Purdue vs. Butler Game Notes
Nov. 16, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue vs. Butler
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007
7 p.m. Eastern
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, Ind.
WLFF (95.3 FM) and sports.yahoo.com
Nate Barrett: play-by-play
Sara White: analysis
On The Web
live stats and live streaming video at purduesports.com
Purdue leads 5-0
Sharon Versyp (Purdue '89)
School Record: 32-6, 2nd year
Overall Record: 149-71, 8th year
Beth Couture (Erskine '84)
School Record: 67-81, 6th year
Overall Record: 325-198, 19th year
My I Have Your Autograph, Please?
All members of the Purdue women's basketball team will be signing autographs in the concourse of Mackey Arena following today's game. The players will be positioned near the women's basketball offices, on the Northwestern Ave. side of the building to greet the fans and sign autographs. The Boilermakers only other autograph session will be conducted after the Butler game.
Scouting The Boilermakers
Purdue (1-0) is ranked 23th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and is receiving votes in the AP poll. The Boilermakers had a close call in the season opener on Nov. 12 in Mackey Arena, pulling out a 65-62 win over Valparaiso. Purdue has lost two of the three returning starters to injuries, senior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and junior Jodi Howell. The Boilermakers are a young, relatively inexperienced team. Purdue's two active seniors, Brittany Dildine and Kalika France, each have only half a season experience with the Old Gold and Black. Dildine joined the team in Dec. 2006, after completing her career with Purdue's volleyball team, and France arrived in Jan. 2007, after graduating from Maryland with eligibility remaining. The lone returning starter is sophomore FahKara Malone, who averaged 8.4 points last season and led the Big Ten in steals with 2.8 per game. The Boilermakers will rely on junior post players Danielle Campbell and Natasha Bogdanova, as well as junior forward Lakisha Freeman.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Butler comes into Mackey Arena with a 2-0 record after a 59-58 victory at home over Ohio and a 56-48 win at Bradley. In 2006-07, the Bulldogs finished second in the NCAA Division I rankings with 8.4 made three-pointers per game, but this season the top returning scorers and rebounders for Butler are preseason All-Horizon League members, 6-foot-1 junior Lade Akande (first team) and 6-foot-2 sophomore Susan Lester (second team). Akande earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors and is averaging 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on 70 percent shooting from the field. Lester is pitching in 12.0 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game, while leading the team in three-pointers made (5) and attempted (15). Junior Tara Miller played for Versyp for one semester at Indiana before transferring to Butler and is leading the team with 4.0 assists per game. Freshman Brittany Bowen and junior Candace Jones are also expected to start. Head coach Beth Couture is in her sixth season at Butler and at 2-0 this year, has led the Bulldogs to their best start since the 1992-93 season. Butler was picked to finish third in the Horizon League preseason poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media.
Boilermakers Keep Home Opener Record Spotless
Valparaiso gave the Boilermakers all they could handle in their home opener on Nov. 12, but a jump shot by Lakisha Freeman with 19 seconds to go gave Purdue the lead for good, with a final score of 65-62. Freeman totaled 16 points and 4 rebounds while playing the entire 40 minutes. The Boilermakers were led by freshman Samantha Woods 17 points and seven rebounds. Senior Kalika France had 12 points and a career-high five steals while point guard FahKara Malone had 12 points and four steals. Purdue was led in assists by 6-foot-4 center Danielle Campbell who finished the game with five assists and two blocked shots.
This is the sixth meeting between the two teams with Purdue holding a 5-0 advantage and an average margin of victory of 29.2 points per game. Last season, the ninth-ranked Boilermakers faced Butler on Dec. 10, 2007, in Indianapolis, with Purdue winning 81-38. The Boilermakers first met on Dec. 29, 1989, in Mackey Arena which resulted in a 79-56 victory for Purdue. The Boilermakers have squared off against Butler three times in Mackey Arena. The last meeting in West Lafayette was Nov. 18, 2005, when the 19th-ranked Boilermakers defeated the Bulldogs 85-59.
Purdue Vs. The Horizon League
Tonight is the second Horizon League opponent the Boilermakers have faced in as many games this season. Purdue defeated first-year Horizon League member, Valparaiso 65-62 on Nov. 12. The Boilermakers are 25-7 against Horizon League schools, holding perfect records against Valparaiso (10-0), Butler (5-0), Loyola [Ill.] (3-0) and Milwaukee (2-0). Purdue has even records against Cleveland State (1-1) and Illinois-Chicago (2-2) and a losing record (2-4) against Detroit.
On This Date
This is only the second time in school history that Purdue has played on Nov. 17. The Boilermakers are 1-0 on this date, beating Washington 88-64 last year in Mackey Arena.
Woods Has Impressive Debut
Freshman Samantha Woods had an impressive debut for the Boilermakers, leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and seven boards. The 6-foot-3 native of Bolingbrook, Ill., was 5 of 11 from the field and 7 of 12 from the free throw line in 25 minutes of play.
Leading The Way
The players voted for team captains for the 2007-08 season and they are sophomore FahKara Malone, junior Lauren Mioton and senior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.
The Boilermakers will be without the services of senior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton this season. Wisdom-Hylton, the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and an All-America candidate, would have been the top returning scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season. She injured her knee July 7, while playing for the USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team in the FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow. The injury occurred when Wisdom-Hylton landed after attempting a rebound with 1:18 to go in the first half of the semifinal matchup against Russia. She plans to apply for a medical redshirt for the season.
Junior Jodi Howell is out after undergoing shoulder surgery on Sept. 20, and is not expected to return until the end of Dec., if at all this season. Howell first injured her left shoulder in Purdue's 78-65 win against Georgia during the 2007 NCAA Tournament Dallas Regional. The Alexandria, Ind., native started every game last year, except the final contest against North Carolina. She averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Howell led the team in three-point field goal percentage at 40.6 percent, ranking her third in the Big Ten. Howell was second on the team in made three-pointers, connecting on 56 of 138.
- Purdue is 319-98 (.765) all-time in Mackey Arena.
- Purdue is 162-50 (.764) in Big Ten home games.
- Purdue is 127-14 (.901) in Mackey in the last 10 years, including 12-2 in 2006-07 and 1-0 in 2007-08.
- Purdue's biggest home crowd last season was 10,354 against Ohio State on Jan. 29. Purdue lost the game 64-55, one of only two home losses all season.
- Purdue averaged 7,585 fans per home game in 2006-07, ranking eight in the nation, an improvement of one spot from the previous year. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 10 in national attendance for 12 straight years.
On The Horizon
The Boilermakers depart for warmer weather as they take on Duke in the opening round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. Purdue is competing in the Reef Division and has Duke and Temple on its side of the bracket. The three teams competing in the Island Division are Connecticut, Stanford and Old Dominion. The Boilermakers play Duke at 6 p.m. Eastern on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and have a day off before facing Temple at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24. The final game will be played on Nov. 25, with the matchups based on the standings after division play. The third place teams of each division play at 3:30 p.m., second place teams at 6 p.m. and the championship game is at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. All of Purdue's games will be broadcast live on WLFF 95.3 FM.