), and for the first time in an exhibition game since 2000 (104 vs. Mexican Nat. Team). The 33 points for Clarke matched an exhibition-record low for the second straight year.
Courtney Moses enters 2013-14 as Purdue's all-time leading free throw shooter and one of the best-ever in NCAA history. She's connected on 90.0% of her career attempts (215-239) including a single-season Boilermaker record 92.6% (75-81) in 2012-13.
Moses holds each of the class records at Purdue for three-point makes and three-point attempts in a game, including her NCAA Tournament record nine makes against South Dakota State in 2012. In order to catch Brittany Rayburn for the Boilermakers' senior record, she'll chase the NCAA single-game record of 12, which Rayburn totaled on 16 attempts at Minnesota in 2012.
Giving and Taking Away
KK Houser is already one of nine players in Purdue history, along with head coach Sharon Versyp, to surpass 300 assists and 180 steals in her career, looking to join even more elite company this season. Houser ranks 12th in school history with 340 career assists and sits 13th on the career steals list with 188. She remains 78 assists and just six steals shy of Versyp on the two lists. Others on this elite list are Stephanie White (578/277), Katie Douglas (526/327), Lisa Jahner (517/219), FahKara Malone (513/351), Erika Valek (479/262), Kelly Komara (402/297) and Katie Gearlds (399/181).
Moses and Houser have respectively hit double figures 59 and 48 times in their careers, good for 20th and 29th on the Purdue record list. Moses accomplished the feat 24 times last season, while Houser pulled it off 22 times, including an active streak of 11 straight games.
See the Three, Be the Three
Nearly 40% of the Boilermakers returning made field goals from 2012-13 came from behind the three-point line, including 149 trifectas from Courtney Moses, KK Houser and April Wilson. Moses' and Houser's respective marks of 63 and 57 threes were good for fourth and ninth on Purdue's single-season record list, while Wilson's 39.7% from behind the arc is 15th best on the single-season list and No. 2 all-time by a Boilermaker freshman.
The Boilermakers have a wealth of experience in their 2013-14 backcourt, headlined by KK Houser, Courtney Moses and Dee Dee Williams. The trio has a combined 302 games played in their collegiate careers, with 201 combined starts and 7,580 minutes played. Moses and Houser are the two returning leading scores for the Boilermakers, averaging 13.3 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.
New Faces Inside
There will be several new faces in the paint for the Old Gold and Black as more than 90% of last year's post minutes are no longer with the team. Liza Clemons played more interior minutes than any of the returning Boilermakers with just 143, while Camille Redmon and Joslyn Massey played 57 and 37 minutes, respectively. Whitney Bays and Torrie Thornton will be in the mix as well after sitting out last season.
Welcome to Purdue
The Boilermaker faithful will see three new players in the Old Gold and Black this season in junior forward Whitney Bays and freshmen guards Ashley Morrissette and Bridget Perry. All three are expected to make an immediate impact to the program and bring a distinguished list of accomplishments and credentials to the table.
Redshirt sophomore forward Torrie Thornton returns to action this season after sitting out 2012-13. Thornton underwent patella tendon debridement surgery to correct severe tendonitis in both knees in May 2012.
Courtney Moses was named Preseason All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Moses was also named second team all-conference by College Sports Madness, while Houser was a third-team pick.
Home Court Advantage
Purdue fans' loyal support makes Mackey Arena a tough place to play and has put the Boilermakers in the top 10 in national attendance for 18-straight seasons. Purdue finished seventh in attendance last year, averaging 8,515 fans per game, and went 10-3 on their home court.
Purdue's first official road contest is on Wednesday as the Boilermakers head down to Indianapolis to face IUPUI. Radio will also be available via PurdueSports.com, in addition to the local radio broadcast on 95.3 WBPE (BOB-FM).
Versyp Radio Show
The Sharon Versyp Radio Show is held most Mondays from 7:10 to 8 p.m. ET at Buffalo Wild Wings on Brown Street in West Lafayette, starting on Nov. 18. The show is broadcast live on 95.3 BOB-FM. Fans can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.