Dec. 16, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
#22/22 PURDUE (7-3) at AUBURN (6-2)
Tipoff: Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. ET
Location: Auburn Arena - Auburn, Ala.
Internet: live video web stream and live stats available at auburntigers.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.
Purdue leads 2-1
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Auburn is unranked.
Auburn (6-2) defeated South Florida 62-45 at home on Wednesday after falling 73-57 at Temple on Dec. 3. The Tigers are 5-0 at home this season and are led in scoring by 5-foot-10 sophomore Camille Glymph (11.6 ppg). Sophomore Tyrese Tanner average 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, while 6-foot guard Parrisha Simmons contributes a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest. Rebounding could be a concern for Purdue as the Tigers average 42.5 rebounds a game, including 15.8 rpg on the offensive glass. Auburn head coach Nell Fortner is in her eighth season with the Tigers. She spent one year as the Boilermakers' head coach before taking over as the U.S. National Team head coach. She also spent three seasons as the head coach of the Indiana Fever.
This is the fourth meeting between Purdue and Auburn and the Boilermakers hold a 2-1 edge in the series. In the first matchup , the 11th-ranked Boilermakers defeated No. 5 Auburn 61-57 on Dec. 7, 1989, in Mackey Arena. The following season, No. 7 Auburn triumphed over No. 3 Purdue 75-65 on Jan. 5, 1991, at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. Purdue won the last meeting, 76-56 on Dec. 18, 2010, in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as part of a double-header with the Purdue men's team in the Boilermaker Blockbuster. In that contest, Drey Mingo made an unexpected return to the court, missing just four games due to her battle with bacterial meningitis. Mingo logged two minutes and scored two points (on two made free throws) and pulled down a rebound.
Purdue Vs. The SEC
Purdue is 21-16 all time against SEC opponents, including a 2-1 record vs. Auburn. The Boilermakers are undefeated against Arkansas (2-0), Florida (3-0), Kentucky (2-0), Mississippi State (2-0) and South Carolina (2-0). Purdue has an even series record against Georgia (1-1), LSU (2-2) and Mississippi (1-1) but the Boilermakers trail Tennessee (1-7) and Vanderbilt (3-4).
Last Time Out
Brittany Rayburn scored a season-high 25 points for Purdue, but it was not enough as Central Michigan upset No. 12 Purdue 75-62. Purdue, which was coming off a loss to No. 3 Notre Dame just 24 hours earlier, led 37-28 at halftime and got up by 12 points in the second period. However, the Chippewas outscored the Boilermakers 47-25 in the second half, including a 21-6 run in the last 7:06. They shot 14 for 24 from the field, including 6 of 9 from three-point range in the second period and outrebounded Purdue 46-30, including 24-10 after halftime. Central Michigan's 75 points were the most given up by the Boilermakers this season. KK Houser added 11 points and Sam Ostarello 10 points for Purdue, which shot 40 percent from the field (25 for 62), including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.
The Boilermakers have three-straight home games starting with Oakland on Dec. 20 at noon followed by IPFW on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Big Ten action gets started on Dec. 30 against Minnesota at 7 p.m.
Basketball In Session
The Purdue women's basketball players finished with their final exams on Friday and will have a break from class until the spring semester begins on Jan. 9, 2012.
Not only has senior Brittany Rayburn led Purdue in scoring the last two seasons with averages of 14.6 ppg (sophomore) and 14.4 ppg (junior), but with 1,444 points she also is second among active Big Ten players for career points, trailing only Ohio State's Preseason Player of the Year candidate Samantha Prahalis. Rayburn leads the Boilermakers in scoring so far this season with an average of 15.1 ppg and through 10 games, is shooting a career-best 43.3 percent (52-of-120) from the field, including 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from three-point range. The Attica, Ind,. native has hit two or more threes in seven games this season. Against Tulane, Rayburn knocked down 5-of-8 three-pointers, her highest number of threes since the 2009-10 season and she followed that up with five threes at Duke.
By holding opponents to 36.6 percent from the field last season, the Boilermakers tied the second-lowest opponent season field goal percentage in school history. So far this season, Purdue has limited opponents to 33.4 percent from the floor which is second in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have held opponents to an average of 53.2 points per game - tops in the conference - and have held seven opponents to 53 points or less this season. The most points Purdue has given up in a game was the last time out when Central Michigan recorded a 75-62 upset.
Purdue is 15th nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.1 per game as of Dec. 11. Purdue tied a school record with 13 blocks against Chicago State. Chelsea Jones leads Purdue with 17 blocked shots this season while Sam Ostarello is second with 15 blocks.
Where Are You From?
Purdue has 14 players from eight difference states on this year's roster, including four who are the first from their home states to don the Old Gold and Black: Chelsea Jones (Arkansas), KK Houser (Nebraska), Sam Ostarello (South Dakota) and Chantel Poston (Tennessee).There are six Boilermakers from Indiana, including two former Indiana Miss Basketballs - Brittany Rayburn and Courtney Moses. Liza Clemons, Alex Guyton, Torrie Thornton and Dee Dee Williams are also from the Hoosier state. Antionette Howard and Drey Mingo are from Georgia, Camille Redmon is from Texas and Samantha Woods hails from Illinois.