Tipoff: 1:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 2 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: Live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play, Mary Murphy analysis and Rob Blacman as sideline reporter. 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 Jane Schott analysis. The Series: Purdue trails 2-4 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Central Michigan is not ranked. Promotions: $2 admission for members of youth basketball teams and youth who attended the 2012 Sharon Versypbasketball camps. Free postgame basketball clinic for youth in attendance at the game. Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive - donations will be accepted at all gates of Mackey Arena through Dec. 21.
The Opponent The Chippewas are coming off a 72-63 loss at home to No. 5 Notre Dame. Central Michigan has two players averaging in double-figures, with sophomore guard Jessica Green leading the way with an average of 16.2 points per game and sophomore guard Crystal Bradford contributing 13.2 ppg along with a team-high 8.8 rebounds. The Chippewas are averaging 68.8 points per game and 41.8 rebounds per contest. Head coach Sue Guevara is in her sixth year at Central Michigan, but she is no stranger to the Big Ten. Guevara was the head coach at Michigan from 1996 to 2000 and was an assistant coach at Michigan State for 10 years prior to her move to Ann Arbor.
The Last Meeting Brittany Rayburn had 25 points while Central Michigan point guard Brandie Baker scored all 16 of hers in the second half as the Chippewas upset No. 12 Purdue 75-62 on Nov. 11, 2011. The Chippewas outscored the Boilermakers 47-25 in the second half as they shot 14-for-24 from the field, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Purdue, which was coming off a loss to No. 3 Notre Dame the day before, led 37-28 at halftime. Freshmen Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green both scored 14 points for Central Michigan. KK Houser added 11 points and Sam Ostarellohad for Purdue, which shot 40 percent from the field (25-for-62), including 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.
The Series vs. Central Michigan This is the seventh meeting between Purdue and Central Michigan, with the Chippewas holding a 4-2 series lead. Five of the six previous matchups occurred prior to 1990. In the most recent meeting, Central Michigan upset No. 12/14 Purdue 75-62 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Purdue's record against Central Michigan in Mackey Arena is 1-1.
Next Up The Boilermakers are on the road for the next three contests, starting with a game at IPFW on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET. Purdue will travel to Martin, Tenn., to take on UT Martin on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. ET. Martin is close to Chantel Poston'shometown of Milan, Tenn. The Boilermakers wrap up their road swing at Oakland on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. ET. Purdue's next home game is Friday, Dec. 21 at noon against IUPUI. The game has been designated as Elementary School Day and over 3,000 school children are expected to be in attendance.
Last Time Out KK Houser scored 19 points, hitting all 10 of her free-throw attempts, and added 10 assists to help No. 14 Purdue beat Georgia Tech 85-73. It was her first double-double this season and the second of her career. Four Boilermakers were in double-figures as Drey Mingo had 16 points, Courtney Moses scored 15 and April Wilson added 12 points. Wilson contributed six assists and six steals without a turnover in 31 minutes of action against a high pressure Georgia Tech defense. Sam Ostarello and Taylor Manueleach scored nine points and Ostarello pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Tyaunna Marshall led all scorers with 26 points for the Yellow Jackets and Dawnn Maye had 16 points and seven assists. The Yellow Jackets had a 40-28 rebounding advantage but were outscored 56-32 in the paint. Purdue shot 52.4 percent from the field in the contest, including 70 percent (21-of-30) in the second half to pull away from a 37-35 lead at the break.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge The ACC won the sixth-annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a 7-5 mark. A year ago, the Big Ten and ACC battled to a 6-6 draw, the first tie in the Challenge's history, while the Big Ten boasted a 9-7 record over ACC teams in all games played. Purdue is 18-18 all time against ACC opponents, including 1-5 in the Challenge.
Long-Range Bombers The Boilermakers hit a season-high 13-of-22 threes against No. 2 UConn, tying for third most in school history. Purdue's team average of 41.7 percent (40-of-96) from long range this season is second the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage. Four players are shooting .450 or better (Taylor Manuel (1.000), Hayden Hamby (.500), April Wilson (.500). KK Houser (.455), while Courtney Mosesis averaging .419 from long range.
Doubling Up KK Houseris coming off the second double-double of her career, helping Purdue to an 85-73 victory against Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The 5-foot-6 point guard scored 19 points and dished out 10 assists to go along with four steals against the Yellow Jackets. She was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the contest.
Want To C-Mo? Junior Courtney Moses , whose nickname is "C-Mo" is showing why she was selected by the conference coaches as a preseason All-Big Ten team member. The 5-foot-6 guard is leading Purdue in scoring with a 14.0 ppg average, while pulling down 2.9 rebounds, dishing out 1.6 assists and grabbing 1.9 steals per game. Moses is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, including 41.9 percent from three-point range and has hit 11-of-13 free throws this season for 84.6 percent. Moses was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team after scoring a season-high 24 points, connecting on a season-best 6-of-8 (.750) three-pointers to finish 9-of-13 (.692) from the field. Moses played nearly the entire contest and also contributed three rebounds and two assists. Her six threes was below her career-high for triples, as the Sweetser, Ind., native set an NCAA Tournament record last season with nine three-pointers vs. South Dakota State in first-round action in Mackey Arena. In the three-game Paradise Jam, Moses averaged 16.3 points and 3.0 rebounds, made 11-of-16 threes for a sizzling 68.8 percent and was 18-of-33 overall from the field for 54.5 percent.