Dec. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 15/14 PURDUE (9-1) at OAKLAND (5-4)
Tipoff: 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 16
Location: Athletics Center O'rena (3,000) - Rochester, Mich.
Internet: Live video web stream available at ougrizzlies.com/allaccess. Live stats available via Gametracker at purduesports.com.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM), the Purdue 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. Oakland 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.
Oakland is coming off a 47-43 loss at Manhattan on Dec. 8, a game in which the Grizzlies leading scorer (11.8) and leading rebounder (10.1), 6-foot-1 freshman Olivia Nash did not play. Freshman Elena Popkey was Oakland's leading scorer in the contest, with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Another freshman, Annemarie Hamlet, is second on the team in scoring with an 11.2 ppg average. Popkey averages 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. Head coach Beckie Francis is in her 13th season at Oakland and currently, her team is averaging 59.9 points and 38.8 rebounds per game. The Grizzlies' returning leading scorer, senior Bethany Watterworth, has yet to play this season due to injury.
The Series vs. Oakland
This is the fourth meeting between Purdue and Oakland in women's basketball, with the Boilermakers holding a 3-0 edge. Purdue won the first matchup 68-40 on Nov. 23, 2008, in Mackey Arena and the only matchup in the O'rena, 71-64 on Dec. 13, 2009. Last season, the Boilermakers earned a 66-47 victory in West Lafayette. Sharon Versyp is 3-0 against Oakland head coach Beckie Francis.
Last Time vs. Oakland
Sam Ostarello had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Purdue defeat Oakland 66-47. Courtney Moses scored 16 points and made four three-pointers for the Boilermakers. Moses had missed her last 10 three-point attempts, but connected on 4-of-7 against Oakland. Purdue won even though its leading scorer, Brittany Rayburn, scored just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting. The Boilermakers got help from a variety of players as Alex Guyton, Antionette Howard and Chantel Poston each scored six points and Liza Clemons contributed four.
Purdue's next 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. The Boilermakers have a break for Christmas before traveling to take on intrastate rival Notre Dame on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.
Last Time Out
Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and Taylor Manuel also scored 16 as No. 15 Purdue overcame a challenge from Tennessee-Martin to win 68-60 after trailing at halftime. The Boilermakers opened the second half with a 15-0 run, including nine points by Ostarello, to lead 40-29. Purdue shot 53.8 percent (14 of 26) in the second half to 26.7 percent (8 of 30) for the Skyhawks and out-rebounded them 24-11. Ostarello and Drey Mingo each grabbed 10 rebounds for Purdue, with Mingo also scoring 11 points. KK Houser had eight assists. Heather Butler scored 28 points and Jasmine Newsome 21 for Tennessee-Martin, which lost 65-39 at Purdue last season.
With a 9-1 record, Purdue is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season. The Boilermakers have held the lead from tip to final buzzer in five contests this year - at SIU Edwardsville, Bowling Green, Wake Forest, Central Michigan and at IPFW - and have trailed at halftime only twice - vs. UConn and at UT Martin. Purdue is 1-1 when trailing at the half.
As of Dec. 10, Purdue's three-point field goal average of 40.4 percent (55-of-136) was eighth 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 has five players shooting .425 or better: (Taylor Manuel (1.000), April Wilson (.455), Courtney Moses (.436), KK Houser (.435) and Hayden Hamby (.429).
And That's Not All
Coach Versyp challenged her players to get in 30,000 shots this summer and the extra work seems to be paying off. As of Dec. 10, the Boilermakers were 14th (out of 343 teams) in field goal percentage (.462), 14th in free throw percentage (.776) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.404). The improved shooting has translated into a scoring average of 71.1 percent, good for 48th nationally and Purdue's win-loss percentage is 12th in the country. The Boilermakers also are 29th nationally for assists per game with an average of 16.4.
Manuel Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Taylor Manuel earned Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week by averaging a team-high 14.0 points in the two wins last week. She shot 71.4 percent from the field, and along with her 14 points, averaged 3.5 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game. The St. Louis, Mo., native scored 12 points in 12 minutes, connecting on 5-of-6 field goals in Purdue's 69-54 victory at IPFW. Manuel also hit 2-of-3 free throws, pulled down two rebounds, had an assist and a steal. At UT Martin, Manuel tied for team-high scoring honors with a season-high 16 points. She made 5-of-8 shots, 6-of-8 free throws, recorded five rebounds and two blocked shots in 18 minutes of action. Manuel leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, having hit 33-of-49 shots this season for 67.3 percent. She is averaging 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds and is the first Boilermaker to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year since Courtney Moses was won it Feb. 21, 2011.