Dec. 8, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. -
No. 15/14 PURDUE (8-1) at UT MARTIN (4-6)
Tipoff: 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 9
Location: Elam Center - Martin, Tenn.
Internet: Live video web stream available on the OVC Digital Network. Live stats available at utmsports.com/livestats/
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. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. UT Martin is not ranked.
Upcoming Promotions: Field Trip Day - Friday, Dec. 21 at noon vs. IUPUI. Group tickets available for elementary and middle school groups. Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive - cereal donations will be accepted at all gates of Mackey Arena, greater Lafayette Marsh and Walmart locations through Dec. 21.
The University of Tennessee at Martin (4-6) was picked to finish first in the OVC West in the preseason poll. Junior guard Heather Butler was tabbed as the league's Preseason Player of the Year and also was named to the preseason Wade Watch list. Junior guard Jasmine Newsome was the 2011-12 OVC Player of the Year and was selected to the 2012 Preseason All-OVC Team. The Skyhawks have faced tough competition in the nonconference with back-to-back-to-back games against No. 1 Baylor (L, 82-67), No. 4 Stanford (L, 92-68). and No. 6 Louisville (L, 79-61). UT Martin is coming off a 78-62 win at home against Saint Louis.
The Series vs. UT Martin
This is the second meeting between Purdue and UT Martin in women's basketball. Last season, the Boilermakers defeated the Skyhawks 65-39 in Mackey Arena.
With a balanced offense and a smothering defense, No. 16/20 Purdue cruised to a 65-39 rout of Tennessee-Martin. Three players scored in double figures for the Boilermakers. Sam Ostarello scored 10 of her 13 in the second half to lead Purdue. Courtney Moses added 12 points and eight rebounds and Brittany Rayburn recorded 11 points and four assists. In winning its first three games, UT Martin averaged 80 points and 12 made three-pointers but the Skyhawks shot just .278 (15 of 54) overall, .273 (6 of 22) from the three-point line. Heather Butler led UT Martin with 19 points but Jasmine Newsome, who entered the game with a 25.3 scoring average, was held to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting with eight turnovers. With a deep rotation of post players, Purdue also controlled things inside, scoring 43 of its points in the lane.
Poston Sidelined with Injury
Redshirt senior guard Chantel Poston will be unable to play in the contest against UT Martin. Poston, who's hometown of Milan, Tenn., is approximately 30 miles from Martin, underwent knee surgery on Nov. 30 for a torn lateral meniscus and a chipped bone. Poston was shooting a sizzling 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the floor this season, well above her career-best percentage of 40.7 percent last year.
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
Courtney Moses scored 19 points and Drey Mingo posted a double-double to lead No. 15 Purdue to a 69-54 win against IPFW, despite 26 points from Amanda Hyde. Moses shot 6 of 8 from the field. Mingo scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. KK Houser had 10 points and six assists, and Taylor Manuel came off the bench and scored 12 points, shooting 5 of 6 from the field. Purdue was up 31-24 at halftime and led the entire game. The largest lead was 25 points with 2:56 remaining in the second half. The Boilermakers shot 52 percent from the field for the game, while IPFW shot 31 percent.
As of Dec. 2, 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. Purdue currently is shooting .423 from long range with five players shooting .450 or better: (Taylor Manuel (1.000), Hayden Hamby (.500), April Wilson (.474), Courtney Moses (.459) and KK Houser (.452).
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.
The Boilermakers have recorded five double-doubles this season, with the most recent coming from Drey Mingo with a tally of 15 points and 11 rebounds at IPFW. KK Houser recorded a double-double, the second of her career with 19 points and 10 assists against Georgia Tech. Sam Ostarello contributed 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Wake Forest, while Mingo (13 points/12 rebounds) and Ostarello (12 points/ 12 rebounds) both had double-doubles against Bowling Green.
Shooting Percentages Up
The Boilermakers have shot over 50.0 percent from the field on three occasions this season, most recently connecting on 23-of-44 shots at IPFW for 52.3 percent. Against Georgia Tech, Purdue shot 52.4 percent (33-of-63) while shooting a season-high 54.3 percent (25-of-46) against Marist. Purdue also has shot .500 or better from three-point range three times this year, hitting a season-high 13-of-33 against UConn for 59.1 percent.