Dec. 11, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue at Oakland
Tip: Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Internet Video: available at ougrizzlies.com
Radio: WBPE 95.3 BOB-FM and purduesports.com. Tim Newton will provide play-by-play and Sara White will provide analysis.
Rankings: Both teams are unranked.
Live Stats: available at ougrizzlies.com
Oakland (2-5, 0-1) has lost four of its last five games, including its conference opener at IPFW, 64-58 on Dec. 5. The Golden Grizzlies are led in scoring by freshman Bethany Watterworth who is averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Melissa Jeltema is contributing 13.4 points per game and a team-high 7.6 rebounds. Oakland is shooting a respectable 43.8 percent from the floor but is giving up 44.0 percent to its opponents and is getting outrebounded by an average of 3.1 boards per game.
The Boilermakers will take a week off for final exams before playing host to Evansville on Dec. 19 at 12 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena. It will be the first home game in nearly a month for Purdue, as the last home game was played on Nov. 22 vs. Georgetown. It is just the second meeting all time between Purdue and Evansville. The first contest was an 82-63 Boilermaker victory on Nov. 30, 1984, in the Lady Brave Classic at Bradley. The game will be available via live video web stream at BigTenNetwork.com.
The Last Time Out
The Purdue women's basketball team took a 12-point lead with 9:08 to play at Northwestern, but the Boilermakers were held without a field goal the rest of the way and fell 60-58 in Evanston, Ill. The loss snapped a 21-game win streak against the Wildcats. Northwestern's junior center Amy Jaeschke hit a tough turnaround jumper with 26 seconds on the clock and the Wildcats hit one of four free throws to secure the victory. Jodi Howell led Purdue with 17 points on a perfect shooting performance. The 5-foot-11 senior was 6 of 6 from the floor, including 3 of 3 from three-point range and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. Point guard FahKara Malone tied a career-high with 10 assists and scored 11 points while turning the ball over just once in 37 minutes of play. It was Malone's first double-double of her career.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Boilermaker point guard, Sharon Versyp is in her fourth season as head coach at Purdue. She has a 78-37 record for a win percentage of 67.8 percent. The Mishawaka, Ind., native has a career mark of 195-102 and should reach the 200-win plateau this season, her 10th as a collegiate head coach. At Purdue, Versyp is averaging 25 wins per season, the second-best three-year average in school history. Kristy Curry averaged 26 wins in her first three years. 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).
Impressive Defensive Numbers
As of Dec. 6, Purdue is ranked No. 12 nationally in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 52.4 points per game. Additionally, the Boilermakers are 18th in field goal defense holding opponents to 33.6 percent and are seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense allowing just 21.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Chantel Poston suffered an Achilles tendon injury on Oct. 1, that required surgery. She tore the tendon in her right foot during a conditioning drill and is expected to miss the season. Sophomore Alex Guyton, the most experienced post player for Purdue at just 5.9 minutes per game last year, has a stress fracture in her lower left leg and this week resumed limited practice with the team.
Senior FahKara Malone is 42 steals away from setting the Purdue career steals record. The Evansville, Ind., native is sixth with 286 career steals, while former two-time All-American Katie Douglas owns the record with 327. In her first three years, Malone has averaged 87.7 steals a season. She recorded 104 thefts as a freshman, 89 as a sophomore and had 70 steals as a junior - despite missing nine games due to injury. The 5-foot-3 point guard is the Big Ten's career steals leader among active players and is the active career assists leader with 431.
Speaking Of Assists
Malone tied her career high for assists by dishing out 10 at Northwestern. She also contributed 11 points to record the first double-double of her career. Malone is ranked 37th nationally in both steals per game and assists per game, is second in the conference in assists (5.5) and third in steals (2.9).
Senior Jodi Howell scored a game-high 17 points at Northwestern and was perfect from the field, including 3 of 3 from three-point range. In 2008-09, the Alexandria, Ind., native set a Purdue season record for three-point field goal percentage and it was the second-best season percentage in conference history. She connected on 59 of 125 threes for 47.2 percent, leading the team and the Big Ten in three-point field goal accuracy. The Alexandria, Ind., native currently holds the Big Ten and school record for career three-point field goal percentage (minimum of 100 attempts) at 43.4 percent (149-343). As of Dec. 11, Howell leads the conference in field goal percentage - 28 of 50 for 56.0 percent - and is fourth in three-point FG% - 18 of 35 for 51.4 percent. She is second in the Big Ten in made three-pointers per game (2.25).