Game Notes: No. 18/23 Purdue at Kansas

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM KK Houser is tied for the Big Ten lead with 3.0 steals per game.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
KK Houser is tied for the Big Ten lead with 3.0 steals per game.
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Dec. 13, 2013

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Tipoff: 2 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Dec. 22

Location: Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, Kan.

Television: None

Internet: ESPN3 - http://es.pn/WBK-PURvsKU  

Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and analysis.

The Series: Purdue is 2-1 all-time against Kansas, winning both matchups in Mackey Arena, while falling in Allen Fieldhouse to the 17th-ranked Jayhawks, 71-61, in 1996. The Boilermakers won the last meeting between the two squads, earning a 55-41 NCAA Second-Round victory en route to the 1999 NCAA Championship.

The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Kansas is unranked.

The Opponent

Kansas enters Sunday's matchup at 5-4, fresh off a 105-78 victory over visiting Texas Southern on Thursday. The Jayhawks are led by junior forward Chelsea Gardner, who heads into the weekend averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game after pouring in a career-high 30 points on 13-for-16 shooting against the Tigers. She's ranked in the top-20 in the NCAA in field goal percentage, making 61.3 percent of her attempts on the season. Other standouts for Kansas and head coach Bonnie Henrickson include Asia Boyd and CeCe Harper, as Boyd is averaging 12.2 points per game, while Harper is averaging nearly 10 points and four assists per game.

Threes Keep Falling

With six threes against IPFW, senior Courtney Moses surpassed Boilermaker great and former assistant coach Ukari Figgs for fifth all-time on Purdue's career three-point shooting list with 176. Moses is now just seven shy of matching All-American Stephanie White (183) and 12 shy of Jodi Howell (188). Katie Gearlds and Brittany Rayburn are the only two players in school history to make 200 threes, cashing in 238 and 201, respectively.

 

Cleaning the Glass

In its last outing, Purdue held IPFW to the second-lowest single-game rebounding total for an opponent in the Big Ten this season, limiting the Mastadons to just 22 boards.

 

Fearsome Five

The Boilermakers had five players in double-figures against IPFW, marking the first time accomplishing the feat since Nov. 23, 2012, against Wake Forest. Courtney Moses led the way with 26, while KK Houser had 15, Whitney Bays scored 13, Liza Clemons matched her career-high with 11 and Dee Dee Williams scored a season-best 10 points.

 

Taking Charity

The Boilermakers own the Big Ten's top free throw shooting percentage, making 78.8% (141-179) on the season. Purdue ranks eighth in the NCAA as well (as of Dec. 9), and are on pace for the top season at the charity stripe in school history.

 

Handle With Care

April Wilson is among the Big Ten's best in assist/turnover ratio, sitting second at 2.2 with 37 assists to just 17 turnovers. She dished out a career-high nine assists against IPFW, coughing it up just three times in comparison.

 

Gimmie That

KK Houser heads into this weekend's game ranked 21st in the nation and second in the Big Ten with 3.0 steals per game. Her 212 career steals are good for 11th in Purdue history.

 

Relevant Records

  • This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 753-400 all-time.
  • Purdue is 167-81 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 284-146.
  • The Boilermakers are 355-179 all-time against non-conference opponents and 14-10 against the Big 12 Conference.
  • Purdue is ranked for the 74th time in their last 77 games, sitting 18th in the AP Poll and tied for 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
  • Purdue is 239-214 all-time on the road, including a 1-1 record in the state of Kansas.
  • The Boilermakers are 176-79 all-time in the month of December, including a 56-45 record on the road and a 1-0 mark on Dec. 15.