Nov. 25, 2009
Complete Game Notes
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
Tip: Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. ET
Internet Video: None
Radio: WBPE 95.3 BOB-FM and purduesports.com. Tim Newton will provide play-by-play and Sara White will provide analysis.
Rankings: Purdue is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and the USA/Today Coaches' Poll and UC Riverside is unranked.
Live Stats: links to live stats can be found on the 2009-10 women's basketball schedule on purduesports.com.
Purdue's next two opponents, UC Riverside (2-3) and Pepperdine (2-3), faced one another on Nov. 24 in Malibu, and the Highlanders pulled out an 80-72 victory. The Boilermakers have never played UC Riverside in women's basketball and are 1-0 against Pepperdine. The only meeting between the two teams - a 71-65 Boilermaker win - occurred on Dec. 28, 1985, in Malibu, Calif.
The Boilermakers continue on the road for three games after the two-game road swing in Southern California. Purdue will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on No. 15 Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Boilermakers return home for a day before departing for the Chicago area to play the earliest conference game in school history. Purdue goes up against Joe McKeown's Northwestern Wildcats on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. CT. Finally, a trip to Rochester, Mich., for a return game against Oakland on Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. before returning to Mackey Arena for five home games in a row.
The Last Time Out
The Purdue women's basketball team fell 55-39 to Georgetown in the final game of the Basketball Travelers Classic on Nov. 22. The 23rd-ranked Boilermakers were playing their third game in three days with a bench shortened by injuries and illness and could not sustain the pace of the pressing Hoyas. Purdue committed a season-high 27 turnovers against Georgetown's pressure and shot just 31.1 percent from the field. Georgetown (3-2) was led by Sugar Rodgers and Jaleesa Butler. Rodgers scored a game-high 21 points, while Butler chipped in 19 points and added seven rebounds for the Hoyas. Purdue sophomore Samantha Woods, playing in just her second game of the season, scored a team-high 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Woods added seven rebounds and blocked two shots. The Boilermakers were harassed by the Georgetown defense and scored a season-low 39 points, including just 14 in the second half.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Boilermaker point guard, Sharon Versyp is entering her fourth season as head coach at Purdue. She has a 77-33 record for a win percentage of 70.0 percent. The Mishawaka, Ind., native has a career mark of 194-98 and should reach the 200-win plateau this season, her 10th as a collegiate head coach. At Purdue, Versyp is averaging 25 wins per season, the second-best three-year average in school history. Kristy Curry averaged 26 wins in her first three years. 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).
Sophomore Chantel Poston suffered an Achilles tendon injury on Oct. 1, that required surgery. She tore the tendon in her right foot during a conditioning drill and is expected to miss the season. Sophomore Alex Guyton, the most experienced post player for Purdue at just 5.9 minutes per game last year, has a stress fracture in her lower left leg and is unable to practice. Her status will be re-evaluated in early Dec.
Senior FahKara Malone is just 49 steals away from setting the Purdue career steals record. The Evansville, Ind., native is sixth with 279 career steals, while former two-time All-American Katie Douglas owns the record with 327. In her first three years, Malone has averaged 87.7 steals a season. She recorded 104 thefts as a freshman, 89 as a sophomore and had 70 steals as a junior - despite missing nine games due to injury. The 5-foot-3 point guard is the Big Ten's career steals leader among active players. She also is the active career assists leader with 407.
Senior Jodi Howell set a Purdue season record for three-point field goal percentage in 2008-09, and it was the second-best season percentage in conference history. She connected on 59 of 125 threes for 47.2 percent, leading the team and the Big Ten in three-point field goal accuracy. The Alexandria, Ind., native currently holds the Big Ten and school record for career three-point field goal percentage (minimum of 100 attempts) at 42.5 percent (137-322).
Youth and Experience
Purdue has a talented and experienced perimeter with FahKara Malone, who is set to become the ninth four-year starter in Boilermaker history, senior Jodi Howell,the Big Ten's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage and sophomore Brittany Rayburn, Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year as a freshman. What the Boilermakers are lacking is a returning post player with significant minutes logged. Chelsea Jones, Laura Garriga, Samantha Woods and Sam Ostarello will need to help fill the void, especially on the boards where Purdue lost 72.8% of its rebounding to graduation.
The Boilermakers have a 7-3 NCAA Tournament record under head coach Sharon Versyp while advancing to the Elite Eight twice in three years. Purdue is one of only nine teams that have earned a birth in the regional finals two of the last three seasons. Arizona State, Maryland, Stanford, Tennessee, North Carolina, Rutgers and LSU have advanced at least that far twice since 2006-07, and Connecticut has done it all three years. Advancing deep into the NCAA Tournament is a tradition for the Boilermakers and every four-year player since 1990 has been to a Sweet 16 and since 1994 has been to an Elite Eight.