Game Notes: No. 18/23 Purdue at IUPUI

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Junior Liza Clemons posted career highs in every category in the opener.

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Junior Liza Clemons posted career highs in every category in the opener.
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Nov. 12, 2013

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No. 18/23 PURDUE at IUPUI

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Nov. 13

Location: The Jungle - Indianapolis, Ind.

Television: HTSN (Comcast: Ch. 247)

Internet: Live stats available via Sidearm Sports on IUPUIJags.com.

Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play

The Series: Purdue is undefeated in the all-time series against IUPUI, beating the Jaguars three times since 2008. Wednesday will be the first-ever meeting at IUPUI.

The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. IUPUI is not ranked.

Promotions: IUPUI is hosting the Summit League Food Fight initiative and adults who bring a canned food item to the game will be able to pay a discounted price of admission.

 

The Opponent

IUPUI is 1-0 under fourth-year head coach and former Boilermaker Austin Parkinson, returning three starters and nine letterwinners from last year's 20-12 squad. The Jaguars opened their season on Saturday with an 80-58 victory over visiting Belmont (scheduled to come to Purdue on Nov. 22), shooting a blistering 50.0% (31-62) from the field, including 46.7% (7-15) from the three-point line. Sophomore Nicole Rogers led IUPUI in scoring with 16 points on six-of-eight shooting, including four three pointers in just 17 minutes.

 

Non-Conference Success

Purdue is 350-178 all-time against non-conference opponents. The Boilermakers are 14-0 against the Summit League.  

 

Notable November

The Boilermakers are 88-25 all-time in the month of November, including a 2-0 mark on Nov. 13, and a 16-10 mark on the road.

 

First Game Success

Purdue opened its season with a win for the 32nd time in school history, winning its 12th straight inaugural game of the year. The Boilermakers' 63-57 win over Ball State was their closest opener since 2007, when they edged Valparaiso by three, 65-62.

 

Flawless Free Throws

The Boilermakers set a single-game school record in the opener, making all 17 of their free throw attempts. It is the first perfect free throw shooting performance in school history with at least 15 attempts at the charity stripe, breaking the previous 20-for-21 record from Jan. 9, 2011 at Indiana.

 

Career Days

KK Houser tied a career high against Ball State with 21 points, while Liza Clemons set or tied a career high in every statistical category, posting 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal.

 

Premier Debut

Whitney Bays had a tremendous first game as a Boilermaker, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks in just 20 minutes on the floor. Bays sealed the game with an and-one layup with 13 seconds remaining. The Maryland transfer has sat out the last two seasons, missing one with an injury and the second due to NCAA transfer rules.

 

Outstanding Exhibition

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.

 

Preseason Honors

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.

 

Next Up

Purdue remains on the road this weekend, heading to Toledo for its third game of the season. 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 will premiere next Monday, Nov. 18, from 7:10 to 8 p.m. ET at Buffalo Wild Wings on Brown Street in West Lafayette. The show is broadcast live on 95.3 BOB-FM. Fans can email questions to sharonversypshow@gmail.com.