Dec. 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 15/14 PURDUE (7-1) at IPFW (3-4)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6
Location: Hilliard Gates Sports Center - Fort Wayne, Ind.
Internet: Live stats available at gomastodons.com
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM), the Purdue Sports Radio Network and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 3-0
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. IPFW is not ranked.
Promotions: Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive - cereal donations will be accepted at all gates of Mackey Arena, greater Lafayette Marsh and Walmart locations through Dec. 21.
IPFW (3-4) is coming off an 82-73 loss at home to Valparaiso on Tuesday. The Mastodons are led by Amanda Hyde's 20.3 ppg scoring average. The 5-foot-10 junior guard also pulls down 5.0 rebounds per game, second on the team behind 5-foot-10 redshirt junior Stefanie Mauk's 7.9 rpg average. Chris Paul is in his eighth season as the Mastodon's head coach and he is assisted by former Purdue men's basketball player Kip Jones (Purdue, '90)
The Last Meeting
Courtney Moses scored 14 points to lead No. 20 Purdue to a 73-36 victory over IPFW on Dec. 22. Sam Ostarello added 13 points and eight rebounds, Brittany Rayburn had 11 points and four assists, and Antionette Howard added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers in their final nonconference game of the season. Stephanie Rosado scored nine points to lead IPFW (4-8). The Mastodons shot 23 percent from the field and made just 5 of 23 three-pointers, while committing 22 turnovers. Purdue shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded IPFW 40-32.
The Series vs. IPFW
This is the fourth meeting between Purdue and IPFW, with the Boilermakers holding a 3-0 series lead. Purdue has played in Fort Wayne one other time, but not against the Mastodons. On Dec. 11, 2005, the Boilermakers defeated Valparaiso 70-55 in the Hoopla Classic at Memorial Coliseum. Purdue's record against the Mastodons in Mackey Arena is 2-0, including a 73-36 win last season on Dec. 22. The Boilermakers have earned an average margin of victory of 43.7 points.
Purdue will travel to Martin, Tenn., to take on UT Martin on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. ET. Martin is approximately 30 miles from Chantel Poston's hometown 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
Sam Ostarello scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds Sunday to help No. 14 Purdue defeat Central Michigan 87-71. KK Houser added 19 points and five assists for the Boilermakers. Taylor Manuel matched her season-high with 12 points, making all five of her field-goal attempts, and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds. Purdue led 49-31 at halftime and shot 49 percent from the field for the game after shooting 63.6 percent in the first half. The Boilermakers were 50 percent from three-point range, 7 of 14, with Houser hitting 3 of 5 attempts. Purdue also was 26 of 31 from the free-throw line. Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas with 18 points. Jessica Green scored 15 and Brandie Baker and Jas'Mine Bracey added 11 points apiece for Central Michigan.
As of Dec. 10, Purdue's three-point field goal average of 42.7 percent (47-of-110) was fifth highest in the nation and second in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers hit a season-high 13-of-22 threes against No. 2 UConn, tying for third most in school history. Three players are shooting .450 or better (Taylor Manuel (1.000), April Wilson (.500) and KK Houser (.474), while Courtney Moses is averaging .438 from long range and Hayden Hamby is at .400.
Houser Earns Big Ten Player of the Week
Redshirt junior KK Houser was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 3. Houser averaged 19.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 55.6 percent (10-18) from the field, including 44.4 percent (4-9) from three-point range. The starting point guard also made all 14 of her free throws, including a season-high 10-of-10 against Georgia Tech. Houser tied her career high with 10 assists against the Yellow Jackets, recording her first double-double of the season and second of her career with a team-high 19 points to go along with the 10 helpers. Houser also had four steals in the victory. Against Central Michigan, Houser scored 19 points in 20 minutes while dishing out five assists and grabbing two steals. She shot 60.0 percent from the floor, including 3-of-5 threes, and made her four three throw attempts.