Nov. 21, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Chicago State (0-4) at No. 15/20 Purdue (3-0)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 22
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: live video web stream at btn.com and purduesports.com and 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: The series is tied 1-1.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Chicago State is unranked.
The Cougars went 24-10 in 2010-11, earned a first-place finish in the Great West Conference with an 11-1 record and won the conference tournament. Chicago State returns just four letterwinners from last season and welcomes in six newcomers, including five freshmen. The Jaguars have started the season 0-4, most recently suffering a 76-54 loss at Southern Illinois on Nov. 20.
It is the third matchup between the Boilermakers and Chicago State but it has been nearly 35 years since the teams last met. Purdue won the most recent contest 54-38 on Jan. 8, 1977, in Mackey Arena. The Cougars defeated Purdue 66-53 on Feb. 14, 1976, also in West Lafayette.
Purdue departs for the Cancun Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort outside Cancun, Mexico, for a contest against Tulane (Nov. 24) followed by a rematch with 2011 first-round NCAA Championship opponent Kansas State on Nov. 25.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Purdue point guard, Sharon Versyp is in her sixth season as head coach of the Boilermakers. She has a 114-61 record at Purdue and a career mark of 231-126 in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Versyp has led the Boilermakers to two Big Ten Tournament championships (2007 and 2008) and to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice (2007 and 2009). Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in April of 2010.
Rebounding Takes Effort
It's early in the season, but the Boilermakers' shortest player, Courtney Moses, currently leads the team in rebounding with an average of 6.3 boards per game.
Also of note, three guards are leading Purdue in field goal percentage this season. Samantha Woods has hit 3 of 5 shots for 60.0 percent, Chantel Poston has made 5 of 9 from the field for 55.6 percent and Brittany Rayburn is shooting a scorching 53.3 percent by hitting 16 of 30 shots so far this season.
I Know You
On the Chicago State sidelines is assistant coach Gwen Burton who played two years at Louisville (1993 and 1994) when Purdue assistant coach Martin Clapp was an assistant coach for the Cardinals. Clapp was Burton's position coach.