Nov. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
BOWLING GREEN (2-0) at No. 18/14 PURDUE (2-0)
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 19
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Broadcast live on BTN with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play, Stephanie White analysis and Rob Blackman sideline reporting.
Internet: 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 Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 4-3
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 18 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Bowling Green is not ranked.
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.
First-year head coach Jennifer Roos is no stranger to the Bowling Green program, having spent 11 years as an assistant coach prior to taking over the head coaching reigns. The Falcons have four starters returning from a squad that went 24-7 last season, a mark that included a first place finish in the East Division of the MAC with a 14-2 conference record. Bowling Green's top two scorers are back in senior guard Chrissy Steffen who averaged 13.2 ppg and redshirt junior forward Alexis Rogers who pumped in 12.3 ppg and a team-high 8.7 rpg. A pair of Carmel H.S. products are leading the Falcons in scoring and rebounding this season. Steffen is averaging 19.5 points per game while redshirt senior forward Danielle Havel is pulling down 9.5 rebounds per contest. Rogers and Steffen were selected to the Preseason All-MAC Team by the coaches. The coaches also picked the Falcons to finish third in the conference. The Falcons defeated Madonna 68-57 on Nov. 10 and won 79-74 at Niagara on Thursday. BGSU athletic director, Greg Christopher is a West Lafayette native and served as Purdue's Associate A.D. for External Relations from 1997 until July 2006.
This is the eighth meeting between Purdue and Bowling Green in women's basketball, with the Boilermakers holding a 4-3 advantage, including wins in the last two matchups. Purdue is 2-1 at home against the Falcons and 2-2 on the road. Last season, Purdue defeated the Falcons 54-53 on a clever play by Courtney Moses with 12 seconds remaining. Moses had the ball out of bounds underneath Purdue's basket, trailing 53-52 when she realized that all five Falcon defenders had their backs to her, alertly bounced the ball off the closest defender, retrieved the ball inbounds and scored a layup. Brittany Rayburn scored a game-high 18 points - including six in the final five minutes - while Moses finished with 13. Alex Guyton chipped in 12, all in the second half. Alexis Rogers led the Falcons with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Boilermakers travel to paradise, the Paradise Jam that is, with an early morning departure Nov. 20. Purdue will compete in the Islands Division of the U.S. Virgin Islands' Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands, facing Marist at 8:15 p.m. ET on Nov. 22, Wake Forest at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 and finishing up with No. 2/2 UConn at 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 24.
Last Time Out
The No. 18/14 Purdue women's basketball team survived a late run by the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, to earn a 66-51 victory on the road Saturday. Courtney Moses led Purdue with 14 points on 4-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 free throws, while Drey Mingo scored 11 points and freshman April Wilson contributed 10 points, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. The Boilermakers held their largest lead of 34 points at 52-18 with 13:39 to play and had a 20-point advantage at 61-41 with 4:07 remaining. SIUE's Tierny Austin led a furious charge by the Cougars to close out the game, hitting two three-pointers and making two layups in a one minute and 10 second stretch to cut the lead to 63-49. A layup by Jazmin Hill with two minutes remaining gave the Cougars their closest margin of 12 points at 63-51, but Purdue would not allow SIUE to score again. KK Houser hit three of four free throws in the final two minutes to seal the road win.