Nov. 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
GEORGIA TECH (3-2) at No. 14/13 PURDUE (5-1) - ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Tipoff: 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 28
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Live video web stream via the Big Ten Digital Network on purduesports.com. 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 1-0
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Georgia Tech is receiving votes in the AP Poll.
Promotions: Pack the House Challenge and all single-game tickets are $5. 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.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 66-57 win over UW-Milwaukee on Saturday in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico after losing 75-72 to Syracuse in overtime in the opening contest of the event. Georgia Tech (3-2) is led by junior guard Dawnn Maye, who is averaging 18.0 ppg; she averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.0 assists in Puerto Rico. Five-foot-9 junior guard Tyaunna Marshall is averaging a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. Former Boilermaker All-American MaChelle Joseph is in her 10th season as the head coach at Georgia Tech. Joseph remains the all-time leader for points (2,405) and assists (628) at Purdue, she was the Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior as well as a Kodak All-American and was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Hall of Fame in 2010.
Purdue in the Paradise Jam
The Boilermakers improved to 2-4 in the Paradise Jam, earning a 2-1 record this season with wins over Marist (71-50) and Wake Forest (67-53) and a loss to No. 2/2 UConn (91-57). The last time Purdue gave up 90 points or more was on Feb. 2, 2012, in the 93-89 triple-overtime loss at home to Nebraska. The 2012 Paradise Jam was the second appearance for Purdue in the tournament, having traveled to St. Thomas, USVI, in November 2007.
Last Time Out
UConn's Breanna Stewart scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 91-57 win over No. 14 Purdue in the championship of the Paradise Jam. The Boilermakers shot 13 of 22 from three-point range. Courtney Moses led all scorers with 24 points, hitting six of her eight shots from behind the arc. KK Houser added 16 for the Boilermakers. Purdue turned the ball over on its first four possessions and missed its first five shots, as UConn opened the game on a 16-2 run. Moses kept Purdue in the game, hitting her first three triples and scoring 11 of her 24 in the first half. A three-pointer and layup by Moses on back-to-back possessions cut the UConn lead to 27-15 but Purdue would get no closer.
The Boilermakers will play host to Central Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 2. The game time has been set for 1:30 p.m. ET and will air live on BTN with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play, Mary Murphy analysis and Rob Blackman as the sideline reporter. Last season, Central Michigan upset Purdue on the road, 75-62.
The Series vs. Georgia Tech
This is the second meeting between Purdue and Georgia Tech in women's basketball. The first occurred in coach Versyp's first season with the Boilermakers, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis. The 11th-ranked Boilermakers defeated Georgia Tech 76-63 on March 19, 2007, to advance to the Dallas Regional. Katie Gearlds put up 26 points to lead Purdue, while Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Purdue is looking for its first win in the Challenge. The Boilermakers have played at Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, while playing host to Maryland twice in the previous five years.