Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2 Location: West Lafayette, Ind. - Mackey Arena Television: live on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins providing play-by-play and Debbie Antonelli analysis. 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: Maryland leads 3-1 The Rankings: Maryland is ranked No. 22 in the Associate Press Top 25 and is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Purdue is receiving votes in both polls.
- Purdue Student Appreciation Day - Purdue students may purchase tickets for $1.
- $500 book scholarship from Follett's will be given away.
- International Student Day - College of Technology Students and Scholars for Global Education, Research, and Outreach will wear a specially designed t-shirt and attend a postgame event with the team.
- Black Out Game - wear black to support the Boilermakers.
Maryland (5-1) is ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Terrapins are coming off an 82-50 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday at the East Carolina Thanksgiving Tournament. Maryland's sole loss this season came at No. 12 Georgetown, 53-45. The Terps are averaging 50.5 rebounds per game, outrebounding opponents by an average of 19.8 boards per contest, shooting 42.0 percent from the field but just 23.7 percent from three-point range. Two players are averaging double-figure scoring, Alyssa Thomas at 12.0 ppg and Lynetta Kizer at 11.5 ppg. Alicia DeVaughn leads the team in rebounding with an 8.3 rpg average.
Maryland leads the series 3-1 and is 2-0 in Mackey Arena. The last meeting occurred in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when No. 8 Maryland beat No. 17 Purdue 70-59 on Dec. 4, 2008, in West Lafayette. Purdue's win came on March 14, 1997, by a 74-48 margin in first round of the NCAA Tournament in Norfolk, Va. In the first meeting, No. 8 Maryland defeated No. 11 Purdue 64-58 on March 26, 1992, in the NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional in West Lafayette. The sixth-ranked Terps beat No. 8 Purdue 73-69 on Jan. 2, 1993, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Columbus, Ohio.
Purdue In The ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Purdue is looking for its first win in the most recent ACC/Big Ten Challenge series that was initiated in 2007. Purdue is 0-3 with losses at No. 4 North Carolina (2007), at home to No. 8 Maryland (2008) and at No. 14 Virginia (2009).
The Boilermakers will play their first road games of the season and it will be two tough ones. Purdue will play at No. 16/16 Notre Dame on Dec. 5 with the game broadcast live on ESPN2, followed by a contest at No. 7/7 Texas A&M in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 9.
Mingo On The Mend Drey Mingo, a redshirt junior from Atlanta, Ga., is recovering from bacterial meningitis. The 6-foot-2 forward was taken to the hospital on Nov. 23 in critical condition. Her health has improved and she was released from St. Elizabeth's Central Hospital in Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 28.
The Boilermakers were scheduled to fly to Mexico the morning of Nov. 24 to participate in the Caribbean Challenge, but the team cancelled the trip due to Mingo's illness. The travel party had arrived in Indianapolis on Tuesday night in preparation for its flight when the decision was made not to participate in the two-day tournament. The Boilermakers were to have played Montana on Nov. 25 and Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 26, but the tournament organizers rearranged the schedule. Purdue has not played a game since Nov. 21
Purdue's 67-58 win over DePaul was the second-straight Preseason WNIT title for a Big Ten team and the second for head coach Sharon Versyp. Ohio State won the title last season and Versyp led Purdue to a championship in her first season, defeating No. 16 Baylor, 69-55, in Waco, Texas. This year, Brittany Rayburn was named Preseason WNIT Most Valuable Player and Drey Mingo was named to the all-tournament team. The juniors scored 21 points each in the championship game, while Mingo pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double. The Boilermakers have competed in the Preseason WNIT three times, advancing to the title game each time.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Purdue point guard, Sharon Versyp is in her fifth season as head coach of the Boilermakers. She has a 94-49 record at Purdue and a career mark of 211-114 in 11 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). In April 2010, Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
After averaging 59.7 points per game with a season high of 81 points vs. Iowa last season, the Boilermakers are averaging 78.0 points per game, including a season-high 93 points against Austin Peay. Purdue did not shoot 50.0 or higher in a game last year, but hit 52.5 percent against Austin Peay and 54.7 percent in the win over South Dakota State. The Boilermakers are exhibiting unselfish play with 65 percent of their field goals coming from an assist by a teammate (68 assists on 104 field goals).
Taking Care of the Rock
Purdue has a +4.8 turnover margin this season, averaging 14.8 turnovers per game while forcing 19.5 tpg. Additionally, the Boilermakers have an assist to turnover ratio of 1.1, dishing out 68 assists while turning it over 59 times.
The Century Mark
Junior Brittany Rayburn made her 100th career three-pointer against South Dakota State and has made seven threes in four games this season.
- Brittany Rayburn has scored 890 points in her career and needs 110 points to become the 26th member of Purdue's 1,000 Point Club.
- Rayburn is currently 13th in career made three-point field goals at Purdue with 102.
- Rayburn is 13th in career made free throws with 264 and is third in career free throw percentage, averaging 81.0 percent (264 of 326).
Houser Has Surgery To Repair Torn ACL
Sophomore starting point guard KK Houser has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee and had surgery to repair the ligament on Dec. 1. Houser injured her knee at the 16:11 mark in the first half of Purdue's season opener against Austin Peay while attempting a fastbreak layup in traffic. The Lincoln, Neb., native was a starter in five of Purdue's 32 games last year. She averaged 5.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.0 minutes per game.
Wilson Expected To Play
In early September, sophomore Ashley Wilson had a second surgery on her lower right leg but was recently cleared to play. She is expected to see her first game action against Maryland. Wilson had her initial surgery on March 23, 2010, to assist the healing of a stress fracture. Complications required a second surgery. The Wheeling, Ill., native played in all 32 games last season and started six contests. She averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, including a team-best 57 offensive boards.