Women's Basketball Game Notes: No. 11/8 Notre Dame

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Third-year head coach Sharon Versyp looks to pick up her first win as a head coach against the Irish.
Third-year head coach Sharon Versyp looks to pick up her first win as a head coach against the Irish.

Dec. 6, 2008

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No. 17/20 Purdue at No. 11/8 Notre Dame
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Television - none
Radio - WPBE 95.3 BOB-FM and rivals.yahoo.com

The Last Time Out
The No. 17/20 Boilermakers (5-2) lost 70-59 at home to No.8/11 Maryland on Dec. 4. Purdue had a 28-25 lead at the half and had a two point lead with 7:10 to go, but Maryland point guard Kristi Toliver took over the game, scoring 14 points in the final 5:21 to give the Terrapins the victory. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton recorded her second 20-point game of the season, leading the Boilermakers in points (20), rebounds (9), blocks (3), and steals (4). She tied for team-high for assists with three.

Scouting The Boilermakers
Purdue (5-2) is ranked 17th in the AP poll and 20th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Purdue is led by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton's 14.9 ppg average. Senior Lakisha Freeman who led Purdue in scoring most of last season, is now second on the team with a 9.7 point average, including averaging 13.5 ppg in Purdue's last four games. Point guard FahKara Malone has an 8.9 ppg average while center Danielle Campbell and freshman Brittany Rayburn are averaging 8.6 points. Campbell leads Purdue in rebounding at 8.3 boards per game, while Wisdom-Hylton contributes 8.2 rebounds. Purdue had five different leading scorers in its first five games. Before the Maryland contest, the Boilermakers were third in the country in three-point shooting percentage, averaging 45.4 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Terrapins, Purdue was just 2 of 17 from three-point range and the two made threes were by post players Natasha Bogdanova and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. The Boilermakers are still shooting over 40 percent three-point field percentage (40.4 percent) as a team.

Scouting The Fighting Irish
The No. 11/8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0) have announced a sellout for Sunday's game. The Irish are averaging 84.3 points per game and an average margin of victory of 27.8 points. Indianapolis native Ashley Barlow leads the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg and is second in rebounding with a 5.2 rpg average. Senior Lindsay Schrader has high-rebound honors with a 5.8 rpg average and is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Freshman Erica Solomon comes off the bench to average 10.2 points and has a team-high 11 blocks in six games. Head coach Muffet McGraw led her team to a 78-72 win over Michigan State on Nov. 29 and most recently an 83-63 victory on Dec. 2 at Eastern Michigan. The Irish can shoot the rock and are averaging 49.2 percent from the field, including 43.4 percent from three-point range.

The Series
This is the 22 meeting between Purdue and Notre Dame. The Boilermakers hold a 14-7 advantage but third-year head coach Sharon Versyp, a native of nearby Mishawaka, Ind., is looking for her first win over the Irish as Purdue's head coach. Last season, No. 16 Notre Dame earned its first win in school history in Mackey Arena, defeating Purdue 61-48 behind a career-high 22 points by Ashley Barlow. The Boilermakers' last win against the Irish was a 65-54 decision on Dec. 7, 2005. Purdue's last victory in the Joyce Center was on Jan. 4, 2003, by a score of 71-54. The last time the Boilermakers played in South Bend, Notre Dame won 67-58. Purdue is 4-5 in South Bend, Ind., 7-1 in Mackey Arena and 2-2 in neutral site games against the Irish. Notre Dame is enjoying its longest winning streak against the Boilermakers at two games, while Purdue has held a six game win streak (1984-1996) against the Irish. Sunday's game is the first for Purdue against a Big East team and the Boilermakers are 32-18 all-time against Big East opponents.

Record Watch
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton is 18 points from surpassing Kelly Komara for 15th place in the Purdue record books for career scoring and is seven rebounds from moving past Emily Heikes for 10th place in career rebounds. The 6-foot-2 redshirt senior holds first place in career blocks with 238, is sixth in career field goal percentage at 53.6 percent and is seventh in steals with 243 in her career. Junior FahKara Malone recently moved into the top-10 for career steals and is 10th with 214.

Free-Throw Clinic
In the Maryland game, both teams were perfect from the free-throw line. Purdue had five players shoot free throws, connecting on a combined 11 of 11 from the charity stripe. The Terrapins made 14 of 14, including a Mackey Arena-best 12 of 12 by Kristi Toliver.

Getting Off To A Good Start
In the Boilermaker's first two games (IUPUI and Portland) they scored over 40 points in both first halves of play. The Boilermakers did not score 40 or more in any first half last season. Against Oakland, Purdue was held to 26 points in the first half but exploded for 42 points in the second stanza. In the second half, the Boilermakers hit 17 of 27 shots for 63.0 percent. Purdue scored just 24 first-half points against No. 5 Stanford, but poured in 41 points in the second period. Against Hawaii, the Boilermakers racked up 52 first half points while shooting 63.3 percent, including 76.6 percent (10 of 13) from beyond the arc. Purdue is averaging 71.7 points per game with an average margin of victory of 13.6 points.