Game Notes: No. 18/21 Purdue at Green Bay

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Junior Whitney Bays has scored in double-figures in seven of nine games this season.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Junior Whitney Bays has scored in double-figures in seven of nine games this season.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 17, 2013

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Tipoff: 7 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, Dec. 18

Location: Kress Events Center - Green Bay, Wis.

Television: None

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

Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - http://www.horizonleague.org/live/9829

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

The Series: This is the first-ever meeting between Purdue and Green Bay.

The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 21st in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Green Bay is unranked.

 

The Opponent

Green Bay welcomes the Boilermakers to Kress Events Center tomorrow for the first meeting in school history, sitting 6-3 on the season after Sunday's loss to Wichita State, 63-58, at the Kress Events Center. The Phoenix are led by a familiar head coach in Kevin Borseth, who is in his second year back at Green Bay after five seasons at Michigan. Green Bay features a solid, balanced attacked, paced by sophomore Kaili Lucas at 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Week Tesha Buck averages 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game and senior Breannah Ranger adds 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Second-Half Explosion

Senior Courtney Moses continued her hot hand from behind the arc at Kansas, but took a little while to get it going. After finishing the first half just one-for-seven with two points, she rebounded with 19 in the second half, including four-of-five from behind the arc, for a game-high 21 points. Moses earned a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll for the second time this season based on the performance.

 

Three-Point History

With her four threes at Kansas, Moses pulls to within three of All-American Stephanie White on the Boilermakers' career three-point field goal record list, making 180 heading into Wednesday's game. Katie Gearlds holds the all-time Purdue record with 238, while Brittany Rayburn is second at 201, Jodi Howell is third at 188 and White is fourth at 183.

 

RPI Recognition

Purdue is ranked ninth in the RPI (as of Tuesday, Dec. 17), and is the top-ranked squad in the Big Ten Conference. They've played the 23rd-toughest schedule in the country, which has included six of its nine games being away from Mackey Arena, and contests at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke) and Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas). Wednesday will mark their final non-conference road game of the regular season.

 

Sharing is Caring

Senior KK Houser has had eight assists in back-to-back games, marking just the second time in her career she's had consecutive contests with at least that many. Houser had 10 assists in back-to-back games against Ohio State and Minnesota in 2013. She's currently fifth in the Big Ten in assists per game at 5.1 per contest.

 

Giving and Taking Away

On the other side of the ball, Houser has proved one of the nation's best in steals, averaging a Big Ten-best 2.8 per game. As of Monday, Dec. 16, Houser was tied for 33rd nationally in the category and currently sits 11th in Purdue history with 213 career steals.

 

Relevant Records

  • This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 754-400 all-time.
  • Purdue is 168-81 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 285-146.
  • The Boilermakers are 356-179 all-time against non-conference opponents and 26-8 against the Horizon League.
  • Purdue is ranked for the 75th time in their last 78 games, sitting 18th in the AP Poll and tied for 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
  • Purdue is 240-214 all-time on the road, including a 17-14 record in the state of Wisconsin.
  • The Boilermakers are 177-79 all-time in the month of December, including a 57-45 record on the road and a 5-3 mark on Dec. 18.
  • Purdue is 24-14 all-time in its 10th game of the season.