Nov. 16, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 18/14 PURDUE (1-0, 0-0 B1G) at SIU EDWARDSVILLE (1-1, 0-0 OVC)
Tipoff: 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 17
Location: Vadalabene Center (4,000) - Edwardsville, Ill.
Internet: Live video web stream via purduesports.com All-Access.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tommy Thiel providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue has a 1-0 series advantage.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 18 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. SIUE is not ranked.
Upcoming Promotions: Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive - donations will be accepted at all gates of Mackey Arena for the five home games from Nov. 10 to Dec. 21. Nov. 28 vs. Georgia Tech is the Pack the House Challenge and all single-game tickets are $5 and the Big Ten Tournament banner will be revealed pregame, so be in your seats early.
SIU Edwardsville has begun the season 1-1 under first-year head coach Paula Buscher. The Cougars opened with a 74-67 win at IPFW on Nov. 11 before falling 68-61 at UIC on Thursday. SIUE is coming off an 18-12 record, including a 12-4 mark for a third place finish in their first season of play in the Ohio Valley Conference. In 2011-12, SIUE played in the Women's Basketball Invitational, the University's first NCAA Division I national postseason event. The Cougars return four starters from last year's team, including the leading rebounder and scorer, 6-foot-1 forward Raven Berry who averaged 11.7 points and 9.8 rebounds last year as a junior.
Purdue has a 1-0 series lead against SIUE. The Boilermakers defeated the Cougars 69-39 on Jan. 27, 2011, in Mackey Arena. The game was not on Purdue's original schedule to start the 2010-11 season, but was added after the Boilermakers had to withdraw from their Thanksgiving tournament in Cancun due to Drey Mingo's bout with bacterial meningitis.
Purdue returns home for a contest against Bowling Green on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena. The game versus Bowling Green will be broadcast live on BTN.
Last Time Out
The Boilermakers are coming off an 82-47 victory at home over USC Upstate on Nov. 10. Purdue had four players in double-figures, led by KK Houser's 17 points. Houser hit a career-high four three-pointers in the contest. Drey Mingo chipped in 15 points and six rebounds, while Courtney Moses and Taylor Manuel each scored 12 points. Houser, Sam Ostarello and Chantel Poston shared game-high honors for assists with five each. Ostarello pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, as Purdue controlled the boards 41-26.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Boilermaker point guard, Sharon Versyp is entering her seventh season as head coach at Purdue. She has a 137-70 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). A 2010 inductee into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Versyp already is the third-winningest coach in Purdue history.
Edwardsville, Ill., is less than thirty minutes away from Purdue freshman Taylor Manuel's home in St. Louis, Mo. The 6-foot-2 forward expects to have many friends and family members in the crowd on Saturday. Manuel had an impressive debut as a Boilermaker, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while recording two rebounds, an assist and two steals in 14 minutes of action. SIUE senior guard, Courtney Kenner and Manuel share the same alma mater, having both played at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis.
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.